Great Plains Art Museum


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Homefront and Battlefield

Homefront & Battlefield

Quilts and Context in the Civil War
February 3 - June 27, 2015

When millions of Americans mobilized for war, the very fabric of life was altered. Banners, uniforms, flags and cloth marked this powerful transition. Objects and their creators tell poignant stories of war that still resonate today. See this touring exhibit, presented by the Nebraska State Historical Society, at its only venue outside the East Coast. An intriguing and absorbing look at the most divisive period in American history.


  • Docent tours available Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (except April 22)
  • Lecture: "Practical Patriotism in a Civil War Quilt" on April 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Art Museum. Lecture by Jonathan Gregory, exhibitions curator at the International Quilt Studies Center and Museum.
  • Quilt Close-Up: During this behind the scenes opportunity at the IQSCM, visitors will have a curator-led close-up examination of quilts from American war time. April 10, noon-1 p.m. Tickets: $15.
  • Lecture: "The Civil War in the Great Plains" with American History Professor Ken Winkle on April 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Art Museum.
  • Gallery Talk: Curator Madeline Shaw will give a gallery talk about the exhibition's development.
  • Lecture: "Rattling the Skeletons in the Closet: New Discoveries about the Reconciliation Quilt" at the IQSCM on April 28, noon-1 p.m.

Read about how the gallery prepped for this exhibition in the Journal Star >

Looking Back Looking Forward

Looking Back Looking Forward: Native American Art from the Permanent Collection

Lower level Lentz Gallery
April 28 - Aug. 1, 2015

Inspired by the Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead Symposium, Looking Back, Looking Forward: Native American Art from the Permanent Collection features different forms of artistic expression found in Native American artworks from the Great Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Alongside works by Native American artists, stereoviews and photographs from the 19th Century portray the indigenous peoples of the Great Plains as captured through a non-native lens. Such images provide a glimpse of a way of life that inspired artists of later generations and demonstrates the significance of Native American culture in the past, present, and future of the Great Plains.

This exhibit was produced with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

First Friday exhibition: May 1, 5-7 p.m.

June 5 First Friday, 5-7 p.m.: Join us for a scavenger hunt in both exhibitions, prizes, and snacks.

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