UNL Photo Graduate Student Breitbach to present lecture on her work April 18

Amanda Breitbach, “Homestead House,” triptych, 2016.
Amanda Breitbach, “Homestead House,” triptych, 2016.

Amanda Breitbach, an MFA candidate in the Department of Art and Art History in May and a graduate fellow with the Center for Great Plains Studies, will present a lecture titled “Land/People” on her thesis work and research in the Center for Great Plains Studies on Monday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Art Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Her thesis exhibition will be on display in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall from April 18-22. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Following her lecture at the Center, audience members will be invited to view the exhibition.

Growing up on a family farm and ranch in the wide-open landscape of eastern Montana fundamentally shaped the way Breitbach sees the world. The framing and interpretation of the view in each of her images was formed by her background, including a deep love and respect for land and the people who work it, as well as a critical interest in the representation and mythology of the American West.

“As a graduate fellow, I have been fortunate to be part of an interdisciplinary group of students and scholars who share a passion for the Great Plains and its people,” Breitbach said. “My goal for this work is to stimulate a conversation about responsible land use and the future of farming. While the work tells a personal story about one family farm, I think that it also speaks to broader trends in the American food system, which we are all part of as food consumers.”

Breitbach received her undergraduate degrees in photography and French from Montana State University. Prior to attending graduate school at UNL, she was a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in West Africa and worked as a newspaper photographer and reporter.

In 2014, she won a national scholarship to become a fellow with the Joy of Giving Something Foundation/Imagining America. Her work has been exhibited at the Great Plains Art Museum, the Eisentrager-Howard and Prescott Galleries in Lincoln, as well as the Kansas Art and Design Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas; the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, Minnesota; and the Hite Art Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Great Plains Art Museum is located at 1155 Q St. in Lincoln. Richards Hall is located at Stadium Drive and T sts.