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Call for Artists


The Great Plains Art Museum announces a Call for Artists for its second biannual juried exhibition focusing on Native American life and culture in the Great Plains.

This exhibition, to open in June 2014, will include individuals whose work expresses the texture of Native American life in the Great Plains today. Founded in 1980, the Great Plains Art Museum is home to a large collection of historical and contemporary works by Native North American artists. The Museum regularly hosts exhibitions that focus on contemporary Native identity as well as historical Native issues.

Eligible works should express some element of Indigenous culture and have a contemporary or historical significance and placement within the Great Plains of North America (map).

Works submitted for the juried exhibition must reflect the mission of the Great Plains Art Museum:

In keeping with the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the mission of the Great Plains Art Museum is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the art and literature of the Great Plains region and to foster study and enhance appreciation, through changing exhibits and public programs, of the history and creative spirit of the Great Plains of North America.

This exhibition strives for a broad-ranging exploration which conveys the spectrum of contemporary visual art and fine craft in the Great Plains region, with a special emphasis on Native American culture. There are no media restrictions.

Exhibited works will be selected by a jury with $5,000 in awards chosen by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Awards include exhibition prizes from the Great Plains Art Museum, Sioux City Art Center and the Woodland Trails Art Gallery in Winnebago. Other awards include Best in Show, Best 2-D, Best 3-D, Best Student (or non-professional), Most Innovative Use of Media and Viewer’s Choice. The deadline for entry is March 2, 2014.

Smith is internationally known as an artist, curator, lecturer, printmaker and professor. She holds four honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mass College of Art and the University of New Mexico. Her work is in collections at the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Walker, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Recent awards include a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to archive her work; the 2011 Art Table Artist Award; Moore College Visionary Woman Award for 2011; Induction into the National Academy of Art 2011; Living Artist of Distinction, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, NM 2012; the Switzer Award for 2012.

For questions contact Alexandra Alberda or call 402-472-0599.


Open to artists working in any 2-D or 3-D art or fine craft medium reflecting the theme of the exhibition and the mission of the Great Plains Art Museum. Eligible works will express some element of Indigenous culture and have a contemporary or historical significance and placement within the Great Plains of North America. Each individual may submit up to 5 works.

Awards, purchases and sales
  • Best of show, $1,500
  • Best 3-D, $1,000
  • Best 2-D, $1,000
  • Most Innovative Use of Media, $500
  • Best Student/Nonprofessional Work, $350
  • Viewer's Choice, $350
  • Great Plains Art Museum exhibition prize, $300
  • Woodland Trails Art Gallery exhibition
  • Sioux City Art Center exhibition consideration

All sales to the public will be conducted through the Great Plains Art Museum with a 100% return to the artist. A suggested donation of 25% of sold works is appreciated. Purchasers must make arrangements with the artist for shipping or hand-retrieval from the museum. The Great Plains Art Museum (GPAM) will not set prices for artwork.

Submitting artwork for consideration by the jury

An artist should submit their work through SlideRoom online at https://unlart.slideroom.com by February 15, 2014. See the tutorial here. The maximum size for 2-D work is 1564 square inches including the outside dimension of the frame (for example, 24” x 36” artwork with a 5-inch frame). Sculpture must be of moderate size and not exceed 100 pounds.

The artist is allowed to upload 1-5 images as jpg or pdf files. A $15 submission fee needs to be paid through SlideRoom in order to complete the application. However, mailed entries will be accepted from those without internet access. Mailed submissions must include the $15 submission fee in the form of cash or a check made out to the Great Plains Art Museum. All incomplete applications that have not paid their submission fee as of Feb. 15, 2014 will not be considered.

Mailed entries must include identification labelsapplication form and either a CD or USB-flashdrive with images in jpg format or high-quality printed photographs. DO NOT include any original artwork, slides or transparencies in mailed entries. If you wish to have your CD, USB-flashdrive, or photographs returned after jury selection, you must include self-addressed stamped envelope.

Submitted works will be blindly reviewed by a panel of Great Plains Art Museum staff and Fellows of the Center for Great Plains Studies and judged on aesthetic and technical merit. Artists whose submissions are accepted will be notified in April. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith will choose works to receive awards after viewing those selected for the exhibition.

Submission of already-accepted artwork guidelines

Each accepted entry must have an identification label attached to it. Artwork(s) must arrive at the Museum from May 9-15, 2014 in a sturdy, reusable container. Do not use Styrofoam peanuts of any kind, bubble wrap is recommended. Shipping costs both to and from the Museum will be paid by the artist. The artist is responsible for return shipping instructions and a prepaid label from a shipping company, their arrangements with a specific shipper, or in the case of USPS a check made out to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the amount of the return shipping and a completed return shipping label. Artists may also hand-deliver and pickup their work in person.

More on awarding juror Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Jane Quick-to-See Smith

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith was born at the Indian Mission on her reservation. She is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, Montana.

She received an Associate of Arts Degree at Olympic College in Bremerton Washington. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle, received her BA in Art Education at Framingham State College, MA and a masters degree in art at the University of New Mexico.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the most acclaimed American Indian artists today. She has been reviewed in most art periodicals. Smith has had over 100 solo exhibits in the past 40 years and has done printmaking projects nationwide. Over that same time, she has organized and/or curated over 30 Native exhibitions, lectured at more than 200 universities, museums and conferences internationally, most recently at 5 universities in China. Smith has completed several collaborative public art works such as the floor design in the Great Hall of the new Denver Airport; an in-situ sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco and a mile-long sidewalk history trail in West Seattle and recently, a new terrazzo floor design at the Denver Airport.

Smith has received awards such as the Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, NY l987; the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant 1996; the Womens Caucus for the Arts Lifetime Achievement 1997; the College Art Association Women's Award 2002; Governor’s Outstanding New Mexico Woman’s Award 2005; New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts 2005. Art Table Artist Honoree, NY 2011; Visionary Woman Award 2011, Moore College, Phila. PA; Elected to National Academy of Art, NY 2011; Living Artist of Distinction Award, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 2012; Switzer Distinguished Artist 2012 and four honorary doctorates: Minneapolis College of Art and Design 1992; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1998; Massachusetts College of Art 2003; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 2009.

She is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Quito, Ecuador; the Museum of Mankind, Vienna, Austria; The Walker, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan, The Whitney Museum, NY and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Smith calls herself a cultural art worker which is also apparent in her work. Elaborating on her Native worldview, Smith's work addresses today's tribal politics, human rights and environmental issues with humor. Critic Gerrit Henry, (Art in America 2001) wrote: "For all the primal nature of her origins, Smith adeptly takes on contemporary American society in her paintings, drawings and prints, looking at things Native and national through bifocals of the old and the new, the sacred and the profane, the divine and the witty."


  • March 2, 2014: Deadline for digital and mailed entries.
  • April 7, 2014: Acceptance letters mailed.
  • May 9-15, 2014: Work should arrive at the Great Plains Art Museum.
  • 1155 Q St., Hewit Place
    Lincoln, NE
  • May 15, 2014: Artwork arrival deadline
  • May, 2014: Jurors will review and judge artworks, selecting those to be included in the final show.
  • June 6, 2014: Opening reception and annoucement of awards, 5-7 p.m.
  • June 7, 2014: Artist workshop, time TBD.
  • June 1-July 27, 2014: Exhibition open to the public. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1:30 to 5 p.m.

  • August 7, 2014: Unsold, hand-delivered work must be retrieved by this date. Please call 402-472-0599 or email the museum to schedule a pick-up. Please call at least 24 hours in advance.
  • August 31, 2014: By this date unsold works will be shipped in self-addressed stamped or pre-paid envelopes.
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