Past Exhibitions

Nebraska Marvels

Nebraska Marvels

From the ancient Greek and Roman frescoes (1700BCE) to the 19th Century landscapes of the Hudson River School, the theme of place has had a long history in art. This exhibition examines place as it appears in art from Nebraska. The specific locations, natural elements, and way of life are all defining features explored by Read More

A River of Hope

A River of Hope

March 2 – June 6, 2021 Then some day here come the cranes planing in from cloud or mist—sharp, lonely spears, awkwardly graceful. They reach for the land; they stalk the ploughed fields, not quite letting us near; not quite our own, not quite the world’s. William Stafford, American Poet “Watching Sandhill Cranes” As we Read More

Wright Morris: A House, A Car, A Room

Wright Morris: A House, A Car, A Room

Through his photographs and writings, Wright Morris – one of America’s most admired novelists, captured the tone and tenor of America’s heartland in the mid-20th century. This exhibition is a selection of Morris’s most beloved photographs, many from his books, The Home Place and The Inhabitants, that display a deep regard for the land and Read More

At Large

At Large

Since the 19th century, artists have used scale to impress and dominate. At Large is a selection of artwork from MONA’s Permanent Collection, highlighting the powerful presence of big, bold works in a variety of mediums. While mostly abstract and geometric, the artists use of size, color and shape is deliberate intending to create a Read More

Nebraska Now: Margaret Bohls, Italian Studies

Nebraska Now: Margaret Bohls, Italian Studies

On view through June 6, 2021 Based on an examination of historical ceramics produced on the Italian peninsula, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, artist Margaret Bohls shares her abiding interest in historical vessel forms and their social context. While both visual and sculptural, the vessels were conceived with a Read More

Student Art Show

Student Art Show

April 27 – May 15, 2021 Organized and installed by area art teachers, the Student Art Show at MONA provides an opportunity to recognize the artistic talents of students from Kearney and surrounding county school districts. For four weeks each spring, the Museum is alive with the creativity of these budding artists ranging from kindergarten Read More

Susan Knight: Core Sampling Magic

Susan Knight: Core Sampling Magic

On view through May 2, 2021 Inspired by water’s physical and metaphysical powers to unite, circulate, and sustain, Omaha-based artist Susan Knight visually translates water issues into site-specific installations. Comprised of 80 components, Core Sampling Magic, is a colorful and whimsical installation, akin to a scientific discovery process, collecting data, and experimenting with how to Read More

Here and Now: Recent Acquisitions

Here and Now: Recent Acquisitions

Here and Now: Recent Acquisitions focuses on a selection of artworks from over 250 accepted into MONA’s permanent collection since 2018. This group includes paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage, among other media created over a span of 150 years. Some works included in Here and Now are familiar to our MONA visitors, such as Nancy Read More

Compelled to Tell: Repetition

Compelled to Tell: Repetition

Compositional arrangements of repeating shapes, lines and colors are often utilized to create a dynamic rhythmic energy in an artwork. These vibrating visual rhythms suggest or emphasize a range of feelings and ideas, or dramatic tension if presented in an irregular or asymmetrical manner. Through a range of mediums and techniques this exhibition presents a Read More

Nebraska Now: Sandra Williams: Anthropocene Blues: Nature and the Social Imagination

Nebraska Now: Sandra Williams: Anthropocene Blues: Nature and the Social Imagination

Sandra Williams, Associate Professor of Art in the Art and Art History Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, creates two-dimensional cut-paper works that explore the concept of ecotone: an area where two communities meet and integrate. By focusing on flora, fauna, and figures and using folklore as a reference, Williams aims to look at the Read More