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Following the guidelines of health authorities locally and nationally, and out of concern and care for everyone’s safety, the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) in Kearney announces that it will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with a reopening date to be determined.

While there has been no known diagnosis in Central Nebraska, we believe a temporary closure is in the best interest of our visitors, staff and volunteers.

During this time, all public programs and classes are postponed or cancelled, and if possible will be rescheduled at a later date.

While the Museum is closed, staff will be available on a limited basis. If you need assistance please contact the Museum at (308) 865-8559 or We sincerely appreciate your patience, understanding, and continued support at this time.

Collection Connection

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which assured the right to vote could not be denied or abridged based on gender, MONA’s 2020 Collection Connection presentations will focus primarily on the work of women artists, past and present. These presentations by regional experts are free and open to the public.

Nebraska was the 14th state to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1919. By August of 1920, 36 states ratified the amendment, ensuring that across the country, the right to vote could not be denied or abridged based on sex.

Carolyn Ducey, PhD: Reach into Your Mind: African American Quiltmakers of the International Quilt Museum
Wednesday: April 22 • 2:00 p.m.
The International Quilt Museum (IQM) collection includes a stellar group of quilts made by artists such as Faith Ringgold, Nora Ezell, Yvonne Wells, and Michael Cummings. These artists express personal histories as well as larger social concerns, incorporating unusual materials, quilting designs and compositions, each with a unique message.
Carolyn Ducey, PhD, IQM Curator of Collections, will discuss work by these African American artists, illustrating the wide range of African American quiltmaking traditions, including the southern approach of the IQM’s Robert Cargo Collection. Ducey is Curator of Collections at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a position she has held since 1998. She oversees the ongoing care and management of the IQSCM collection of more than 6500 quilts. Ducey earned an MA in American Art History from Indiana University in 1998, and her PhD in Textiles, Clothing & Design, with an emphasis in Quilt Studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010.

Presented in conjunction with Nebraska Now: Celeste Butler, Fiber, April 4 – July 5, 2020

Just Can’t Make it to a Collection Connection?
Watch recordings of past MONA Programs at iTunes.

MONA’s Not Just A Book Club

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

1st Tuesdays: January 7- May 5, 2020
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
MONA: Gary E. Zaruba Library & Research Center
May 5: Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

Program Podcasts

Watch recordings of past MONA Programs at iTunes.

Video Profiles of Nebraska Artists

Across the 500 miles of Nebraska, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of accomplished artists living and working. Here. Now.
Each of their stories is unique. Our goal is to help tell those stories within the context of the new Nebraska Fine Arts Educational Standards.

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