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Student Acquisition Project 2020


The Sheldon Student Advisory Board (SSAB), the student voice of the museum, comprises undergraduate students in various academic programs at University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In addition to selecting a work for Sheldon’s permanent collection, the student volunteers are responsible for creating programs at the museum and providing outreach to their peers.

The acquisition project, which is now in its third year, provides SSAB members with meaningful engagement with Sheldon’s collection. After much research, the students chose the print seen here: Analia Saban’s DANKE MERCI THANK YOU GRACIAS ARIGATO Plastic Bag, (2016). The advisory board’s recommendations were approved enthusiastically by Wally Mason, Sheldon’s director and chief curator. In what follows, the students give insight to their selection.



Analia Saban
DANKE MERCI THANK YOU GRACIAS ARIGATO Plastic Bag
Mixografia print on handmade paper, 2016
28 1/2 × 20 × 1 1/2 inches
Sheldon Art Association and Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2019–2020 Sheldon Student Advisory Board acquisition purchased with funds from the Pace Woods Foundation and from the Robert E. Schweser and Fern Beardsley Schweser Acquisition Fund, through the University of Nebraska Foundation, U-6893.2020

"What is it?"
"What can be considered art? What subjects? What materials? What contexts?"
"What associations do you have with plastic bags?"
"What kind of feelings does this evoke?"
"Why did we pick it?"

Even though our selection looks like a plastic bag, Saban’s print is made of paper and is three dimensional. A video explaining this process can be viewed here.

Words that come to mind when we view this work…

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THANK YOU
THANK YOU
THANK YOU
THANK YOU

...genuinely, from SSAB

Sarah Al-Hilfy Leon
Nayely Aragon-Agraz
Molly Beck
Daniela Chavez
Julien Hoffman
Lauren Plumley
Grace Stephenson