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Past Exhibits


June 1 – August 30, 2023

Santiago Cal

Over the years, my work has been driven by my desire to explore emotion, memory, and identity. This multi-faceted investigation has resulted in a wide-ranging body of work that includes singular sculptural objects, multimedia installations, drawings, and videos. More specifically, I have focused on the human body as a means to excavate and explore my emotions, memories, and identity. Some of my works represent actual persons, places, and events. These renderings stem from historical accounts or personal memories. However, these are not mere illustrations—they capture an emotional tone rather than a realistic depiction. Other works represent fictitious persons and capture various psychological states. I use exaggerated proportions, tense gestures, crude surfaces, and isolation to accomplish this.

Most of my sculptures are carved from wood. This is of great importance to me for several reasons. Being born and raised in Central America, trees permeated our reality and imagination. The ceiba trees, for example, were never cut down in the fields and pastures because the Maya believed they were the physical connection to the gods (between the earth and heavens.) In the backyard of my childhood home was a mahogany tree. I would climb into the canopy as a place of refuge and for thought. This was the intimate formation of my interaction with trees. When I started to sculpt, I learned to work with many materials, but none had the same appeal as working with wood. I love the labor involved, the variation within each piece of lumber, and thinking about its origin and life. Lastly, I am a great admirer of wooden sculptures ranging from the earliest non-western objects to the Northern Renaissance sculpture, to contemporary wood sculpture. As a result, renditions from the crude to the refined are evidenced in my sculptures. I embrace all means of manipulating the material in order to represent different ideas.

In conjunction with the wooden figures are objects referring to culture and place. The umbrella, hammock, the guayabera, the machete, and the five-gallon bucket lid are all linked to my memories of growing up in Belize. I think of these objects as symbols and metaphors. The machete, for example, is an anxious object. It sits on the hip or in the back of every vehicle potent with merit or harm. Growing up in a developing country, I often felt that this characteristic was indicative of most men, so I use the machete as a symbol to represent this attribute. The five-gallon bucket is used to transport everything, food, water, materials, animals, etc. But the lid is significant to me because it is essential but overlooked. It’s the component that keeps the contents contained or safe. The guayabera shirt is significant because it is symbolic of Latin America masculinity. When a young boy wears one, he is a little man which alludes to the masculine expectations inherent in the attire. It is also worn by the cane farmer to the politician with pride, as a rejection of the Western standards of a dress suit. When using these objects, I think of both the beauty and struggles of my Central American memories.

As an artist, it is integral that my works represent an honest interpretation of my thoughts at that given moment. Because of this, my entire body of work has many variables in terms of subject and aesthetics. This approach to making does result in varied explorations rather than a singular or signature style but there is a consistency in my intent. I’m a curious meanderer but my objective is to interpret moments in my time and place for the audience to experience.

James Brewer


Painting is about space. The space I represent in my pictures is my reality. My world. Personal. Although covering the surface of a canvas with representational imagery is hardly a novel idea, there is little doubt that most painters, the known as well as the rest of us, if not having made a career of it have at least given it a shot. I have pursued the idea itself for the better part of fifty plus years. Albeit my first twenty years of slinging paint were, with rare exceptions, abstract works which were completely void of anything representational. During that period, I smeared canvases with either geometric or organic shapes of color. Were these pictures to find a niche, they could possibly approximate Color Field painting. A major influence along the way was Mark Rothko, a painter whose mature works were exclusively non-objective. My interests would eventually broaden to include figurative pictures akin to the stylized works of Milton Avery, and later to another artist, the naive painter, Henri Rousseau. Rousseau’s crowding of the picture plane and compression of images was of special interest to me. By experimenting with what I could steal from these artists, and a number of others, my work morphed from where space and form were abstractions to where I began abstracting the space but not the forms. Ergo, the transition to representational imagery became a natural progression in my attempt to create the illusion of something that exists beyond the surface of the picture plane and continued to support the integrity of how I record space. The results are what you see before you.

16th Annual Juried Show

March 30 – May 24, 2023

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We encourage artists of all expertise to apply to the 16th Annual Juried Show in 2023! Approximately 20-30 fine art works encompassing all mediums, styles, and genres will be exhibited in the NAC gallery.

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

Featuring local and regional artists.

Zoe Nielsen
Jeanette Johnson
Francine Fox
Butch Rohrschneider
Tom Schultz
Diana Jo Tweedy
Victoria Harper
Greg Brown
Rodney Beyke
Wendy Ketelsen
Janna Harsch
Katy Edmisten
Rachel Vogel
Katie Wilson
Karen Voborny

Frank Taylor
Mike Trotter
Denise Kraft
Barb Gustafsson
Sue Morfeld
Jerene Kruse
Bonnie Mercer
Erin Spencer
Mary Mancuso
Steve Elliot
Danika Rowe
Leroy Von Glan
Kathleen Lohr
Clark Koppelmann
Bobbie Leesley

Norfolk Area Student Exhibition

March 4 – March 22

March is National Youth Art month as well as National Art Education month. To celebrate, each year NAC welcome’s Norfolk’s public, and parochial students to participate in a gallery exhibition. It is an opportunity for young, aspiring artists to display their work for our community. Families proudly view their budding artists’ work. 

Artwork created by students from the Norfolk area will adorn the walls of the Gallery and Atrium, as we host the annual Norfolk Area Student Exhibition. Public and parochial instructors gather artwork throughout the school year and then come together to create this amazing collection of student art. Elementary middle and high school students are represented and all skill levels are on display. New for this year will be a half gallery black lit exhibit. Specially created artwork will come to life in the dark of the half gallery. Join us to see this unique display beginning March 4 with the student artist opening reception. From 10 am – 12 pm drinks and refreshments will be served by Alpha Nu a chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

Sponsored By


December 1, 2022 – February 22, 2023

My entire process is a formal exploration of color, texture, space, and time. I draw inspiration from so many different sources… distressed architecture, pop art, graffiti, abstract expressionism, the New Aesthetic movement and so much more.” – John

“My work is a surface where this dialogue becomes visible explorations of my surroundings and my identity, a surrogate self with limitless possibilities. Often referencing architechural spaces, wallpapers, and raw materials… “ – Lisa


Flipping the binary doesn’t solve all the problems related to the objectification of women in art, but it does provide an entertaining start. I use humor to inspire viewers to consider that passive representations of women for the heteronormative male gaze are neither natural nor universal. In response to the abundance of dehumanizing imagery I am expected to appreciate for art’s sake, I invented the brodalisque. These oil paintings feature masculine men who recreate the poses and passivity of historic odalisques. Western Orientalist painters typically portrayed odalisques within the harem, a place where unrelated men were not allowed to enter. To update the trope of creating a “realistic” painting in a prohibited space, I place my subjects within the hidden mysteries known as the man cave. I render these forbidden environments representationally to persuade viewers that these compositions are factual and not at all fictitious. If the excessive depictions of nude women in art are really truly about form and aesthetics, not power and ownership, then my paintings should be completely serious and not remotely silly. (The newest paintings in this series were created with a generous grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.)

Jason Needham – Gallery Artist

Understory – Landscape Paintings

September 1 – November 23, 2022

Kansas City painter Jason Needham finds inspiration in the overlooked corners of the Midwest. As the sun rose one recent morning, he was concentrating on a tangle of overgrown vines surrounding a stand of cottonwood trees at Kessler Park in the the city’s Historic Northeast neighborhood. (Photo/ Julie Denesha)

I’ve had a long-standing interest in impressionism, post-impressionism, and early American modernists like Marsden Hartley. All the other obvious influences apply: David Hockney, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Lois Dodd, among others. I’m drawing and painting scenes that are very familiar to me: forest scenes just off the beaten path, a pocket of woods with an interstate, parking lot or air-conditioned retreat just behind me. The trick is to see these mundane moments as majestic while allowing the mistakes of hand and misconceptions of eye be as present as the purposeful. I like the paintings to coalesce from a distance but upon close inspection fall apart into marks and the process of making, with the underlaying scaffolding of the image still visible. Each brushstroke becomes a single particle and the painting a wave of time-space. Whether I’m standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon or staring into the corner of a room, the investment in looking is the same. On one end, I’m working areas of my brain that lie deeper than the surface stream of thoughts, the self-narrating voice. On the other end, I’m pondering the fundamental structure of reality.

Rodney Bode

October 21 – November 23, 2022

Rodney Bode is an American painter and sculptor whose life and art have remained outside the boundaries of culture. Born in 1941, and having lived most of his adult life in rural Idaho and South Dakota, Bode is an outsider artist whose vast collection of paintings and sculpture were only recently discovered after his institutionalization in the South Dakota state psychiatric hospital where he is being treated for schizoaffective disorder and vascular dementia.

“The work is very sophisticated, very competent,” says Lynn Verschoor, retired director of the South Dakota Art Museum. “These are really just exciting paintings; they’re good paintings. They’re nothing like you see in South Dakota. People here just don’t paint like this. And the sculptures are fabulous, well balanced. Of course,” she adds, “people are interested in the story, too.”

The label ‘Outsider Art’ created by Jean Dubuffet in the 1940s, certainly describes Rod Bode’s prolific collections of paintings and sculpture. Created in the sparse rural areas in Idaho and the plains of western South Dakota, unseen by the public, Bode’s “self-taught” creations were certainly “produced beyond the boundaries of the mainstream art world.”

Rodney Bode – 1069

2022 Nebraska Art Teachers Association Juried Exhibition – Atrium

September 1 – October 8

In conjunction with the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Fall Conference held at the Norfolk Arts Center, members submitted their artwork to be selected for the juried exhibition. Elley Coffin is this year’s juror and will be selecting art pieces to show in the Atrium. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Fall Conference.

Summer 2022 Exhibitions

June 2 – August 24, 2022

Tammi Reeves – Gallery Artist

“Day Dreamer”

“This series is a collection and journey of what growth looks like, with each piece revealing a piece of tangled webs inside a mind looking for hope or that splinter of light at the end of a tunnel. Some people simply cannot speak and write what is deep inside, but you can give them some paint and they can make you feel it. My hope is that my art can connect with something inside of yourself, that you may be able to feel inspired to not feel alone and that if you’re in a place where you find yourself laying on the cold tile floor…that God speaks to you and says, “Talitha Cumi.” And places a paintbrush in your hands.”

“The Crucifixion of Illusion”

Sophia Ruppert – Atrium Artist

“In my practice, “material” refers to any object that is human-made and does not naturally occur in nature. Physical things inform every part of our being. they connect us to other times and root us in community. Fabric swaddles us through life, tools aid our labor, dishes hold our food. By nature of necessity, materials chronicle our history as complex individuals and, when dissociated from use, catalogue our existence as artifacts. As I work, I consider our human nature and ask further questions: making up answers when I find none or am unsatisfied with a resolution.”

“Woven Steel”
“Fish Baskets”
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Congratulations to this year’s winning artists

  • Best in Show – Zoe Nielsen -Searching
  • First Place – Nita Erickson – Oak Seed Tea
  • Second Place – Butch Rohrschneider – Goodbye Tomato
  • Honorable Mention – Emma Bermel – Misty Morning

For the Norfolk Arts Center’s 15th Annual Juried Show, artists from all over Nebraska are encouraged to apply with images and descriptions of their artwork for the chance to be shown in this year’s exhibit. 

This year’s juror, Beatriz Rodriguez, sifted through all of the applications and selected only 20 – 30 artworks to be displayed in the 15th Annual Juried Show. Selections are made based on technique, material choice, style, overall aesthetic, and narrative. 

Congratulations to all of the artists selected to create this year’s show! 

The Norfolk Arts Center’s 15th Annual Juried Show Artists include: 

Bobbie McWilliams 

Cole Beebe 

Alberta Wagner 

Danielle Dewees 

Danika Rowe 

Brian Finn 

Brooke Gettman 

Diana Tweedy 

Butch Rohrschneider 

Emma Bermel 

Clare Orwig 

Jerene Kruse 

Nita Erickson 

Kaci Schacht 

Rod Beyke 

Zoe Nielsen 

Michael Lynch  

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Norfolk Public, Parochial, and Homeschool

March 10 – April 7, 2022

The annual Norfolk Public, Parochial and Homeschool student exhibition is happening now at the Norfolk Arts Center. Students from Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk Catholic Schools and St. Paul’s Lutheran school throughout the school year participated in classes and projects and now those pieces and projects are hung in the Gallery and Atrium for all to enjoy. Students and parents where invited to an opening reception on March 12th and now the show is open to the public until April 7.

December 7, 2021 – February 24, 2022

Anastacia Drake – Gallery

My sculpted paintings are created using heavy body acrylic paint in order to create depth and texture. This technique evolved from my work with visually impaired children. It challenges the boundaries of the acrylic medium and in turn tests the viewers preconceived barriers of understanding fine art.

Sally Jurgensmier – Atrium

My sculptures are intended to bring a smile to your face. I take metal, which is thought to be cold, hard, and unattractive, and give it life, expression and personality. Each piece is unique and never mass produced. Each piece can be displayed indoors or out.

September 2, 2021 – November 25, 2021

Eric L. Stearns – Gallery Artist

This past year, I’ve been working on developing a brand new color palette of glazes and this show represents the fruits of my labor. My color vocabulary is split between very muted and pastel shades and a brighter, more vibrant color scheme.

Many of the color combinations on my pieces are directly influenced by nature. The chemicals chlorophyll, carotenoids, and anthocyanin are collectively responsible for shades of green, orange, and purple in foliage. These and many other chemical compounds direct how certain light wavelengths are reflected or absorbed to show the colors your eyes can see.

Although I’m using a different variety of chemicals to achieve these colors, the process is very similar. Chemicals are used in various combinations and percentages in my base glaze to achieve the colors I’m looking for. I’ve created hundreds of test batches of glazes that were carefully applied to test tiles and fired. These test tiles were then narrowed down to about 40 different shades and colors to consider for my latest body of work.

Tess E Kilpatrick-Petersen – Atrium Artist

I work with the medium of oil paint on wooden panels as a means of subverting the views of women present in traditional portraiture. I paint portraits of women with whom I am or have been close, but I also paint acquaintances, and occasionally, strangers. Since I usually know these women, I have an idea of their personalities and behavioral tendencies, so I use this knowledge to paint them with autonomy and subjectivity. I paint them to show them as real, relatable people, not just objectified things in which to take pleasure in staring.

Another idea that my work deals with is fashion and patterning. I often change the clothing of a subject to make the painting more aesthetically pleasing and to be representative of some aspect of her personality or identity. Fashion and the decorative arts are also areas which typically have been associated with women and the feminine, which fits in with my interest in gender.

Photography also plays and important role in my practice. The basis for my paintings are photographs which I have taken. I always take them in social settings, so most of the time people are unaware because I take them with an iPhone. This allows me to get authentic, candid shots of people experiencing a brief moment. The paintings partially function as pieces of my memory and are about the social relationships in my life which I capture with this candid photography. In this regard, my work also has a connection to social media imagery.

The images I take and paint from are the type of images you might see a person post on Instagram or Facebook while on a night out. They relate to the way in which women use social media, as a way to take control of their own image and how they are shown. They have a snapshot, candid quality and are often cropped in a way which is more indicative of social media photography than traditional portrait painting. These images are so ubiquitous in our mediated world, we become numb to them and they all blend together. I transfer them into paint so they can feel unique again. I try to bring the best of both worlds, painting and photography, into my work: the solidity and timelessness of painting with the immediacy and authenticity of photographs.

June 3 – August 26, 2021

Reception: Thursday, July 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Road I Call Home

Randy Bacon

Randy Bacon
Randy Bacon

For over 35 years I have explored the art of portraiture and I am still mesmerized by photography just like when I got my first camera at 15. It’s a love affair that not only endured, but has grown as an essential part of my being. I am more in awe of photography as an art form each day.

CoCo – by Randy Bacon

As a photographer and filmmaker, I have always been intrigued by the fact that each and every person is a one-of-a-kind original – a never before created miracle. This simple, yet complex truth, “we are ALL original miracles” is the creative seed that flames my passion for photography and represents the connecting thread with all of my work. Over the years, I have photographed thousands upon thousands of people, across America and around the world, propelled by an infinite fascination and commitment as a photographic artist to capture the miracle of each person – the ‘ones’ on this planet of over 7 billion. I am finding that after all of these many years, of tending to my relationship between me and this thing called a camera that I am artistically driven more and more by people and their stories. With my photography, no matter the walk of life, I strive to present each ‘one’ in an authentic, no frills manner as to truly relay their inherent beauty, uniqueness and value. With the narratives, I provide the accepting, safe place, so each person can truthfully share their raw, unfiltered story. In the end, I hope the work will punch people in the heart and help create positive change, new understandings of humanity and connection within our world. This is my mission.

Jason R by Randy Bacon

The Road I Call Home is a powerfully direct extension of my mission – portraits that reveal their special qualities and dignity versus stereotypical attitudes and perceptions society commonly has of homelessness and often presented by the media. The impetus for this approach relates directly to my own life – I was guilty of being negative and uncompassionate towards the homeless. Yes, I judged the book by the cover; however as I opened the pages of each homeless person’s life I saw the enlightening truth – homeless people are important ‘ones’ in this world of 7 billion and deserve love and compassion.

Shonna by Randy Bacon

The Road I Call Home represents my most ambitious single project to date. What began as a small idea to photograph a handful of homeless people now stands at over 170 homeless lives recorded via portraits, stories and short films. The Road I Call Home continues its path as we push forward
chronicling more of our homeless friends’ lives. The project has been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including several states, with more being planned. A corresponding coffee table art book for The Road I Call Home was published in 2021.

Darren M
Darren M by Randy Bacon

Now decades into photography, I often smile, knowing I am still that geeky 15-year-old kid that fell in love with the camera, and through photography also fell in love with.

Randy Bacon Slideshow by Intern

Exquisite Miniatures

Wes & Rachelle Siegrist

Artist Rachelle Siegrist

Artists Biography:

Wes & Rachelle Siegrist capture the attention of viewers not with outstretched canvas but with miniature paintings so exquisitely rendered that they are often mistaken for photographs. Miniature art has been in existence for centuries and the current revival in its popularity has given rise to miniature art societies which in turn have given the Siegrists a platform for international recognition among peers and collectors. Their tiny treasures typically measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification. Consequently, Wes and Rachelle Siegrist enjoy a dimension of interactivity with viewers that few painters of standard easel-size paintings enjoy. A hallmark of their work is the ability to convey the feel of larger canvases or the essence of the natural world in miniature. It is no small wonder, therefore, that the Siegrists have been referred to as “World Ambassadors for Miniature Art”.

Artist Wes Siegrist

       The artists additionally have an unprecedented and history-in-the-making ongoing museum exhibition tour featuring over fifty of their miniature paintings that premiered in 2010 and is currently scheduled into 2024. A comprehensive overview of the Siegrists’ internationally touring museum exhibition may be viewed at: Museum Exhibitions.

       The Artists regularly exhibit in major wildlife expositions and shows in the United States and currently participate in numerous international miniature art exhibitions. They have exhibited their miniatures in museum venues such as Birds in Art (Both Artists are in the Woodson Museum’s Permanent Collection), Art of the Animal Kingdom, the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibitions (Rachelle has received their highest honor, The Award of Excellence, three times!) and the Smithsonian Institution. They reside in Townsend, Tennessee beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Artists Background:

We are a husband and wife team that started our painting careers together back in 1990. Actually, it started in 1989 when Rachelle was one of Wes’s students at the Highlands Art Museum in Sebring, Florida. Wes was smitten with her from the start and made promises of “teaching her how to paint” if she would simply marry him. (It’s a long and fun story but it will suffice to say that the two are crazy about each other and completely hooked on their careers as wildlife artists!)

       We’ve been full-time artists from the start of our life together. Wes actually started his professional career in 1986 working as a freelance designer, cartoonist and teacher. From 1989 until 1999 Wes was an instructor at the Highlands Art Museum in Sebring, FL and he also taught at various galleries and art leagues. Our paintings featured wildlife, ships and portraiture in subject matter and varied in size from murals to miniatures. (miniatures in the sense of small paintings vs. the technique of painstakingly rendered tiny subjects).

       We started our push into the international market of wildlife art and also miniature art at roughly the same time (1996-1997). Wes stopped teaching in 1999 in order to devote more time to his paintings. We discontinued doing outdoor art shows completely in 2001 after we found out we could pay the bills without sitting in the 100+ heat and humidity, thunderstorms and even tornadoes!

       We primarily paint for two reasons: Foremost, we absolutely love wildlife! Almost all of our work is a reflection of our experiences and interactions with wildlife in nature. Secondly, we love to paint! It’s not just our career-it’s our hobby and joy. We hope as you get to know us and our work, you’ll develop a deeper love for wildlife and the beautiful outdoor world that surrounds us! We’re also currently devoted to our cherished art form of “Art in the Little” and hope that our legacy will be our contribution to the genre with our paintings and assistance and inspiration to fellow miniature artists.

March 6 – March 31

Norfolk Public, Parochial and Home School student and faculty exhibition.

March is Arts Education Month. To Celebrate each year the Norfolk Arts Center welcomes Norfolk’s public, parochial, and home school students and faculty to display their work for the enjoyment of the community.Join us next Saturday, March 6 Families and friends proudly view their budding artists’ accomplishments.

Reception March 6 | 10 am – 12 pm

Exhibition Sponsored by Home for Funerals and Norfolk Daily News

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

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

December 3, 2020 – February 25, 2021

Patricia Hollins – Gallery

I paint because it gives me pleasure and satisfies my urge to create. Since I am not an “a to b” type of person, and I’ve discovered that the work that delights me has a life and a timetable of its own. I rarely start one piece and finish it before beginning the next and, like a juggler, I could have five or more works “up in the air” at one time.  Something that I begin in June one year may not be finished for a year of two.  This cyclical approach to image development is interesting because it challenges me to see my work through the lens of time and to take surprising turns along the way.  For example, a small work on paper, “Connection 1”, eventually spawned a series culminating in the large Polyptych called “Dynamic Connections”.

There are several ideas that continue that resurface and find their way into my paintings. Doorways and architecture intrigue me because they seem timeless and because they hold a touch of déjà vu for me.  Family trips might spark an idea as was the case with “Road to Furnace Town” and “On the Way to Digby”.  Sometimes a new idea could come from sifting through a pile of old drawings that I keep in a box in my studio. “Dreaming Upside Down” is one of those. “Coeur de la Foret” was dream inspired. I find that images and forms that come unbidden are often the best and in the absence of a good dream, automatic drawing is my “go to” way of sparking ideas.


Morgan Ford Willingham – Gallery

This on-going series explores how natural beauty is masked by cosmetics that women use every day, and how the language of advertising is absorbed into the subconscious, where it constantly influences what women buy and how they perceive themselves. The text in this work is often appropriated from advertising slogans found in popular women’s magazines, and is sometimes difficult to read, signifying how the linguistics of advertising subconsciously attempts to persuade women to buy cosmetic products that alter their physical appearance.

In the newest phase of this series, the work references the symbolism of the female, Renaissance portrait. The portraits, often commissioned by a father or spouse,represented, not the physical beauty of its sitter but the wealth and stature of the commissioner.The self-portrait is used to investigate the various experiences of using cosmetics to commodify beauty, like the connection between the alteration of physical appearance to achieve societal acceptance.


Butch Rohrschneider – Atrium

The purpose of this show is to try to produce abstract paintings with a camera.  The main problem being:  where will I find the intelligent confusion of color, form, and texture that are inherent to this art form?  If I produce them myself, what would be the point of a camera?  Without the use of a camera, I might as well paint.  Walking through a construction site gave me an answer.  The mangled pieces of metal I saw put many abstract paintings that I’ve previously seen to shame.  The answer is the old, used, abused, reused, and unwanted products of modern society.  I began photographing junkyards, construction sites, dumpsters, railroad cars, and abandoned buildings.  Graffiti has also caught my eye.  Real magic can happen when one graffiti painting may overlap another graffiti painting.  Weather, such as rain and snow, along with all of the other elements of nature, can also play a part in developing the outcome of these images, especially when the paint is still wet.  An image completely unintentional emerges.  I enjoy seeking out, identifying, and photographing these unique images.  The results of my efforts are in the room/building that you are standing in now.

In the first phase of my project, I printed the image on photo paper, surrounded by a white border, completed with a black metal frame.  In the second phase of this project, I printed the image on canvas, which is then wrapped around a wooden frame.  I am treating each of these photographs as if it were an original abstract painting, where I will make only one print of each photograph.  Each of these works of art will truly be an edition one of one.    

Rust and Paint Color Conclusive

September 3 – November 25, 2020

Judith Anthony Johnston – Gallery Artist

“My current body of work contemplates symbols, reflecting upon their capacity to connect one to personal truths.
Melding waxes, pigments, oils, charcoals, and inks together helps me purposefully connect to everything around me.
Gold and metal leaf contribute a redemptive quality. A final layer of resin finishes with a transparency, allowing for observation and reflection.”

The Journey

Jody McQuillan – Atrium Artist

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Sponsored by the Norfolk Arts Center Ladies Guild

“My artwork has always come from nature.  Images of growing things, sometimes realistic, impressionistic, or even abstracted nature images are my favorite subjects. I am stirred by natural hues of green growing things, lush rusts, golds, browns of the earth below, and the blue greens of bodies of water. I’ve also come to understand that in addition to the intrinsic  call for me to make art, the act of making it helps me process ideas and defuse the stressors of everyday life.  Making art brings me joy. Perhaps that is why I kept it just for me, rather than to pursue it as a career.
As an art student at Kearney State College my emphasis was drawing and painting, but I also loved printmaking and sculpture. Basically I loved it all, but felt my calling to education and I dearly wanted to keep art as my passion and release. Over the years my time, interest, and materials dictated what kind of artwork I created. I watercolored through the years my children grew. After our move to Norfolk I had access to a Kiln and worked in glass fusion always with organic colors and shapes. Beading and jewelry making soon followed after that and still continues today. It too, has had a shift toward the natural, semi precious stones and crystals. 
I stumbled onto liquid acrylic pour painting by accident about two years ago and found it delightfully freeing.  It can be used in paintings in parts of sky, water, or as an non objective abstraction image. I have played with many different types of painting, but there are hundreds pouring and swiping techniques.  The materials and unlimited colors have been a major draw for me. I can create something new everyday, and often do.”

Jody McQuillan

October 1 – 31, 2020

Aaron Beckman – Mini Gallery Exhibition

Aaron Beckman, owner and photographer at Nebraska Stock Photography, will showcase some of his most inspiring photographs during the month of October.

October is National Fire Prevention Month and to highlight our hometown heroes the Norfolk Arts Center will display a mini gallery exhibition of photographs taken in action. These photographs are sure to evoke emotion, inspiration, and restore faith in humanity.

Be sure to visit the gallery to experience this incredible exhibition.

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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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.