Beadwork exhibit opens at Great Plains Museum

Jun 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment, Issue, June 11, 2009


Artworks include designs by UNL’s Awakuni-Swetland

The beadwork of Plains Indians – including designs of artisan and UNL faculty member Mark Awakuni-Swetland – is on display at the Great Plains Art Museum.

The exhibit, “The History and Artistry of Plains Indian Beadwork,” features bead designs from the University of Nebraska State Museum collection and work by Awakuni-Swetland. Paintings and sculptures from the Great Plains Art Museum permanent collection are also included in the exhibition, which is open through Aug. 30.

Along with the art pieces, the exhibit features interactive stations for all visitors to experiment with beading techniques.

Plains beadwork encompasses the relationships of technique, design, color and dimension. Some of the most beautiful and diverse examples of Native American beadwork was created by the tribes of the Great Plains. Historic tribal beadwork was affected by tradition, society, art, religion, economic conditions, environment and influences from other cultures. Native American beadwork remains a strong and living tradition

The Great Plains Art Museum is located in the Hewit Place at 1155 Q Street. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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