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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 2022–2023
On the Road Again

James Alinder, Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills, South Dakota, 1971.

The open road holds a special place in American imagination, bringing up thoughts of past journeys and future possibilities on seemingly endless highways. For many Midwesterners, travel involves long drives past wide-open landscapes and sprawling fields on routes such as Interstate 80, scenic byways, and the many roads in between.

Landscapes play a major role in this exhibition, displaying the beauty of the natural world and how artists and travelers understand their place in it. Roadside attractions and accommodations are common subjects that can reveal the charm, necessities, and even eccentricities of travel. Some destinations are instantly recognizable, such as James Alinder’s photograph of Mount Rushmore, while others are felt more abstractly, such as Faith Ringgold’s exploration of a journey through the woods.

On the Road Again seeks to visualize the significance of the American road. These collected works of art demonstrate that while everyone’s experience is unique, there are sights and sentiments that contribute to a collective imagination of the open road.

Support for Sheldon Statewide is provided by Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska, Rhonda Seacrest, the 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.

2022–2023 Sheldon Statewide Exhibition Schedule

Chadron State College
August 31–September 28, 2022

Prairie Arts Center, North Platte
October 1–27, 2022

Museum of the High Plains, McCook
October 29–November 30, 2022

Grand Island Public Library, Grand Island
January 6–February 2, 2023

Cornerstone Bank, York
February 4–March 2, 2023

Beatrice Public Library, Beatrice
March 4–30, 2023

Gallery 92 West, Fremont
April 1–27, 2023

Stadler Gallery, Falls City
April 29–May 25, 2023