KEARNEY — Three new exhibits are open or set to open soon at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.
“MONA: There’s an App for that 2.0” opened Tuesday and “Nebraska Now: Anne Burton, Printmaking” opens Saturday. The first in a series of student art shows opens April 16.
Launching its mobile app in 2017, MONA continues to add content. Viewers browse through highlights from MONA’s permanent collection, listen to audio commentary, peruse a guide on how to look at art, and take a MONA quiz. This exhibition features the second selection of works for the MONA app — significant collection pieces including those by artists Kent Bellows, Aaron Douglas, Gertrude Kasebier, and Ed Ruscha.
The MONA app is available to download free from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The exhibit will remain on display through July 14.
In “Nebraska Now: Anne Burton, Printmaking,” Lincoln artist Anne Burton explores historical modes of coded communication (war-coding; braille; and floriography, the Victorian-era enthusiasm for sending flowers to convey coded messages) through various printmaking processes.
The resulting colorful, intricate prints contain imagery of circles, flowers, and clothing that reflect humanity’s search for identity while revealing a universal desire to be heard and understood. Burton is the art program coordinator at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha where she teaches full time.
An artist talk and reception is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The exhibit will remain on display through July 7.
Budding artists from Kearney and surrounding school districts in Central Nebraska are featured during four weeks each spring when MONA is filled with the creativity of young student artists ranging from kindergarten to high school seniors. Each week a selection of art from different schools is on view and a reception recognizes and honors the students.
The schedule includes: Buffalo, Kearney and Phelps county schools, April 16-21, reception is 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17; Kearney High School, April 23-28, reception is 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24; Kearney Public middle schools and Kearney Catholic High School, April 30 through May 5, reception is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30; and Kearney Public elementary schools, May 7-12, reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7.
The student art shows are sponsored by the MONA Guild.
The Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; it is closed Mondays and major holidays. There is no admission charge.
The Museum of Nebraska Art celebrates the history of Nebraska’s visual art for diverse audiences. MONA collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets the work of artists who were born, lived, trained or worked in Nebraska or who created artworks that reflect the culture of Nebraska.
For more information, call (308) 865-8559.