Category: Visual

Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings

Basil Alkazzi’s long and distinguished career spans four decades. Born in 1938 in Kuwait, Alkazzi attended art school in London, where he exhibited regularly from 1978 to 1987 at the city’s progressive Drian Gallery. Since 1985, the artist has lived in New York at various times. His work has been shown throughout the United States and is in the collections of over two dozen museums.

An Odyssey of Dreams presents Alkazzi’s work from 2003–2012. These enigmatic paintings reference the mystical aspect of nature, reflecting the artist’s ongoing, deep engagement with the spiritual and metaphysical facets of abstraction. Through this exhibition, the viewer is transported into a sensual world of soaring skyscapes, enchanting landscapes, and verdant flora and vegetation. Using intense colors and lyrical forms, the artist aspires to capture the “Awe at the sublime Soul within Life. . . .”

This exhibition is curated by Judith K. Brodsky, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University. She is the founding director of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers and co-founder and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art.

Support for this exhibition comes from the Sheldon Art Association, Nebraska Arts Council, and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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Depicting Nature: From the Scientific to the Sublime

The paintings, photographs, and prints that comprise this year’s Sheldon Statewide exhibition explore the various ways artists portray nature. Spanning 150 years, these works—which range from early botanical studies to contemporary photographs—each present unique and diverse interpretations of the natural environment. William Sharp’s beautiful chromolithograph provides an intimate view of a blooming plant, while Albert Bierstadt’s expansive mountain landscape depicts the West as an American Eden. Light-filled, colorful paintings by Robert Gilder and Willard LeRoy Metcalf contrast with the stark, formal beauty of photographs by Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston. Additionally, contemporary artists Seiko Tachibana and Doug and Mike Starn examine how science and technology impact our view of the world. Although varying in subject, style, and technique, these works all speak to the enduring fascination artists have with nature.

The 28th Sheldon Statewide exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Sheldon Art Association, Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska, and James and Rhonda Seacrest.

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William Splinter Memorial Gallery Exhibit April - September

The Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum located at 35th & Fair Streets on UNL’s East Campus will participate in the First Fridays Gallery Walks to showcase the work in the William Splinter Memorial Gallery. The First Friday Event will be from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Larsen Museum. Bring the whole family to see what is happening in our Museum and Gallery! New exhibits are now on display. Regular hours are Tues. – Fri. 9:00-4:00 and Sat. 10:00-2:00; phone:  402-472-8389; website:

The new William Splinter Memorial Gallery displays agricultural themed artwork of Nebraska artists; the first is Craig Cassell. His exhibit features a dozen graphite drawings of antique tractors, old buildings, and outdoor scenes, expertly rendered by mouth using a dental device that allowed Craig to draw in spite of a diving accident that resulted in quadriplegia when he was 17, and will be on display April - September.

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Roxa Smith: Artist Talk and Open Studio

Painter Roxa Smith, chosen by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) for a six-week residency at Sheldon in conjunction with the exhibition Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings, will speak on her influences and current work. Following her talk, visitors will have an opportunity to attend a reception and see the artwork in progress in Roxa's studio in UNL's Richards Hall.

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Whispers The Paper Ballet "Backstage at the Ballet" Art Celebration!

Please join us to celebrate...Art, Friendship, Laughter, Dance & Creativity!!

Art is not about creating fact perfection is a does not exist...the most intriguing art comes from life...from imperfection...from perserverance...from creative is an expression of the soul. As a society we spend so much time comparing and grading each other...and building invisible walls of fear...that hinder us from feeling creative for fear we will not create perfection...join us in celebrating the beauty that is imperfection!!!

It was almost impossible to title this some ways it defies description...and maybe it should...afterall, art cannot be contained by one label and neither should we...

Please come celebrate!!

Celebration, Art Experience, Luncheon & Dance

*Seating will be available for 240 guests place cards will be prepared at the door and you may select your own seating with your friends! Your lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket price, the Curtain Call Cash Bar will open at 12. The ticket price includes your art supplies and entertainment.

The art and centerpieces will be available for purchase, as well as gifts

and Whispers the Paper Ballet Corps de Ballet T-shirts!

Please become a member of our Corps de Ballet!!

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