ANAC Selection Show
This month, the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) Selection Show will fill both of our main floor Galleries. The work exhibited is from a variety of FAAA Member artists who work in different styles and media. A juried exhibit, this is just the first step in one of the most unique art shows in Nebraska. The award winning artworks from this show will join the top choices from clubs across the state for a second round of judging at the State level.
Nebraska is the only state in the US which has an organization encompassing art clubs throughout the state. Established in 1965, there are currently over 40 Nebraska art clubs that belong to ANAC. The reasons cited most often for membership in ANAC are the annual conference/exhibition, workshops, classes, and social events.
While some of the Artists represented are full-time career artists, others juggle a “day job,” family, and a wide variety of volunteer obligations. They live in large and small communities across Nebraska. What they share is a passion for art and membership in the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs. Artists’ primary affiliation is to a local club; these range in size from two to 90-plus members and present opportunities tailored to the group and location. As an umbrella organization, ANAC’s offerings are statewide.
This year’s ANAC Conference will be held in Columbus from June 10-13. The main attention-getter, the pièce de résistance, is the juried exhibition of members’ work. Over 350 original works of art selected from the local clubs are displayed, and this fabulous exhibit is open for public viewing. A nationally known artist is chosen to serve as the judge for this show. Award of Excellence pieces, including Best of Show, form an exhibition that travels the state during the subsequent year.
The MONA Purchase Award is another coveted prize of the exhibition. Russ Erpelding, ARTreach coordinator, Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) chooses one work of art to be included in the museum’s permanent collection. The MONA Purchase Award selection is then represented in the traveling exhibition by a framed photograph.
Relationships develop through ANAC. Members become friends and colleagues; they encourage, support and respect each other. And each year they acclaim one member for outstanding contributions. ANAC promotes community involvement in the visual arts, education, and encourages both beginner and professional artists to get involved.
Please join us on Friday, April 10th for the Artists’ Reception and Judge’s Critique of Fremont’s ANAC Selection Show!
The exhibition runs from March 31-May 6th. Awards will be announced at the reception.