Sheldon Statewide



28th Annual Sheldon Statewide
Depicting Nature: From the Scientific to the Sublime.

The paintings, photographs, and prints that comprise this year’s Sheldon Statewide exhibition explore the various ways artists portray nature. Spanning 150 years, these works—which range from early botanical studies to contemporary photographs—present unique and diverse interpretations of the natural environment. For example, a beautiful chromolithograph by William Sharp provides an intimate view of a blooming plant, while an expansive mountain landscape by Albert Bierstadt depicts the West as an American Eden. Light-filled, colorful paintings by Robert Gilder and Willard LeRoy Metcalf contrast with the stark, formal beauty of photographs by Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston. Additionally, contemporary artists Seiko Tachibana and Doug and Mike Starn examine how science and technology impact our view of the world. Although varying in subject, style, and technique, these works all speak to the enduring fascination artists have with nature.

Sheldon Statewide is an education and exhibition outreach program of the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Its mission is to serve Nebraska communities throughout the state by sharing the museum’s outstanding collection of American art. Since its inception in 1987, the program has reached over 275,000 people in 24 Nebraska communities.

The 28th annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Sheldon Art Association, Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska, and James and Rhonda Seacrest.

Educational Resources

Depicting Nature Gallery Guide

Depicting Nature PowerPoint (PDF format)

Depicting Nature Illustrated Checklist (PDF format)

2014–2015 Sheldon Statewide Schedule

AUGUST 27–SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
Edgerton Explorit Center, Aurora
Sponsor: Hamilton Community Foundation

OCTOBER 1–29, 2014
McKinley Education Center, North Platte
Sponsors: NebraskaLand National Bank, Mike Jacobson, President and C.E.O;
and the Art Study League of North Platte, Inc.

OCTOBER 31–DECEMBER 2, 2014
High Plains Museum, McCook
Sponsor: McCook Arts Council

JANUARY 7–FEBRUARY 2, 2015
Chadron State College, Chadron
Sponsor: Chadron State College Galaxy Series

FEBRUARY 5–MARCH 3, 2015
Cornerstone Bank, York
Sponsor: Cornerstone Bank

MARCH 5–APRIL 5, 2015
Stalder Gallery, Falls City Library and Arts Center
Sponsor: Richardson County Arts & Humanities Council

APRIL 7–MAY 6, 2015: Morton James Public Library, Nebraska City
Sponsor: Harry & Grace Moller Library Endowment Fund

MAY 8–JUNE 9, 2015
Fremont Area Art Association, Fremont
Sponsor: Fremont Area Art Association

Dates are subject to slight modification.