Celebrating the 50th anniversary of our landmark Philip Johnson building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association.


From the Collection


Lee Krasner
American, 1908-1984

Invocation, 1970-71
Oil on canvas

Invocation was acquired in honor of the Sheldon's 50th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association.

Norman Geske interviewed by Rita Shaw at the museum's opening, 1963.

Sheldon mourns the death of director emeritus Norman Geske

Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 6, 2014--The staff and friends of the Sheldon Museum of Art mourn the passing of Norman Geske, whose leadership of the museum from 1956 to 1982 established unprecedented growth in presentation of the arts in Lincoln, at the University of Nebraska, and across the state. His many accomplishments as director include construction of Sheldon's landmark Philip Johnson–designed building, development of the collection it houses, and establishment of the Sheldon Film Theater, now the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Norman's impact reached far beyond the walls of the museum to include the curation of the American pavilion at the 1968 Venice Biennale, placement of contemporary sculpture across Nebraska to commemorate the US bicentennial in 1976, development of the Nebraska Blakelock Inventory, and involvement in the creation of the Museum of Nebraska Art in 1979.

Interim Director of Sheldon Museum of Art Christin Mamiya, who has known Norman since her arrival at UNL in 1987, said: “I, like so many others, will miss Norman immensely. Aside from his tremendous contributions to the Sheldon, he was a tireless and eloquent champion of art. He was also a dear friend and wonderful mentor who generously shared his expertise about art and museums.”

A memorial service will be held at the museum at 4 p.m. on Monday, September 22. Overflow seating will be available at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, 13th and R streets on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln City Campus.

In celebration of Norman's remarkable life, we share these links:

Norman Geske, 1915–2014, obituary

"Norman Geske's Last Day of Work," NET Nebraska, August 14, 1983, video

"Artists in America: Norman Geske Building The Sheldon," NET Nebraska, June 23, 1971, video

"Geske's impact will endure," Lincoln Journal Star editorial, September 9, 2014

"Norman Geske, 'father of Nebraska art,' dies at 98," Lincoln Journal Star, September 6, 2014

"Norman Geske, first director of Sheldon Museum of Art, dead at 98," Omaha World Herald, September 6, 2014

"History of the Nebraska Blakelock Inventory," by Norman A. Geske

Exhibitions and Events

Painting–From the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art

through mid July 2015

Featuring some of the museum's most beloved and iconic paintings, the exhibition includes nineteenth-century masterpieces by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, and Benjamin West; iconic pictures by twentieth-century artists such as Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Joseph Stella, and Andy Warhol; and paintings by both emerging artists and giants in the contemporary field, including Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, Ed Ruscha, Hung Liu, Patssi Valdez, and William T. Williams.

Sculpting the Human Figure: Barbara Laging and Margarita Worth

Aug. 8, 2014 - Oct. 19, 2014

The Sheldon Museum of Art brings to light sculpture by two Nebraska women artists who worked primarily in the 1950s and 1960s. Barbara Laging and Margarita Worth sculpted in stone, cast bronze, and hard wood yet neither artist was given serious attention in her lifetime. Although their materials differed, the artists shared a common interest in the human figure, primarily the head. Inspired by art history and personal relationships, works by these two sculptors reflect an interest and curiosity in the larger world.

Re-Picturing Nebraska: Statewide Responses

Through September 14, 2014

In late August 2013, the Sheldon Museum of Art began its tour of Picturing Nebraska, the 27th annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition. Picturing Nebraska explored the ways in which artists have depicted the state and included a portion of University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor Elizabeth Ingraham’s project, Mapping Nebraska. During the exhibition’s tour, visitors were invited to become a part of the Mapping Nebraska project by writing, drawing, or collaging their own thoughts and feelings about Nebraska on participation cards. A diverse cross-section of these cards will be on view in Sheldon’s Focus Gallery through September 14.

Daniel Chauche: Visions of the Future Past in Guatemala

Aug. 29, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015

The Sheldon Museum of Art is collaborating with Daniel Chauche to present the first museum exhibition of his photographs in the United States. Chauche, who has been photographing Guatemala since late 1975, presents a cultural, historical, and political narrative through his own unique gaze, creating images that are both anthropological and deeply personal.

Things Speak Bike Tour I

Sep. 21, 2014

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The first in a series of three unique bike tours to Lincoln collections is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21. The tour visits Sheldon Museum of Art, Great Plains Art Museum, Nebraska State Capitol, and Frank H. Woods Telephone Museum. Reservations for the free bike tours may be made online at EventBrite.com.

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