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   from the issue of November 1, 2007

'Sheldon Survey: An Invitational' to offer work by 20 contemporary artists

In its biennial invitational, opening Nov. 9, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery will present works by 20 contemporary artists who are on the forefront of the development of American art today.

On view through Jan. 6, "Sheldon Survey: An Invitational" includes paintings, sculpture, photography and installations.

"Sheldon Survey" seeks to share the breadth of expression in contemporary art by providing signature pieces by each artist. Works range from Trenton Doyle Hancock's comic-book and surreal themes incorporated into detailed, satirical drawings to painter Lisa Sanditz's "Pearl Farm II," inspired by visits to Chinese pearl farms, where discarded plastic bottles are used as buoys marking oyster beds. The exhibition features Jose Bedia's "... lo que hace falta," a painting that depicts a looming aircraft carrier on a dull, darkened sea, a series of Bryon Kim's Sunday paintings, and Sandra Scolnik's surrealistic cascade of heads appearing as if they are drops of water.

The exhibit continues the tradition of invitational exhibitions that were held by the Nebraska Art Association beginning in 1888 and continuing through 1964. The invitational exhibition was renewed in 2005 with "Singular Expressions: A Sheldon Invitational." Many important works of art in Sheldon's collections were acquired through these exhibitions, and the works in this year's exhibition will be available for purchase.

Artists will visit Sheldon to discuss their work in public lectures followed by receptions. The remaining lectures include James Surls, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m., and Sandra Scolnik, Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

The NAA will also have a gala fundraising event, The Collection Campaign Party, at the exhibition opening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets are $125 per person and will allow the holder to cast a vote for an artwork to be purchased for the Sheldon collection at the end of the evening. For tickets, contact Monica Babcock at 472-2463, or visit the museum.

Admission to the exhibition and all events associated with it, except for the Nov. 9 opening, are free.

For more information, go online to or call 472-2461.



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