Sheldon Museum of Art

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Two-story stone-clad building; middle third glass-walled; wide steps leading up to it
Front (east) entrance
Sheldon Museum of Art is located in Nebraska
Sheldon Museum of Art
Location Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Coordinates 40°49′03″N 96°42′16″W / 40.8175°N 96.704444°W / 40.8175; -96.704444
NRHP Reference # 13000676[1]
Added to NRHP September 3, 2013[1]

The Sheldon Museum of Art[2] is located at 12 & R Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. on the city campus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The Sheldon houses both the Sheldon Art Association collection (founded in 1888 as the Haydon Art Club), 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 art, Lyrical Abstraction, Color Field painting, Minimalism and Contemporary Art. The nationally accredited facility is said, in university promotional literature, to have the world's largest collection of 20th century North American art. The Sheldon presents its art in a building designed by Philip Johnson.

In the Sculpture Garden, more than 30 monumental sculptures are exhibited year-round and include works by Gaston Lachaise, Jacques Lipchitz, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Smith, Lyman Kipp, William G. Tucker, Bryan Hunt, Mark di Suvero, Michael Heizer, and Richard Serra.

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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Coordinates: 40°49′03″N 96°42′16″W / 40.81750°N 96.70444°W / 40.81750; -96.70444