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SAA Member Book Club
May 30, 2015 -- 10:00 AM

The group will discuss Willa Cather's 1915 novel Song of the Lark in conjunction with the exhibition Visual Cather: The Writer's Pictorial Imagination.

For information on the book club and membership to the Sheldon Art Association, contact Jennifer at 402-472-1454 or

Jazz in June: The Rad Trads
June 2, 2015 -- 6 PM Garden Tour, 7 PM Concert

Featuring four powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three lead vocalists, the Rad Trads perform a diverse style of soulful American music influenced by early jazz, New Orleans brass, Chicago and Delta blues, rock ’n’ roll, and funk.

Garden Tour: Mark Canney, park planner with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation, will discuss the design relationships between the plants, trees, shrubs, and buildings along the 12th Street mall leading to Memorial Stadium.

First Friday featuring Land of Enchantment
June 5, 2015 -- 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

A reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition, Land of Enchantment: New Mexico as Cultural Crossroads, with music by Oscar Rios Pohirieth.

Jazz in June: Swing Fever
June 9, 2015 -- Garden Tour 6 PM, Concert 7 PM

Swing Fever, featuring Lincoln residents Gene Davis, Jerry Renaud, Eric Toombs, and Pance Zaev, will take the audience on musical journey to New Orleans via traditional and modern sounds of the Crescent City.

Garden Tour: Ann Powers, landscape assistant with UNL Landscape Services, will lead a tour through Love Garden and discuss its perennials, new additions, and maintenance.

Starwatcher Night: A Trail of Telescopes
June 9, 2015 -- 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Following the Jazz in June concert, Shawn Langan, introductory teaching lab manager, and students from the UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy will serve as guides on a walking telescope tour of the night sky. Telescopes focused on various objects will be placed between Sheldon and the Student Observatory atop the parking garage at 625 Stadium Drive.

Visual Cather Gallery Talks
June 11, 2015 -- 3 and 4 PM

Gallery talks with Lindsay Andrews, exhibition co-curator, followed by a reception.

Jazz in June: UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble
June 16, 2015 -- Garden Tour 6 PM, Concert 7 PM

The UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble presents a varied and exciting program including original works and distinctive arrangements of jazz and popular standards. The group consists of Dave Hall, Paul Haar, Hans Sturm, Eric Richards, Peter Bouffard, Darryl White and Tom Larson.

Garden tour: Kay Logan-Peters, an art and architecture librarian, will lead an architectural tour of historic buildings of UNL's original campus.

Look! at Lunchtime
June 18, 2015 -- 12:15 PM

Ashley Hussman, co-curator of Visual Cather, facilitates a 15-minute dialogue on Nicolai Fechin's portrait of Willa Cather.

Jazz in June: Grand Marquis
June 23, 2015 -- Garden Tour 6 PM, Concert 7 PM

This band injects a contemporary relevance into jazz, blues and swing, drawing inspiration from Prohibition-era Kansas City, 1930s Paris, 1950s Memphis and the streets of New Orleans.

Garden tour: Sharon Kennedy, Sheldon's director of education; Erin Poor, assistant curator of education; and Genevieve Ellerbee, associate registrar, offer a tour of newly installed and recently conserved works in the museum's sculpture garden.

Jazz in June: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
June 30, 2015 -- Garden Tour 6 PM, Concert 7 PM

Composer and performer Jason Marsalis, a member of New Orleans’ venerable first family of jazz, is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford, and Delfeayo. Marsalis, known for his collaborative creativity, will perform original compositions influenced by traditional elements and the unique talents of each member of the quartet.

Garden Tour: Eileen Bergt, assistant director of UNL Landscape Services, will discuss new perennials, shrubs and water plants in Sheldon’s sculpture garden and the landscape design of the Lied plaza.

Gallery Talk on Land of Enchantment
July 7, 2015 -- 5:30 PM

Curatorial intern Xuan Pham will present an overview of Land of Enchantment and insights gained during her research for the exhibition.

Walking Tour and Gallery Talk on Visual Cather
July 14, 2015 -- 5:30 PM

A gallery talk and walking tour of Cather-related sites on the UNL City Campus, led by exhibition co-curator Lindsay Andrews.

Look! at Lunchtime
July 16, 2015 -- 12:15 PM

Jonathan Frederick Walz, curator of American art, facilitates a 15-minute dialogue on Alexandre Hogue’s Procession of the Saint, Santo Domingo, 1928.

Family Day
July 19, 2015 -- 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Enjoy an afternoon of art-making activities related to Visual Cather and Land of Enchantment.

Moon Movie Night with The Romance of the Moon
July 21, 2015 -- 6:00 PM

Sheldon and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center mark the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with the screening of two lunar-centric films: A Trip to the Moon, 1902, and In the Shadow of the Moon, 2007.

Tour of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience Technology
July 28, 2015 -- 5:30 PM

Inspired by an artwork by Wassily Kandinsky on display in The Romance of the Moon representing a self-contained world, Dr. Stephen Ducharme of the UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy will lecture on nanoscience and give a tour of the center.

Draught and Draw with The Romance of the Moon
August 4, 2015 -- 5:30 PM

An evening of outdoor drawing activities and local draughts in Sheldon’s sculpture court. Sheldon will provide materials. Space is limited and participants must be 21 or older.

First Friday featuring Sheldon’s Permanent Collection
August 7, 2015 -- 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

A reception celebrating Sheldon’s Permanent Collection.

Look! at Lunchtime
August 20, 2015 -- 12:15 PM

A 15-minute dialogue on Olive Rush’s Food Bearers (Food Bearers—Shalako Dance), 1923.