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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (June 1, 2000)
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Splendor of Sheldon exhibits awaits students
Wandering through campus
at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, numerous buildings and
structures may catch one’s eye.
But just west of the College of
Business Administration is an
area of campus that is quite
The paths curve and cross a
bit differently, there is more
grass, trees and bushes to be seen
and an array of bronze and steel
sculptures dot the landscape.
The Sculpture Garden, then,
is a bit different from the other
parts of campus, as is the white
rectangular building standing
directly next to it. the ancient
Greek-looking outer structure of
the Sheldon Memorial Art
Gallery, founded in 1963.
With huge windows centered
on either side of the building, a
passerby is able to catch a
glimpse of the numerous differ
ent creations and pieces of art
work housed inside. I
Behind the gigantic windows
sits what the Sheldon webpage
claims is “one of the most impor
tant collections of 20th century
American art in the Midwest,
particularly in the areas of
Realism, Cubism, Modernism
and Abstract Expressionism.”
It also exhibits extensive print
and photography collections and
brings in approximately 20 fea
tured exhibitions each year.
Dan Siedell, Curator of the
Sheldon, said the gallery is open
to anyone in the public to enjoy,
but is especially there for
The purpose of the gallery,
according to Siedell, is to “pro
vide an opportunity for students
to engage directly with some of
the finest and most challenging
creative products of American
Despite all it has to offer, it
can be assumed that many stu
dents will go through four or five
years of college without ever
stepping foot inside the building
Siedell is aware of this, and
said one thing he strives for is to
bring in a variety of art that many
students, if willing to take the
time, can enjoy.
“We have to find ways to
explore and engage students in
different ways to make the
gallery a more integrated part of
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Sculptor Bruno Lucchesi’s piece “Pieta,” catches the weight of the afternoon sun Friday in the Sheldon
Memorial Art Gallery’s Sculpture Garden. The work is from the 1972 Nebraska Art Collection.
their college experience,” he said.
The gallery isn’t a place that
you just go to once and try to take
in everything, he said. There is
far too much to absorb.
“I’d like to see students in
there more often,” he said. “They
should find works they like and
make it a part of their routine to
come look at them.”
As part of the attempt to keep
attracting students, Siedell
described this Fall as having a
“very active exhibitions sched
July 21 through September
24 features the return of
“American Impressionism from
the Permanent Collection of the
Sheldon Art Gallery.”
The exhibition, which has
toured six museums in the past
two years, provides a look at the
influence of French
Impressionism on American art
in die late 19th and early 20th cen
Also coming in July and
being shown through September
will be “Local Color II,” which
features the work of numerous
This includes trompe l’oeil
paintings by Judith Cherry, con
ceptual-object oriented work of
Patty Gallimore, installation
work of David Helm and expres
sionist figurative-abstract paint
ings by Larry Roots.
In another effort to show
diverse work in the gallery,
“Jam” by Lincoln native S.C.
Wilson and Wichita, Kan. native
John Gierlich will be shown Sept.
19 through Nov. 12.
“Jam” is a 21 panel collection
of watercolors on ink paper orig
inally exhibited in 1977 as part of
the underground comic arts revo
These works provide a satiri
cal look at many contemporary
views in our society.
September 20 through Nov. 5
will feature the sculpture work of
But the collection, titled “Art
and Objecthood,” is not a collec
tion of typical artistic sculptures.
Taking everyday objects
made out of wood, Bakker
remakes and paints them, often
times exaggeration their forms in
Doing this, Bakker investi
gates the differences between
whether something is “art” or a
Wendy Katz, Assistant
Professor of Art and Art History
at UNL, looks forward to what
will be shown at the Sheldon this
As an art professor at UNL,
she said, “A great thing about
teaching here is having this col
lection at the Sheldon to work
She said in the past, Dan
Siedell has scheduled exhibitions
that pertain to and correspond
with the classes she is teaching.
“Dan has been great,” she
“You lose a lot just looking at
slides of art.
“You are able to see and
develop a whole other set of ideas
looking at them directly,” she
If you are in one of Katz’s
classes, you are sure to see and
utilize the Sheldon, but she
encouraged all students to walk
around and see what it has to
“Art history allows you to
understand the meanings behind
art, but art can be appreciated on
many different levels,” she said.
“It is just a fun place for stu
dents to visit.”
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