Museum of Nebraska Art: discover the story behind the art of Nebraska



MONA’S Not Just A Book, Club

Avid readers whose interests lie in authors from Nebraska or about Nebraska or about art are welcome to these once-a-month sessions, and may join at any time. There is no cost. Please call MONA at (308) 865-8559 to register. Participants purchase or borrow their own books.
1st Tuesdays • 10:30 a.m.

  • May 6 • The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout
  • June 3 • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • July 1 • The River Wife by Jonis Agee
  • August 5 • Murder in Waiting by Mignon G. Eberhart
There is no cost. Call (308) 865-8559 to register.

Collection Connection

Learn more about art in one-hour presentations by regional experts. Free and open to the public.

J.D. Hutton: Nebraska Arts Council 2013 Visual Artist Fellowships

Wednesday: May 28 • 2:00 p.m.

The Nebraska Arts Council’s mission is to promote, cultivate, and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska. Every three years, a group of visual artists receives public recognition and a monetary award through the NAC’s Individual Artists Fellowships program. Join us in the Rohman Gallery for refreshments and discussion about the program with J.D. Hutton, the NAC’s Artist Services and Communication Manager, and the 2013 award-winning artists. This program is in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name on view through July 27, 2014.

Richard Jussel: The Legacy of Grant Reynard

Wednesday: June 25 • 2:00 p.m.

From July 29 to October 1 1967, Grant Reynard (1887–1968) was honored at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, the town of his birth, with a retrospective exhibition of his work. During this time, Reynard made a series of voice recordings, discussing his life’s work, his definition of art, and his love of Nebraska. In conjunction with MONA’s exhibition Regionalist Works of Grant Reynard, Dr. Jussel presents an analytical overview of these recordings in addition to excerpts of the voice of Grant Reynard himself, calmly surmising his legacy in the context of his approaching mortality.

John Sorenson: The Quilted Conscience

Wednesday: July 30 • 2:00 p.m.

Documentary filmmaker John Sorensen wrote, produced, and directed The Quilted Conscience. The film was inspired by fellow Grand Island native, reformer, and social worker Grace Abbott (1878-1939), an ardent advocate for the rights of immigrants and children. It tells the extraordinary story of how 16 Sudanese-American girls, displaced from their homeland by conflict and now living in Grand Island, worked together with a local quilters guild to make a story-quilt based on their dreams and memories. The project was guided by famed African-American quilt-maker Peggie Hartwell. This presentation is in conjunction with exhibition Stitching Time: Over 100 Years of Quilts in Nebraska.

Gail Kendall: A Touch of Grace

Wednesday: August 27 • 2:00 p.m.

Gail Kendall, Emeritus Professor of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, had been working as a studio artist for 10 years before taking a position at UNL as the sole professor of ceramics in 1987. Her drive and commitment set in motion the process that transformed the existing ceramics program from nominal to national prominence by attracting colleagues Pete Pinnell in 1995 and Eddie Dominguez in 1998. Her works are imbued with influences from 13th century through 18th century European ceramic traditions, particularly both peasant and palace pots. Her tureens, platters, and bowls eradicate the gap between art and function, engage the senses, enhance routine, and add a touch of grace to the domestic arena.

Sounds of Summer Outdoor Concert Series

Enjoy lovely summer evenings with your friends at the MONA Guild’s Sounds of Summer Concerts held monthly from May through August. We provide the music along with tables and chairs. You are welcome to bring a picnic including beverages of your choice. General admission is free, although your donation is appreciated when we “pass the hat.”

Museum of Nebraska Art’s Cliff Hillegass Sculpture Garden
Gates Open at 6:00 p.m.
Music Starts at 7:00 p.m.

  • May 22 • Thalken, Tesdall & Thalken
  • June 19 • Tunafish Jones
  • July 17 • Formerly Three


Cell Phone Audio Tours

Cell phone audio tours are a new and unique program now available at MONA. Visitors simply use their personal cell phones to dial the number posted in the gallery and hear interesting stories that make the art of Nebraska come alive.


Program Podcasts

Watch recordings of past MONA Programs at iTunes.


For further information, call (308) 865-8559.
Museum of Nebraska Art
2401 Central Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 865-8559


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Summer Programs
  • Book Club
  • Col.Connection
  • Cell Phone Tours
  • Program Podcasts
  • Sounds of Summer


For Kids
  • Drawing & Painting

For Teen & Adult
  • Fifty-Fifty Fusions

For Adults
  • Life Drawing

For more information, contact the Museum of Nebraska Art (308) 865-8559, or