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.

Sheldon Seeks Student Docents

We're looking for student docents to give tours of exhibitions to college classes and community groups during the spring semester 2015.

Undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and area colleges and universities are invited to apply.

Student docents will meet for training from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, Jan. 16, 23, and 30 and Feb. 6. They will attend introductions to new exhibitions, gallery talks by curators, field trips to other museums, and meet-and-greet events for visiting artists and lecturers. Students will gain valuable experience with inquiry-based teaching strategies, access to the arts for visitors with physical or cognitive disabilities, and the behind-the-scenes operations of an art museum. No previous experience is required.

For more information or to sign up for Sheldon’s volunteer student docent program, contact Lisa Maurer at 402.472.4524 or lisa.maurer@unl.edu.

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.

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: Storied Objects from Lincoln Collections

Through February 8

In addition to collecting, preserving and studying objects, a museum provides a forum in which objects' stories are told. In that vein, Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln presents "Things Speak: Storied Objects from Lincoln Collections," an exhibition assembled from the collections of 12 of the city's public collections.

Dialogues: Recent Acquisitions of the Sheldon Museum of Art

Oct. 28, 2014 through Feb. 1, 2015

Each year the Sheldon is the grateful steward of many acquisitions, by purchase, gift, and bequest. Comprised of a sampling of art added to the collection within the past five years, the exhibition pairs and groups works, often in surprising ways, to evoke new meanings. Many of the items on display will be making their first public appearance at the museum.

Look! at Lunchtime

Dec. 18, 2014

12:15 PM

Jonathan Frederick Walz, curator of American art, facilitates a 15-minute dialogue on Martin Johnson Heade's oil on canvas Oranges and Orange Blossoms, 1883/95.

Thing Think: A Creativity Workshop for Families

Dec. 27, 2014

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Seattle artist Joe Sparano leads a creativity workshop for families in conjunction with the exhibition "Things Speak: Storied Objects from Lincoln Collections."

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