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Sheldon Statewide

Sheldon Statewide is an annual exhibition and outreach program through which original artworks from the museum's collection travel to communities across the state. Since its inception in 1987, the exhibition series has reached 300,000 people in 24 Nebraska communities.

Sheldon Statewide is made possible by the generous support of the Sheldon Art Association, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska, and Rhonda and James Seacrest.

Sheldon Statewide 2016–17
Shape Up! Visualizing the Geometric World

Monument to Light
Balcomb Greene; Niagara Falls, NY 1904–Montauk Point, NY 1990. Monument to Light. Oil on canvas, 1942; 50 x 34 inches. Nebraska Art Association, Thomas C. Woods Memorial, N-141.1962.

Mathematics and art have teamed up for millennia to bring about some of the most important discoveries, technological advancements, and artwork ever created. Although young learners in today’s classroom often move between distinct spaces for the study of mathematics and the practice of art, the two fields have historically been paired to produce radical results. This thirtieth annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition features projects that blur the boundary between these disciplines, and speak to the potential for productive partnerships.

Shape Up! includes original works of art made over the last 150 years and is presented in four sections: geometric abstraction; geometry and the built environment; geometry and the natural environment; and the geometricized body. Each subtheme provides a framework for exploring the diverse and innovative ways artists use geometry to visualize the world around us.

For information about Sheldon Statewide, please contact Abby Groth, assistant curator of public programs, at or 402-472-7858.

Download the gallery guide for Sheldon Statewide 2016–2017

2016–2017 Sheldon Statewide Exhibition Schedule

Chadron State College, Chadron
August 20–September 25, 2016
Sponsored by the Chadron State College Galaxy Series

Prairie Arts Center, North Platte
September 26–November 8, 2016
Sponsored by NebraskaLand National Bank, Mike Jacobson, president and CEO, and the Art Study League of North Platte

Museum of the High Plains, McCook
November 10–December 11, 2016
Sponsored by the McCook Arts Council

Morton-James Public Library, Nebraska City
January 6–February 1, 2017
Sponsored by Harry and Grace Moller Library Endowment Fund

Cornerstone Bank, York
February 3–March 5, 2017
Sponsored by Cornerstone Bank

Gallery 92 West, Fremont
April 7–April 30, 2017
Sponsored by the Fremont Area Art Association

Stalder Gallery, Falls City Library and Arts Center
May 2–June 4, 2017
Sponsored by Richardson County Arts and Humanities Council