DEBORAH MURPHY Some people may feel that what I choose to portray is mundane and not a vision grand enough to warrant the attention I devote to the subject. But as an artist I am not a mere casual observer… My work is an effort to capture the pastoral quality of the Midwestern landscape with its delicate and elusive beauty, but also to put forth a dramatic appeal. Born and raised in North Platte, Neb., Deborah Murphy attended Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney), where she received a B.A. in art. She has worked as a professional artist since 1973. Murphy has shown her work in numerous national and regional exhibitions, as well as one- or two-person shows and invitationals. Her exhibition history includes many noteworthy achievements: Purchase Awards, Juror’s Merit Awards, the prestigious Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Painting and Works on Paper and the Nebraska Arts Council Distinguished Achievement Fellowship Grant. In 2000 Murphy’s work was exhibited in the United States Department of State “Art in Embassies Program” and included in a group exhibition of Nebraska artists on view at Ambassador Joseph Limprecht’s official residence in Tirana, Albania. Murphy’s work also appears in numerous collections throughout the country.