Author: Gina Garden

Compelled To Tell: Form

Compelled To Tell: Form

January 29 – May 19, 2019 During the making process, multiple visual possibilities are resonating in the mind of an artist. Simultaneously, instinct and conscious thought compel the artist. Visually, the term “form” can be applied to an entire artwork, identifying the work as either a painting or a sculpture, for example. Within an artwork, Read More

Student Art Show

Student Art Show

April 16 – May 12, 2019 Budding artists from Kearney and surrounding school districts in central Nebraska are featured during four weeks in the spring when the Museum of Nebraska Art is sparkling with the creativity of young student artists ranging from kindergarten to high school seniors. Each week a selection of art from different Read More

Spotlight On: Leonard Thiessen

Spotlight On: Leonard Thiessen

July 26 – October 27, 2019 Leonard Thiessen, most remembered as an art critic for the Omaha World-Herald and the first director of the Nebraska Arts Council, left a lasting impact on Nebraska’s art scene. Spotlight On: Leonard Thiessen showcases many of his seldom-seen works in MONA’s collection. From paintings to prints, drawings to experimental Read More

The Lundeens: A Divine Collaboration

The Lundeens: A Divine Collaboration

August 27, 2019 – January 5, 2020 In 2015, the Lundeen studio was commissioned to create several sculptures for The Cloisters on the Platte, a religious and silent retreat center conceived by philanthropist Joe Ricketts and located on the Nebraska prairie. The bronze figures consist of some of the most complex representations of the Stations Read More

Nebraska Now: Jen Bockelman, Fiber Art

Nebraska Now: Jen Bockelman, Fiber Art

July 13 – October 6, 2019 Using traditional embroidery techniques, Jennifer Bockelman “addresses themes of power and cultural identity as filtered through language.” Her work questions contemporary norms of what communities find important and how they’ve been conditioned to respond to the world and each other. Bockelman is an Adjunct Professor in the Art Departments Read More

Optical Chronicle III

Optical Chronicle III

April 17– 28, 2019 Author Henry M. Sayre in his book A World of Art discusses the various roles of the artist in society. He identifies four roles; the third is how artists make a visual record of the people, places, and events of their time and place. These identified roles provide the viewers with Read More

Optical Chronicle IV

Optical Chronicle IV

August 20, 2019 – April 19, 2020 Author Henry M. Sayre in his book A World of Art discusses the various roles of the artist in society. He identifies four roles; the fourth is how artists make functional objects and structure more pleasurable and elevate them or imbue them with meaning. These identified roles provide Read More

Sculpture Garden Series: Les Bruning

Sculpture Garden Series: Les Bruning

May 17 – October 6, 2019 The 2019 featured artist for MONA’s Sculpture Garden Series is Les Bruning, a nationally recognized sculptor who works in metal casting and welding. The focus for this exhibition is his large, totemic works, some that emit sound as well as light. Based in Omaha, Bruning’s career spans over 40 Read More

Junior Curator Show: Underscoring Line

Junior Curator Show: Underscoring Line

May 10 – July 9, 2019 A select group of high school students works with the Museum of Nebraska Art staff to conceptualize, select, and install an exhibition of artworks drawn from MONA’s collection. The experiential learning expands their knowledge of art, museums, and careers. The curation process begins with an exploration of the role Read More

Dwayne Wilcox: Visual / Language

Dwayne Wilcox: Visual / Language

June 11 – September 15, 2019 Renowned artist, Dwayne Wilcox, uses ledger paper to examine contemporary culture through a 19th century practice. Begun in the 19th century by Plains Indians in forced confinement during the Reservation Era, ledger artworks include paintings and drawings of Native American figures rendered on ledger paper. Wilcox, an enrolled member Read More