by Sriyani Tidball
While Lincoln’s summer concerts and festivals showcase some of the city’s musical talent, several art studios, museums and galleries showcase some of the city’s best visual art. Watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings line the walls of many buildings throughout the city, with metal and stone sculptures dotting UNL’s campus and the downtown area. There’s no shortage of creative displays in Star City, but some of the best lie in the following venues:
Anne Burkholder, owner and executive director of the Burkholder Project shares her gallery studios with local artists whose artwork includes paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, dolls and jewelry. Selected as the Best Gallery in Nebraska by American Art Awards several years ago, this wonderful gallery showcases great artists’ work and accommodates their studios all under one roof. One of the city’s first Haymarket galleries, the Burkholder Project is an inspiring place to spend a few hours and enjoy diverse artwork from a variety of artists.
Anne Burkeholder displays her own work in her studio—mostly soothing Nebraska landscapes. If you take a walk into the gallery during working hours, you will likely bump into Anne, who always makes time for visitors. The gallery draws people in on First Fridays, a popular monthly event that showcases art exhibits in Lincoln, and every month the gallery offers a special exhibit of one of the artist’s work.
Located at 710 P Street in the Haymarket District, take time to enjoy this gallery. For details, visit the website at www.BurkholderProject.com
Sheldon Museum of Art
One of the largest gallery’s in the state, the Sheldon Museum of Art is located downtown on the UNL campus. The gallery houses a major collection of American art in a breath-taking building designed by American architect Philip Johnson. Their collection includes works by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Thomas Eakins, and Andy Warhol.
Sheldon’s permanent collection galleries are laboratories in which unique ideas and installations give visitors opportunities to see and experience the collection anew.
Sheldon Museum of Art preserves, presents, and builds its collections, giving special emphasis to American art through cultural and transnational study. Sheldon invites inquiry and imagination in its educational offerings, contributes to the intellectual life of the University of Nebraska, and serves the needs of a diverse general public.
There’s more information about the gallery and the sculptures at www.sheldonartmuseum.org/.
Great Plains Art Gallery
A sculpture of prairie pioneers greets visitors as they enter the Great Plains Art Gallery located at the corner of 12th and Q Streets edging the UNL campus and close to the Sheldon Art Gallery. The Museum houses the Christlieb Collection of western art that includes works by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. It also hosts exhibits of art, video, and photography as well as First Friday events.
Exhibits cover a wide range of topics relating to the Great Plains. For a complete list of exhibits or gallery hours call 402-472-6220 or visit www.unl.edu/plains/.
Gallery 9 Professional Artists Affiliation
Gallery 9 is known as a wonderful contemporary art and fine crafts gallery that showcases paintings, ceramics, metal sculpture, glass, and jewelry from about 30 artists who have their studios in the building. Located right outside the Haymarket in the Mission Arts Building, this small gallery is reached by crossing a hidden, beautiful courtyard that in itself makes the trip worthwhile. During the holiday season, shoppers can choose from a variety of gifts on display at the gallery. In July, the gallery features a group invitational show. Gallery 9 is located in the historic Mission Arts Building at 124 South 9th Street.
For details, call 402-477-2822 or visit the website at gallerynine.wordpress.com.
Keichel Fine Art Expands Its Gallery Space
Keichel Fine Art at 1208 O Street in downtown Lincoln opened two years ago after a $1.344 million building renovation. Colored LED lights dramatically accent the four-story building while tastefully illuminating the structure. A projector in the awning can project images of paintings or special events on the sidewalk in front of the gallery.
Gallery owner Buck Keichel has made his world-class gallery very welcoming. He has plans to add more space so that several exhibitions can provide a variety of displays. Once visitors enter, the changes in the gallery are evident. The renovation includes the third and fourth floors for more gallery space plus a rooftop art and sculpture garden. The private garden will be open periodically to the public. The first floor features modern art and the second floor features mid-century artists active in Middle America. Works on paper will be displayed on the third floor.
The International Quilt Study Center
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum located on UNL’s east Campus at 33rd and Holdrege streets has a mission to inspire an understanding of the cultural and artistic significance of quilts by collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting and promoting quilts and quilt-making traditions from many cultures, countries and times. The collection is comprehensive. Visitors and quilters can enjoy the collection of quilts, related textiles and accessible documents.
It was the generosity of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation that made this gallery a possibility.
The additional space recently opened that helps the Quilt House accomplish its mission as an international museum by allowing more international collecting and research.
Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery
This gallery, also located on East Campus, is devoted to textiles from art and apparel, from East to West. Their collection spans many centuries and features the work of a variety of famous and emerging designers. Call 402-472-2911 for details on exhibitions.
Darger HQ Gallery
Darger HQ is a new contemporary art gallery in the Parrish Studios on the second floor at 14th and O Streets. Gallery owner Launa Bacon moved back to Nebraska from Los Angeles where she managed Darger HG as an online gallery. She has worked hard in bringing true, contemporary international and local art to Lincoln, as well as providing an incubator space for emerging local artists.
Darger HQ distinguishes itself from other galleries by exhibiting true contemporary art, instead of more traditional art. An artist herself, Bacon shows her collages and oil paintings in the gallery. She also creates videos, installations and sculpture.
The gallery draws people in on First Fridays as well as on Wednesday evening for lectures, as well as workshops and classes. Classes offer instruction in a variety of media such as photography, drawing, oil painting, street art or installation work.
More information about exhibits, lectures, classes and workshops can be found at dargerhq.com.
Parrish Studios feature studio spaces for small galleries and businesses. The studios’ intent is to foster the creative community. It is home to several art galleries, studios, photographers, and apparel shops.
A popular destination on First Fridays, Parrish Studios host 600-800 people the first Friday of every month. The Parrish Studios are on the second floor at 14th and O Streets.
Noyes Art Gallery
A mainstay in the art community, Noyes represents up to 50 artists who show a variety of original painting, photos, pottery, clothing and jewelry. The co-op art gallery, features a variety of original painting, photos, pottery, and jewelry.
Noyes Gallery has a new show each month, and a reception on the first Friday evening of every month. It is located at 119 South 9th Street. Call 402-475-1061 for more information.
Live Yes Studios and Gallery
Live Yes is an alternative arts-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities at 330 S. 13th Street. The gallery seeks to break down societal barriers and create a space where individuality is fostered. At Live Yes Studios, they use art as a lens to see the world, a tool to communicate and a gateway to community membership.
The Metro Gallery
The Metro Gallery offers an amazing variety of diverse art in a relatively small space in downtown Lincoln. Each piece is personally selected by owner and lifelong art lover, Dean Settle. He represents local, national and international artists—both professionals and amateurs that include a heady selection of outsider art. This is a gallery of accessible and often affordable fine art. They participate in First Fridays and have a different show each month. Visit the Metro Gallery at 1316 N St.; www.metrogallerynebraska.com or call (402) 202-7549.
The Eisentrager Howard Gallery
The Eisentrager Howard Gallery features the art of faculty and students in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is located in Richards Hall on Stadium Drive and T Street. For more information call 502-472-3550.
The Kruger Collection
The Kruger Collection of Miniature Furnishings and Decorative Arts is located in the College of Architecture at UNL and features four centuries of miniatures in one space. The collection is made up of 20,000 art miniatures. Admission is free to see this collection that is entertaining for all ages. Call 402-472-3560 for more information.
Lux Center for the Arts
The Lux Center exhibits artwork of local, regional, and national artists. You can explore your own creativity by taking classes in pottery, printmaking, jewelry, glass or fiber. Classes are held for children and adults. LUX Center for the Arts is a non-profit art center that offers experiences to suit a wide range of interests and tastes. We teach art classes for youth and adults in pottery, printmaking, painting, jewelry, glass, and fibers. Classes are held at the center or taken off-site with our Art Van de LUX program.
The gallery participates in the First Friday Artwalk and is located in the Historic University Place at 2601 North 48th Street. For more information, visit luxcenter.org.
Iron Tail Gallery
Iron Tail Gallery features a new artist each month with openings on First Fridays. Iron Tail also does custom framing, commissioned artwork, hand-painted signs and in-home curating. Located at 643 S. 25th St., in the old Bottling Co. building just off Capital Parkway, the gallery participates in First Fridays with live music, food and drink. For more details, call 402-580-0333 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/irontailgallery.