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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.