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For the People:  Nebraska's New Deal Art

The Nebraska Environment

Regionalism was an art movement that emphasized descriptive and generally positive images of the artist's surroundings. It rose to prominence in the 1930s. With their appealing and serene images of the Nebraska environment, the following works are good examples of regionalist art.


Albert Leindecker, Scotia
Ink on paper
17 x 13.75 matted

Albert Leindecker was born in Germany in 1905 and came to Omaha at the age of two. He trained at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Man's Work is from Sun to Sun

Lyman Byxbe, Omaha
13.75 x 10 matted


But Women's Work is Never Done

Lyman Byxbe, Omaha
13.5 x 10


Lyman Byxbe, Omaha
16 x 14 matted

Dairy of Dan V. Stevens

Lyman Byxbe, Omaha
10 x 13.5 matted

Lyman Byxbe was born in 1886 in Illinois. In 1909 he joined the army and was stationed in Omaha, where he remained for many years. There he worked for the most part as a commercial engraver. Byxbe had a one-man exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1937-1938, as well as shows at the University of Nebraska State Museum and the Joslyn Art Museum. In 1939, Byxbe and his family moved to Estes where he continued to work successfully as an artist until his death in 1980.

Nebraska Farm

Gladys Lux, Lincoln
Oil on canvas
12.5 x 29 framed

Born near Chapman, Nebraska, in 1899, Gladys Lux received bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Nebraska and further training at the Chicago Art Institute. She taught art at Nebraska Wesleyan University from 1927 to 1967 and was head of the Art Department for many years. Lux's work was featured in local and regional venues including the Joslyn Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Rockefeller Center in New York City, and the 1939 New York World's Fair. She donated the historic building which now houses the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln.


Indian Design

Lillian Ibser, Lincoln
24.75 x 35.25 unframed


Tree & Deer

Lillian Ibser, Lincoln
23.5 x 34 unframed


Map of Nebraska

Lillian Ibser, Lincoln
33 x 23 unframed

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All artwork in this exhibit is Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration Commissioned through the New Deal art projects.
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