‘Painting Nebraska’s Legacy’ Premieres March 6 on NET

News Release Date: 
February 21, 2017

For Immediate Release

‘Painting Nebraska’s Legacy’ Premieres March 6 on NET

LINCOLN, Neb. (Feb. 21, 2017) – NET’s new documentary “Painting Nebraska’s Legacy” premieres 7 p.m. CT, Monday, March 6 and features Nebraska-born artist Todd A. Williams and his journey to paint at least one painting from all 93 counties. Nebraska-born artist Todd A. Williams

In a project tied to Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial, Williams is learning the history of his home state by traveling from border to border painting at least one picture that represents the area – bringing attention to the state’s natural beauty, its native and pioneer past, and its promise for the future.

“This has been an idea of mine for over ten years now, of wanting to do an entire collection in my home state,” Williams said.  “What I love is finding these treasures throughout the state and learning how they’re really cherished,” he added. His journey has taken him to every county to understand what is important to local residents in order to capture landscapes, landmarks, culture and people.

“Painting Nebraska’s Legacy” will take Nebraskans through this journey representing 150 years to capture the state’s history including Native Americans, the Homestead Act and the opportunities that attracted many different ethnic groups to start a new life here. The 60-minute documentary represents more than visible landmarks as much of Nebraska’s history comes from places off the beaten path.

The documentary is centered in Williams’ home town of Central City, where his childhood memories and interest in art took shape and includes stops in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Seward and Lincoln. A graduate of Central Community College in Columbus, Williams studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and then worked for Hallmark where he began painting in the European impressionistic style. The award-winning artist has worked extensively in Europe and America.

“Painting Nebraska’s Legacy” will repeat at 10:30 p.m. CT, Wed., March 8, and 3 p.m. CT, Sat., March 11 on NET television. For a complete television program schedule, visit NET’s website at netNebraska.org/television or download the NET Nebraska App. 

“Painting Nebraska’s Legacy” is funded in part by Omaha Steaks.

NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations, operates the statewide public service network which includes NET Television, NET Radio, NET Learning Services and NET Technology Services.

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