The Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-In-Residence Program

The Elizabeth Rubendall Foundation has generously funded an artist-in-residence program at the Great Plains Art Museum since 2006. Artworks are commissioned by the museum to become part of the museum's permanent collection, and the artist completes the commissioned artwork(s) at the Great Plains Art Museum. The full artistic process is on display for visitors and school groups, creating a unique program as well as enduring art.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for your school or tour group, please contact the Great Plains Art Museum at 402-472-6220.

Kirsten Furlong

Over the Edge of the World—Kirsten Furlong
2020 Elizabeth Rubendall Artist in Residence

Exhibition: March 6–June 27, 2020

Residency dates: June 2–13

The exhibition Over the Edge of the World by Kirsten Furlong explores the artist's interpretation of the natural history and current grassland ecology in the Great Plains and beyond through drawings, monotypes, and paintings. Bird species, past and present, insects, animals, and plants are depicted along with mark making inspired by the lines and textures of the prairie.

(Left) Kirsten Furlong, Extinct Birds of the Great Plains: Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis ludovicianus), 2019, ink, collage, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper, photograph courtesy of the artist

Flying with the birds: Kite making workshop

Saturday, June 6, 1–4 p.m.

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to interact with the artist, learn about Great Plains birds, and create and assemble their own kite. Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

First Friday celebration

Friday, June 5, 5-7 p.m.,

Celebrate Furlongs’s exhibition during Lincoln’s First Friday Artwalk from 5–7 p.m. Furlong will give a short gallery talk about her artwork at 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


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The Elizabeth Rubendall Foundation has generously funded an artist-in-residence program at the Great Plains Art Museum since 2006. Artworks are commissioned by the museum to become part of the museum's permanent collection, and the artist completes the commissioned artwork(s) at the Great Plains Art Museum. The full artistic process is on display for visitors and school groups, creating a unique program as well as enduring art.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for your school or tour group, please contact the Great Plains Art Museum at 402-472-6220.

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Announcing the Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-in-Residence Studio & Education Lab

The Great Plains Art Museum is excited to announce the opening of the Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-in-Residence Studio and Education Lab donated by Fred and Julie Hoppe in the Museum's lower level.

The Artist-in-Residence Program brings an artist to Lincoln each year to create a piece of artwork in the Museum's lobby to become part of the Museum's permanent collection.The Elizabeth Rubendall Foundation has generously funded this program since 2006. With this new donation from the Hoppes, the artist has a more flexible, secure studio space while still in full view of the public. The conversion of this under-utilized office space to a studio also provides a year-round, hands-on education space right off the lower-level gallery. The education space allows for more flexibility in programming that will include educational workshops with not only artists, but other Great Plains scholars.