The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts presents “Beyond the Missouri, photographs by Elise Kirk.” The exhibitions will be on display May 6 thru June 13, with a Gallery Talk scheduled at 5 p.m. May 16 in conjunction with KHN’s monthly Third Thursday Artist Talks.

Kirk is a photographic artist exploring American allegories from a Midwest stage, where the landscape summons both the ghosts of her formative years and a great paradox in the popular imagination.

The images in exhibition are part of an in-progress series began in early 2016 while Kirk was first in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has continued the work since to shape a body of work that interweaves ambiguous large format tableaus, ethereal impressions, and found text from towns and countryside along the north-south stretch of Missouri River between lower Nebraska/Iowa and upper Kansas/Missouri. This line marks the onetime frontier of an adolescent nation’s consciousness, and Elise’s channel to the human psyche at an uncertain precipice.

Kirk studied documentary film at Columbia College Chicago (BA ’00), completed her MFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design (’15), and, after 15 years as an East Coast transplant and nonfiction television producer, is now assistant professor of photography at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Her work has shown nationally and internationally.

Since 2001, KHN’s residency program has hosted more than 60 working artists each year–a combination of visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.

KHN’s gallery program hosts approximately six exhibitions annually, focusing on regional artists and alumni residents. KHN is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 Third Corso in Nebraska City and is regularly open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and by appointment. Both the exhibit and gallery talk are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public.