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   from the issue of November 10, 2005

Sheldon to renew tradition

A tradition that brought works of art by Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, William de Kooning and others to UNL is being renewed.

SINGULAR EXPRESSION - Bait Shop by David Bates will be among the art featured in
 SINGULAR EXPRESSION - Bait Shop by David Bates will be among the art featured in "Singluar Expressions" at the Sheldon.

The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery will host "Singular Expressions: A Sheldon Invitational," an exhibition featuring works by nine contemporary American artists, Nov. 12 through Feb. 12, 2006.

This exhibition renews a tradition started in 1888 by the Haydon Art Club, the predecessor to today's Nebraska Art Association. The purposes of the invitational are to bring outstanding art to Nebraska and to acquire pieces for the permanent collection. The art association held invitationals until the early 1960s, acquiring signature pieces from artists including Hopper, Rothko and de Kooning.

"Singular Expressions is an initiative designed to revive the spirit of the annual invitational exhibitions from past years," said Janice Driesbach, director of the Sheldon. "We have assembled an impressive group of artists who have significant exhibition records and whose work would enhance our collections.

"This exhibition represents an outstanding opportunity for those interested in contemporary art to view the work of these artists firsthand."

Three or more pieces by each of the participating artists will be featured. Those artists are David Bates, Jim Campbell, Amy Culter, Kojo Griffin, Susan Hauptman, John Newman, Thomas Nozkowski, Lari Pittman and Jeanne Silverthorne. All are mid-career artists selected to participate as their diverse work fits within the scope of the Sheldon's collection.

A symposium featuring Griffin, Newman, Nozkowski and art critic Eleanor Heartney is scheduled for Nov. 18 and 19. Register for the symposium by calling 472-2463. The deadline for registration is Nov. 11.

Support for the exhibition has been provided by Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, Cooper Foundation, Abel Foundation, TierOne Bank Foundation, Woods & Aitken LLP, Kubly Family Foundation, Talent Plus, Pegler Family Foundation, Lincoln Arts Council, Nebraska Arts Council, and the Nebraska Art Association.

The Philip Johnson-designed Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery open Tuesday through Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

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