Cowboys from the Collection
January 16 – April 28, 2018
Explore how this icon of American culture has been depicted over the last century through artworks selected from the permanent collection. Of note will be bronzes from renowned cowboy artists Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, paintings by Jackson Pollock, Thomas Hart Benton, and Olaf Wieghorst, and contemporary photography by Chuck Guilder and George Tuck. With the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Humanities Nebraska.
November 3, 2017 – February 1, 2018
All types of Great Plains animals from bison to horses to cranes to dogs will appear in sculpture, prints, photographs, and paintings from the Museum’s permanent collection.
April 7 – July 15, 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.
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.
Hildegard Center for the Arts 150th Photo Exhibition
January 6, 2017 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 was in residence at the Museum from August 2 - 6 and October 11-15.
June 3 - August 27, 2016
Kendall McMinimy fuses photography and printmaking in monochromatic abstracted renderings of irrigation systems. The artist draws attention to agricultural water use through images that explore the nature of center pivot irrigation as “a system that encircles multiple conflicting truths — a worldwide revolution in food production is also complicit in the depletion of groundwater; humanitarian aid aligns with hegemonic order; global market forces allow and deny local economies; a system simultaneously produces and diminishes.”
Born and raised in the High Plains of Kansas, McMinimy holds an MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cropping to Circles was recently recognized in the Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios of 2014.
April 1 - August 27, 2016
We, The Heartland is a love letter to the cultural landscape of the prairies. Photographs by Kate Schneider portraying the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska and South Dakota are paired with handwritten letters to President Obama from landowners and Lakota natives. The landscapes address the unseen threat the proposed pipeline poses to the land, and the accompanying letters address the indexical relationship between the land and those who seek to preserve it.
Schneider is a Toronto-based photographer and educator. Her work is based in the traditions of documentary storytelling and ethnography, and her most recent works focus on the impact that land and the socialized landscape have on individual and cultural identity in North America. Schneider was recognized by the Magenta Foundation's 2013 and 2015 Flash Forward competitions, and has recently shown her work at the Soho Photo gallery (New York), the Society of Photographic Education (Cleveland), and the floor of the United States Senate. She received her MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University (2009) and is an Instructor of Photography at OCAD University and the Unviersity of Guelph-Humber. This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
February 5 – June 25, 2016
An Exhibition of Vintage Engravings 1770-1902
Curated by Lee Silliman, a spectrum of original nineteenth century engravings of wildlife that graced the American West will be on view. Images published in Harper’s Weekly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, The Illustrated London News, and other historical sources illuminate the native species and their interaction with humans. Included in this menagerie are bears, bison, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, wolves, beaver, cougars, wolverines, eagles, osprey, rattlesnakes, and even (feral) wild horses. These fauna are portrayed in their natural habitat or as the object of mankind’s penchant to hunt them for food, clothing, or sport. The panoply of scenes includes dramatic surprise encounters between man and animal, stealthy approach by hunters, conflicts between predator and prey species, a stampede from a prairie fire, Native American veneration of wildlife, and faunal portraits set in their natural habitat.
September 1, 2015 - January 30, 2016
Photography and Poetry
From This Grass Earth celebrates the wild and immense beauty of the North American grasslands by exploring the legacy of stewards of the Great Plains landscape. Through a marriage of art, science, and poetry, visitors can experience and engage with the landscape through a myriad of aesthetic, scientific, and ecological lenses.
The collaborative exhibition features photographs from the Rediscover the Prairie expedition by Sebastian Tsocanos, photographs and poems written on the trail by Robin Walter, graphics compiled by the World Wildlife Fund that articulate ecological trends underway in North America’s grasslands, and an interactive interface that allows viewers to identify the threats facing the Great Plains ecoregion.
From This Grass Earth aims to increase awareness of a critically endangered landscape and excite a deeper understanding, appreciation, and engagement with the natural world and our place within it. For more information about the project, please visit: http://www.rediscovertheprairie.org. This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
September 1, 2015 - January 30, 2016
The Art and Poetry of Gwen Westerman
Recent work by Gwen Westerman, 2014 Contemporary Indigeneity Exhibition Prize winner, features unique quilts and textiles alongside poetry inspired by personal connections to her Dakota family history. Dr. Westerman is a professor of English at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She co-authored MniSota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, with Bruce White, which won a Minnesota Book Award and has published a collection of poetry written in Dakota and English entitled Follow the Blackbirds.
February 3 - June 27, 2015
Quilts and Context in the Civil War
In collaboration with the Nebraska State Historical Society and the American Textile History Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum will host the traveling exhibition of Civil War era quilts, clothing, textiles, and related objects contributing to the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War (1861-65.) Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War connects material objects to deeply moving and insightful personal stories about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context. Textiles were integral to the Civil War—physically, economically, ideologically, and emotionally—and linked soldiers and civilians. The exhibition and accompanying book build on recent scholarship in social and economic history to tell of the events that led to the war, the stories of men and women affected by the Civil War, and the opportunities and challenges that followed it.
January 13 - March 28, 2015
As part of the 4th Biennial Lincoln Photofest, a selection of photographs from the Fred E. Miller photograph collection on loan from the Carroll and Nancy O'Connor Foundation will be featured in the Lentz Gallery. Between 1898 and 1912, Fred E. Miller photographed the Crow in Montana. Miller’s images provide an intimate portrait of the Crow during what some have considered the last years of their wholly traditional plains life.
August 1 - December 21, 2014
Selected Works from the Permanent Collection and Recent Photographs by Jan Christensen
Striking images by Christensen complement an array of paintings, photographs, and prints from the museum's collection. Highlighting artworks with low horizon lines and expansive vistas, the exhibition celebrates the endless skyline characteristic of Great Plains landscapes. Narrow All Horizons illustrates how the American Great Plains captured the imagination of artists from the early 20th Century until today. The landscapes vary in media and also incorporate several artistic styles ranging from realism to abstraction.
May 2014 - February 2015
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Western was one of the most popular genres of silent film. It has since developed through many revivals from the Classic Westerns of the forties to the Spaghetti and Contemporary Westerns of the sixties and seventies. It provided action, scenic settings, and colorful uniforms and costumes. The Western movie symbolizes man's conquest of the wilderness in the name of civilization and confiscation of the territorial rights of the original inhabitants of the frontier, Native Americans. These films play an important role in shaping ethnic and national identities, and create and perpetuate national stereotypes. Although we might not agree with the depictions of Native Americans in westerns, understanding Hollywood's as America's stereotype of these people is true of its time period. Unfortunately, this stereotypical image from Hollywood served as the iconic Native American for everyone who lived mid-20th century though many earlier films were far from accurate. This exhibition showcases five elements of a western film shown through the lens of our permanent collection.
June 1 - July 27, 2014
“Contemporary Indigeneity” included individuals whose work expresses the texture of Native American life in the Great Plains today. Exhibited works were selected by a jury. Artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith awarded cash prizes during the exhibit’s First Friday opening.
March 14 - May 18, 2014
“Dry Times” by ceramic artist Jess Benjamin focused on water usage in the Great Plains, a regional concern related the phenomenon of global drought. In the west gallery, an exhibition titled "Drought Interpretations" was curated by Liz Ingraham, UNL Art & Art History featured items from Arlee Barr, Amanda Breitbach, Kim Kopp, Launa Bacon, and Stacy Asher. Both shows were timed to coincide with the 2014 Great Plains Symposium on drought.
January 2 - February 23, 2014
Karl Bodmer’s vivid reflection of the landscapes, wildlife, frontier settlements, and American Indian peoples that he and Prince Maximilian of Wied encountered during their expedition along the Upper Missouri River. Made possible with support from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Richard P. Kimmell and Laurine Kimmel charitable Foundation, Inc.
April 23 - May 3, 2013, exhibit extended until June 15, 2013
Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-in-Residence Molly Murphy Adams, beadwork. During her residency, Murphy Adams created a sculptural beadwork that became part of the museum’s permanent collection; The commissioned artwork blended Native and non-Native imagery and patterns including parflesche designs, cartography, historic events and flora and fauna from the Great Plains region.
Aug. 3 - Sept. 23, 2012
Contemporary Indigeneity: The New Art of the Great Plains
June 1 - July 29, 2012
The first of a recurring juried exhibition of Native American art
Longed for Still: The Avian Art of Anne Peyton
April 24 - May 27, 2012
Confrontations and Concilatory Acts: Art & Artifacts of United States and Sioux Nation Conflict
March 2012 - March 2013
LPS Visual Mentoring Program and Kaneko
Jan. 5 - April 22, 2012
Student art show
Modern Traditions: Seeing with New Eyes
Jan. 5 - April 22, 2012
Paper Plains: The Cast Paper Sculpture of Allen and Patty Eckman
March 2012-March 2013
Paper sculpture, Artist-in-Residence program
Marking the Prairie Sublime: Paintings and Prints by Jonathan Goodding
Jan. 3 - March 25, 2012
Transported with Wonder
Jan. 3 - March 25, 2012
The Great Plains
Oct. 8 - Dec. 11, 2011
Amassing Artists: The Collecting Compulsions of the Christliebs
August 2010 - December 2011
Portraits of the Prairie - The Land that Inspired Willa Cather
Lincoln Public Schools Visual Arts Mentoring Program
Double Vision: New Works by Hulleah Tsinahjinnie
Jan. 3 - April 14, 2011
Ceremonial Dancing and Collaborative Spirits: Modern Native American Art
Jan. 3 - March 27, 2011