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Collection Connection

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

Amanda Mobley Guenther: Dale Nichols, Nebraska Regionalist

Wednesday: February 22 • 2:00 p.m.
Amanda Mobley Guenther is curator at the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City. Artist Dale Nichols was a David City native and his childhood memories influenced his depictions of landscape. Curator of the seminal 2011 travelling exhibition and author of the accompanying book Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism, Mobley Guenther will consider Nichols’ life and career within the context of the American Scene and how the concept of Regionalism was formed.

Book signing to follow program.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Dale Nichols: Nebraska Regionalist on view at MONA

Nancy B. Johnson: Myths of Women’s Madness on the Plains
Wednesday: March 22 • 2:00 p.m.

Nancy B. Johnson is an independent scholar of Great Plains and women’s studies. This presentation explores how and why myths of women’s madness on the Plains prevailed, promoted by authors of fiction and history. Mental illness was not exclusive to pioneer women as men were just as likely to suffer the same condition through the stress of financial pressure and the hardship of isolation. Using the photographs of Solomon Butcher, recently published works, diaries and journals, Johnson shows the varied reality of the lives of Nebraska women through the period 1870 to 1900.

This program is designed for adults only.

Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program. HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.

Rhonda McClure: Form, Fleece, and Felting
Wednesday: April 26 • 2:00 p.m.
Fiber artist Rhonda McClure has been raising sheep on a small family farm in eastern Nebraska for over three decades. As a child she was sure she was going to be an artist but encouragement and opportunity were in short supply. Then she met a shepherd named Dan and everything fell into place. To be involved in every step of the process creates a deep understanding of her chosen raw material, wool. Having raised the sheep, she then processes the fleece to produce wool for dying, spinning, and needle felting. Included in MONA’s permanent collection are two of her felt sculptures, both life size needle felted Sandhills cranes, painstakingly shaped by Rhonda from the natural wool produced on her farm.

Presented in conjunction with MONA’ exhibition Cranes: Taking Flight exhibition

MONA’S Not Just A Book, Club

Avid readers whose interests lie in authors from Nebraska or reading about Nebraska or art are welcome to these sessions, and may join at any time.. There is no cost. Please call MONA at (308) 865-8559 to register. Participants purchase or borrow their own books.
1st Tuesdays • 10:30 a.m.

1st Tuesdays from 10:30 – 11:30 am.
MONA Gary E. Zaruba Library & Research Center

February 7 ‒ Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
March 7 ‒ This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte by Doreen Pfost, who will be the guest speaker.
April 4 ‒ The Bones of Paradise: A Novel by Jonis Agee
May 2 ‒ Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

There is no cost. Call (308) 865-8559 to register.

MONA Showcase

MONA Showcase is a four-program evening series featuring talented visual, performing, and literary artists held once a month in October, November, 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.

February 16, 2017 • UNK Chamber Orchestra
March 16, 2017

New Docent Training Program

MONA volunteer docents lead tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions to K-12 student and adult groups. They receive training on MONA’s collection, art history, and teaching and learning strategies. Candidates should enjoy interacting with groups of all ages and must have time available during the week to give tours. Training begins weekly in August 2016 for an 8-10 week period. Docents are expected to make a two-year commitment, give a minimum of eight tours per year, and attend all training sessions.

Admission to the Program
 – To apply to the 2016 New Docent Training Program, please email a one-page letter of interest to Director of Education, Jackie Abell, at Your letter of interest should explain why you would like to be a MONA docent as well as your interest in art, any teaching experience, and any other relevant skills (e.g., bilingual abilities).

Program Podcasts

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