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.

  • September 2 • The Rape of Europaby Lynn H. Nicholas
  • October 7 • The Rape of Europa (documentary)
      directed by Richard Berge and Bonni Cohen
  • November 4 • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • December 2 Coffee • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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.

Charles E. Trimble: The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Wednesday, September 24 • 2:00 p.m.

In 1969 an annual juried art show was organized to demonstrate the virtuosity of local Native American artists and to serve as a portal into the contemporary art world. Purchases from the highly renowned annual show established a collection that now comprises more than 10,000 pieces of award-winning and donated Native American art that evolved into The Heritage Center.
Charles E. Trimble, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, a graduate of the school, and one of artists chosen to show in the initial groundbreaking exhibition, presents an overview of the Center, its mission, and the work of the artists showing in the exhibition Pté Oyate: Organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The importance of the buffalo in the Sioux culture is the theme of this exhibition.

Linda M. Garcia-Perez: The Prominence of Paper in Mexican Folk Art

Wednesday, October 22 • 2:00 p.m.

Artist, instructor, and storyteller of Latino arts and culture, Linda M. Garcia-Perez is included in MONA’s Cut, Formed, Folded, Pressed: Paper exhibition. Active throughout Nebraska for the past 35 years, her work explores the fine line between craft and art, combining indigenous with contemporary subject matter, living with a dual heritage, and the prevalent presence of paper in Mexican Folk art traditions.

Bill Ganzel: Dust Bowl Descent

Wednesday, November 19 • 2:00 p.m.

Have you ever studied the face of a person in a historical photo, for example Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange, and wondered what became of the individual? Nebraska author and photographer Bill Ganzel did, and wrote the award-winning book Dust Bowl Descent. He revisited places and traced the people who were photographed by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the Great Depression of the 1930s, including Florence Owen Thompson, otherwise known as Migrant Mother whom he photographed in 1979. The original FSA photos are combined with Ganzel’s contemporary images and, when accompanied by oral history interviews, present a vivid emotive depiction of life during the Great Depression and what has happened to these people since then.
Presented in conjunction with MONA’s A World of Change exhibition.

R. David Clark Presents: A Very British Christmas

Wednesday, December 17 • 2:00 p.m.

As a deviation from our customary Collection Connection presentation, MONA is conspiring with the spirit of Christmas and exploring cultural differences. Many of our members are not from these shores and have different traditions, interpretations, and experiences of Christmas. David Clark is a retired UNK professor of Physics and Chemistry and a native of England. You might wonder how different Christmas could be in England. It’s different … ever heard of Morecambe and Wise? Please join us for some Christmas festive fun and refreshments.


MONA LIVE is a four-program series that features talented visual, literary, and performing artists from the area. These evenings of art and entertainment conclude with light refreshments and the opportunity to enjoy the Museum’s collection.

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 • Barbara Avery, The Art of Paper & Diane Snider, Fall Gardening
  • Thursday November 20, 2014 • UNK Dance Performance
  • Thursday, Februrary 19, 2015 • Kearney High School Camerata Orchestra
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015 • Kearney Symphony Orchestra
FREE and open to the public.

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. See you next summer.

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


For Adults
  • Life Drawing
  • Yoga at MONA

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