Great Plains Art Museum


Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major U.S. and University holidays | Free admission | 402-472-6220
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The University of Nebraska is a land-grant institution with campuses and programs on the past, present, and future homelands of the Pawnee, Ponca, Otoe-Missouria, Omaha, Dakota, Lakota, Kaw, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Peoples, as well as those of the relocated Ho-Chunk, Sac and Fox, and Iowa Peoples.

Vital Presence

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.

First Friday event

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

Lower-level gallery
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.

First Friday event

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

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