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Sheldon CollectionTalk explores the gifts of Ann and James Rawley | Nebraska today



The Sheldon Museum of Art kicks off its fall programming on August 26 with a CollectionTalk at 5:30 p.m., an online discussion that takes attendees inside the new exhibition “Framing a Legacy: Gifts from Ann and James Rawley” .

Melissa Yuen, Associate Curator of Sheldon Exhibitions, will be joined by Will Thomas, professor of history and John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities, and friends of Rawley, Carol and Art Thompson. To participate, RSVP to Laurel Ybarra at [email protected] or 402-472-1454.

Ann and James Rawley shared a penchant for collecting works on paper, paintings and sculptures. “Framing a Legacy” highlights some of the 47 works donated to the museum by the Rawleys over three decades.

Ann Rawley (1923-2019), who served on the board of directors of the Sheldon Art Association, was passionate about theater, needle pointer, painter, knitter and philanthropist. She is best remembered by many for her meticulous framing practice, which she perfected during an apprenticeship under the encouragement of former Sheldon director Norman Geske. Some of the works from “Framing a Legacy” are presented in frames built by Ann.

James Rawley (1916-2005) was the Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has taught courses and published books in his areas of specialization: the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and the Atlantic slave trade. His significant contributions to the study of American history are recognized by the James A. Rawley Prize, awarded in his memory by the Organization of American Historians for the best book on race relations, and the James A. Rawley Prize, awarded by the American Historical Association for the best book in Atlantic history.