Date of this Version
MUSEUM OF NEBRASKA ART and SHELDON MEMORIAL ART GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, September 9, 2005 - January 22,2006
One of Nebraska's most celebrated artists, John Robert Weaver is the subject of this retrospective exhibition documenting his long and prolific career, fittingly on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Although a single exhibition, the artworks are displayed in two separate museums located 130 miles apart. The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), Kearney, and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, have complementary missions, and John Robert Weaver: American Artist relates well to both. At the Museum of Nebraska Art, the emphasis is on art and artists connected to Nebraska, while Sheldon addresses American art. Since Robert Weaver is well represented in the permanent collections of these two museums, both offer a context for understanding his work and its development. The MONA component features 63 works, and at Sheldon, 43. Each venue's selections are complete exhibitions in themselves, but in combination they encompass the full range of Weaver's artistic oeuvre.
During his long career, Weaver has explored a multitude of artistic mediums that are reflected in the show. Known for his expressive portraits and straightforward depictions of mechanical objects, he has also ventured into narrative painting and landscape, as well as using animals as subjects. We are grateful to the artist and other lenders whose generosity have been crucial to the exhibition, allowing the museums to provide substantial insights into his work.