Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Collecting Nebraska

William de la Montagne Cary
Chimney Rock in the Platte River Valley with Oglala Sioux Village, ca. 1867

Collecting Nebraska

August 4 – December 16, 2017

Features artworks from the permanent collection that depict Nebraska or were created by Nebraska artists. The exhibition is an official event of 150th Anniversary celebration of Nebraska statehood.

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Collection Critters

George Keahbone
Two Deer, ca. 1980
gouache on paper
Gift of John and Susan Wunder

Collection Critters

November 3, 2017 – February 24, 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.

Cowboys from the Collection

Olaf Seltzer
Charles M. Russell on Redbird, ca. 1905-1907
oil on canvas mounted on panel
Gift of Dr. John and Elizabeth Christlieb

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.

Henry Payer

New mixed media work by Henry Payer, 2017; courtesy of the artist

Elizabeth Rubendall Artist in Residence: Henry Payer

March 3– June 30, 2018

Henry Payer is a Ho-Chunk multidisciplinary artist who works primarily with collage and mixed media. He references the altered landscape through Indigenous cartographic methods of "picture-writing" with traditional aspects of spatial representation and symbolism combined with European modernist models of cubism, spatial distortion and collage. Henry represents a new generation of artists seeking to expand the range and voice of their visual and cultural representation, while attending to forms of tradition.

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor
Becoming, 2015
acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist

Robert Lee Taylor

May 4 – August 25, 2018

The Oklahoma artist was named the Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Norman in fall 2017. A portion of the artist's new work will travel to Nebraska. A self-taught artist of Native descent, Taylor is best known for his usage of iconic symbols and manipulation of proportion seen often in the hands and feet. His symbolic paintings challenge the notion that American Indian art should adhere to any one style.


George Barker, Florida-Alligators Sunning Themselves-Indian River, stereoview


May 4 – August 25, 2018

Unique artworks from the permanent collection that stand out or don't quite fit into the realm of the Great Plains.


John Federick Lokke, A Relic at the End of the Road, watercolor on paper, courtesy of the artist

Art & Poetry of the Barada Hills

July 13 – October 20, 2018

Watercolor paintings by John Frederick Lokke paired with poems by Jan Chism Wright tell a story about the rolling hills of southeast Nebraska through images and words.


Nelda Schrupp, WE Are Still Here, 2015 Argentium silver, horsehair, replica trade bead, exhibited in Contemporary Indigeneity 2016

Contemporary Indigeneity: Great Plains Fashion

September 7 - December 15, 2018

The next installment of the Contemporary Indigeneity biennial exhibition will feature Native American fashion on the Great Plains incorporating items ranging from couture to jewelry to screen printed T-shirts. The exhibition will highlight work by nationally and internationally well-known Native American artists working in the field of fashion as well as by individuals who are not represented by galleries or have shown their work before.