The Small Museum of the Month for May is the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, NE. The institution is the only museum dedicated exclusively to agrarian art in the United States, and its mission is to use art to connect people to the land. Founded by volunteers in 2007, the museum continues to rely heavily on its dedicated volunteer staff and its enthusiastic membership, which includes 292 members from 30 states. Since its founding, Bone Creek has featured 42 exhibitions of agrarian art celebrating the heritage and current themes of rural life. The museum also holds additional events including artist talks, art workshops, poetry readings, and a summer art camp for kids.
In May of this year, the museum launched a commemorative exhibition called, “150 for Nebraska’s 150th.” The exhibition features works honoring the state of Nebraska from 150 different artists with ties to the museum, including several local artists. The works are also available for sale on site or online, with part of the proceeds benefiting Bone Creek. The museum has leveraged its Facebook page to promote the exhibition and the works available for sale, and to publicize sold paintings.
The exhibition is bookended by opening and closing receptions. The closing reception will feature live music and allow guests to meet many of the artists whose work was on display. There will also be People’s Choice awards presented to winning artists.
“150 for Nebraska’s 150th” was selected as a Signature Event for the official Nebraska Statehood 150 Celebration by the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission.