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

Bob Ferguson: American Artists on U.S. Stamps
Wednesday, June 27 • 2:00 p.m.
More than 100 stamps issued from 1898 to 2017 provide a diverse retrospective of American paintings on U.S. stamps. In this visual presentation, the stamps are organized chronologically by schools of art, and the enlarged images show each artist’s skill. The influence of art on stamp design and production over the years is also highlighted. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, POST MIDWAY: Stamps and Mail Artifacts by Chuck Welch.

A stamp collector for many years, Bob Ferguson has a B.A. degree in History and an M.A. in Education from the University of Rochester, New York. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, taught high school social studies, and recently retired as Program Assistant for Humanities Nebraska.

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

James Bockelman: Reinhold Marxhausen
Wednesday, July 25 • 2:00 p.m.
James Bockelman talks about the artwork and creative attitude of Nebraska artist and educator Reinhold Marxhausen. Marked by a spirit of restless curiosity and a zeal for the common person, Marxhausen reminds us that we live in a readymade world that is just waiting to be rediscovered anew each day.

Bockelman earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997. He is a Professor of Art at Concordia University, Nebraska where he teaches painting and is curator of the Marxhausen Gallery of Art.

Lonnie Pierson Dunbier: Nebraska Women Artists Who Did It Their Way (rescheduled from April 2018)
Wednesday, August 22 • 2:00 p.m.
Lonnie Dunbier is the principal behind a major undertaking to research and compile a comprehensive biographical study of nearly 700 women artists connected to Nebraska before 1945. Working with MONA, this is the first extensive list of these early artists and the information will be an invaluable reference for decades. The women’s stories show the pluck and determination of our forebears.

A native Nebraskan, Dunbier earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Omaha and Lincoln campuses of the University of Nebraska. While living in Lincoln, she was a docent at Sheldon Museum of Art and active with the Sheldon Art Association. In 1991, several years after losing her first husband, she married Roger Dunbier, son of artist Augustus Dunbier, and together they created the database that now is, a major online source about artists and their work.


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.

Tuesdays: May 1-September 4, 2018
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
MONA: Gary E. Zaruba Library & Research Center

July 10: This Place, These People: Life and Shadow on the Great Plains by David Stark and Nancy Warner
August 7: Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
September 4: Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith


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
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.
• $200 – 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. In case of inclement weather, event cancellation will be determined by 3:00 p.m.)


Watch recordings of past MONA Programs at iTunes.