Author: Gina Garden

Ruth Lillian Ratliff Addison

1912, Omaha Nebraska – 1980, Anaheim, California (Ruth Ratliff) A relatively unknown but obviously talented artist, Ruth Addison was first brought to public attention in Nebraska with the description of being “untrained.” However, the reviewer using that word, not once but twice, quickly turned it into a compliment. His name was Ernest Witte, and he Read More

John Falter’s Heroes

John Falter’s Heroes

August 23 – December 11, 2016 John Falter (1910-1982) was a native Nebraskan who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and The Art Students League of New York City. He was a successful illustrator before he joined the U.S. Navy in 1943. Commissioned a lieutenant on special art assignments, Falter created more than 300 Read More

Spotlight On: David Stewart

Spotlight On: David Stewart

August 16 – November 13, 2016 Dave Stewart started his artistic career after a chance happening while working in the building housing the Art Department of Hastings College, Nebraska when a classroom assignment piqued his curiosity to create. Mostly self-taught, Stewart’s three-dimensional assemblages are reminiscent of the work of Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell while Read More

Nebraska Now: Watie White, Prints

Nebraska Now: Watie White, Prints

July 9 – October 2, 2016 Painter, printmaker, and public artist Watie White focuses within his artwork on narratives of the “absurd and obvious” or those that are “socially engaged.” White, an Omaha based artist, brings to MONA his large-scale public art linocut portraits as well as studio-based single-block woodcuts of detailed landscapes. Artist Talk Read More

Opal Adams Anderson

1911, Lincoln, Nebraska – A Nebraskan for only the first year of her life, Opal Anderson became a painter and sculptor. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, although her birth date is not known, and lived most of her life in Des Moines, Iowa. She married William C. Anderson and they lived at 113 Locust Read More

Maggie Andrews

1858, Omaha, Nebraska – (Margaret Andrews) Born in Nebraska Territory, Maggie Anderson was the third of six children of James H. and Margaret A. Andrews. Likely named for her mother, it appears she chose the nickname of Maggie as that is the way she is referenced in Edan Hughes’ books on early California artists and Read More

Vera Belle Arnold

1903, Hastings, Nebraska – 1978, San Bernardino, California A painter, sculptor, and teacher, Vera Arnold never married and, from her mid 30s, lived in California where she worked as an artist and art teacher. Vera was born in Nebraska, the oldest of three children of Ida Belle and Mason C. Arnold. When she was age Read More

Mary Labarre Angood

1889, Fremont, Nebraska – 1971, Omaha, Nebraska A long-time Omaha Central High School art instructor, Mary Angood was known for curriculum innovation including the addition of classes in etching, leather tooling, and weaving. At Central High, art was made a regular part of the curriculum after World War I, and four credits could be earned Read More