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Tour de Lincoln @ Lincoln City Libraries

August 01, 2011 by pjorgensen
Photo of bike sculpture

Two views of the sculpture, "Balancing the Books" by artist Judith Cherry, on display outside Gere Branch library as part of the Lincoln Arts Council's Tour de Lincoln public art project, which ran from May through September 2003.

Photo of bike sculpture

 


Maquettes (small-scale models) from the Lincoln Arts Council's "Maquettes in the Classroom" project were on display at Walt Branch library.

Photo of maquettes at Walt Branch Library

Photo of maquettes at Walt Branch Library

Photo of maquettes at Walt Branch Library



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Art in Youth Services

September 11, 2009 by pjorgensen
Photo of the 'Stitch-A-Story Quilt' Stitch-A-Story Quilt

Artists: various

Location: Dorothy Bridgmon Martin Children's Room, Bennett Martin Public Library

The Stitch-A-Story Quilt depicts a variety of scenes from popular children's literature. An open invitation was announced for members of the public and library staff to contribute their talents to the project;. eventually more than 25 artisans donated panels to the work. The Lincoln City Libraries Staff Association provided backing and finishing materials, donating the quilt to the Youth Services Department in 1993. It hangs near the entrance to the Dorothy Bridgmon Martin Children's Room as a gift to Lincoln's children.


Community Collage
by Art Mysteries Book Club
Summer 2007

Photo of Community Collage

This “Community Collage,” currently on display at Bennett Martin Public Library, is the culminating project of a summer reading program for 4-6th graders offered through a collaboration with the Lincoln City Libraries, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, and the Haydon Art Center.  Nineteen students met over the course of five weeks to discuss four art mysteries and do art-related activities.  The students met on 5 July 2007 to discuss the book, Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce and to work with Lincoln artist Cathy Patterson, who so generously shared her time and materials with the students.  Discussing Framed and creating the collage led the students to explore the way art can positively change a community and to experience the vitality of the collaborative process.

Special thanks to:
  • Cathy Patterson and Brad Krieger for their inspiring exhibition, “Collaborative Works on Paper” at the Haydon Art Center (July 2007) and their generous donation of collage pieces and the grid for the project
  • Lincoln City Libraries
  • the volunteers at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Haydon Art Center
  • the students in the book club for being such talented readers, detectives, and artists

Art in the Lincoln City Libraries
Painting
Sculpture
Art in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors


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Sculpture

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
'The Children's World' sculpture The Children's World

Artist: Gary E. Coulter

Location: adjacent to the N Street entrance of Bennett Martin Public Library

The relief sculture The Children's World was donated to Bennett Martin Public Library by private contributions made in honor of Dorothy Bridgmon Martin through the Lincoln Foundation, Inc., and is located outside the entrance to the Youth Services department.


 


'The Eternal Quest' sculpture The Eternal Quest

Artist: Gary E. Coulter

Location: Courtyard, Bennett Martin Public Library

Shown basking in the summer sunshine, the three figures in The Eternal Quest were once featured in the midst of an icy cold winter in a photo on the front page of the Lincoln Journal Star. Some waggish prankster had decked them out in miniature stocking caps and scarves to ward off the winter's chill. The sculpture was donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. Arnott Folsom in memory of Mrs. Folsom's mother.

Artist Gary Coulter was born in Oberlin, Kansas in 1935. Coulter has been a Professor of Art at Hastings College since 1963.

 


'The Blizzard of 1888' sculpture The Blizzard of 1888

Artist: Herb Mignery

Location: Gere Branch Library

Artist Herb Mignery was born in Bartlett, Nebraska and grew up on a cattle ranch. His work depicts the traditional western life and, like The Blizzard of 1888, often emphasizes the hard work and challenge of life on the plains. A member and past president of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America, Mignery currently lives and works in Colorado. This sculpture, commissioned by the Friends of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was donated to the library by the family of Harold and Gretchen Schutte.

 


'Alabaster Fish' sculpture, with 'The City' sculpture in background Alabaster Fish and The City

Artists: Zady C. Booth, Katherine Nash

Location: Southwest corner window, 1st floor, Bennett Martin Public Library

Over the years the library has received many gifts and permanent loans of art. The Alabaster Fish in the foreground and The City, partially visible on the right, are on permanent loan to the library from the Lincoln Artists' Guild. Both are on display under the southwest stairwell, where they can be seen by passersby on N Street and 14th Street.

 


'Head of a Woman' sculpture Head of a Woman

Artist: Barbara Laging

Location: Southwest corner window, 1st floor, Bennett Martin Public Library

Also on display in the southwest corner windows is this fine sculpture of a woman's face sculpted from limestone. This sculpture is owned by Lincoln City Libraries.

Art in the Lincoln City Libraries
Painting
Art in Youth Services
Art in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors


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Art in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
'Over the Olson' painting Over the Olson

Artist: Ruth Rosekrans Hoffman

Location: Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

Rosekrans Hoffman, children's book author and illustrator, is a native Nebraskan (born in Denton, NE). Known for her "old-world" colors and unusual perspectives, her work has earned her a nomination for the Caldecott Award and election to the Society of Illustrators. After living in Connecticut for many years, Hoffman has returned to Lincoln where she currently lives and works.


'Red Entrance' painting Red Entrance

Artist: Weldon Kees

Location: Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

Nebraska native Weldon Kees, known chiefly for his poetry and other writings, also worked as an abstract expressionist painter and filmmaker in the post-World War II period. He was one of a group of painters known as the "Irascible Eighteen," which included such artists as Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning. Also a pioneer in experimental and avant-garde film, Kees was involved in both the East Coast and West Coast cultural scenes until his disappearance in 1955.


Detail from 'Here in Lincoln, December 10, 1922' cartoon Here in Lincoln, December 10, 1922; (detail; click image for larger version)

artist: Oz Black

Location: Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

This charming cartoon is one of an ever-changing series of title drawings from Here in Lincoln, a long-running Sunday comic feature in the Lincoln Star newspaper drawn by Oswald Ragan ("Oz") Black. A fine cartoonist, Black was born in Illinois in 1898. He worked for the Star from 1919 through most of the 1920s, then freelanced briefly before becoming director of the art department at the Nebraska State Journal. The Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors owns a sizable collection of his work, which comments wryly on the local, state and national scene in a confident cartoon style. Black passed away in 1977.


'Red Headed Woodpecker' painting Red Headed Woodpecker

Artist: John Janovy

Location: Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

Author, naturalist, artist and educator John Janovy was born in Houma, Louisiana in 1937. He studied at the University of Oklahoma, receiving his B.S. in 1959, his M.S. in 1962, and his Ph.D. in 1965. The author of several books, including Keith County Journal and Yellowlegs, Janovy has been a Professor of Biology and Life Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1968.

Art in the Lincoln City Libraries
Painting
Sculpture
Art in Youth Services


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Art in the Lincoln City Libraries

April 26, 2007 by pjorgensen
Recognizing that libraries serve as cultural centers, the Lincoln City Libraries has collected many interesting and unique pieces of artwork through the years. This gallery is a showcase for selected examples of the art on display in the libraries. (Some pieces may no longer be in the locations they were in when these pages were created.)

The artwork has been divided into four categories. Click on any one to begin.

An effort has been made to limit the size and number of graphics on each page of the gallery (3-5 pictures per page, with file sizes averaging 8 to 46 Kb), so that they will display quickly. Still, those with slower modems may want to skip this feature.

Scott Stewart from the Lincoln City Libraries Reference Department wrote the text and took the photographs for these web pages. The text, however, is largely adapted from the Lincoln City Libraries Art Inventory Catalogue prepared by Laura Lacy in 1995, and the assistance of Administrative Aide Barbara Hansen and others was indispensable.

 



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