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Visual Arts Contributors


Ruth Behlmann

My love for photography started when I was a child.

I remember watching my two older sisters using a "box" camera and always taking pictures. Now, those old, sepia pictures are a treasure of my family's history.

My first camera was a "Brownie" and I took many pictures using flashbulbs.

In 2005, my husband gave me a digital camera and I have put it to good use ever since. Some of my photos have sold at craft shows and Downtown/Uptown Kearney. Many of my photos have made "Picture Of The Night" on NTV's Community Correspondent. Again, for the second year, CPI has chosen three of my photos for their yearly calendar.

I love to capture the beauty, the unique, the things of nature and the "moment".


Neil Frankenhauser

Neil Frankenhauser holds an MA and an MFA in art from the University of Iowa. He has participated in hundreds of juried exhibitions on a regional and national level. Sponsors for his 30 solo exhibitions include the Toledo Museum of Art. Frankenhauser is frequently asked to be a juror for competitive shows, and has work in over 150 private and museum collections. He teaches art privately and in colleges and in the 1990's executed two large murals for the Toledo Zoo.


Carla Frisch

Carla Frisch grew up on the family farm near Madison Nebraska. After attending Madison High School she then went on to receive her Visual Communication and Design degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the spring of 2010.


Jason Jilg

Born in Broken Bow, NE, Jason spent most of his childhood dreaming of far off places and adventures. It was traveling the world while in the navy that Jason first got interested in photography. These new cultures and countries were all open to be photographed, but the point and click camera left Jason wanting more. After the navy Jason attended college in Minnesota. School, however, kept Jason indoors, away from nature, fresh air, and the wide open plains. Returning to Nebraska after a ten-year hiatus, Jason took up photography again.


Brian Lingle

Brandon Lingle’s award-winning writing and photography has appeared in numerous publications including The North American Review, Narrative, War, Literature & the Arts, Evergreen Review, Mississippi Review, Redivider, Anderbo, CutBank, Adirondack Review, Juked, Blue Earth Review, and Hot Metal Bridge. His essay, "A Fair Fight in a Neutral Location," is a notable in The Best American Essays 2010. His essay, "Quakes," was a finalist in the 2010 New Mellinium Writings contest. He won Blue Earth Review's 2009 cover photo contest, and a series of his photos won the 2009 CutBank online contest. In 2003, he wrote the best Air Force feature story. He taught in the English Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is currently stationed on the East Coast. He serves as Art Director and Nonfiction Editor of War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities.


Stephen Mead

In the 1990s Stephen Mead's poems began appearing in literary journals, but after moving to Massachusetts, Stephen concentrated on painting. In 2000 Stephen started seeking publication again for his writing and art combined. Since then his work has appeared internationally. In 2004 Stephen began experimenting with poetry/art hybrids, creating award winning e-books such as "Heroines Unlikely". From there Stephen began experimenting with his art/poems as films. In 2006 Stephen released a CD of poems set to music, "Safe & Other Love Poems", as well as three DVDs. In 2007, print editions of his work were distributed by Amazon.com. Please feel free to google his name for links to his merchandise.


Ryan Rodgers

Ryan Rodgers is a freelance photographer and Hamline University MFA student.


Shizue Seigel

Shizue Seigel is a third-generation Japanese American writer and artist. She is the author of “In Good
Conscience: Supporting japanese Americans During the Internment" (2006, AACP, Inc.) Her poetry and
prose have been published in several anthologies and her artwork has appeared in group shows in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Sandra Soli

Sandra Soli, poet and photographer, has an article on prose poems in the 2009 edition of Poet's Market. Her newest chapbook, What Trees Know, received the 2008 Oklahoma Book Award.


Katrina Talbot

Australian-born Katrin Talbot combines her poetry with her photography and music in many ways, including multi-media classical music concerts and her photo essay of Schubert’s Winterreise, was published as a coffee table book and CD by the University of Wisconsin Press. Her photography has appeared in the New York Times and magazines and literary journals.


Linda Woods

Linda Woods and her writer/photographer husband, Chris, live in a 100 year old farm house in Chappell Hill, Texas. They are in frequent company of a golden retriever, two cockatiels, and now a 10 month old filly. Linda's camera is usually slung around her neck wherever she goes. She works full time as a children's art teacher, part time as the photographer for a Gypsy Vanner Horse Ranch. Her work has been published in De La Mancha, Mag Cloud, Talking Writing, and a photo essay is scheduled to print in Flair magazine in 2011. You can see more of her work on her website, www.moonbirdhill.exposuremanager.com.