Author: Gina Garden

Virginia Young Moon

1906, Valentine, Nebraska ‒ 1997, South Sioux City, Nebraska Painter of Nebraska landscapes, western states, and other countries, Virginia Young Moon was somewhat active as an artist when a young woman and in later years made it her primary activity. Virginia, born and raised on a large cattle ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills, was the Read More

Jeanne Magafan

1916, Chicago, Illinois – 1952, Albany, New York (Jenne Magafan Chavez) Achieving national renown as a mural and easel painter, Jenne Magafan spent the early part of her life in Colorado. However, in the 1930s, she was in northeast Nebraska where she created a post office mural for the town of Albion. Jenne was then Read More

Anna E. Reid Hall

1857, Julian, Nebraska ‒ 1928, Lincoln, Nebraska (Mrs. F.M. Hall) One of early Nebraska’s most vital crusaders for the arts, Anna Hall was also an artist herself and an informed art collector. As a long-time resident of Lincoln married to a prominent attorney, she had an extensive list of accomplishments: organizer of the first private Read More

Alice Agnes Shaul Cumbow

1894, Wood Lake, Nebraska ‒ 1994, Valentine, Nebraska view artwork Living for 100 years in Cherry County, Nebraska, Alice Cumbow painted images of her world with such clarity and simplicity that, for many people familiar with her artwork, she and her paintings are synonymous with the beauty and history of the Sandhills. Without affectation or Read More

Anna Mary McKee Halsey

1865, Milesburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania ‒ 1948, Omaha, Nebraska Heraldic artist, teacher, genealogist, and social scientist, Anna Mary McKee Halsey was a highly energetic and artistically creative woman who, along with her prominent husband, made significant cultural contributions to Omaha, Nebraska in the early 20th century. She was born in 1865 in Milesburg, Centre County, Read More

Ethel Magafan

1916, Chicago, Illinois ‒ 1993, Woodstock, New York (Ethel Magafan Currie) A painter in both realist and abstract styles, Ethel Magafan gained special attention in Nebraska for the excellence of the mural, Threshing, which she created for the post office building in Auburn in the 1930s. It was part of a federal art program during Read More

Nebraska Now: Mallory Wetherell, Ceramics

Nebraska Now: Mallory Wetherell, Ceramics

July 8 – October 1, 2017 South Carolina native and University of Nebraska at Kearney Assistant Professor of Art Mallory Wetherell unflinchingly uses her body as subject in her most recent drawings and ceramics. Wetherell’s work compels viewers to consider the female form: wives, mothers, sisters, friends, companions, or self in light of contemporary societal Read More

Nebraska Now: Sarah Rowe, Installation

Nebraska Now: Sarah Rowe, Installation

October 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018 Omaha artist Sarah Rowe “addresses issues of self-identity and exploitation of natural resources” within her artwork. By merging paintings, castings, fiber, sculpture, and performance along with Native American ritual, Rowe, of Lakota and Ponca descent, opens “meaningful cross cultural dialogues” with her large-scale installations. Artist Talk and Reception: Read More