Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

B.C. Gilbert
B.C. Gilbert
Brake, 2011
oil on panel & mixed media

Flat Land, Flat Water: Rubendall Artist in Residence B.C. Gilbert

July 12 - October 29, 2016

B.C. Gilbert's work is influenced by experiences of growing up on the High Plains of Texas where ranching is prominent. His work brings into question the iconography of West Texas incorporating cowboys and Indians alongside landscape markers such as water towers. In multi-media constructions that merge unconventional materials such as tooled leather, metal siding, and found objects with painting, Gilbert depicts the West in a manner reminiscent of Pop artists. Most recently, Gilbert began making prints combining Western icons with text. Gilbert’s sculptural paintings and prints present a unique perspective of the contemporary American West.

Gilbert will be in residence at the Museum from August 2 - 6 and October 11-15. Call 402-472-6220 for information on scheduling a tour or school group.


Henry Payer

Andrew Peters
A Good Solid Century Farm, 2015
oil on canvas

Ten Years of Elizabeth Rubendall Artists in Residence

September 2 – December 17, 2016

The Elizabeth Rubendall Foundation has generously funded the artist-in-residence program at the Great Plains Art Museum since 2006. While in residence, an artist creates a work on-site affording visitors a unique opportunity to see the artmaking process and meet the artist. The artwork then becomes part of the Museum's permanent collection. There are no limitations in regards to style or media; the only criteria is that the artist(s) hail from the Great Plains and/or depict subjects pertinent to the region.


Henry Payer

Henry Payer
Know Exit, 2015
mixed media on canvas

Contemporary Indigeneity: Spiritual Borderlands

September 2 – December 17, 2016

The 2016 iteration of Contemporary Indigeneity at the Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will explore Native American spirituality through artistic interpretations of place in the Great Plains. By bringing together works incorporating a diverse range of artistic media, this exhibition will seek to create dialogues regarding interpretations of sovereignty, spiritual connections to the land, and cultural identity within the boundaries of the Great Plains.


Glimpses of the Southwest

Terence Talaswaima
Soyoko Ogres, 1977
acrylic on paper

Glimpses of the Southwest: Native American Art from the Permanent Collection

& Pottery from the Norman and Bernice Harris Collection from the University of Nebraska State Museum

November 4, 2016 – February 25, 2017

Artworks created by Native American artists from the American Southwest from the Museum’s permanent collection are featured alongside a selection of Southwest pottery from the Norman and Bernice Harris Collection.


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 with host the statewide traveling photography exhibition as part of Nebraska's 150th Sesquicentennial. This juried exhibition open to all Nebraskans 15 years and older 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 the this project.

Download the Art Link radio piece on this exhibit


Paul Johnsgard: Work from the Permanent Collection

Paul Johnsgard: Hand-Tinted Prints from the Permanent Collection

January 6 – March 27, 2017

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


Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted

April 1 – July 22, 2017

Traveling exhibition of 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.