Author: Gina Garden

Ethel Irene Blandin Haworth

1887, Macon Nebraska ‒ 1969, Canon City, Colorado (Ethel Irene Blandin) Born in Franklin County, Nebraska, Ethel Haworth would go on to become a landscape, western scene, and portrait artist as well as an art gallery owner. Leaving Nebraska at age 13 with her parents Joseph and Miranda (Nettleton) Blandin, the family moved to Eaton, Read More

Anna Marie Karnik Beran

(1891, Howells, Nebraska ‒ 1969, Omaha, Nebraska) As an artist specializing in landscapes and frontier scenes, Anna Marie Beran spent most of her life in Omaha, Nebraska. Though she lived in one of the largest cities in the state, she kept close ties to her hometown of Howells in northeastern Nebraska. As one of seven Read More

Katherine (Kate) Madeline Ball

1859, Reading, Pennsylvania – 1952, San Francisco, California Coming to Omaha, Nebraska in 1888 from the East Coast where she had attended the Cooper Union Art School in New York City, Katherine Ball began seven years with the Omaha Public Schools as writing and drawing teacher and art supervisor. From her first year in the Read More

Jean Jessie Baker

1903, Arcadia, Nebraska ‒ 1944, Los Angeles, California Nebraska born, Jean Jessie Baker had relocated to Los Angeles by the time she was age 13, where she had a distinguished reputation as a portrait and poster painter. She also carved out a place in the Los Angeles community as a poet and violinist. Her art Read More

Spotlight On: Olga Stepanek

Spotlight On: Olga Stepanek

July 31 – November 4, 2018 Olga Stepanek, a late-in-life artist with no formal artistic education, found inspiration in places she visited and the books she read. An experimental artist, she utilized objects deemed worthless and without any further use. In her life time, Stepanek created over 1,500 metal collages, and several fabric pieces, and Read More

Nebraska Now: Camille Hawbaker, Fiber Art

Nebraska Now: Camille Hawbaker, Fiber Art

July 7 – October 7, 2018 Omaha artist Camille Hawbaker investigates and dissects language in her fiber-based artworks. Hawbaker burns, weaves, prints, and sews text into her organically composed works that cause us to reevaluate our everyday use of words. 2018 Nebraska Now exhibitions are sponsored by Deanna & Fred Bosselman.  

Compelled To Tell: Markmaking

Compelled To Tell: Markmaking

May 22 – September 23, 2018 This new series of overarching-themed exhibitions explores how artists are compelled to articulate humankind’s living presence. The instinct to make is truly a significant narrative. Advancements, memories, and beauty are conveyed in the form of interpretations that are passed on from generation to generation, and artworks signify who we Read More

Sculpture Garden Series:  Ferguson, Friedman, Kaneko

Sculpture Garden Series: Ferguson, Friedman, Kaneko

On view through September 16, 2018 Artwork by three of Nebraska’s most prominent sculptors, Catherine Ferguson, Charley Friedman, and Jun Kaneko, are featured in the MONA Hillegass Sculpture Garden. At the entrance, viewers are greeted by a ceramic, larger-than-life, black and white ‘head’ sculpture by world-renowned ceramicist and Omaha-based artist, Jun Kaneko. This work is Read More

Reinhold Marxhausen

Reinhold Marxhausen

May 26 – September 9, 2018 Reinhold Marxhausen was a nationally regarded multi-faceted artist and highly lauded Professor of Art at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska for 40 years. While he worked in photography, mosaic, painting, sculpture, and found-object art, it was his sound art that brought him national acclaim. In collaboration with Concordia University, Read More

Nebraska Now: Larry Gawel, Land : Mine

Nebraska Now: Larry Gawel, Land : Mine

October 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019 Larry Gawel uses black and white film photography and tintypes, a traditional practice from the 1860s and ‘70s, to juxtapose the flora and fauna of Nebraska and Japan. Gawel specifically looks to hunting and harvest practices in the United States and the Japanese landscape to explore individual’s response Read More