Sheldon Museum of Art


Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden

University of Nebraska

Lincoln, NE




Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:

The Unknown Blakelock; essay by Sharon L. Kennedy (2/12/08)

The Unknown Blakelock (2/8/08)

Alfred H. Maurer: American Modernist (4/11/01)

Janice Driesbach Appointed Director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden (12/16/00)

American Impressionism from the Permanent Collection (7/27/00)

Robert Colescott: Recent Paintings (8/14/99)

Black Image and Identity: African-American Art from the Permanent Collection (8/14/99)

Charles Rain: Magic Realism (8/14/99)

The Latino Spirit: Hispanic Icons and Images (10/98)


The Sheldon Museum of Art houses both the Sheldon Art Association collection, founded in 1888, and the University of Nebraska collection, initiated in 1929. Together they comprise more than 12,000 works of art in all media. This comprehensive collection of American art includes prominent holdings of 19th-century landscape and still life, American Impressionism, early Modernism, geometric abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, pop, minimalism and contemporary art.

In the Sculpture Garden, more than 30 monumental sculptures are exhibited year-round and include major works by Gaston Lachaise, Jacques Lipchitz, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Smith, William Tucker, Bryan Hunt, Mark di Suvero, Michael Heizer and Richard Serra.

The Sheldon's exhibition program focuses on American art in all media. The curatorial staff organizes exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection, many of which circulate nationally. The program also includes exhibitions organized by peer institutions throughout the United States. Educational programs such as symposia, lectures, children's workshops and tours are organized in conjunction with each exhibition.

The Sheldon Museum of Art is located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 12th & R Streets, Lincoln, NE 68588-0300. Hours and admission charges are located on the Sheldon Museum of Art's website. (source: Sheldon Museum of Art website)


Google Book Searches conducted in 2008 and 2013 by Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) located the following brochures, catalogues and gallery guides published on paper in connection with the Museum and with a topic of American representational art. The list may not include all relevant publications. Titles are listed by date of publication, with most recent listed first. Information on publications may be in error or incomplete. Titles may be followed by links to related essays published by Resource Library. See Definitions for more information on finding brochures, catalogues and gallery guides using TFAO's website.

Encounters, University of Nebraska Press, Mar 1, 2013 - 256 pages. Google Books says: "In this volume, the Sheldon Museum of Art presents more than one hundred examples from its distinguished photography collection, which contains nearly twenty-five hundred objects. Encompassing the full range of photographic history, Encounters showcases recognized masterpieces, recent acquisitions, and rarely seen treasures by a diverse range of artists, including Berenice Abbott, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gertrude Käsebier, André Kertész, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yinka Shonibare, Paul Strand, William Henry Fox Talbot, and Carrie Mae Weems."
Barns and Farms: Edward Ruscha, June 5-August 19, 1990, By Edward Ruscha, Christin J. Mamiya. Published 1990 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska. - 6 pages
Sigmund Abeles, the First Twenty Years: An Exhibition of Prints and Drawings ..., By Sigmund Abeles. Published 1979 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
Things Seen. Published 1978 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. Painting, American. 114 pages. Original from the University of California. Digitized Mar 5, 2007. Exhibition held at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sept. 5-Oct. 1, 1978 and other museums.
Photographs: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Art Association : distributed by the University of Nebraska Press, 1977 - 212 pages
From a Simple Place and Time: Photographs by Robert Starck : an Exhibition ..., By Robert Starck. Published 1976 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery - 40 pages.
Ralph Albert Blackelock, 1847-1919, By Norman A. Geske. Published 1975 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery -100 pages
The Unknown Blakelock; essay by Sharon L. Kennedy (2/12/08) - essay not related to catalogue
The photography of Ralston Crawford: Exhibition Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery ..., By Ralston Crawford. Published 1974 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery - 67 pages
Quilts from Nebraska Collections: An Exhibition Presented in Collaboration ..., Published 1974 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska - 50 pages
Paintings by Robert Weaver: exhibition April 4-April 30, 1972, By Robert Weaver.. Published 1972 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery - 16 pages
Roy DeCarava, Photographer, By Roy DeCarava. Published 1970 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery? - 14 pages
Robert Henri, 1865-1929-1965: An Exhibition Held in Observance of the ... Published 1965 by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska

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When Resource Library publishes over time more than one article concerning an institution, there is created as an additional resource for readers a sub-index page containing links to each Resource Library article or essay concerning that institution, plus available information on its location and other descriptive information.

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