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)

Visual Arts Standards Planning Template (PDF format)

Visual Arts Standards Planning Form Example (PDF format)

Depicting Nature Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative Art Activity (PDF format)

2014–2015 Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative

Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative (SSCI) is a program developed in response to the recent establishment of Nebraska’s fine arts education standards. These standards have as their core objective that “students will develop and apply ideas, knowledge, and skills to create, respond to, present, and connect art with the human experience."

The goal of SSCI is to train Nebraska teachers to integrate fine arts into a broad range of curricula by providing on-site workshops in four communities hosting the Sheldon Statewide exhibition Depicting Nature: From the Scientific to the Sublime.

Workshops for the spring semester are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Chadron State College and Tuesday, March 10 at Falls City Library and Arts Center. All workshops are free and include lunch.

For more information on SSCI, click here.

2014–2015 Sheldon Statewide Schedule

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.

High Plains Museum, McCook
Sponsor: McCook Arts Council

Chadron State College, Chadron
Sponsor: Chadron State College Galaxy Series

JANUARY 10 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative Workshop
For more information, click here.

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

MARCH 10 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative Workshop
For more information, click here.

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.