Exhibitions

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 9, 2019 – January 5, 2020 In 2015, the Lundeen studio was commissioned to create several sculptures for 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 of 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 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 – August 11, 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: Contemporary Lakota Ledger Art

Dwayne Wilcox: Contemporary Lakota Ledger Art

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 19th century ledger paper. Wilcox, an Read More

Compelled To Tell: Drawing

Compelled To Tell: Drawing

May 28 – September 22, 2019 In today’s technologically advanced world, sketching is still the best way to bring an idea to life. Artists draw what their minds see, whether it’s solving a design problem or communicating how they perceive the world around them. The process of drawing allows an artist to develop an idea, Read More

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

February 26 – July 21, 2019 In Paul A. Johnsgard’s book, Crane Music: A Natural History of American Cranes, the author writes, “There is a river in the heart of North America that annually gathers together the watery largess of melting Rocky Mountain snowfields and glaciers and spills wildly down the eastern slopes of Colorado Read More

Nebraska Now: Anne Burton, Printmaking

Nebraska Now: Anne Burton, Printmaking

April 13 – July 7, 2019 Lincoln artist Anne Burton explores historical modes of coded communication (war-coding; braille; and floriography, the Victorian-era enthusiasm for sending flowers to convey coded messages) through various printmaking processes. The resulting colorful, intricate prints contain imagery of circles, flowers, and clothing that reflect humanity’s search for identity while revealing a Read More