Public Building Commission
Cliff Hollestelle - Sculptures
Jim Miklavcic - Paintings
March - May, 2016
County-City First Floor Exhibition Gallery
555 South 10th Street, Lincoln, NE
Gallery Hours - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Cliff is a lifelong Nebraska resident, who grew up in Omaha and has lived in Lincoln since 1965. His interest in wildlife art began in his childhood when he would spend time with his aunt and uncle on their farm in eastern Nebraska. He enjoyed watching the migration of the ducks and geese during the fall and spring migrations. He spent time observing them and other wildlife in their natural habitat. He would draw pictures of them and even carve them using ivory soap.
Cliff attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1963. In 1996 he accepted the position as an artist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked there until he retired in 1996 to immerse himself in wildlife art. This afforded him the time to expand and create sculptures in wood, bronze and stainless steel.
Over the four and a half decades that he has been sculpting artwork he has received recognition for his work. He won Best of Show at the Ward Foundation World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland, became a Viking of Distinction from North High School in Omaha, Nebraska, received the 2009 Lincoln Mayor's Art Award from the LIncoln Art Council, the Pathfinder Award in 2008 form the Fremont Area Art Association and the Citation for Alumni Achievement from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Cliff had a six month one man Retrospective Show in Morrill Hall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He worked with the National Science Foundation on sculpting Galapagos finch for their Explore Evolution Gallery also located at Morrill Hall-Lincoln and five other universities.
Two special visitors to Omaha, Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of West Germany and the ambassador from China were presented with a commissioned wood sculpted waterfowl by Cliff.
He also has artwork in private collections in Japan, Germany, China, Canada and throughout the United States. It has also been featured in several Nebraskaland issues.
His out door public sculptures are located in various places: a bronze Red-tail Hawk at the Fallbrook Village Square in Fallbrook, California and also at the San Diego River Park; a bronze Eagle, a Great Blue Heron and two Wood Ducks at the Lincoln (Nebraska) Children's Zoo; a flock of five bronze turkeys at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in South Bend, Nebraska; and various waterfowl and songbirds in the Morrill Hall Dioramas - LIncoln, Nebraska, to mention a few.
Cliff has enjoyed spending his entire life living in Nebraska. He and his wife, Marcia, have two children. Lisa Propst lives with her family in Nebraska and Scott and his family live in California.
I have been a wildlife and habitat artist since starting my career full time in 1968. I started in local shows and eventually national and international.
I acquired my love of nature taking trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota. I realized my art could play an important role in educating the public about wildlife and their habitat.
Wildlife and it's habitat is our heritage. One that needs protecting. With this philosophy I co-founded the "Southern Association of Habitat Artists" (SAHA). With associate artists working with organizations like the Southwest Water Management District, First Florida Bank, Cypress Gardens of Florida, The Florida Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation I have given lectures and TV documentaries on the importance of habitat.
I moved to Lincoln Nebraska in 2006 where I continue to produce my art, teach and continue my studies of habitat and wildlife. Since moving to Lincoln I have continued my shows, placed second in the Nebraska Habitat Stamp contest and was commissioned by the University of Nebraska for a painting depicting the migration of the Sandhill Cranes.
I work in pencil, colored pencil and acrylic painting.