'Art of Collaboration' discussion is today

The Sheldon Museum of Art will open a community conversation about bridging the arts and humanities, 5 to 7 p.m., March 6 at the museum. The free, public event is held in association with the exhibition "Partners and Adversaries: The Art of Collaboration."

The program for "Partners and Adversaries: A Community Conversation in Three Parts," begins at 5:30 p.m.

A panel of experts will facilitate conversations on the risks, rewards, and challenges of government sponsorship of the arts, public art education, and professional collaboration in the arts. The panel will include Shari Hofschire, director of the Center for Innovation in Arts Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Christopher Maly, educator and playwright; Janet Farber, director of the Philip Schrager Collection of Contemporary Art in Omaha; and Michael Krainak, art critic, writer, and educator.

Drawn largely from Sheldon's permanent collection, "Partners and Adversaries" explores the often productive — and sometimes contentious — world of artistic partnerships through various multilayered themes: familial, marital and romantic relationships; the mutually dependent and often difficult relationship between artists and their dealers; the bond between students and teachers; the relationship between artists and the federal government; and the roles of designer and maker, in which artist and fabricator work together to achieve a final result. The exhibition is open through May 27.

The "Partners and Adversaries" conversations are organized by the Sheldon, Nebraska Humanities Council and Foundation, and the Sheldon Art Association.

For more information on "Partners and Adversaries: A Community Conversation in Three Parts," go to http://www.sheldonartmuseum.org or call 402-472-2461.

— Ann Gradwohl, Sheldon Museum of Art