BIOGRAPHY & CV
Travis Hencey was born and raised in Chadron, Nebraska, a small town in the northwestern panhandle of the state. An early interest in creative endeavors lead him to pursue studies in humanities and studio art at Chadron State College from 2005 to 2009. After working in the tech and design realms, he returned to Chadron State College in 2014 to explore teaching. Travis is currently teaching Art & Design at Chadron Middle School and Chadron High School.
Generally, Travis's work deals with themes of transience, memory, family, and the regional landscape. His most current works are shown and sold at The Perfect Hanging Gallery in Rapid City, South Dakota.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
STILLNESS The Golden Thread Gallery, 2013
Driving down the highway in Western Nebraska, the few small towns we do have are only temporary and slight bursts of commotion, quietly thanking you for visiting, before returning you to the vast skies and open fields. Turning off onto a dirt road, it does not take long to find an abandoned ranch house or country church, left standing against the will of the weather, calling for a visitor. The stillness inside these old structures is unmatched. At one time, they were promising centers of activity for hopeful families. Now, they are full of absence, of silence, but still holding on. Staring out the broken window, as maybe a farmer’s daughter once had in reverie, alone with the light and the whistle of the wind, one becomes wonderfully aware of oneself, as small and temporary, amidst this broad, old land.
Chad Fonfara & Travis Hencey Nebraska Arts Council Fred Simon Gallery, 2013
I work nights delivering medications to families, the lonely retired, and assisted living communities in the surrounding towns even less populated than my home of Chadron, Nebraska. Most of the time is spent between destinations on Nebraska Highway 20 behind the wheel of a car with 400,000 miles (and counting) reading on the odometer. I look forward to the drive. It is an opportunity to watch the sky and prairie slowly change day after day, season after season, occasionally shocked by a sudden winter storm or summer wildfire. It is a chance to contemplate amidst the commotion of modern life. The artworks exhibited in this show are reflections of the nebulous thoughts, meandering meditations, fragmented memories, and faded dreams that stir themselves up in solitary hours on a familiar road looking out the windshield at a familiar landscape.