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Sheldon Statewide

Sheldon Statewide is an annual exhibition and outreach program of Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska. As part of the land-grant research institution, Sheldon shares the university’s mission of extending its offerings across the state. More than 365,000 people in twenty-five Nebraska communities have viewed original artworks from Sheldon’s collection since the exhibition program began in 1987.

Sheldon Statewide 2021–2022
The Artist as Muse

Dwight Kirsch, Self-Portrait, circa 1936.

Artists have often turned to people around them—family, friends, and lovers—for inspiration in making portraits. As an artist draws, paints, or photographs a likeness, they reveal their impression of their sitter’s personality and give clues to the nuances of the relationship the two share with one another. As a result, the viewer gains an understanding of both the artist and the model.

The Artist as Muse intensifies these traditional notions about portraiture by featuring fourteen portraits for which all parties involved are artists, including three examples of makers who turned their gaze onto themselves to create self-portraits. In doing so, the exhibition considers how a viewer’s responses to such portraits may be shaped by the artist making the work, the artist depicted, and the rapport between them.

The exhibition features paintings, photographs, and prints by artists, including Robert Arneson, Milton Avery, Alexander Brook, Jim Dine, Christopher Felver, Robert Haiko, David Hockney, Dwight Kirsch, George Benjamin Luks, Arnold Newman, Betye Saar, Andy Warhol, and Weegee. It also features portraits of artists, including Peggy Bacon, Robert Henri, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, and more.

Sheldon Statewide 2021–2022 is supported by Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska, Rhonda Seacrest, Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Sheldon Art Association.

For information about Sheldon Statewide, please contact Saraphina Masters, assistant curator of engagement, at or 402.472.2092.

2021–2022 Sheldon Statewide Exhibition Schedule

Chadron State College
September 1–29, 2021
Sponsored by the Chadron State College Galaxy Series

Prairie Arts Center, North Platte
October 2–28, 2021
Sponsored by NebraskaLand National Bank and the Art Study League of North Platte

Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Seward
January 6–February 2, 2022
Sponsored by Concordia University

Cornerstone Bank, York
February 4–March 2, 2022
Sponsored by Cornerstone Bank

Gallery 1516, Omaha
March 4–30, 2022
Sponsored by the Douglas County Visitors Bureau and Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation

Beatrice Public Library
April 2–27, 2022
Sponsored by the Beatrice Public Library Foundation

Gallery 92 West, Fremont
April 29–May 25, 2022
Sponsored by the Fremont Area Art Association