Current Exhibitions

Regionalist Works of Grant Reynard

Regionalist Works of Grant Reynard is on loan to Bone Creek Museum from Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, NE from November 3 through March 1, 2015.

Grant Tyson Reynard was born in 1887 in Grand Island, Nebraska.  He moved to New Jersey in 1914 to become a freelance illustrator, attending the Harvey Dunn School of Illustration.  It was here that he met and became lifelong friends with Dunn, Charles H. Chapman, Frank Street, John Steuart Curry, and Harry Wickey – all prominent artists.

In the 1950s Reynard’s focus began to shift from illustration to his own creative work.  Reynard returned to Nebraska almost every summer to conduct lectures and art classes in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, and North Platte.  Today, his work is included in the collections of: the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Reverence for the Rural

December 3, 2014 – May 3, 2015

This season two art exhibitions at Bone Creek Museum are dedicated to Regionalism, a Realist movement of the 1930′s and 40′s which countered the Modernist avant-garde styles from Europe and New York. Regionalists depicted their home places and iconic American experiences.

Dale Nichols (1904-1995) is the cornerstone artist of the Bone Creek Museum collection. He was also the fourth most famous Regionalist painter after the Big Three: Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry. In 1940, an Illinois newspaper actually called the group the Big Four, with Nichols listed among the other well-known names.

Bone Creek Museum’s mission is connecting people to the land through art.  Regionalism is an influential art movement at the heart of the larger theme of agrarianism. These exhibitions present works of art that convey nostalgia for farming methods of the past and the way many still make their living cultivating the land.