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Butler County couple's art to be part of Lincoln exhibit

Butler County couple's art to be part of Lincoln exhibit

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A David City couple will soon have their work on display for all to see at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln.

Mark and Carol Moseman's work, provided by the Mark and Carol Collection of Agrarian Art, will be featured in the museum's "Up in the Air: Great Plains Weather" exhibit opening Jan. 21.

The exhibition will include photographs, prints, paintings and sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection. The loaned, donated and acquired artworks were selected by Ashley Hussman, curator of Great Plains Art Museum.

The exhibit shows many exceptionally different visual interpretations of dramatic seasonal weather as it affects the people and places of the Great Plains. Paintings from the Moseman Collection are by major American artists such as W. H. D. Koerner (1878-1938) and James Reynolds (1926-2010). Among the selections is one of Moseman’s own paintings, "Take It Home," a self-portrait of his experience with a weather event in his childhood.

The 15 paintings provided by the Mosemans are but a sample of the Moseman Collection consisting of over 200 artworks created in Europe and America between the 1850s and the present. The Mosemans have been collecting art for over 50 years of married life. To describe the Collection and his own art, Mark created the genre of Agrarian art about man’s relation to the land.

In David City, Mark provided the Agrarian Art vision for Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art. The Mosemans were founding board members of the museum. When the board asked him to serve as curator, Mark designed the facility, established the collection and exhibited exceptional art by major artists. In only five years the unknown museum became an established institution. The Mosemans then left the board to continue their dream of preserving and sharing their own collection of exceptional Agrarian art.

To promote Agrarian art, they are donating and lending art from the Mark & Carol Moseman Collection of Agrarian Art to a number of art museums throughout the region. Early in 2021 Albrecht-Kemper Museum of art will host an exhibition and publish a catalogue on 60 artworks from the Collection showing the rise and decline of agrarian culture during the homestead era (1860-1940).

Following an annual gifting program started in 2002, the Mosemans are donating most of their Collection to Great Plains Art Museum. Their Collection is also represented in the Sheldon Museum of Art, Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, Museum of Nebraska Art, Spencer Museum of Art, National Willa Cather Center, Homestead National Monument, National Agriculture Hall of Fame, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Sioux City Art Center and Beach Museum of Art.

Growing up on farms and descended from homesteaders, the Mosemans said they believe that Agrarian art helps us understand and manage our relation to the land that supports us all. They feel that the most important thing that they’re doing with their lives is building a great Collection of Agrarian Art and sharing it by appointment at their Moseman Studio, as well as in exhibits such as "Up in the Air: Great Plains Weather."

The exhibit at Great Plains Art Museum will be on through May 9, 2020. A First Friday reception will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 7th. Great Plains Art Museum at 12th and Q streets in Lincoln is free and open to the public Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information or to schedule a tour, the public can reach the museum at 402-472-6220.



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