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Pictured is Hills Column 23, a photoconstruction by Pat James. (Photo courtesy of the Dakota Discovery Museum)

From the Hills of Boyd County

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The Dakota Discovery Museum is hosting the exhibit From the Hills of Boyd County: A Portrait of a Place, featuring photoconstructions by Nebraska artist Pat James.


The exhibit opened July 13 and runs through Sept. 21. A free public reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10. Artworks will be available for sale. For more information call (605) 996-2122 or visit

James' father, Hugh James, was born in 1914 on a homestead in Rock County in the Sandhills of Nebraska and grew up on a ranch in Holt County. In the late 1950s, he purchased property in Boyd County, Nebraska, and built a cabin on it.

According to a Dakota Discovery Museum press release, through James' many visits to Boyd County, she came to love the land. After retirement, she decided retired to start a new life in Nebraska. Since moving to rural Nebraska several years ago, she has resumed creating art, with a focus on the land and artifacts around her family's property.

James draws inspiration from many things; her father's antique rake spokes, Chinese scrolls or ice on barbed wire to create her photocontructions.

"It's layering process where an image from one of my photographs is placed