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L. Kent Wolgamott: Major shows to open in campus galleries
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L. Kent Wolgamott: Major shows to open in campus galleries

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Students are returning to Lincoln college campuses, and galleries at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln open major shows next week, with two lasting a few weeks and four set to run for months.

“Time In, Refocusing the Lens of Motherhood” opens Jan. 19 at Wesleyan’s Elder Gallery.

Curated by Workspace Gallery’s Larry Gawel, the photography exhibition explores children’s lives through their mothers’ camera lenses via the work of 11 contemporary female photographers who have chosen their children as the subject matter for work that transcends the snapshot or school portrait.

Artists Alaina Hickman and Sheila Talbitzer are from Omaha. The others are Rocio De Alba, Middle Village, New York; Elizabeth Claffey, Bloomington, Indiana; Joy Christiansen Erb, Youngstown, Ohio; Tytia Habing, Watson, Illinois; Toni Pepe, Malden, Massachusetts; Suzanne Révy, Carlisle, Massachusetts; Heather Evans Smith, Winston Salem, North Carolina; Jessica Tampas, Chicago; and Jamie Tuttle, Evanston, Illinois.

The exhibition runs through Feb. 21. A reception and panel discussion with the curator will be 5-7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the gallery in the Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th Street and Huntington Avenue.

Sheldon to open four exhibitions

The Sheldon Museum of Art will open its spring semester exhibitions Jan. 20. Timed to coincide with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln academic calendar, the exhibitions include work drawn from Sheldon’s acclaimed collection of American art and a show created by a class -- another new element introduced by director and chief curator Wally Mason.

The permanent collection exhibition will be ”A Century of Sculpture at Sheldon.” The show, which will fill the second-floor temporary exhibition galleries, will showcase three-dimensional work including a reproduction of an early Sheldon sculpture installation of small objects. That exhibition will run through April 26.

“You’re Making Me Uncomfortable: Perspectives on Controversial Art” is the student-organized show. Put together by a fall semester Perspectives in Psychology 440/840 class, the exhibition will explore controversial topics represented in Sheldon’s collection. It runs through March 13.

The two other exhibitions opening Jan. 20 are “The Unfolding Center: Susan York and Arthur Sze,” a collaboration between poet Sze and visual artist York, who created minimalist images to accompany the verse, and “Some Place … Not Too Far Away: Bruce and Jean Conner at the University of Nebraska,” an exhibition of the work of NU graduates and artists Bruce Conner and Jean Sandstedt, who met in a painting class and were married in 1957. Both of those exhibitions run through May 8.

Alumni show at Eisentrager-Howard

Opening Jan. 20 at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall on the UNL campus is "Continuum: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture Alumni Invitational."

The third exhibition in the series presented by the Department of Art and Art History, the exhibition will feature work by 25 drawing, painting and sculpture alumni who have received their master's degrees since 2000.

Participating artists will be Erik Anderson, Byron Anway, Wendy Jane Bantam, Angela Behrends, Matt Blache, Jamie Burmeister, Michael Burton, John Carrasco, Jacob Francois, Jamie Fritz, Amanda Hext, Victoria Hoyt, Josh Johnson, Kelly Manning, Erika Navarette, Emily Newman, Liana Owad, Dan Perry, Amanda Smith, Kelly Stading, Chip Stanley, Audrey Stommes, Jason Tanner Young, Dustin Young and Ying Zhu.

A First Friday closing reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Feb. 5 in the gallery, preceded at 4 p.m. by a panel discussion with the artists in Richards Hall, room 14.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7244 or kwolgamott@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSWolgamott.

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L. Kent Wolgamott, the recipient of the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Award, has written about arts and entertainment for Lincoln newspapers since 1985, reviewing thousands of movies and concerts and hundreds of art exhibitions.

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