Kristin Pluhacek
Artist's Statement

I don't invent; I observe. I look for a strong subject, something that maintains its presence while allowing for elaboration and whimsy. Most of these things are already present in my life, existing in simple, ordinary ways until one day they exude a sort of grandness. They become monumental in nature and I want to experience and share that nature in the act of interpretation.

The directness of drawing seems most effective for this action, especially pastel, with its thick layering potential and pure color (although lately oil, acrylic and watercolor has provided many of the same possibilities). I like my forms to be bold, with distinct mass, as if they were carved from the negative space. But it's also important that they be light, with the potential for motion. So I often introduce gesture as an overlay above solid shape, defining the form and releasing it from the rest of the composition. Line is always present and purposeful.

In practice, I become more aware of the complex design underlying animate and inanimate objects, singularly and in their interactions with the broader world. I am interested in the way that objects and space intrude upon one another. I freely distort forms for the sake of unity, trying to give bulk to the spaces between the objects, containing and connecting the actions that take place within, while distilling the subject to an essential form or series of forms.

Current & Upcoming

Screen Shot
September 1 - October 27, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, September 1

I'm pleased to announce my participation as one of a group of three artists, along with Alex Jochim and Sarah Jones, exhibing in Screen Shot, which opens this Friday at the Omaha Public Library Michael Phipps Gallery. The show, curated by Alex Priest, addresses memory and personal history in the age of social media.

Omaha Public Library Michael Phipps Gallery
215 South 15th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
402 444-4800

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Residents Exhibition
August 25 - September 28, 2017

Special Lecture by KHN Director Holly McAdams Olson
Thursday, September 14
7pm - 8pm

I'm very proud to be a part of this exhibition of over 50 works by visual artists, writers and composers who have spent time in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.

UNO Art Gallery
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182

Drawings by Kristin Pluhacek
July 6 - August 27, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, July 7

My latest show - featuring plants, ribbons and yarn - in the Kansas City Crossroads District this summer

MLB Design Gallery
2020 Baltimore Ave, Suite 105
Kansas City, MO 64108

Bemis Benefit Art Auction
October 27, 2017

Enjoy the giant Art party and bid on works by local and national Artists (I'll have a piece in the silent auction), all to benefit the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Cathedral Flower Festival Art Exhibit
January 26 - 28, 2018

Artists Reception
Sunday, January 28

I'm very happy to be a part of this curated group show offered in tandem with the annual Cathedral Flower Festival. It's always a perfect way to brighten the winter.

Cathedral Arts Project
100 North 62nd Street
Omaha, NE 68132
402-558-3100 x3007

Spirit: A Celebration of Art in the Heartland
April 6-8, 2018

A weekend of Spirited Art events, including a gala dinner and auction, and featuring Nebraska Artists. Come and bid on one of my auction pieces and enjoy the comraderie of other Artists and Art lovers, all to benefit the Museum of Nebraska Art.

Museum of Nebraska Art
2401 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847


Take a look at this short time-lapse of the drawing that I made in August 2016 for my show at Creighton University in Omaha. The temporary drawing, called "knitting", was made with charcoal and was on view through the month of September before being painted over for the next show. This video is all that remains:

Creighton Lied Gallery Wall Drawing August 2016