Morrill Hall to offer natural dyeing art event Nov. 12

Released on 11/01/2011, at 12:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, through Nov. 12, 2011

WHERE: Morrill Hall, University of Nebraska State Museum

Lincoln, Neb., November 1st, 2011 —

On Nov. 12, the University of Nebraska State Museum will present an informal natural dyeing art program for families from 10 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m. at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Visitors will dye porcupine quills using native dyes made from plants. Tapestry artist Grete Bodogaard of South Dakota will demonstrate the natural dye process used in traditional quillwork, as well as the embroidery techniques Native Americans of the Great Plains use on different media to create colorful patterns.

This event is held in support of the museum's new Native American exhibit, "First Peoples of the Plains: Traditions Shaped by Land and Sky." This modern exhibit explores Native American cultures of the Great Plains, including traditional quillwork and natural dyeing techniques.

Support for this event is provided by a grant from the Cooper Foundation.

Established in 1871, the NU State Museum is celebrating its 140th anniversary with special promotions and educational events throughout the year. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Regular museum admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. Museum members are free with current membership card. Parking is free in front of the museum. For further information, telephone the museum at (402) 472-2642 or visit

Writer: Dana Ludvik