A Vital Presence: Native Art at the Great Plains Art Museum
November 5, 2021–March 19, 2022
A Vital Presence presents selections from the Great Plains Art Museum’s collection of Native art, a significant—and growing—part of its permanent holdings. Featuring artists from diverse Great Plains and Southwest Indigenous tribes, this exhibition highlights the perspectives of these artists while emphasizing the ongoing presence and vitality of Indigenous peoples in our region.
Above: Sharron Ahtone Harjo (Kiowa, b. 1945, Carnegie, OK), We Had Plenty, 1989, oil on canvas, gift of the Friends of the Center for Great Plains Studies
Banner: Christine Musgrave (Osage Nation, b. 1959), Bear Dance, 1990, oil pastel, ink, acrylic, and collage, gift in memory of George M. & Helen G. Buffet
The Christlieb Collection: 40 Years Later
October 1, 2021–February 19, 2022
In the fall of 1981, the Christlieb Collection of Western Art opened to the public on the second floor of UNL’s Love Library. 40 years later, this collection is still a favorite of many who visit it in its current home at the Great Plains Art Museum. This exhibition highlights key pieces from the collection and explores the legacy and interpretation of these artworks and the American West.
Above: William de la Montagne Cary (1840–1922), Buffalo Throwing the Hunter, 1909, Bronze, Gift of Dr. John and Elizabeth Christlieb
Banner: Aaron Pyle (b. 1909, Towanda, KS; d. 1972, Chappell, NE), Chimney Rock, 1958, tempera on canvas, Gift of Dr. John and Elizabeth Christlieb