Past Exhibitions


Past Exhibitions


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  • Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints

    February 20, 2015 through May 17, 2015

    In 2002 the widely acclaimed touring exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend brought to the attention of the art world the bold, improvisational quilts made by generations of women from the rural community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Less well known are a series of limited-edition prints made by four Gee’s Bend artists between 2005 and 2014: Louisiana P. Bendolph (b. 1960), Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Loretta Bennett (b. 1960), and Loretta Pettway (b. 1942). These prints capture the distinctive design aesthetic of the individual quiltmakers, a connection that can be appreciated only when the prints and quilts are viewed together.

  • PhotoFest

    February 6, 2015 thru February 28, 2015

    Lincoln PhotoFest is a community-wide celebration of photography, coordinated by Sheldon Museum of Art, that provides viewers the opportunity to experience a broad range of photographic styles and strategies. It features exhibitions by local, national, and international artists in venues across the city.


  • Will Wilson: Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange

    Through May 10, 2015

    Sheldon’s offering for PhotoFest 2015 presents a selection of recent work by Native American photographer Will Wilson, who was born in San Francisco and raised in the Navajo Nation. His work combines nineteenth-century processes with digital technology to stimulate dialogue around “photographic exchange” as it pertains to Native Americans. Through a series of ongoing performances—under the general title Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange—the artist engages in questions about identity, multiculturalism, and Americanness.

  • A New Line of Thinking: Recent Sculpture by Robert Schatz

    Through April 26, 2015

    This project foregrounds a shift in aesthetic direction by New York-based artist Robert Schatz. Themes of ecology exist alongside considerations of engineering and mindfulness. Complemented by a selection of related works on paper, this grouping of, at turns, elegant and whimsical sculptures will make its debut at Sheldon.

  • Bracketing the Reading: Thinking Through Photography

    Through May 17, 2015

    This exhibition presents objects from the Sheldon collection that have involved camera usage during some point of the creative process. Offered a setting that is as much a laboratory as gallery, visitors are invited to explore the works through lines of inquiry that result in unexpected groupings and bring new contexts to familiar images by artists including Tom Wesselmann, Catherine Opie, Norman Rockwell, and Diane Arbus.

  • 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.

  • Things Speak: Storied Objects from Lincoln Collections

    September 16, 2014 through February 8, 2015

    An object is usually judged by its outward appearance and function, but its cultural value or significance is increased once the story associated with it is told. Things Speak emphasizes the power of objects and their stories. Institutions throughout Lincoln have selected extraordinary pieces from their collections for inclusion in this collaborative exhibition. The end result will be a diverse and unique presentation that conveys the importance of storytelling and highlights the cultural depth of the city’s public collections.

  • Daniel Chauche: Visions of the Future Past in Guatemala

    August 29, 2014 thru January 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.

  • 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.

  • Sculpting the Human Figure: Barbara Laging and Margarita Worth

    August 8, 2014 thru October 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.

  • T. L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun

    June 6, 2014 thru August 31, 2014

    This touring exhibition organized by Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota features mixed media works on paper and oil paintings by artist T. L. Solien. Known for cartoon-like and surreal imagery with references to art and cultural history, Solien explores his life, mind, and emotional states as modern man, artist, husband, and father.

  • 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.