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2014 MONA Exhibitions

(Exhibitions and dates are subject to change)
Last updated October 28, 2014


The Kennedys	by Bill Ray
A World of Change
July 22, 2014 – April 19, 2015
This exhibition pays tribute to historical events that have profoundly impacted our world, nation, and state. Each piece captures the essence of these life-changing circumstances in a variety of media and styles. The artworks tell a compelling story of strength, perseverance, ingenuity, life, and death.


Versch Victory (One Point)
Cut, Formed, Folded, Pressed: Paper
October 17, 2014 – January 18, 2015
At its simplest, paper is an ordinary, everyday item that is a part of most of our lives. Yet when it is found in the hands of an artist and is purposefully manipulated in some fashion, it can become a complex, three-dimensional artwork that speaks of form, function, our culture, our land, and our lives. Printmakers, book artists, sculptors, and painters delve into cutting, forming, folding, or pressing paper to create small to monumental works of art.


Treasures In: Glass
Nebraska Now: Todd Brown, Photographs
October 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Hastings artist Todd Brown creates large-scale photographs that explore the use of the figure. After constructing an environment on a "stage" with objects and male and female subjects in motion, Brown then patiently waits to photograph a defining movement or moment that speaks to a larger, more universal human experience. The resulting images are almost life-size dramatic scenes with Caravaggio-inspired lighting and coloring.


Treasures In: Metal
October 24, 2014 – January 18, 2015
This final exhibition in the year-long Treasures In series examines visual artists’ relationship with metals. Mankind’s association with metal can be traced back to 6000 BCE. Prized for its tensile strength, durability, luster, and malleability, this selection explores in both two and three dimensions humankind’s fascination with the beauty and alchemy of metal.


Scenes of the Season
Scenes of the Season
November 22, 2014 – February 15, 2015
During the 1940s, Grant Reynard did a series of drawings titled Inside Manhattan for PM Daily, a New York newspaper. These winter scene selections capture another time and setting unlike those of familiar rural Nebraska.


Founders: Zaruba, Peterson, Karraker
The Art of MONA’s Founders: Zaruba, Peterson, Karraker
December 9, 2014 – March 15, 2015
Gary Zaruba, Larry Peterson, and Jack Karraker are not only founders of the Museum of Nebraska Art, they are also artists in their own right. All are retired art faculty members from the Art and Art History Department, University of Nebraska Kearney. Recognized for their deep and continuing involvement with MONA, the Museum is proud to showcase their artistic talents with a selection of their artworks.


Solomon Butcher Pioneer Photograph
Solomon Butcher: Pioneer Photographer
December 16, 2014 – March 29, 2015
When one hears the name Solomon Butcher, the images of early Nebraska settlers by sod houses comes to mind, however, that was only part of his career. Butcher later had a studio just three blocks south of what is now the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Nebraska, and he photographed many Buffalo County residents and towns. Together with Butcher images from the Buffalo County Historical Society, the selection features not only early sod house views, but also those of a later decade showing settlements that formed local communities.
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