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The MONA Collection

August 22, 2017 - March 13, 2018

Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m
Closed: Mondays and major holidays
NEBRASKA: Wright Morris – The MONA Collection
August 22, 2017 – February 25, 2018
Nebraska native son Wright Morris (1910-1998) is represented at MONA with 131 black and white photographs, likely the largest collection in a public institution. During a cross-country car trip in 1938, he became enthralled with the visual beauty of the Nebraska landscape and rural life that he remembered from his youth. He bought a camera and began to document the mid-century structures and artifacts of rural America.
NEBRASKA: Thomas Hart Benton – The MONA Collection
August 22, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Francis Parkman’s novel, The Oregon Trail, was first published in 1849 after magazine serialization between 1847 and 1849. Each generation of publishers chose a different artist to illustrate the ever-popular Parkman text. The 1945 edition featured Thomas Hart Benton’s renditions. MONA’s collection of all 28 of Benton’s gouache paintings, including the 16 chosen for the 1945 edition, represent the only complete set known to exist.

NEBRASKA: Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio – The MONA Collection
August 22, 2017 – February 25, 2018

This portfolio of 33 lithographs by George Catlin (1796-1872) is an important part of MONA’s Artist-Explorers collection. After seeing a Plains Indian delegation on its way to Washington, D.C. in 1824, Catlin was inspired to dedicate his life to recording the disappearing customs and culture of Native Americans, traveling to the West to paint his subjects on their native land. In 1844, he produced a series of lithographs from the hundreds of paintings he had created.

NEBRASKA: Solomon Butcher – The MONA Collection
July 28, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Solomon Butcher (1856-1927) was one of those migrating to Nebraska with dreams of a new and prosperous life under the Homestead Act. Quickly realizing he was not suited to work the land, he was inspired by those who did, and had a vision to create the settlement of the plains in a photographic history. Perhaps best known for his distinctive sod house images, Butcher’s photographs are regarded as the most important record of homesteading in America.
NEBRASKA: Jean Thiessen – The MONA Collection
July 21, 2017 – February 25, 2018
Self-taught artist Jean Thiessen (1876-1960) created captivating seven on-edge felt mosaics in the early part of the 20th century. MONA is fortunate to have many of her works, acquired from her son’s estate who himself was a prolific artist and early leader of the Museum. These unique and amazing creations exhibit rich coloration and a linear design, examples of an artist in full understanding of her medium.
NEBRASKA: The Natural World
June 6, 2017 – March 11, 2018
Nebraska artists have always been inspired by the diverse range of wildlife thriving on the Great Plains. From John James Audubon’s Birds of America published between 1827 and 1838 to a stunning meadowlark coat created by contemporary fiber artist Robert Hillestad, this exhibition pays homage to the many species that can be found on the plains of Nebraska.
NEBRASKA: Its Land, Its People
May 19, 2017 – March 13, 2018 – Part I
August 29, 2017 – February 25, 2018 – Part II
Artworks that speak about the richness and diversity of the state’s land and its people, this selection presents some of the most iconic images that represent the history of Nebraska from the 19th century to the present day. Drawn from the Museum’s collection together with loans from other institutions and private lenders, artists include Albert Bierstadt, William Henry Jackson, Robert Henri, Elizabeth Dolan, Aaron Douglas, Aaron Pyle, William Ellsworth Artis, Donald Ruleaux, Carol Haerer, Sheila Hicks, Robert Weaver, Robert Adams, Barbara Takenaga, and Kent Bellows, among numerous others.


August 22, 2017
March 13, 2018


Museum of Nebraska Art
2401 Central Ave
Kearney, NE 68847 United States
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