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.

EDUCATION

2014-2015

B.S. in Education, Art K-12, Chadron State College

2005-2009

B.A. Studio Art Comprehensive, Humanities, Chadron State College, Summa Cum Laude


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Rubble Sturgis Center for the Arts, Sturgis, SD


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

The Growth of an Artist The Willa Cather Foundation, Red Cloud, NE

2014

PIONEER The Golden Tread Gallery, West Hartford, CT

2013

STILLNESS The Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford, CT

2013

Inspired by O Pioneers! The Willa Cather Foundation, Red Cloud, NE

2013

Chad Fonfara & Travis Hencey Nebraska Arts Council Fred Simon Gallery, Omaha, NE

2011

People, Places, & Things Circa 1900, Chadron, NE

2010

Alumni Art Show Chadron State College Main Gallery & Gallery 239, Chadron, NE

2009

Higgins, Hudson, & Hencey Chadron State College Main Gallery, Chadron, NE


SELECTED EXPERIENCE 

2017-Current

Art Teacher (5-12), Chadron Public Schools, Chadron, NE

2016-2017

Art Teacher (K-5, 9-12), Riverside Public Schools, Cedar Rapids, NE

2012-2017

Business Academy Support, Chadron, NE

2012-Current

Art Instructor, Upward Bound Summer Program, Chadron, NE

2016

Substitute Teacher, Chadron Public Schools, Chadron, NE

2015

Student Teacher, Rapid City Area Schools, Rapid City, SD

2011-2015

Graphic Designer, Petersen Drug & Home Care, Chadron, NE


SELECTED PRESS

2018

The Golden Thread Project, Kate H. Wilson, 2018 The Golden Thread Gallery

2016

Upward Bound Students Turn Children's Drawings Into Fabric Toys, Tena L. Cook, 7.22.2016 Chadron State College News

2013

'Stillness' Defined In Inaugural Exhibit At West Hartford Gallery, Susan Dunne, 9.23.2013 The Hartford Courant

2013

Nebraska Arts Council Exhibition, Mary Day, 1.14.2013 The Reader

2010

Cover Illustration, Tenth Street Miscellany, Chadron State College


JUDICATION

2018

Prairie Art Guild Show Prairie Art Guild, Harrison, NE

2015

Dawes County Student Art Show Dawes County Fair, Chadron, NE


MEMBERSHIP


STATEMENTS

 

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.