305 N 5th St Norfolk, NE 68701 info@norfolkartscenter.org (402) 371-7199

Past Exhibits

Sarah Lemmon & Carolyn Albracht | In the Corner of Nowhere

June 4 – August 27

“The forms within my work, often parallel my own journey through the world. They function as characters, actors or symbols through which fear, stress, disease, and decay are explored. Often pulled apart, abstracted, replicated, melted or hybridized, the state of the object is an attempt
at understanding and finding beauty in the demands of circumstance.” – Sarah Lemmon


“My personal sketchbook practice took the form of fifteen or twenty-minute meditative doodles in which I would sit down and start mark-making intuitively. I listen to music and try to allow the mark-making to happen spontaneously, not allowing myself to make conscious compositional decisions, but rather just allowing the lines and shapes to form and happen
naturally. I think of it as a kind of “creative temperature taking,” a reflection of where my creative energy levels happen to be at that moment.” – Carolyn Albracht

                                    Corner of Nowhere

Johntimothy Pizzuto & Patti Roberts-Pizzuto |

Breaking Boundaries: Mixed Media Works by Johntimothy Pizzuto and Patti Roberts-Pizzuto

June 4 – August 27 

“I engage with a conversation of the history of art and my relationship to that history. Representation, abstraction, and text all converge in the expression of my love for the power how the mind, the hand, and spirit emerge as ink on paper.” – Johntimothy Pizzuto

        Construction Series no. 1

“Through the continued movement of my hands, the meaning of the marks gradually becomes knowable and I begin to understand the work itself. Building on a foundation of the intuitive, the surface and image continue to build, creating layers of meaning that I hope serve as touchstones or
cairns, markers to find our way forward and backward through time.” – Patti Roberts-Pizzuto

Call and Response no. 5

13th Annual Juried Show and Doane University Faculty Art Show! Please enjoy this virtual gallery experience presented by the Norfolk Arts Center.

13th Annual Juried Show and Doane University Faculty Show

The Norfolk Arts Center is pleased to present the 13th Annual Juried Show and Doane Faculty Art Show. The winners of the Juried show, as selected by juror, Eric Stearns, are:Best of Show: Diana Tweedy, Solitary Converse with Nature1st Place: Patricia Hollins, Dreaming Upside Down2nd Place: Kaci Schacht, FossilizedThank you to @Carlie Preister of Carlie Marie Photography for donating her time and talent to photograph this exhibit. We appreciate your support of the arts!Although our gallery is currently closed to the public, the doors are open by appointment. If you are interested in viewing the gallery in-person, please email us at info@norfolkartscenter.org or give us a call at 402.371.7199. We look forward to hearing about your virtual experience!

Posted by Norfolk Arts Center on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A HUGE thank you to our juried artists for their flexibility during this challenging time. We appreciate you so much! To view the juried artists and Doane University faculty artists’ statements, please click here.

Thank you again to this year’s juror, Eric Stearns of Doane University, for his review and careful consideration of this exhibit.

Thank you to Carlie Preister of Carlie Marie Photography for donating her time and talents to photograph this exhibit. We appreciate you and your continued support of the arts!


Lori Elliott-Bartle, Marcia Joffe-Bouska, Tom Quest

Show Dates: December 5, 2019 – February 27, 2020

Reception: Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public.

Main Gallery

Three artists exploring themes of history, memory, nature and a sense of place first came together in 2015 to collaborate. The ongoing work between Lori Elliott-Bartle, Marcia Joffe-Bouska, and Tom Quest will debut at Norfolk Arts Center as they expand “River,” the undulating 23-foot long mixed media collaboration shown above. Their joint efforts bring together ceramics, glass mosaic, painting, collage and found objects to tell stories about particular places and universal truths. In “River,” Elliott-Bartle’s expressionist painting flows past Joffe-Bouska’s glass tiles and found objects, while Quest’s ceramic work adds naturalistic texture in various forms and multiple movements. The artists will also show earlier collaborations as well as individual works that support the exhibit’s themes.

Brooke Gettman

Atrium Gallery

“Connecting a visual to a meaning and using that visual to enhance the meaning is something which I find to be beautiful and worthwhile. For this reason, my work often reflects on important narratives in my life, such as personal experiences and observations that have affected me on a deep level.”

Silver Sponsor:

Presented by Glen Einspahr

Impact Nebraska Artists/Anderson Exhibits

Show Dates: September 5 – November 27, 2019

Reception: Thursday, September 12 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public.

Norfolk Arts Center’s Gallery Exhibit Presented by:

Impact Nebraska Artists
“All Things Botanical”

Main Gallery

Impact is a juried group of nationally recognized artists living in Nebraska. Artists showcase their work through educational theme exhibits in museums and galleries. The “All Things Botanical” exhibit focuses our appreciation of the plant world. Color delights as we take an in-depth look at flowers, fields, ponds, and gardens. The exhibit includes a wide variety of artistic styles and media. This exhibit was designed as a special presentation for Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska and is now available for your viewing pleasure at the Norfolk Arts Center!

Suxan Anderson

“Amber Reflections”

Atrium Gallery

“For me, creativity is another sense, one that encompasses all others. To create is to smell, touch, see, hear, even taste something and be moved to the point of ‘sparking’ that experience into existence. I create to touch the human spirit. It is a spiritual experience. After spending many childhood hours watching my father work with metals in his workshop, an appreciation was planted for the beauty and reflective quality of light on those surfaces. I use natural images such as trees and flowers, as symbols to touch upon a larger meaning. I enjoy working in a combination of media, employing various metals and paint to create unique pieces that dance with light. Trees have a significant meaning to me. A tree reaches and touches the inner Earth and stretches to touch the sun and stars. A tree connects. It is an image that fits my sense of self and my creations.”

Thanks to our sponsors for believing in the arts and supporting our gallery which is always free and open to the public!

Glenn & Lois Williams

To sponsor this or any exhibit, contact our Executive Director, Denice Hansen, today!

**Sponsorship ensures the gallery is ALWAYS free and open to the public! 

April 13, 2019 – May 30, 2019
Reception: Saturday, April 13 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public. 

12th Annual Juried Show and UNK Faculty of Fine Arts Exhibition

The NAC’s Annual Juried competition is back! Now in its 12th year, this exhibit is an opportunity to celebrate creativity for across Nebraska.  This year’s judge, John Franczak, Senior Lecturer at UNK, will has chosen the work for the exhibition as well as selected our winners.

Announcing the WINNERS of the 12th Annual Juried Show:

Best In Show
Brooke Gettman
Analysis Paralysis

First Runner Up
Dennis Wattier
Disappearing Nebula

Second Runner Up
Lonn Atwood

Honorable Mention
Adrian Hanft
Abiogenic Assertion Triptych

Honorable Mention
Butch Rohrschneider

Congratulations to the selected artists!


























Thanks to our sponsor WATTIER’S AUTO BODY for supporting the arts!

Join us for an exhibit featuring artwork by faculty members from the University of Nebraska, Kearney department of Art and Design.

To sponsor the Juried/UNK faculty exhibit, contact Director, Denice Hansen.

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March 9, 2019 – April 2, 2019
Reception: Saturday, March 9 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public. 

Norfolk Public, Parochial & Home School Student Exhibition

With March being both National Arts Education Month and National Youth Art Month, we like to celebrate by welcoming Norfolk’s public, parochial and home school students to display their work for our community! Families and friends of our young artists proudly view their budding artists’ work. As in previous years, art teachers are encouraged to participate by bringing in their work. In doing so, teachers demonstrate their accomplishments to our next generation of aspiring young artists.

To sponsor this incredible exhibit, contact Director, Denice Hansen.

**Sponsorship ensures the gallery is ALWAYS free and open to the public!
Thanks to Home For Funerals for Sponsoring this exhibit!

“A Little Bit of Everything”

Pearl Hansen and Leroy von Glan

December 6, 2018 – February 28, 2019
Reception: Thursday, December 13 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public. 

Pearl Hansen

Landscapes or Pearlscapes

A native of northeast Nebraska, Pearl Hansen resides on her farm outside of Wayne. Pearl is newly retired following a wonderful career teaching at Wayne State College in the Department of Art and Design. She earned her undergraduate degree in art education at Wayne State College, Masters in Sculpture from Kansas State, and a Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her small farm is where the landscape serves as inspiration for her work. Pearl likes to take the roads less traveled so she is quite familiar with most back roads of northeast Nebraska where not as many people go. Pearl is just finishing a new studio on her farm and looks forward to the artwork that lies ahead.

Thanks to our amazing Sponsors:
Glen and Jan Einspahr

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Leroy von Glan

Current Work 

Leroy specializes in ceramic object creation because of the unpredictable possibilities involved in the construction and glazing of a pottery piece. Clay has been a part of human existence for thousands of years, yet the fresh and new of it is always there when he sits down at a wheel.

A self-described “thing-maker in clay,” Leroy considers ceramics to be both the simplest and most complex of any art medium. He ascribes the simplicity to its elemental nature – earth and fire, while its complexity is attributed to understanding the piece in balance, form, color, and touch.

Thanks to our amazing Sponsors:
Glen and Jan Einspahr
Tom and Susan Surber

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Ryan Crotty

September 6 – November 29
Reception: Thursday, September 6 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public. 

Artist Statement:

I use unconventional painting techniques to create all-over compositions of color that seem to spread out beyond the edges of the canvas. The resulting process-intensive paintings are an investigation of formal relationships. They are non-representational and forgo all suggestion of figuration. By applying layers of acrylic modeling pastes and translucent paint, I generate aberrations in color and surface that reveal evidence of the painting as a physical object. The canvas acts as a support for pigment and binding medium that allows color and light to coalesce. Primary colors blend together to create secondary and tertiary minimalist color field paintings. The luminous surfaces have a tendency to be reflective and glow with meditative calm. By exploiting the emotive powers of color, I seek a pathway to serenity and reflection in these tumultuous times.

Artist Bio:

Ryan Crotty (b. 1977, Auburn, NE) is a visual artist and abstract painter based in rural Nebraska. He creates non-representational color field paintings rooted in the process intensive traditions of printmaking. Highlighting visual evidence of the canvas support structure, surface imperfections and materiality, he uses translucent paint to generate an interplay of light and color that challenges visual interpretation of a two-dimensional surface. Crotty earned his BFA in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MFA in painting from Syracuse University. He has exhibited work in Nebraska, as well as New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Berlin. Central to his practice is time and experimentation in his studio in Auburn, NE where he resides with his family.

Thanks to our amazing Platinum Sponsors:

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Morgan Bentley


Artist Statement:

I have always considered myself an artist. Painting and drawing have always been my strong points. During my junior year at Wayne State I fell in love with the process of collaging. It was hard at first to leave my painterly ways, so I tried to marry the two techniques. My larger pieces in this exhibit, “Mushroom Hunting” and “Hellas” are examples of that. As I grew more into my technique as a collage artist, I started straying away from the paints and pieces like “Dissociative” and “Rituals” began to emerge. My collages started getting more intricate so my pieces have gotten smaller. I consider each of my works to be a puzzle, being very cautious of what goes where. Spending hours zoning out and flipping through magazines and tediously cutting out each piece is so soothing to me. My work all consists of found material meaning I have not scanned, printed, or duplicated any of my images. No feeling is more rewarding than finding that one last piece to perfectly finish off my puzzle. I titled my exhibit “Mixed Emotions” because it’s like a mixture, an evolution of my style. I have my mixed media paintings that I began my journey with, my strictly collaged pieces, and currently I am experimenting again with minimal painted and drawn details.

Artist Bio:

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Morgan Bentley is a graduate of Wayne State College where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in studio art in December of 2016.  Upon graduating she has traveled to numerous places including several countries throughout South America, and to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she currently resides.  She has worked several odd jobs to pay the bills, while always making time to experiment and grow as an artist.  She’s inspired mostly by her travels, nature, animals, and vintage imagery and advertisements.  She has participated in several shows and gallery exhibits, making herself well known in her new community of incredible artists. 

Thanks to our amazing Platinum Sponsor:
Dylan Kudera

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June 7 – August 30
Reception: Thursday, June 14 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public. 

Dean Staberg

“Recycled Firewood”


Dean Staberg is a retired battalion chief from the Lincoln Fire Department. He has responded to thousands of emergencies locally, regionally and nationally including Urban Search and Rescue missions to New York City, NY following the 9-11 terrorist attacks and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He experienced destruction of varying degrees for over 40 years. Dean believes his desire to create woodturning pieces is a result of his life’s work.


Staberg harvests the majority of his raw material from the forest surrounding his current home in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. He also rescues material, destined for the fireplace, from friends and neighbors wood piles in the mountains. Dean especially enjoys turning wood from trees that hold special memories for his customers. This allows the tree to live on in the form of functional bowls or displayed story starters.


Learn more about Dean and his craft! Watch for more details to come.

Kari Kollars

“Thinking and Drinking”


As an artist, I am still really trying to find my focus. I love realism just as much as I love abstraction. The focus involved with realism is extremely rewarding, however, the freedom of abstraction is profoundly liberating. I really enjoy taking ordinary objects and enhancing them so they take on a whole new life and meaning. I focus on texture, highlights and shadows. I enhance highlights more than you would see in the natural world, which gives my work more dynamic, visual effect and interest. The artist’s ability to create a visually interesting image is important, but I also feel like the content and meaning is just as important. While not all of my work has an underlying narrative, I try to provide content that makes the viewer question the image and make their own analysis. That, in my opinion, is what draws people to art, not just the aesthetic value but its ability to interact with the viewer both visually, emotionally, and psychologically. For me, if my work doesn’t make the viewer “think” then I haven’t properly done my job.


Kari Kollars is a graduate of WSC with a degree in studio arts. She is the daughter of Ken and JoAnn Woockman of Crofton Nebraska. Kari is now married to Jesse Kollars of Crofton, a special education teacher at the Randolph Public Elementary school. They have a three-year-old daughter, Mabel Rayne and a six-month-old son, Sullivan Hendrix. At a very young age, I took an interest in art. My earliest memory of attempting to create art involved me taking a long match that was used to light our fireplace fires and using the charred end to draw an image on the bricks. I had no knowledge of the art of charcoal drawings, but I was fascinated by my ability to smudge and manipulate the material. My love for charcoal continued throughout high school and I received many acknowledgments for my work. As I matured I discovered painting and really turned my focus in that direction. When I finally pursued an art degree at Wayne State College I discovered sculpture and felt as though I had finally found my calling. As a now 33-year-old wife and mother, I have started my own business that provides painting classes to children and adults. I have built a studio space in Randolph Nebraska called Mint Clover Art. I have decided to put all of my energy into my art career and my family. Because, now, is always a good time to begin following your dreams.


Join Kari for a special edition of NAC’s Second Saturdays as she leads a session about connecting emotions to art. Watch for more details to come.

April 14 – May 31
Reception: Saturday, April 21 | 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public. 

11th Annual Juried Show & Concordia University Faculty Show

NAC Laides Guild


Best of Show:
Meghan O’Connor
“Attack, Resist, Meet in the Middle”

First Place Runner Up:
Robert Klein Engler
“He Only Rode One Horse”

Second Place:
Brooke Gettman
“I’m Sorry”

Honorable Mention:
Sarah Krupp

Honorable Mention:
Leland Fritz
“Chevron Vase”

Check out Juror Selections for the 11th Annual Juried Show:


February 1 Application Due
March 1 Notifications Sent Out
April 3 – 7 Delivery of Artwork
April 14 – May 31 Exhibition
April 21 Opening Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m.
June 1 – 5 Artwork Pickup


Donald Robson, MFA, MAT
Professor of Art, Art Department Chair
Concordia University, Nebraska

Don Robson serves a professor of art and chairman of the Art Department at Concordia University, Nebraska. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Wichita State University and his Master of Teaching from the University of Central Missouri. Robson is an accomplished and published artist who has exhibited work in juried competitions, solo and group shows and has work in galleries, museums and private collections across the country. In 2017 he was awarded the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.

“Faculty of Fine Arts Show”

Join us for a special exhibition featuring faculty from Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. The show will feature artwork from Concordia University faculty:
James Bockelman, Professor of Art, Marxhausen Art Gallery

Seth Boggs, Assistant Professor of Art, Digital Labs Manager

Justin Groth, Assistant Professor of Art

Don Robson, Professor of Art, Art Department Chair

“Faculty of Fine Arts Show” – Sponsors

Rev. Adrian & Grace Hanft

Rev. Leon & Terri Rosenthal

Monte & Phyllis Glaser

Dan & Susan Harstad

March 3 – April 7, 2018
Reception: Saturday, March 3 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public

Norfolk Public, Parochial & Home School Student and Faculty Show

March is National Arts Education Month. To celebrate, each year the Norfolk Arts Center welcomes Norfolk Public, parochial, and home school students to display their work for the enjoyment of the entire community. Families and friends come back year after year to proudly view their budding artist’s accomplishments. New this year is the extension of the show’s duration. The NAC strives to represent all practicing young artists in the area. For more information on this exhibition and ways to participate, please contact NAC.

Continuing to build from last year, faculty artwork will also be on display. Participating art teachers are encouraged to bring their own work, in addition to their students’ artwork, and demonstrate their accomplishments to the next generation of artists.


Christ Lutheran School  

Sacred Heart Elementary

Norfolk Catholic High School

St. Paul’s Lutheran School  

Norfolk Public Schools

Norfolk Area Home Schools

January 4 – February 22, 2018
Thursday, January 4 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided by NAC Ladies Guild

Rachel Mindrup
“Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis”

Portraits have always had a powerful grasp on my imagination. It is the idea of duration – or earthly immortality – that gives such a mysterious interest to the painted portrait. Studying the history of portraiture techniques has allowed me the ability to begin to integrate those concepts into relevant contemporary narratives.
My son Henry’s diagnosis has been the motivation behind my series of portraits “Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis (NF)”. Through this series of paintings, I am the conduit, transforming genetic complications into something secondary and portraying the individual personalities first. Using social media as a connection, I hope to raise funds, educate, and ideally find a cure for NF. 
To watch Rachel’s Artist Talk, please follow this link: 

Rachel Mindrup, is a professional artist and Resident Assistant Professor at Creighton University. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska – Kearney and then continued with atelier studies at the Art Academy of Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Her current painting practice is about the study of the figure and portraiture in contemporary art and its relation to medicine. 
Mindrup’s client list includes: Kiewit Corporation, Boys Town, Creighton University, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Her artwork is held in many private collections including those of Primatologist Jane Goodall and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. 


Kelly Rush
“Well Oiled Past”

The mission of my work is to promote the visceral.  With my pieces I want you to get a sense of a practical–yet beautiful reality. My hope is to lure you from across the room.  I want you to be seduced into asking questions ranging from the story behind the piece to the aesthetics of it. I’m interested in making clay into an object intended to deceive the viewer into believing it is the object itself: a greasy oil can well-worn and stained but has never seen a day’s work. My ceramic oil cans are made in the trompe l’oeil style, intended to give a convincing illusion of reality.

Kelly Rush is a native Nebraskan born in Axtell, Nebraska. Her art reflects the practicality and simplistic beauty of her rural upbringing.  Working in sculpture, she explores the role of objects found in the home, on the farm and in nature. Her goal is to magnify the beauty of those objects while depicting them in a unique way by using clay as her medium.  

 Kelly works with low-fire earthenware that she glazes with Terra Sigillata, one of the oldest forms of glazing. Terra Sig is a colored clay that is brushed on the piece before the first firing. Once fired, oxides are used to stain the piece to add more depth and to further the process, mineral washes are added, such as soda ash and Borax.  

She has also been part of NET Television, Nebraska’s public television station for over 31 years, working in many aspects of production, including television camera operator, production assistant for many local and national documentaries, and now as Senior Promotion Producer. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her on-air promotional work and has been honored at several film festivals for her short films.  Recently she co-produced the half hour documentary “Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine”. Self-taught artist Emery Blagdon is known by art collectors as a man with boundless visionary creativity — an artist of great significance. “Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine” was broadcast on the NET Network and also nationally on PBS. And it continues to be shown on PBS stations throughout the country and international on the web.   

Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and has studied ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.     

November 2 – December 28
Thursday, November 7 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided by NAC Ladies Guild
Music by Jeff Hoffman

Holly Ann Schenk
“Connecting the Dots”

Her paintings are acrylic underpainting with acrylic and oil dots, primarily on gallery wrap canvas. While she likes doing both objective and non-objective, traditional and non-traditional work, color is always a central focus. She loves looking at the world and seeing the amazing array of colors and shapes. “I grew up in Nebraska, where I received both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art Education. I moved to Kansas City in 1982, and was an art director at Hallmark Cards for twelve years. I have taught art in numerous settings, including both public and private elementary and high schools, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and The Kansas City Art Institute. My artwork consists primarily of acrylic paintings and pastels, although I venture into almost everything two dimensional, including caricatures and collage. Having been an art teacher for students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, I’ve grown comfortable with many different media and styles. My favorite is a form of pointillism using acrylics.”

Nancy Rae Schwertley


Sharon Ohmberger
“There and Back Again”

Sharon Ohmberger born & raised in Nebraska and has been working in clay since 1993.Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from the University of Nebraska in 1992; her specialty is ceramic art with minors in English and Great Plains Studies.  She has a studio in Firth, NE, where she resides with her husband, also an artist. Hand-built pottery satisfies her need to create things expressive of both beauty and potential utility; as such the medium allows her to remain true to both her own expressive desires and her practical rural background. She finds inspiration in a variety of sources: the wild and cultivated landscapes of the Great Plains, the seasonal comings and goings of the insects, flora and fauna in her back yard and all kinds of textures and embellishments from clothing to furniture. Her most basic personal requirement for her work is that she continue to enjoy making it, as she believes good art and fine craft pieces carry the energy of their maker.

September 7 – October 26
Thursday, September 14 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Book Signing and Discussion with Omaha World Herald’s David Hendee: Thursday, September 14 • 4:15 p.m.

Nebraska 150
“Bridges Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future”

Endorsed by the Nebraska 150 Commission as a “Signature Event,” the “Bridges” Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit is sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts of Lincoln in collaboration with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Nebraska State Historical Society. Together, the three organizations issued a statewide call to amateur and professional photographers, inviting them to capture photo images of historic sites or hidden treasures located throughout Nebraska. These historic treasures could be listed on the National Register of Historic places, or be a place of community or personal significance.  The statewide call for photographs of historic places garnered over 800 photo submissions! They collected images from all 93 counties in Nebraska and named a winner for each county. Handful of images are selected for the particular show to portray a regional representation, but ALL photos will be shown on a slideshow at the exhibit!

Nebraska 150 memorabilia including magnets and posters by designer Timothy Wright available for purchase at Norfolk Arts Center. 

Guest Speaker David Hendee of Omaha World Herald to discuss his book on Nebraska’s 93 counties Thursday, September 14 at 4:15 p.m. at NAC. Free and open to public.

David Hendee wrote “Nebraska: 150 Years Through 93 Counties’’ as part of the Omaha World-Herald’s coverage of the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood this year.

Hendee is a regional reporter for The World-Herald. He has worked as an editor and reporter during a 41-year career with the newspaper, filing stories from the White House, the Canadian Rockies, America’s last homestead in Alaska, the ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska, the Demilitarized Zone in Korea and across Nebraska and the Great Plains.

He joined The World-Herald in 1976 after working at his hometown newspaper, The Sidney (Neb.) Telegraph, for two years. He is a journalism graduate of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska.

Born to Nebraskans at Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base near Oceanside, California, David is a fifth-generation Nebraska. He and his wife, Polly (the former Polly Schulze of Tilden, Nebraska), have two daughters and two grandchildren.

The 190-page coffee table book was published last fall and is in its second printing.

FREE Tours Available!

Great opportunity for schools and service groups! Ask staff for details.


July 6 – August 31
Thursday, July 13 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Beverly Todd
“Closer To Your Miracle”

Growing up on a Nebraska farm, Beverly Todd often took off on long walks across field and timber, finding a grassy spot, looking up at the sky, breathing in all that beauty. She still does that, and Knows she Is blessed to be on that patch of earth in that moment. It is wonder she captures then shares back. Juicy, colorful, full of energy wonder, at times expansive, peaceful, liberating.

Thanks to our sponsors for your support!
Bob and Michelle Dudley
Paula Pflueger
Scott and Lori Williams

Albert Rhea
“Cosmos Series”

This series can be defined in terms of cosmology and the study of galaxies, alternative universes, black holes and stars. Albert Rhea is interested in the origin, structure, and space-time relationships of the universe. He utilizes stainless steel arcs and spiral elements with painted wooden spheres that combine to form structure.

Thanks to our sponsors for your support!
Sufi Practice Group

Denise Dendinger
“Art Of Nature”

Denise Dendinger’s pieces are made in her garage. The leaves, which come from plants she grows, are the inspiration for her work. She starts by finding leaves that are deep veined and free of damage. She uses sand to mold the leaves into their specific shape. After her process, she feels as though she has created a masterpiece!


May 4 – June 29 
Reception: Thursday, May 11 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Jeannine Cook & Jeffrey Lewis
“Shimmering Metal: Drawings in Silver and Gold”

Metalpoint, mark-making in silver, gold, copper, platinum and other metals on a prepared smooth surface, allows a diversity of artistic expression totally in keeping with today. In its lustrous restraint, metalpoint is the perfect counterpoint to the technicolored urgency of our world.

Jeannine Cook and Jeffrey Lewis are artists who have long used metalpoint, and especially silverpoint, as a vehicle to express the more reflective, quieter aspects of their art.  Both also paint, but these shimmering monochromatic drawings allow an examination of their worlds in a different way. Both artists are aware of the shimmering, quiet and healing voice that metalpoint drawings can project. Each artist believes that in today’s tumultuous, violent and complex world, this medium can offer viewers reminders of order, beauty and centering calm.

Thanks to our sponsor for your support!
Karla Huse Visual Arts Endowment

Lonn Atwood
“Arts and Sciences”

Lonn Atwood was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Norfolk. Lonn has pursued many creative disciplines including: Architectural/Interior Design, Theater/ State Design, Painting, Sculpture and Floral Design. He is also a published Writer/Poet. In these days of grossly publicized destructive forces, it is more important than ever to be vessels of creativity, to take our inherited energy, expose it to inspiration and make something positive. Objects of hope to hold up in the face of doubt.

Thanks to our sponsor for your support!
Wes and Karen Wingett

April 1 – April 27
Reception: Saturday, April 1 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.

10th Annual NAC Juried Show | University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Show

Celebrating 10 great years of lifting up local creativity in and around Northeast Nebraska – the NAC’s Annual Juried competition is back! This year over 130 entries came in, and with only 25 slots available, competition was fierce.  Judge, Russell Nordman of the University of Nebraska at Omaha has curated the exhibit, and will also award cash prizes to top work.

Thanks to our sponsors Norfolk Arts Center Ladies Guild, for believing in the arts in our community!

$250  Best of show    |     $150 1st Place     |    $100  2nd Place

Announcing the Selected Artists for the 10th Annual Juried Show
Sarah Alkaltham
Casey Callahan
Mary Donahue
Kathy Eddy
Tyson Koehn
Jerene Kruse
Josephine Langbehn
Jon Love
Marlene Mueller
Meghan O’Connor
Kelly Rush
Holly Ann Schenk
Mary Tanner
Diana Tweedy
Dennis Wattier
Congratulations to our 10th Annual Juried Show Exhibit Winners:
Best of Show: Marlene Mueller, “Blaze”
1st Place: Meghan O’Connor, “Coming Home, Lost at Home”
2nd Place: Josephine Langbehn, “Three Beauties”

University of Nebraska at Omaha Faculty Show

Join us for a special exhibition featuring faculty from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The show will feature artwork from UNO faculty: Barb Simcoe, Jave Yoshimoto, Katie Temple, Jody Boyer, Joe Pankowski, Amy Haney, Bonnie O’Connell, David Helm, Colin Smith, Jeremy Johnson, Ashley McFeely, James Sewing, Russ Nordman, Howard Paine and Luke Severson.

Thanks to our sponsor J. Marlene Mueller for your support of the arts in Northeast Nebraska!

March 4 – March 24
Reception: Saturday, March 4 • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
*Note new addition: home school students’ and area art teachers’ work will be on display!

Norfolk Public, Parochial & Home School Students and Faculty Show

March is National Arts Education Month. To celebrate, each year the Norfolk Arts Center welcomes Norfolk Public, parochial and home school students to display their work for the enjoyment of the entire community. Families and friends come back year after year to proudly view their budding artist’s accomplishments. New this year is the addition of Norfolk area home school students to the show! The NAC strives to represent all practicing young artists in the area. For more information on this exhibition and ways to participate, please contact NAC. In addition, continuing to build from last year, faculty artwork will also be on display. Participating art teachers are encouraged to bring their own work, in addition to their students’ artwork, and demonstrate their accomplishments to the next generation of artists.

FEATURED SCHOOLS: Christ Lutheran School • Sacred Heart Elementary Norfolk Catholic High School St. Paul’s Lutheran School • Norfolk Public Schools Norfolk Area Home Schools • Lutheran High Northeast

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting youth artwork!

January 5 – February 23
Reception: Thursday, January 12 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Phil Hawkins

Phil Hawkins is a contemporary sculptor, painter and graphic artist focusing on sculptural installation design. He was born and raised in Omaha and holds degrees in Graphic Design from Metropolitan Community College and Arts Management from Bellevue University. He prefers to work systematically during the process of creating and sees his art as a visual product of personal and emotional manifestations.

Courtney  Kenny Porto
“Is That Yarn?”

As an artist Courtney Kenny Porto is inspired by everyday life, by the frustrations and joys as well as its ironic and incongruous nature. Her work depicts various situations, struggles and revelations that she has experienced. She believes that in order to be truly genuine, artists must portray ideas and concepts that are close to their own heart. The truly powerful artists do this in such a way that others are also able to deeply relate.