Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Glimpses of the Southwest

Terence Talaswaima
Soyoko Ogres, 1977
acrylic on paper

Glimpses of the Southwest

Native American Art from the Permanent Collection & the University of Nebraska State Museum

November 4, 2016 – February 25, 2017

Paintings and sculptures by Southwest Native American artists provide a glimpse of a region bordering the Great Plains. Paintings from the artistic collaboration known as Artist Hopid from the Great Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection are featured alongside objects on loan from the University of Nebraska State Museum including pottery from the Norman and Bernice Harris Collection and kachinas from bequest of Luella Buros. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view rarely seen jewels from the University of Nebraska State Museum in conjunction with paintings by Hopi and Zuni artists from the same region of the American Southwest.


Bridges, Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future

Bridges, Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future

January 6 – March 25, 2017

In collaboration with the Hildegard Center for the Arts, the Great Plains Art Museum will host the statewide traveling photography exhibition, "Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future," as part of Nebraska's 150th Sesquicentennial. This juried exhibition will serve as a bridge to connect Nebraskans with their culture and heritage highlighting historic places and often over-looked historical treasures in all 93 counties. The Governor’s Sesquicentennial Committee (the Nebraska 150 Commission) has officially endorsed this project as a Signature event.

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Part of Lincoln's Photofest


Paul Johnsgard: Work from the Permanent Collection

Paul Johnsgard: Hand-Tinted Prints from the Permanent Collection

January 6 – March 25, 2017

Selection of hand-tinted prints of biological drawings of flora and fauna of the Great Plains by UNL Professor Emeritus Paul Johnsgard.


Lari Radabaugh Gibbons

Lari Gibbons
Traces 3, 2013
letter press

Rising: Elizabeth Rubendall Artist in Residence Lari R. Gibbons

March 3 – June 24, 2017

Lari Radabaugh Gibbons is a professor at the University of North Texas, where she teaches printmaking and directs the Print Research Institute of North Texas (P.R.I.N.T Press). She earned an MFA from the University of Nebraska and a BA from Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa). Lari served as editor of The Mid America Print Council Journal from 2010 to 2013. Gibbons was selected because her work relates to the CGPS 2017 Symposium “Flat Places, Deep Identities: Mapping Nebraska and the Great Plains” and she is a UNL alumna, connecting to the 150-year celebration of Nebraska statehood.


Deeply Rooted

Cynthia Wenslow
July 9th - Lake County Series, 2015
fabric, felt, thread

Deeply Rooted

April 1 – July 22, 2017

A traveling exhibition that features narrative quilts by Studio Art Quilt Associates from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The imagery explores the connection of family, community, and our spirituality to nature and the Midwest soil. These aspects can be interpreted in abstract or concrete ways.


In the Presence of Absence

Rick Houchin
Inland, Nebraska

In the Presence of Absence: Photographs by David Lovekin and Rick Houchin

July 7 – October 28, 2017

Photographs by Houchin and Lovekin depict 12 to 15 different small towns in central Nebraska. The pair of photographers spent two years creating the photographs. A portion of the entire project that contains about 70 images in the Museum’s lower level gallery.