Sheldon Statewide

Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art

In 1865 Jules Verne wrote From the Earth to the Moon, a novel in which the technological advancements of the late Victorian era are used to send humans to Earth’s closest neighbor. The subject of lunar landing shifted from fantasy to reality as astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon’s surface in 1969. Over the last century and a half, scientific and popular fascination with the moon has spurred numerous missions into outer space, invigorated research in aeronautics technology, inspired new cinematic techniques, and provided fodder for scores of writers and illustrators. It is against this backdrop that the artists in this exhibition boldly approach and inhabit the intersection of art and science.

On the 150th anniversary of Verne’s pioneering and prophetic novel, we explore the rich visual history of science fiction. The artwork in this exhibition examines several themes commonly found in this interdisciplinary genre, including space exploration, environmental crisis, the cosmic uncanny, the relationship between human and machine, close encounters, and creative innovation. This constellation of interests manifests itself in a variety of media through abstraction, realism, hyperbole, and humor.

During the 2015–16 academic year, The Romance of the Moon will travel to eight venues across Nebraska as the 29th Annual Sheldon Statewide Exhibition.

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 29th 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.


2015–2016 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 Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art.


For more information on SSCI, including dates, locations, and registration instructions, click here.

2014–2015 Sheldon Statewide Schedule

SEPTEMBER 2- 27, 2015
Gallery 92 West, Fremont
Sponsor: Fremont Area Art Association

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 27, 2015
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 29–NOVEMBER 29, 2015
High Plains Museum, McCook
Sponsor: McCook Arts Council

JANUARY 5–FEBRUARY 2, 2016
Hastings Museum, Hastings
Sponsor: Hastings College, Hastings Community Arts Council, Hastings Museum

FEBRUARY 4–FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Cornerstone Bank, York
Sponsor: Cornerstone Bank

MARCH 3–MARCH 29, 2016
Chadron State College, Chadron
Sponsor: Chadron State College Galaxy Series

APRIL 1–MAY 8, 2016
Stalder Gallery, Falls City Library and Arts Center
Sponsor: Richardson County Arts & Humanities Council

MAY 10–JUNE 1, 2016
Morton James Public Library, Nebraska City
Sponsor: Harry & Grace Moller Library Endowment Fund

Dates are subject to slight modification.