First Friday events at UNL include a performance by the Skyros Quartet, art that explores drought, and a solo-performance from an African-American man who was adopted by a white family. All events are April 4.
The Skyros Quartet will perform at 5:15 p.m. at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum’s reception hall. The group is the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at UNL. They are pursing doctorate degrees in chamber music performance under the guidance of the Chiara String Quartet.
The quilt center is open 4:30 to 7 p.m. Exhibits include recent quilt acquisitions and a selection of log cabin quilts created by local quiltmakers.
For more information about the museum, go to http://www.quiltstudy.org.
The Great Plains Art Museum (12th and Q streets) features two exhibitions that explore issues related to drought.
“Dry Times” features work by Omaha ceramic artist Jess Benjamin and focuses on water usage in the Great Plains. Benjamin will attend a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
In the Great Plains Art Museum’s west gallery is “Drought Interpretations,” an exhibition curated by UNL’s Elizabeth Ingraham. The exhibit features paintings, fabric work and other pieces inspired by drought.
The museum is also participating in Lincoln’s “Picture to Win” contest during the First Friday event. For more information, go to http://www.lincoln.org/play/seelincoln.
The Great Plains Art Museum is open from 5 to 7 p.m. on First Friday. For more information about the museum, go to http://go.unl.edu/9ti.
The Sheldon Museum of Art hosts Chad Goller-Sojourner, a Seattle-based writer, in a 7 p.m. solo performance.
Goller-Sojourner is a black man who was adopted by white parents. Growing up in predominantly white suburban Tacoma, Wash., gives Goeller-Sojourner a unique perspective on the contrast between white privilege and African American discrimination.
He has created two solo shows based on his experiences, “Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy” and “Riding in Cars with Black People and Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness.”
Goller-Sojourner will perform “Riding in Cars” at the Sheldon Museum of Art. The performance is part of the LGBTQA+ Resource Center’s “Be the Change Week.”
The Sheldon is open from 5 to 9 p.m. for First Friday. Exhibits on display at the Sheldon include “Painting — From the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art,” “Art that Binds: Books from the Blue Heron Press,” and “Mary Riepma Ross: A Personal Collection.”
For more information, go to http://www.sheldonartmuseum.org.