Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War
February 3 - June 27, 2015
In collaboration with the Nebraska State Historical Society and the American Textile History Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum will host the traveling exhibition of Civil War era quilts, clothing, textiles, and related objects contributing to the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War (1861-65.) Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War connects material objects to deeply moving and insightful personal stories about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context. Textiles were integral to the Civil War—physically, economically, ideologically, and emotionally—and linked soldiers and civilians. The exhibition and accompanying book build on recent scholarship in social and economic history to tell of the events that led to the war, the stories of men and women affected by the Civil War, and the opportunities and challenges that followed it.
Select Photographs by Fred E. Miller: Photographer of the Crows
January 13 - March 28, 2015
As part of the 4th Biennial Lincoln Photofest, a selection of photographs from the Fred E. Miller photograph collection on loan from the Carroll and Nancy O'Connor Foundation will be featured in the Lentz Gallery. Between 1898 and 1912, Fred E. Miller photographed the Crow in Montana. Miller’s images provide an intimate portrait of the Crow during what some have considered the last years of their wholly traditional plains life.
Lincoln Public Schools Student Exhibition
April 1 - 18, 2015
In collaboration with Lincoln Public Schools Visual Arts Mentor Programs, artworks created by students during the 2014-15 school year will be showcased. The Visual Arts Mentor Program partners elementary school children gifted in the visual arts with an artist mentor who works with the student 2 hours per week.
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Native American Art from the Permanent Collection
April 28 - August 29, 2015
Inspired by the Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead Symposium, this exhibition examines different forms of artistic expression found in Native American artworks from the Great Plains Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. Of special interest is how selected artworks reflect the past, present and future of Native American cultures.
We are Star People: The Art and Poetry of Gwen Westerman
September 4 - December 19
Recent work by Gwen Westerman, 2014 Contemporary Indigeneity Exhibition Prize winner, features unique quilts and textiles alongside poetry inspired by personal connections to her Dakota family history. Dr. Westerman is a professor of English at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She co-authored MniSota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, with Bruce White, which won a Minnesota Book Award and has published a collection of poetry written in Dakota and English entitled Follow the Blackbirds
Cowboys from the Collection
November 6, 2015- February 27, 2016
Artworks from the permanent collection featuring cowboys will be highlighted. Of note will be key bronzes from renowned cowboy artists Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington.