Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

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.


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With the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.


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.


Tonita Peña
San Ildefonso Buffalo Dancers, n.d.
gouache on paper
gift of Patricia Janis Broder and Stanely H. Broder

From paint brushes to camera lenses: Creative Women of the Great Plains

September 7, 2018 – March 23, 2019

Paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs from the permanent collection highlight the creative spirit of women artists. Artist such as Juane Quick-to-See Smith, Tonita Pena, Terry Evans, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Martha Pettigrew, and Anne Burkeholder are just a few of the artists featured.

Opening reception: September 7, 5-7 p.m.

New Farmers

New Farmers

New Farmers

November 2, 2018 – February 16, 2019

New Farmers is a collaborative research project between photographer D. Bryon Darby, designer Tim Hossler, and sociologist Paul Stock. An observation of today's independent farmer, the project merges visual images with the print media of newspapers to explore and discuss contemporary farming. “New Farmers” aims to tell the story and empower the diversity of a new breed of first-generation, small-scale, sustainable farmer. Comprised of large-scale prints (up to 40x50-inches) from the project (images and text panels) are paired with copies of the “New Farmers” newspaper are available for visitors addressing the subjects of the work, food and farming on the Great Plains. More about the project can be found at

Opening reception: November 2, 5-7 p.m.

American West Masters

Charles M. Russell
Assininoine Warrior, modeled 1913, cast 1970
gift of Dr. John and Elizabeth Christlieb

American West Masters

April 5 – August 24, 2019

Master artists of the Art of the American West genre from the permanent collection will be features. Albert Bierstadt, Ernest Burke, Karl Bodmer, John Gutzon Borglum, Fremont Ellis, William Henry Jackson, Carl Kauba, Fredric Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Olaf Weighorst were key players in the development of picturing the American West.