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Roger Bruhn

Roger Bruhn

Profile Location
Lincoln , NE

Roger Bruhn studied Philosophy and English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. His work has been included in numerous regional exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum and the Museum of Nebraska Art and the New Britain (CT) Museum of American Art, among others. In 1990, his book Dreams in Dry Places, a monograph containing 118 photographs of architecture, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. In addition to his own work, he co-curated (with Sharon Kennedy) three large photographic shows at the Sheldon Museum of Art as well as organizing a city-wide PhotoFest in Lincoln in 2009. In 2008 he received the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the Visual Arts. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Artist Statement

He began taking photographs in 1965. He had no training in photography or art, but by 1968, by familiarizing himself with some of the mysteries of those two disciplines, he had begun to make a few images which he felt partook of that magic that photography can, in certain circumstances, possess. He said, “Nothing since has come particularly easily, because when you are self-taught there are always meanderings, dead ends, false starts, and a great deal of bumping into yourself in the night.”  Having pretty much invented himself, he has no one to thank and only himself to blame. The advantage of such an approach is that one tends not to absorb too much of the dogma of teachers or traditions. One thing that he never learned to do is to stick to one identifiable personal style. Stylistic continuity can be a virtue, but it can also be a straitjacket, something he has never worn comfortably. What he has come to realize is that art is not a destination, it’s a journey. The best he can hope for is that the viewer will travel along and indulge him as he points out a few things along the way.


Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Roger Bruhn
4/2/21 to 5/28/21

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