For 60 years, Sheldon Museum of Art has provided a venue for students, faculty and staff, alumni, and visitors to engage with art and one another. As an academic art museum, Sheldon schedules its exhibitions to coincide with the academic calendar.
Six galleries touching on themes of gender, place, resources, and politics provoke questions about what it means to work. Clocking In presents art that challenges expectations about who engages in particular types of work and what kinds of jobs are valorized. More info
Since the advent of photography, artists have used cameras for more than straightforward documentation. This exhibition surveys the work of twentieth-century lens-based artists whose abstract visual vocabulary encourages the viewer to participate in the creation of meaning. More info
At the intersection of abstraction, allusion, and depiction, the artist and viewer share equally in the creation of a work’s meaning. Storyville presents works from the museum’s collection that vacillate between recognizable subject matter and abstraction, providing various readings of each narrative. More info
For this iteration of Sheldon Treasures, we highlight the museum’s extensive holdings of American landscape paintings. Hung chronologically from 1826 to 2004, this selection of works shows a gradual transformation in depictions of the outdoors. More info
Newly acquired works by Robert Adams and Robert Polidori are presented alongside collection stalwarts by Richard Avedon, Mark Ruwedel, and Alec Soth. Many of the images are large, demonstrating the roles scale and composition have played in changing the trajectory of photography as fine art. More info
In the 1960s, Richard Diebenkorn began experimenting with printmaking at Crown Point Press, eventually publishing a series of forty-one etchings and drypoints. Displayed in its entirety, the series offers a chance to observe the evolution of a master expanding his craft. More info
The road trip holds a beloved place in the American memory, conjuring fond recollections of childhood journeys and long, endless highways. This exhibition complicates such an ideal with the realities of infrastructure and environment. More info