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Learn more about art in one-hour presentations by regional experts. FREE and open to the public.

Jason Combs: Pioneer Life on Glass, The Balcom-Green Collection
Wednesday, April 25 • 2:00 p.m.

Henry Balcom and his son-in-law Ray Green were farmers and highly skilled, talented amateur photographers who took around 1200 glass plate photographs of settlement experiences in the Central Great Plains. They were active from the mid 1890s until the 1920s, by which time Henry was in his 70s. This collection of photographs presents a sustained significant record of the realities of daily life, particularly in Hall County. These informal portraits and images are a true and rare account of pioneer life through the eyes of pioneer photographers.

Dr. H. Jason Combs, a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, is co-author of a recent publication about the Balcom-Green Collection, along with Nebraska historian Kenneth Harders. Jason has written a number of articles appearing in refereed journals such as Material Culture, Journal of Cultural Geography, and Professional Geographer.

Lonnie Pierson Dunbier: Nebraska Women Artists Who Did It Their Way originally scheduled for April will be moved to August 22.


Avid readers whose interests lie in authors from Nebraska or reading about Nebraska or art are welcome to these free sessions, and may join at any time.

1st Tuesdays: Jan 9-May 1, 2018
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
May 1: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay


MONA Showcase is a six-program evening series featuring talented visual, performing, and literary artists held once a month in October, November, December, January, February, and March. Each program is 7:00-8:00 p.m., followed by conversation, art viewing, and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.


Gather your friends and join in the fun! Enjoy a lovely evening the fourth Thursday of the month, with your friends at Sounds of Summer in the Cliff Hillegass Outdoor Sculpture Garden. We provide the music along with tables and chairs. You are welcome to bring a picnic, including beverages of your choice! FREE and open to the public.

2018 Schedule – Now on the 4th Thurday of the Month!
May 31 • Bases Loaded
June 28 • Flatwater Jazz Orchestra– Sponsored by Edward Jones
July 26 • Formerly Three

MONA’s Cliff Hillegass Sculpture Garden
Gate Opens at 6:00 p.m. • Music 7-9:00 p.m.
Contributions are appreciated when we “pass the hat” to keep admission free.

Want to walk right in and sit right down?
Contact the Museum at (308) 865-8559 to reserve your table for 10.
• $500 Level – Table, for 10, and favors to all three performances.
• $200 Level – Table for 10 and chairs to the performance of your choice.

Proceeds from Sounds of Summer help to support the MONA Guild and its contributions to MONA’s art acquisitions and conservation, art exhibitions and education.

(open seating on a first come, first serve basis)


Watch recordings of past MONA Programs at iTunes.

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For further information, call (308) 865-8559.
Museum of Nebraska Art
2401 Central Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 865-8559