Fourteen portraits of inspiring artists are on exhibit until Oct. 28 at the Prairie Arts Center in the 35th annual Sheldon Statewide Exhibition.

The theme is “The Artist as Muse.” The Prairie Arts Center is at Fifth and Jeffers in North Platte.

The exhibition is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no admission fee.

The exhibition includes paintings, prints, and photographs by Robert Arneson, Milton Avery, Alexander Brook, Jim Dine, Christopher Felver, Robert Haiko, David Hockney, Dwight Kirsch, George Benjamin Luks, Arnold Newman, Betye Saar, Andy Warhol, and Weegee. It also features portraits of artists, including Peggy Bacon, Robert Henri, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, and more.

Betye Saar sculpted this of her left hand, called Handful of Stars

According to the art museum, the artists are presented as both the creators and subjects of the art.  All of the artworks are from the collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln. 

The North Platte Art Study League will sponsor the exhibition and host the reception. The Nebraskaland Bank, Mike Jacobson, President and CEO, is the corporate sponsor of the event in North Platte. On a statewide level, financial support is provided by Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska, Rhonda Seacrest, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Sheldon Art Association

In 2020, the exhibit was open to the public, but student tours did not take place because of COVID-19. This year, however, classes from local and nearby schools are scheduled to tour the exhibition. As a rule, 2,500-3,000 area students visit the Sheldon Statewide Exhibition each year.

Sculptor Duane Hansen, photographed by Andy Warhol

Other cities or towns that are hosting the 2021 Sheldon Statewide Exhibition include Chadron, McCook, Seward, York, Omaha, Beatrice, and Fremont. 

Artworks in the exhibition are part of the Sheldon Art Museum permanent collection. Since its beginning in 1987, the exhibition has taken art to 35 communities, reaching more than 350,000 people, organizers say.

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