The community is invited to the opening of the Matt Rahner: Fair Pictures exhibit in the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art’s Scott Gallery at 6 p.m. June 28 on the Sedalia campus. The exhibit, which will close Sept. 2, is the second Summer Nights at the Daum event and is free.

Rahner, the 2017 Missouri State Fair artist-in residence, turned his lens not on the prize-winning livestock, baked goods or homegrown produce but on a bumper-crop of fair attendees. He compiled a series of candid portraits and fair vignettes that encourages speculation, conversation and recognition.


Rahner, assistant art professor at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, states, “I am constantly seeking out found situations that possess an inherent psychological complexity."

As a native of the Rust Belt and the Midwest, Rahner is interested in themes related to the American experience, landscape and traditions of documentary photography. His work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally more than 18 times over the past three years.

Rahner’s work has been awarded by Dominic Molon, Contemporary Arts Curator of the RISD Museum, and by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland and featured in the Genevieve Gulder Gallery, in Kansas City; the Bingham Gallery, in Columbia; and in the Elder Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In addition, the Daum will open another exhibit in the Freed Gallery, Summertime Blues, which features blue artwork from the Daum’s permanent collection. Tom Piché, museum director, will talk about the significance of the selected artwork and the artists who created the pieces.

Two more Summer Nights at the Daum will be held July 26 and Aug. 23. Events will begin at 6 p.m. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

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