LINDSBORG — Rodger Gerberding will the Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum from June 2 through 28.


Gerberding, from Council Bluffs, Iowa, is returning to the Red Barn for his 15th residency, Gerberding will continue to work on his current picture-series, DICTATION FROM A DARK PLACE, referencing emotional responses to news events; these pictures are highly automatic in their execution.  He hopes, as well, to revisit Lester Raymer’s letters for a second Letter Arts exhibit, a sequel to last year’s successful first effort toward same.  Pending a safe end to mandated social distancing, he hopes to present a painting workshop in late June, having as its subject “Working Creatively with Emotion or: Saving the Moment.”


Gerberding is a multidisciplinary artist active in applied arts, book illustration, writing and acting.  His painting, drawing, collage, and other multimedia work is currently represented by the Noyes Gallery, the Burkholder Project (Lincoln, NE), and Gallery 72 (Omaha).  His magazine illustrations number in the high hundreds, with his work featured in both domestic and international periodicals.  He has illustrated/decorated some eighty books, in a variety of genres; his latest, THE SURVIVOR (by James Herbert), is due from Centipede Press in late 2020.


As a writer, he has published four books to date including “COME NOW: poems” (published by Backwaters Press and nominated for a Nebraska Book Award; he is also represented in Backwaters’ 20th  anniversary anthology, WATCHING THE PERSEIDS).  In the Omaha area, he has acted professionally in STUPID *^#$@!& BIRD, GLORIOUS!, NOISES OFF!, AMADEUS, HARVEY, THE LION IN WINTER, and EMPIRE OF THE SUN (at Chanticleer, the Omaha Playhouse, the Rose, and other theatres).  He frequently acted at the Goodman Theatre and elsewhere in the Chicago region.  He has appeared in a number of independent film and television projects such as CRIME STORY on NBC, THE VOYEURS on HBO, and Adam Fogerty’s STATUSLY FIXTURED.


He is retired from Community Alliance of Omaha where, for eighteen years, he taught art, writing, drama, and other recovery- focused subjects.  His art and other work are represented in a number of public and private collections and have been featured nationally and internationally in magazines and some 90 books. His work in a variety of mediums and media (he is also well known for books on poetry that he writes) is in the collections of the ArtInstitute of Chicago, the Wisconsin State Employment Bureau and the Donald Andrei archives, the late Ray Bradbury, Jerry Buhari, Dick Cavett, Judy Collins, Kat Von D., Stephen King, the late Patty Duke and others. Rodger Gerberding was educated at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, the Art institute of Chicago, and the Goodman School of drama.


Guests may visit with Rodger Gerberding and see his work during The Red Barn’s open hours, Tues thru Fri 10AM to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. For more information, please contact: Red Barn Studio 785 227- 2217 or raymer@redbarnstudio.org.