Past Exhibitions

Compelled To Tell: Contrast

Compelled To Tell: Contrast

October 1 – January 26, 2020 During the making process, multiple visual possibilities are resonating in the mind of an artist. Simultaneously, instinct and conscious thought compel the artist. Creating visual contrasts through juxtaposing use of color, shape, or texture opposites; scale variation; or dramatic light are an effective way to emphasis meaning and enhance Read More

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

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

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

Dwayne Wilcox: Visual / Language

Dwayne Wilcox: Visual / Language

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 ledger paper. Wilcox, an enrolled member 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

MONA: There’s an App for That 2.0

MONA: There’s an App for That 2.0

April 9 – July 14, 2019 Launching its mobile app in 2017, the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) continues to add content. Viewers browse through highlights from MONA’s permanent collection, listen to audio commentary, peruse a guide on how to look at art, and take a MONA quiz. This exhibition features the second selection of Read More

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

February 26 – August 4, 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