Past Exhibitions


Past Exhibitions


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  • Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings

    May 16, 2014 thru July 27, 2014

    Alkazzi’s enigmatic paintings reference the mystical aspect of nature, reflecting the artist’s ongoing, deep engagement with the spiritual and metaphysical facets of abstraction.

  • NYFA Artist Residency Exhibition

    mid-May thru mid-June



  • Depicting Nature: From the Scientific to the Sublime

    May 2, 2014 thru August 10, 2014

    Traveling to eight communities throughout Nebraska, this year's Sheldon Statewide exhibition features early botanical studies, Impressionist landscapes, and modernist photography, presenting the diverse and changing ways artists have explored nature. The paintings, photographs, and prints that comprise this year’s exhibition span 150 years and speak to the enduring fascination of artists and the natural world.

  • Taking Time

    April 4, 2014 thru June 15, 2014

    An exhibition of video art presented by the Sheldon Museum of Art in collaboration with Lincoln Partners for Public Art Development, Outpost 12 Studios, and WRK.

    The exhibition comprises three programs screening in rotation each day at 12:00, 6:00, and 9:00 p.m. on The Cube at The Railyard on Canopy Street.

  • Mary Riepma Ross: A Personal Collection

    January 31, 2014 thru May 11, 2014

    This exhibit features works bequeathed to the Sheldon by Mary Riepma Ross, one of Lincoln's greatest benefactors and arts patrons.

  • ArtWork: Art and Labor

    January 24, 2014 thru May 25, 2014

    Labor as an issue has recently re-emerged in public discourse, from collective bargaining and worker’s pensions to the Occupy movement and the One Percent. Relevant for its timeliness, ArtWork explores labor’s historical origins, examining it as an ideology, practice, and subject through a selection of works ranging from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution through the 1950s.

  • Society and Style: Prints from the Sheldon Museum of Art

    January 10, 2014 thru March 23, 2014

    This exhibition, organized by students in Prof. Alison Stewart’s “History of Prints: New Media of the Renaissance” class, explores how societies and styles changed over the course of Early Modern Europe (1500-1800) from the time of the advent of printing on paper to the Industrial Revolution through little-seen printed masterpieces from Sheldon’s collection.

  • Art that Binds: Books from the Blue Heron Press

    January 10, 2014 thru April 27, 2014

    "Art that Binds: Books from the Blue Heron Press" is a selection of contemporary artists’ books from the collection of printmaker Karen Kunc, University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor of art.

  • New Deal and New Opportunity: Women and the Art of the Great Depression

    October 22, 2013 thru January 26, 2014

    The paintings, photographs, and prints featured in this exhibition capture the accomplishments and struggles of the Depression era. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted the recovery plan known as the New Deal, several programs were created that would strengthen the economy and give employment and financial relief to those in need, including artists. Government sponsored art projects under the new deal also provided female artists with unprecedented professional opportunities that paid them a salary equal to men, gave them equipment, materials, and training and exhibited their art nationwide. The contributions of these women continued the advancement and progression of female artists in the coming decades and are an important legacy of the New Deal.



  • Picturing Nebraska

    Traveling Nebraska communities through June 8, 2014

    Opening in Scottsbluff on May 9, 2014 with a reception from 5 to 7 PM.



    This exhibition highlights 14 artists in the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection whose works interpret the experience of life on the Great Plains. Globalization may have eroded the significance of distance and space, but the places in which we live still remain personal and meaningful.


    Picturing Nebraska explores the ways in which artists have depicted the state and asks viewers to examine its role in their own lives. Early photographs by John Anderson and Solomon Butcher, landscape images by Keith Jacobshagen and Karen Kunc, and photographs by Binh Danh and Wright Morris are included, among other works. A portion of University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor Liz Ingraham’s project Mapping Nebraska is also on view.



  • John Pfahl: Points of View

    August 23, 2013 through January 5, 2014

    John Pfahl was a pioneer in the transformation of American landscape photography in the 1970s, and his body of work has influenced generations of artists.

    For more than four decades, Pfahl’s approach has encouraged us to contemplate images conceptually and visually and to consider the evolving ways in which humans interact with the land socially and photographically. Pfahl has captured such changes through numerous series that deal with the environment, both natural and constructed. This exhibition includes prints from his first formal series, Altered Landscapes (1974–78), and from Power Places (1981–84); all are from the permanent collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art.



  • The Glass House

    through September 20, 2013

    As part of Sheldon's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations Irish artist Eamon O’Kane will construct a scale model of the Philip Johnson Glass House in the Great Hall. O’Kane’s simple wood structure will allow visitors to walk into and around it as it will be open on all sides. Within it a plasma screen will show an animation of Glass House set in nature. The installation coincides with the exhibition “Look for Beauty” that examines Johnson’s three museum structures: Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and Sheldon Museum of Art.

  • "Look for Beauty": Philip Johnson and Art Museum Design

    through October 13, 2013

    Look for Beauty examines three Johnson-designed museum buildings: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 1960; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 1961; and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (now the Sheldon Museum of Art), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1963. While Johnson (1906-2005) designed several museums and galleries during his long career, these three early projects form a coherent trio to study the arc of Johnson’s developing personal aesthetic that wed International Style modernism to historical architectural references.

  • Its Surreal Thing: The Temptation of Objects

    October 4, 2013 through January 5, 2014

    Surrealism loves a duality. Especially one it can hate—that is, one that wields a contradiction. Day and night, waking and dreaming, the rational and irrational, conscious and unconscious, and so on—when we fixate on the collision of such incompatibles, we drop the silky comfort of the real and slip into the wiry vertigo of the surreal.

    The idea here is that there is always more to life than what we see outright. The promise of something else—a view to the obscured—resides not solely in the things themselves, but in the attraction they exert on us. Held in this tension, things will divulge more than we’re accustomed to seeing. The flashlight of surrealism is to reveal the secret charms and repulsions that subtend the night world of ordinary and extraordinary things.



    Its Surreal Thing explores the temptations of objects—works of art and design and sometimes the confusion of the two. The exhibition is not about a movement or its history, but about the effect of surrealism before, during, and after the historical movement. Its Surreal Thing ranges from post-Impressionism to postmodernism, with Constructivism and Pop along the way.



  • Fifty Gifts for Fifty Years

    through September 15, 2013

    This exhibition celebrates the Sheldon Museum of Art’s dedicated community of collectors and donors in Lincoln, across the state of Nebraska, and around the nation and marks the completion of a two-year campaign to acquire fifty works of art to commemorate the museum’s golden anniversary.

  • The Naked Museum

    May through June 2013

    A return of the muses to the museum. Poetry, music, drama, history, dance, and a later muse, performance art.

    Celebrate the home of the muses, the site of inspiration, and the beauty of place that is the Sheldon Museum of Art.

    To focus on Sheldon's Philip Johnson–designed building during the commemoration of its 50th anniversary, all artwork has been removed from the galleries and Great Hall.

    Guidebooks created by students in the UNL College of Architecture will be available for self-paced tours of the museum's architectural details.

  • The Shadow of the Natural

    through April 28

    UNL Honors Program students organized The Shadow of the Natural as part of Andrea Bolland's "Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Modern" class. The exhibition, on display in the Focus Gallery, explores the issue of naturalism in photography and considers the close link between photography, nature, and truth.

    Is a photo a mere record of what is seen by the taker? Does the artfulness of a nature image belong to the natural object or to the photograph itself? Do such images play a role in constructing our idea of what nature, or human nature, is or should be?



  • My Nebraska/Nuestra Nebraska

    through March 17

    Made up of photography from Nebraska’s Latino youth, the exhibition is one of three photography exhibitions opening at the Sheldon in celebration of Lincoln’s third biennial Photofest.
    The exhibition will consist of juried photographs from Latino students across the state of Nebraska. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the daily lives of individuals in the Latino community and will travel to venues throughout Nebraska.

  • Modern Madness: The Armory Show Revisited

    through April 21

    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the International Exhibition of Modern Art at Manhattan’s Sixty-Ninth Regiment Armory in February 1913, Sheldon Museum of Art presents Modern Madness: The Armory Show Revisited, an exhibition of the art that introduced Americans to European modernism. The 1913 exhibition instantly produced controversy: students publicly burned copies of the artwork on display and politicians inveighed against the artists’ morality, all the while salacious newspaper stories supplied months of coverage.

  • Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography

    through April 28

    F. Holland Day, a preeminent figure in American pictorialist photography, was a fascinating character. Drawn from a variety of distinguished museum collections, the photographs in Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography illuminate the multifaceted persona that Day created in his own art and in photographs taken of him by his peers.