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Matthew Placzek

3716 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE 68105, U.S.A.
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Phone: 402-551-1200     Fax: 402-553-1315
URL: http://www.matthewplaczek.com

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 For more than 28 years, Matthew Placzek’s fascination with sculptural composition has grown and evolved into an art form that is both meticulous in detail and free-flowing in design. Whether the medium is wood, clay, steel or bronze, Matthew creates unique, fascinating works of art.

Most recently, Matthew created a new landmark in Omaha entitled Imagine. Capturing the innocence of youth in a heartwarming, colorful sculpture. Nineteen shimmering umbrellas spiral up a 75-foot stainless steel ribbon, inside a glass stairwell, while five larger-than-life bronze children celebrate the joys of life outside. The umbrellas, each painted copper, silver or a combination of both, contain 3,500 programmable LED lights capable of more than 16 million colors and combinations.

In 2007, he created ILLUMINA, the centerpiece for the newly constructed Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena. Hundreds of thousands of people on an annual basis interact with the sculpture’s unique Carnival-like design, featuring a 35-foot high clock and six oversized bronze figures. Inside the lobby, acrylic spheres illuminated with 2,000 LED lights produce a state-of-the-art, energized light show in the evening.

Labor, commissioned in 2003, is currently the second largest labor monument in the country. The 271-ton design features the original ladles that were used in the Smelting Plant, located at the same site of the monument. The massive design includes five larger-than-life bronze figures depicting hard work and dedication to this craft. At 30-feet high this sculpture is showcased prominently as part of the newly developed riverfront development in Omaha.

In addition to large-scale art projects, Matthew also creates smaller pieces of sculpture in his studio in Omaha, Nebraska. His work is included in galleries throughout the country and is included in collections of Guinness Brewing, London, England; Takao Building Development, Tokyo, Japan; BMW, Germany; Level 3 Communications, Denver, Colorado, and Dayton Hudson, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Matthew has had numerous one-man shows, including the U.S. Embassy in Prague. His work is also in the presidential collections of Austria, The Republic of China and former President Ronald Reagan.

 

PUBLIC MONUMENTS

 

“Harmony” – 14 ft Stainless Steel Green-Patina, Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha NE 68122

 

“Chaparral” – 8 ft Bronze – College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL 2013

 

“Serenity” – 15 ft Bronze and Painted Steel – Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha, NE 2012

 

“Imagination Takes Flight” 9 ft Bronze – Council Bluffs Public Library, IA 2012

 

“Aquatic Rhapsody” – 12 ft Bronze Fountain – Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE 2012

 

“Southpaw” – 8 ft Bronze – University of South Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 2012

 

 “Imagine” – 90 ft Stainless Steel and Polycarbonate – Children’s Hospital, Omaha, NE  2010

 

“Enrichment Path” – 16 ft Stainless Steel and Acrylic – Metropolitan College, Omaha, NE 2010

 

“Majestic” – 5 ft Bronze – Social Security Administration Building, Roanoke, VI 2009

 

“Noodles & Doodles” – 20 ft Painted Stainless Steel – Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden, Omaha, NE 2009

 

 “The Protector” Firefighters Memorial – 8 ft Bronze – Lewis & Clark Landing, Omaha, NE 2009

 

“Sioux Warrior” – 15 ft Bronze – Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden, Omaha, NE 2008

 

 

“Metamorphosis” – 18 ft Steel and Acrylic – Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE 2008

 

“Leaves” Water Feature – 15 ft high by 50 ft wide Painted Aluminum – Irvington, NE 2007

 

“Airborne Monument” - 8 ft Bronze – Heartland of America Park, Omaha, NE 2007

 

“Illumina” – 35 ft high by 100 ft wide Stainless Steel, Bronze, Aluminum, Acrylic, LED lights – Qwest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE  2007

 

“Unity” – 18 ft Stainless Steel – Department of Homeland Security, Omaha, NE  2006

 

“Billy Blue Jay” – 6 ft Bronze – Creighton University Soccer Stadium, Omaha, NE 2004

 

“Time Shadow” – 7 ft Bronze Sundial – Forest Lawn, Omaha, NE 2004

 

“Labor” - 30 ft Bronze Monument – Omaha Riverfront, Omaha, NE 2003 

(This monument is the second largest labor monument in the country.)

 

 “Through Currents of Time and Space” – 25 ft Bronze and Stainless Steel – Landmark Center,

Omaha, NE 1991

 

 

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Presidential Collection- President Ronald Reagan           

Presidential Palace- Hofberg, Vienna, Austria

U.S. Embassy- Prague, Czechoslovakia           

Nebraskahaus- Germany

Presidential Residence- Taiwan           

State Capital Building, Lincoln, NE

Hastings College Collection           

Ambassador J.M. Nimczyk, Washington, D.C.

 

CORPORATE ART COLLECTIONS

Takao Building Development, Tokyo, Japan            Guinness Brewing, London

BMW Corporation, Germany            Caterpillar Worldwide, Peoria, IL

Dayton Hudson, Minneapolis, MN            Martin May Corporation, Beverly Hills, CA

Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE            Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, NE

Peter Kiewit Sons, Omaha, NE            Level3 Corporation, Denver, CO

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE            Meritcare, Pittsburgh, PA

Dupont Worldwide            Washington Corporation, MT

CJ Cella Thoroughbreds Inc, St. Louis, MO            America First Corporation, Omaha, NE

Goedel and Co., New York, NY            Huntel Communications, Omaha, NE            

Durham Resources, Omaha, NE            Standard Corporation, Omaha, NE

Beta West, Omaha, NE            Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Hornady Manufacturing Company, Grand Island, NE            Henry Doorly Zoo 2001 Bronze Medallion

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE            Wayne Newton Collection

 

AWARDS AND EXHIBITS

Downtown Omaha Inc. - Cultural Art Award 2009

Midlands Business Journal  “40 Under 40” Entrepreneur Award 2003

Gold medal Artist, May Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ  1996 - 2004

One- Man Featured art Show, Naples Fine Art, Naples, FL  1991-1994, 1997, 2001, 2005

Wings Over the Platte Featured Artist 1991

One Man Art Show, Hastings College, 1990

One- Man Retrospective, Stuhr Museum, Grand Island, NE  1990

Best of Show National Wildlife Art Show, 1984, 1985, 1987

One Man Art Exhibit, Nebraska State Capital, 1985

One Man Show – U.S. Embassy, Prague, Czechoslovakia 1982

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Borsheims, Omaha, NE

DeBruyne Fine Art, Naples, FL

Mainview Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, OR

 

EDUCATION

Hastings College, Hastings, NE

Creighton University, Omaha, NE