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Kent Bellows exhibition to debut several artworks not previously seen by the public

The work of acclaimed Omaha artist Kent Bellows will be the subject of the latest exhibition at Creighton University’s Lied Art Gallery.

Opening March 14 and running through April 14, the show will feature Bellows drawings and lithographs from the private collection of Creighton alumnus Ross Bellinghiere, DDS, and his wife, Kathleen. Many of the pieces have never before been displayed for the public. The Bellinghieres are also donating 11 works to the permanent collection at Creighton, where they will be displayed in a newly renovated conference space in the Lied Education Center for the Arts, home of Creighton’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Born in Blair in 1949, Bellows’ first exposure to art came from his father, a commercial artist and illustrator. A portrait and still-life painter for much of his career, Bellows also ventured into drawing, lithography and collage with his pieces varying between metaphoric abstraction and precise realism. He was in the midst of a painting cycle on the Seven Deadly Sins when he died in 2005. Bellows’ work continues to enjoy an international reputation for ingenuity among curators and collectors.

A gallery reception is slated for Friday, April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. A gallery tour with the donors of the collections will take place Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m.

The Lied Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 5 to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery will be closed for Spring Break, March 6 to March 13, and over the Easter holiday, March 25 to March 27.

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