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The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with its growing collections of American art is committed to exploring ideas and cultural values through innovative exhibitions, engaging educational programs, active research and significant acquisitions. The Sheldon fosters a sense of discovery and an enhanced understanding of art and the creative process, serving Nebraska communities as well as national and international audiences.
The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden houses both the Nebraska Art Association collection founded in 1888, and the University of Nebraska collection, initiated in 1929. Together they comprise more than 12,000 works of art in all media. This comprehensive collection of American art includes prominent holdings of 19th-century landscape and still life, American Impressionism, early Modernism, geometric abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, pop, minimalism and contemporary art. In the Sculpture Garden, more than 30 monumental sculptures are exhibited year-round and include major works by Gaston Lachaise, Jacques Lipchitz, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Smith, William Tucker, Bryan Hunt, Mark di Suvero, Michael Heizer and Richard Serra. The Stuart P. Embury American Art Research Library will complement the existing research library with more than 10,000 volumes documenting the history of American art. The Sheldon's exhibition program comprises approximately 20 exhibitions per year and focuses on American art in all media. The curatorial staff organizes exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection, many of which circulate nationally. The program also includes exhibitions organized by peer institutions throughout the United States. Educational programs such as symposia, lectures, children's workshops and tours are organized in conjunction with each exhibition.
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