2015 Schedule of Exhibitions

Civil War quilt
Quilt, Botanical, 1859
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Album quilt of local flowers with Union Forever square
Made by Esther Matthews for her grandson Addison Blair Martz (died at Chancellorsville, May 1863)
Cotton; appliquéd and quilted
Collection of the Virginia Quilt Museum

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.


Fred E. Miller
Fred E. Miller
Plain Owl (18961-1921) with scared Tobacco Ceremony ritual bird-head staff
1898-1912, contemporary print from original glass negative 1995
On loan from the Carroll and Nancy O'Connor Foundation

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.


LPS Exhibition

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.


Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie
Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie
5 Minutes Work Buffalo Cows, 2010
Digital photograph printed on poly-satin fabric
Collection of the Great Plains Art Museum

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.


APA show

American Plains Artists 30th Annual Juried Exhibit -- Art of the Plains

August 7 - October 24

The 30th installment of American Plains Artists Annual Juried exhibition features artists working in any traditional 2D or 3D fine art media in a realistic or representational manner with a thematic focus on the American Plains. Organized by the American Plains Artists Association, the exhibition is part of its ongoing efforts to education the public about the diversity found in artistic depictions of the American Plains.


Gwen Westerman
Gwen Westerman
Star Knowledge, 2013
100% cotton quilt, glass bead embellishments and Swarovski crystals in constellations, hand quilted with metallic thread.
Constellations associated with winter sky in northern Plains as described by traditional Dakota teachings. Courtesy of the artist

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
Olaf Seltzer
Charles Russell on Redbird, c. 1905-07
Oil on canvas
Gift of Dr. John and Elizabeth Christlieb

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.