By: Jobeth Devera, KETV
OMAHA, Neb. —University of Nebraska at Omaha students are helping people appreciate fine art by showcasing an unknown artist who has turned into a local icon.
The students are transporting some age-old artwork and setting up an exhibit to honor a world-reknown artist and Iowa native.
“My granduncle, Louis Grell, was born in Council Bluffs in 1887 and lived there until 1900 when he went to Europe to begin training to become an artist, then he was based out of Chicago until 1960 and painted murals all over the country,” said Richard Grell.
Louis Grell’s work didn’t quite hit the spotlight until after he died in 1960.
“He was a very private artist and didn’t like to promote his career,” said Louis Grell.
So the UNO students are showcasing his work for him.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that we’re not going to be able to do again. The circumstances are just unbelievable to make something like this happen,” said Candace Berger.
Although his work has been featured in bigger art galleries, this is the first exhibit solely dedicated to Louis Grell.
“You get to come in and see a local artist who made it in the world,” said Jean Rowe.
Discovering Louis Grell American Muralist Art Exhibit will run Jan. 17 to Feb. 20 at UNO’s campus.