Nebraska U Hosts First Friday Art Exhibits | Nebraska today

At the start of each month, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln joins the local community for First Friday Artwalks, an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the artwork on display at local galleries.

For the event on the first Friday of October 7, four University of Nebraska-Lincoln entities are hosting art exhibits and activities for community members. The galleries of the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Great Plains Art Museum, the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts and the Department of Art, Art History and Design will be open later to participate in First Friday, an event organized by the Downtown Lincoln Association the first Friday of each month. Exhibition hours vary from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A full list of exhibits can be viewed here.

“First Friday is a great way for people to experience the Great Plains Art Museum as part of a larger art walk,” said Katie Nieland, Associate Director and Communications Coordinator of the Great Plains Art Museum. “By visiting multiple museums, people can see many different types of art in different spaces. It’s a very festive atmosphere that’s accessible even if you’ve never been to an art museum before.

Sheldon Museum of Art

Sheldon has been attending First Friday for more than 20 years, according to Saraphina Masters, assistant curator of engagement for the Sheldon.

“It’s important that Sheldon attend First Friday because it’s an opportunity for us to show the college community and Lincoln what we have to offer,” Masters said. “By staying open late and hosting fun art activities, we invite everyone to see Sheldon as a space where they are welcome to come be creative and enjoy art.”

This Friday, students and members of the public can decorate a locally grown mini pumpkin, make a button, learn about local farms and foods from Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska, and enjoy light refreshments. Visitors are also encouraged to view the fall semester exhibits. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free.

The Great Plains Museum of Art

The Great Plains Art Museum will be open for Lincoln’s First Friday Art Walk from 5-7 p.m.

“The Museum has been participating in First Friday for as long as First Fridays at Lincoln have existed,” Nieland said. “It’s important to give people the chance to see our exhibits at a time that might suit their schedule better. First Fridays are a great time to experience all the great art that exists in downtown Lincoln and the campus community.

The museum will present two exhibitions, “Wayfaring Strangers” by Michael Farrell and “Field Guide to a Hybrid Landscape” by Dana Fritz.

“Wayfaring Strangers” features a set of large format portraits created during the pandemic in the fall of 2020. The work was done in a backyard natural light alcove, reminiscent of 19th century portrait settings.

Farrell is a veteran public broadcaster specializing in history and humanities documentaries, as well as programs on a variety of topics, such as music, art, and rural and environmental issues. In addition to teaching, he co-leads the Platte Basin Time-lapse project.

In “Field Guide to a Hybrid Landscape,” Dana Fritz’s photographs show the forces that shaped the Bessey Ranger District of Nebraska’s National Forest and Grasslands, once the largest hand-planted forest in the world. Wind, water, planting, thinning, burning, decaying and seeding all contribute to the environmental story of this coniferous forest superimposed on a semi-arid grassland in an effort to create a timber industry. wood and modify the local climate.

Dana Fritz is a Hixson-Lied art professor at the university. She uses photography to investigate how we shape and represent the natural world in cultivated and built landscapes. She is also the author of “Terraria Gigantica: The World under Glass” (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) and “Field Guide to a Hybrid Landscape” (to be published by University of Nebraska Press in January 2023).

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Charles W. Guildner Great Plains Art Museum Excellence Fund, Hixson-Lied Faculty Grants, and University Arts. & Humanities Research Enhancement Fund. Admission is always free.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dance Program hosts its monthly First Friday event from 6-6:30 p.m. at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. Nine dance majors will present an in-progress performance of a dance piece by esteemed choreographer and dancer Bernard Brown. Brown will do a short chat after the performance.

Eisentrager•Howard Gallery (art, art history and design)

The Eisentrager•Howard Gallery at Richards Hall will host a closing reception for “Building a Narrative: Art Production and Pop Culture” from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit features original works from popular movies, animated TV series, comic books, and trading cards. It is part of the Lincoln Collection series, an exhibition featuring over 140 selected works from the private collection of Trent Claus, a Nebraska U alumnus and visual effects supervisor for Lola Visual effects. Learn more about the exhibition.

William E. Bennett