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Art Club Takes a Field Trip

To the Joslyn Art Museum

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On Friday, January 4, 2019, 13 AHS Art Club members traveled to the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha to view several special exhibits as well as the permanent collection housed there. 
The first special exhibit was titled Pattern & Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelbourne Museum.  The Shelbourne Museum is located in Shelbourne, Vermont and is a museum of art, design, and Americana.  In this exhibit were thirty-two masterpiece quilts made between the first decades of the 1800's and the turn of the twenty-first century, ranging from early whole-cloth quilts, embroidered botanical "best quilts" to more recent "art quilts" made by contemporary quilt makers.  The students were very impressed with the skills of the quilters who made the quilts, they especially liked the quilt titled "Alphabet Soup".  This quilt incorporated cut work, hand-dyed fabric, trapunto, hand and machine quilting and applique. 
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The second special exhibit they viewed was "The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West".  This was a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the "Meeting of the Rails" at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869 through photographs and stereographs by Andrew Joseph Russel and Alfred A. Hart. Organized with the Union Pacific Railroad, this exhibition traced the construction of the transcontinental railroad across the American West.  The Art Club members really enjoyed viewing the stereographs with the 3-D glasses and the special viewer that was available. Stereographs are photographs that are side by side on a card and with the viewers these photos merge together to create a 3-dimensional image.
The Art Club members then toured the permanent collection of the Joslyn Museum which includes artwork from the following:
  • the Renaissance
  • American Impressionism
  • European Impressionism
  • American West exhibits
  • Native American exhibits
  • Asian artwork
  • Grecian Pottery
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The students stopped for a photo in the Storz Fountain Courtyard which features Moravian Tiles. 
*For more information about the Joslyn Art Museum,
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