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Nebraska has a thriving contemporary art scene. Native American artists are re-interpreting their own traditions, whilst Nebraskan artists are exploring new avenues in abstract art or regional landscape painting. Here are ten must-visit galleries, from the state capital, Lincoln, to Omaha.
Modern Arts Midtown is one of the leading galleries dedicated to contemporary art in Nebraska. Based in Omaha, the gallery houses an extensive permanent collection featuring leading American and international artists. There is a strong focus on providing a forum for artists working locally within Nebraska, with artists such as Don Williams and Edwin Carter Weitz featuring strongly. But the local emphasis is far from dominant – you will also find the works of exciting contemporary figures from across the USA including the innovative sculpture of Chris Cassimatis and the extraordinary abstracts of Marjorie Mikaesen, as well as the work of international artists such as Jean Gaudaire-Thor and Fulvio de Pellegrin. The exhibits range from ceramics and paintings to sculptures and prints.
Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. Omaha, NE, USA +1 402 502 8737
The Blue Pomegranate Gallery has been operating since 2001 under the curatorship of Sondra Gerber in Omaha as a gallery for both local and national artists working in wide range of mediums. You will find exhibits in glass, metal, jewellery, clay, paint and mixed media and an emphasis on bright colours, textured glass, and brushed aluminium in the metal sculpture of Gerber. The gallery has a wonderfully intimate feel to it, with a real stress on handicraft, exhibition exclusively American handmade art. There is a new exhibition on the first Friday of every month, so look out for the innovative and intricate glass artists Anne Nye, Lisa Becker and Ebba Kararup. Blue Pomegranate Gallery relocated in 2014 to the Village Pointe mall.