March 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m. CDT

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Peru, Nebraska- Artist Todd Williams delivered his own work to the Peru State College campus on Friday, March 18. The painting was his Legacy of Nebraska piece for Nemaha County and Nebraska’s 150th anniversary.

Williams’ impressionistic painting is based on a photo of the Peru State campus quad in 1924. The painting features a Model T Ford, students and iconic campus buildings including the current library with its original roofline. The painting is done in oil and the tabernacle frame is covered in 24k gold gilt.

The painting is now on display inside the Library.  It can be found to the north of the main desk after entering the west doors on the main level.

Williams is a native of Central City, Nebraska and will paint a picture of every county in Nebraska for the 150th Anniversary of Nebraska’s Statehood. This project is known as the Legacy of Nebraska series.

Williams has 25 more county paintings to complete before fall of this year. A copy of the Nemaha County painting and other county paintings - as they are completed - can be found at .

Williams is a graduate of the Kansas City Institute of Art and his work has been exhibited at the Gilcrease Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum, Montgomery Museum Of Fine Arts, “The American Miniatures Show”, Settlers West Gallery, The Maynard Dixon Museum, Cincinnati’s Great American Artists Exhibition, and the Oil Painters of America National and Regional Exhibitions where he has been honored with the prestigious status of a Signature Member.

Williams was the winner of the top prize at the Plein Air Salon Competition in 2012; the Founders Award at the American Impressionist Society 2010 national exhibition; the Award of Excellence at the National OPA Exhibition in 2009, and the second place award from the American Impressionist Society in 2008.   International Artist Magazine selected him as a “master painter of the world” in 2004.

 id="attachment_2557" align="alignnone" width="300"Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, with Todd Williams to either side of the Nemaha County painting. Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, with Todd Williams to either side of the Nemaha County painting.


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About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks" is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college's ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.