Jeff Haller’s Somewhere in the Middle of America: Life in a Prairie Town gallery show to make Mobile debut


Toy tractor and clothesline

Blaine Minnick, 5, rides his miniature John Deere tractor by a line full of clean laundry on a late summer day just outside of Red Cloud.

Somewhere in the Middle of America: Life in a Prairie Town, photographer Jeff Haller’s solo exhibition, will be opening at the Mobile Arts Council Gallery, Monday, November 2, 2009. It will remain on display until Friday, November 27. The Mobile Arts Council will host a gallery talk with Haller Saturday, November 14, at 11 a.m.

The show is the culmination of two months of photographing in Red Cloud, Neb., Haller’s hometown, and was produced as part of Haller’s project for Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication Master of Arts degree.

Haller, who currently lives in Mobile, Ala., with his wife, Meggan, said he was excited about launching the exhibit.
“It’s really awesome to be able to offer my vision to the people of Red Cloud,” Haller said. “I think when people live anywhere, they become used to seeing certain things, expecting certain things, and they form this picture in their minds of what their town is like. I stepped away for so long that I was able to come back and offer a fresh perspective.”

Haller, a Red Cloud native, attended Red Cloud High School, and later, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree.

Somewhere in the Middle of America: Life in a Prairie Town features more than thirty prints from Haller’s work. It will be on display until Friday, November 27, 2009.

The exhibition comes to Mobile after shows at the Red Cloud Opera House, Red Cloud, Neb., The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Sioux City, Iowa, and The Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.

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