NEBRASKA: Jean Thiessen – The MONA Collection

The year 2017 marks Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood. The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) is uniquely positioned to observe this milestone, since MONA’s mission is to showcase the art and cultural history of the state. The Museum is proud to feature, through a series of exhibitions, its permanent collection in a visual festival of Nebraska art in honor of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial.

Jean Louise Berg Thiessen, Untitled (Jean Louise Thiessen monogram), on-edge felt mosaic, c. 1900s-1930s
Jean Louise Berg Thiessen
Untitled (Jean Louise Thiessen monogram)
on-edge felt mosaic, c. 1900s-1930s
Gift of Leonard Thiessen Estate, Conservation in memory of Fran Lane by her family and friends, Museum of Nebraska Art Collection

July 21 – February 25, 2018
Self-taught artist Jean Thiessen (1876-1960) created captivating on-edge felt mosaics in the early part of the 20th century. MONA is fortunate to have seven of her works, acquired from her son’s estate who himself was a prolific artist and an early leader of the Museum. These unique and amazing creations exhibit rich coloration and a linear design, examples of an artist in full control of her medium.