Nebraska National Exhibition runs Sept. 2-23 at Eisentrager-Howard Gallery

 Adry Cota, “Do I Exist,” dry point etching over relief.
Adry Cota, “Do I Exist,” dry point etching over relief.

Nebraska National Exhibition runs Sept. 2-23 at Eisentrager-Howard Gallery

calendar icon28 Aug 2016    

Ashley Bales, “Marked,” silver gelatin print.
Ashley Bales, “Marked,” silver gelatin print.

Lincoln, Neb.—The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Art, Art History & Design announces the fifth annual Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition features the work of the best undergraduate student artists from across the country.

Nebraska National opens Sept. 2 and continues through Sept. 23 in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall. There will be a closing reception on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery with the awards announced at 6 p.m.

Each year, three different media disciplines are featured in the exhibition. This year’s show includes ceramics, photography and printmaking.

“We wanted to bring the best undergraduate art in the country here and put it on display to let students across the country have a good venue for display and to make sure our students would see that work,” said former Department of Art and Art History Chair Pete Pinnell.

Robert Ladislas Derr, the new Director of the School of Art, Art History & Design said, “The School is committed to developing young artists, scholars and designers, and we are thrilled to have such a dynamic array of works of art to challenge, provoke and foster curiosity.”

To make this one of the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate juried exhibitions, three jurors of national and international stature are selected in connection with the Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Scholar Program. The jurors are invited to campus to present a lecture on their work, spend time with the student population and have their work reproduced in a catalogue.

This year’s jurors are Shoko Teruyama for ceramics, Deborah Luster for photography and Nicole Pietrantoni for printmaking.

“It is very exciting to kickoff the new academic year with such a pulsating exhibition, along with having three accomplished artists mingling on campus,” Derr said. “The lure of both provides our students with a new constellation of inspiration.”

Teruyama ( grew up in Mishima, Japan. She earned a B.A. in education and taught elementary school before coming to the United States to study art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1997.  She received her M.F.A. in ceramics in 2005 from Wichita State University and is currently a studio artist in Alfred, N.Y. She regularly exhibits and teaches workshops at top ceramics venues, and she has been a contributor to Ceramics Monthly magazine.

Luster ( uses photography, installation and text to investigate her ongoing relationship with violence and its consequences.  Luster’s work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Photography, among other venues. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other notable public and private collections.

Pietrantoni’s ( artwork explores the complex relationship between humans and nature via installations, artist’s books, and works on paper. She earned an M.F.A. and M.A. in printmaking from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in human and organizational development in art history from Vanderbilt University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches printmaking and book arts.

Participating students in this year’s Nebraska National Exhibition include:

Emily Albee, Hartford Art School

Keila Alvarez, Sacramento State University

Ashley Bales, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Casey Beck, University of Wisconsin River Falls

Keith Buswell, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Casey Callahan, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Sam Chumley, Indiana University Southeast

Allison Cochran, Ohio University

Adry Cota, University of Wisconsin River Falls

Max Cozzi, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Brennan Crosby, Mississippi State University

Hannah Demma, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Katy DeZellar, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Matthew Dolby, Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida

Nicole Domanico, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Leah Dwyer, George Mason University

Elle Friedberg, Wellesley College

Victoria Garnett, Old Dominion University

Michelle Grey, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Haley Heesacker, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Claire Jauken, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Elizabeth Katt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ariyon Kawai, Oregon State University

Alyssa Kobza, Central Community College

Ya-we Liu, Northwestern College

Ryann Lynn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Carley Moore, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Pha Nguyen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jeffrey Oliver, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Xiubo Pearce, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Daria Phillips, University of North Carolina

Hailey Porth, Old Dominion University

Angela Purviance, Oregon State University

Joseph Salmond, Weber State University

Margaret Schmiegelow, University of Central Missouri

Deborah Schoen, Old Dominion University

Samantha Senff, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Dale Small, Wichita State University

Allie Stack, The Maine College of Art

Evan Stoler, Denison University

Blake Stolpestad, University of Wisconsin River Falls

Katie Teutenberg, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Jess Tommeraasen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Phuc Tran, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Olivia Vogel, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Zachary Werbalowsky, University of Georgia

Shalbey Workman, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Elizabeth Yashnyk, State University of New York at New Paltz

Admission to the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Richards Hall is located at Stadium Drive and T Streets on the UNL city campus. For more information, contact the School of Art, Art History and Design at (402) 472-5522.