Artist Talks and Receptions
Bone Creek Museum believes in the importance of giving artists an opportunity to showcase their work. Artists share with audiences their intentions, inspirations, and creative process at receptions held at the museum.
Opening receptions are held for each new exhibition and are announced in our quarterly newsletter. Members receive mailings about artist showcases and the public invited to attend.
Check our Facebook page as well as our website for further information about upcoming opportunities to attend an opening reception.
Artist workshops provide guests with an even closer look into the creative process with interactive and hands-on programming that will immerse you in fine art and agrarian heritage.
In April 2013, Michael Albrechtsen of Kansas and Michael Bingham from Utah led a three-day Plein Air workshop in the Butler County area for artists from the entire region.
In 2010, John Roush gave a workshop about how to get into juried exhibitions and tips for creating a portfolio. In the spring of 2011, two exhibiting artists provided workshops back to back. Matthew Jacobson taught oil technique and composition. Jim Hamil gave watercolor instruction. Later that fall, V….Vaughan taught a three day workshop painting plein air in the county. Check out the ‘Events’ page for upcoming programs.
Humanities Presentations and Panel Discussions are educational experiences that allows visitors to learn and discuss the content of exhibitions.
In March 2013, for example, Nancy Gillis presented The Voices of Native American Women. Nancy Gillis is the director of the John G. Neihardt foundation. Ms.Gillis is also a teacher on faculty at Wayne State College, the Nebraska Indian Community College and Northeast Community College. She teaches U.S. history and Native American history and culture. Bone Creek hosted her presentation with support from the Nebraska Humanities Council through which Ms. Gillis shares her deep knowledge about Native American culture at schools and civic groups throughout Nebraska.
These discussions often turn to the realities of agrarian life and the changing physical and economic environment. Stay tuned to our Events page to learn about our next Panel Discussion or Humanities Presentation.
School and Group Tours
Professional and volunteer art docents lead school and civic groups through tours of the museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions gallery. Tours can be catered to all ages and curriculum needs. Guided tours are a great way to learn more about each piece of art and gather a more complete perspective of Agrarian Artist’s impact in Art History. To schedule a tour today contact Education Director, Anna Nolan at [email protected].
Summer Art Day Camps
Bone Creek Museum partners with Butler County Arts Council to provide art day camps for all ages beginning at age eight at Aquinas High School art room. Registration is held each morning at 8:30am and at 12:45 if your child is only attending an afternoon class. The cost $10 per three hour session. This year the morning session will be from 9am to noon. The afternoon session begins at 1pm and goes until 4pm. Tuesday is an all day class with a break for lunch and the cost is $20. Art teachers include Joan Cech, Angie Frier, Torie Thoendel, Amy Tomasevicz, and Kristine Allphin Brakenhoff. The teachers will lead instruction in a variety of different art media and projects including batik, mosaic, collage, pastel, and watercolor.
Forms with more information will be available at the museum, at the library, or click here.
Art and Writing Contests for Students
Bone Creek Museum cultivates and celebrates artistic expression in young people. The museum periodically sponsors art competitions and writing contests for students. The ‘News’ page will alert you to upcoming contests and contest results. Participants of a recent Writing Contest in conjunction with John Roush: Meditations from Missouri took home Bone Creek t-shirts and cash prizes with sponsorship by the Polk and Butler Counties Nebraska Corn Growers Association.
Bone Creek Art Library and Archives
The Wayne Soukup Art Literature Collection is the cornerstone of the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art Library. The museum also holds resources to learn about agrarianism and the arts through a collection of books and periodicals. The archives of the museum hold collections on Dale Nichols as well as other agrarian artists. We are a growing research center for Dale Nichols with archives that include exhibition records, news clippings, and personal materials.