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   from the issue of March 13, 2008

Sheldon adopts new name


UNL's American art museum has been renamed the Sheldon Museum of Art. The name of Sheldon's dedicated support organization has also been updated to the Sheldon Art Association.

SHELDON REVEAL - The new names of the Sheldon Museum of Art and Sheldon Art Association are revealed by James Milliken...
SHELDON REVEAL - The new names of the Sheldon Museum of Art and Sheldon Art Association are revealed by James Milliken, NU president; Rhonda Seacrest, president of the Sheldon Art Association; and Harvey Perlman, UNL chancellor, during a March 7 First Friday event. Photo by Tom White/Sheldon Museum of Art.

Previous names were Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Nebraska Art Association, respectively.

Recommended in its strategic plan, the changes clarify Sheldon's mission as a museum and center for the visual arts and culture at the university and in Lincoln and align the museum's membership under the Sheldon name.

The names were announced March 7. A temporary sign outside the museum was unveiled during Sheldon's First Friday reception.

"The change to Sheldon Museum of Art more accurately reflects the mission and vision of the institution as an exhibition site for modern American museum works and updates and streamlines its name while continuing to honor the Sheldon history and legacy," said Harvey Perlman, chancellor. "We were delighted to work with the Sheldon Art Association to make these two changes that will further strengthen the museum and its group of dedicated supporters and volunteers."

The change fills the last link in the circle connecting the association and the university, said Rhonda Seacrest, president of the Sheldon Art Association.

"In its 120-year history, the art association has always been ready to adapt and change to achieve its goal of bringing great art to Nebraska," said Seacrest. "The new name will reduce confusion with other organizations and align the Sheldon Art Association with the Sheldon Museum of Art."

The Sheldon Art Association was organized in 1888 with about 180 members as the Haydon Art Club, named for Benjamin Robert Haydon, a British painter. In its early years the club presented annual art exhibitions in Lincoln, bringing works of artists from across the country, and provided financial support for art instruction at the university. In the early 1900s, the club was reorganized and incorporated as the Nebraska Art Association.

From its annual exhibitions, the NAA and its members acquired numerous pieces, which over the years became the foundation of the museum's collection of American art. The museum now houses collections with more than 12,000 artworks.

As the museum's nonprofit support group, the Sheldon Art Association, with more than 500 members, provides most of the funding for exhibitions, events and programming at Sheldon.

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