Nelly Griggs Alexander

1875, Beatrice, Nebraska – 1943, San Bernadino, California (Nelly Griggs) Daughter and wife of two highly prominent Nebraska men, Nelly Alexander was a youngster in a period of drought, grasshoppers, and financial panic in her native state, but apparently did not personally suffer deprivation. She became an accomplished painter, batik textile artist, musician, and writer. Read More

John Johnson (1879-1953)

1879, Lincoln, Nebraska – 1953, Lincoln, Nebraska View Artwork John Johnson, born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1879, dedicated his artistic career to recording the city’s African American community through photography. His images are important because they portrayed African Americans with respect and pride during the early 1900s and are some of the only ones in Read More

Anna Burckhardt

1868, Burlington, Iowa – 1945, Lincoln, Nebraska Anna Jones Burckhardt was born in Burlington, Iowa in 1868. She married the Reverend Oliver J. Burckhardt in 1898 and joined him in Lincoln, Nebraska where he had moved from Missouri in 1890. Together, they provided secular and spiritual leadership to both the African American and the broader Read More

Lenard Brown

b. 1969, Henderson, Texas Lenard Brown was born in 1969 in Henderson, Texas. After receiving an A.A. degree from Lon Morris College, Jacksonville, Texas in 1990, he earned his B.F.A. degree in Printmaking, Painting, and Drawing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1993. He continued his studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, completing Read More

Osie Marie K. Abbott

1863, Papillion Creek, Nebraska – 1946, San Gabriel, California A Nebraskan from territorial days to the early 1920s, Osie Abbott was an innovative, self-supporting woman known for her pottery and teaching abilities. In the 1932 book, Nebraska Art and Artists by Clarissa Bucklin, Osie was described as a “pioneer potter and teacher of art pottery”…unique Read More

Mary Beth Abbott

1887, Lincoln, Nebraska – 1981, Pomona, California A Nebraska-born painter and teacher, Mary Beth Abbott lived her early life in Lincoln with parents Nettie (Walker) Abbott and William Taylor Abbott. As an adult, she, like many aspiring artists raised in Nebraska, settled in California. They went to the Golden State for a variety of reasons Read More

Grant Reynard’s Winter Scenes

Grant Reynard’s Winter Scenes

November 24, 2015 – February 14, 2016 — In 1941 the American Artists Group in New York published Grant Reynard’s book, Rattling Home for Christmas. This limited edition publication, written and illustrated by Reynard, chronicled the journey of a young man on his way home for Christmas. The Museum of Nebraska Art is fortunate to Read More