Great Plains Art Museum

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Great Plains Art Museum
Established 1981
Location 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place
Lincoln, Nebraska
Coordinates 40°48′56″N 96°42′16″W / 40.81556°N 96.70444°W / 40.81556; -96.70444
Type Art museum

The Great Plains Art Museum is a fine arts museum located in Lincoln, Nebraska that is dedicated to the arts of the Great Plains[1] in the United States.

The Museum, which opened in 1981 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,[2] was founded with the Christlieb Collection (sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and library), donated by John and Elizabeth Christlieb of Bellevue, Nebraska.

The Christlieb Collection includes works by Albert Bierstadt, William de la Montagne Cary,[3] Robert Fletcher Gilder,[4] William Henry Jackson, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and Olaf Wieghorst.[5]

Subsequent acquisitions and donations[2] have expanded the museum's collections with works by Lyman Byxbe,[6] Ray Ellis, John Philip Falter, Michael Forsberg, Veryl Goodnight,[7] Chuck Guildner,[8] Cliff Hollestelle,[9] Laurie Houseman-Whitehawk,[10] Keith Jacobshagen,[11] Ted Long,[12] Herb Mignery,[13] Andrew Peters,[14] Del Pettigrew,[15] Martha Pettigrew,[16] Jackson Pollock, Norman Rockwell, Grant Wood and others.

The Great Plains Art Museum is part of the Center for Great Plains Studies[1] at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Exhibits are typically rotated several times per year and include artwork from the permanent collection, guest-curated exhibitions, and traveling exhibits.

The Center and the Museum are located at Hewit Place, 1155 Q Street, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The museum is free and open to the public.[17]


  1. ^ a b University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "The Center for Great Plains Studies". A region with highly variable weather set against grassy, rolling land, the Great Plains stretches westward from the Missouri River at Omaha and Kansas City to the Rocky Mountains, and northward from the Texas Panhandle into the Canadian Prairie Provinces. The region invites inquiry into the relationships between the environment and the cultures brought to it by its various inhabitants, as well as the implications of these relationships for the future. 
  2. ^ a b "Great Plains Art Museum". The Christlieb Collection consists of approximately 170 bronze sculptures, 140 paintings and drawings, 100 other works on paper and several hundred photographs. The library donated by the Christliebs is an impressive 4,000 volumes, which consists of several Western novels and many other fiction and nonfiction books about the West and the Great Plains. 
  3. ^ "William de la Montagne Cary". National Museum of Wildlife Art. Born June 30, 1840, Tappan, New York. Died January 7, 1922. 
  4. ^ Robert Fletcher Gilder, Janet Gwendolyn Smith Art.   Robert Gilder, Museum of Nebraska Art.   Robert F. Gilder (1856-1940), archaeologist, journalist and painter, Nebraska Hall of Fame.
  5. ^ "Olaf Wieghorst.". The Olaf Wieghorst Museum, El Cajon, California. Painter ... cowboy ... cavalryman ... mounted police officer ... award winning artist. Born in Viborg, Denmark, on April 30, 1899. 
  6. ^ "Lyman Byxbe". Dickens Alley Antiques, Loveland, Colorado. 
  7. ^ "Veryl Goodnight". Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
  8. ^ Chuck Guildner at Modern Arts Midwest.   Charles W. Guildner: The Heartland—Lives of Tradition.
  9. ^ Jon Farrar (1 May 2007). "Cliff Hollestelle: Sculptor of Wildlife.". NEBRASKAland magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 
  10. ^ "Laurie Houseman-Whitehawk". Sacred Hoop Trading. 
  11. ^ "Keith Jacobshagen". Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. 
  12. ^ "Ted Long". Museum of Nebraska Art. 
  13. ^ "Herb Mignery". Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado. 
  14. ^ "Andrew Peters". Situ Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, California. 
  15. ^ "Del Pettigrew". Wind River Gallery, Aspen, Colorado. 
  16. ^ "Martha Pettigrew". Museum of Nebraska Art. 
  17. ^ 360° Tour of University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Aerial views, maps, etc.

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