Native art exhibit to open April 28

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Native art exhibit to open April 28

"Night" (1991), mixed media on paper, by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
"Night" (1991), mixed media on paper, by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Inspired by the “Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead” 2015 Great Plains Symposium, the Great Plains Art Museum will feature different forms of artistic expression found in Native artworks from the museum’s permanent collection.

The exhibition, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Native American Art from the Permanent Collection,” will open April 28 and last through Aug. 1. The First Friday opening reception for this exhibition is 5-7 p.m. May 1.

Alongside works by Native artists, stereoviews and photographs from the 19th century portray the indigenous peoples of the Great Plains as captured through a non-native lens. Such images provide a glimpse of a way of life that inspired artists of later generations and demonstrates the significance of Native American culture in the past, present and future of the Great Plains.

“The show highlights some of our key artworks by contemporary Native American artists,” curator Melynda Seaton said.

The exhibition was produced with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

The Great Plains Art Museum is at 1155 Q St. in downtown Lincoln. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free. Learn more at

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