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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 325,000 people in twenty-four Nebraska communities.

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

Sheldon Statewide 2017–18
Meet Your Match

Gordon Parks; Fort Scott, KS 1912–New York, NY 2006. Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Archival pigment print, 2013; 28 x 28 inches. Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Robert E. Schweser and Fern Beardsley Schweser Acquisition Fund, through the University of Nebraska foundation, U-6471.2015.

The thirty-first annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition, Meet Your Match, poses a challenge that truly mixes things up. Dogs and cats, sculptures and prints, realistic and abstracted images—a wide variety of objects is presented in pairs that will stretch your mind in unexpected ways. Some works of art may immediately resonate with you, while others might challenge you to think or look from a new perspective. Even if the paired objects seem disparate at first, the “conversations” that emerge between them will spark new ideas and offer fresh perspectives.

Looking at works of art in pairs prompts the act of comparing and contrasting, an easily accessible way to practice critical thinking skills. Visual art provides concrete images and forms to point to and also helps viewers communicate abstract concepts such as emotion or identity. Pairing one work of art with another that was created at a different time, from a different material, or with a different subject matter teaches viewers how to recontextualize what they see and encourages them to reconsider their first impressions.

Meet Your Match comprises paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture by artists including Ansel Adams, Elisabeth Frink, Gordon Parks, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.

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

Download Meet Your Match lesson plans for grades K–12
Download the gallery guide for Sheldon Statewide 2017–2018

2017–2018 Sheldon Statewide Exhibition Schedule

Chadron State College, Chadron
September 1–October 1, 2017
Sponsored by the Chadron State College Galaxy Series

Prairie Arts Center, North Platte
October 4–November 6, 2017
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 8–December 10, 2017
Sponsored by the McCook Arts Council

Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Seward
January 5–February 5, 2018
Sponsored by Concordia University Nebraska

Cornerstone Bank, York
February 7–March 5, 2018
Sponsored by Cornerstone Bank

Stalder Gallery, Falls City Library and Arts Center
March 7–April 4, 2018
Sponsored by Richardson County Arts and Humanities Council

Gallery 92 West, Fremont
April 6–May 7, 2018
Sponsored by the Fremont Area Art Association