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Dear Friends,

If I told you that you can help foster children create family memories with new brothers and sisters…would you do that?

Here are four ways you can help make these extraordinary moments happen:

1. Make a contribution of $500, $250, $100, or any amount, to ensure that six-year-old “Michael” and his foster siblings can come to the LUX to turn their doodles into works of art. Your gift provides a place for them to bond and begin to build family memories.

2. Purchase original works of art from our galleries or online.

3. Buy someone who loves the arts a gift membership to the LUX.

4. Amazon shoppers—sign up for Amazon Smile, choose LUX Center for the Arts, and a portion of your shopping bill is donated to the art center!

Art has the power to change lives…you do, too.

So, while we have your attention, please take a moment to support art classes for low-income children, working artists, and outreach to cancer survivors. People are counting on you.

Thank you!

Warm wishes,

Jo Ann Emerson






Spring is finally here, and the LUX is ready with another fabulous show for you to experience.  Opening Friday, April 3rd, is our annual juried cup show, Mug Shots: 7th Annual Juried Cup Show.  For our seventh consecutive year, we invited artists from around the country to submit images of their work to be evaluated by an expert in the field of ceramics.  This year our juror, Brian Harper, selected 52 cups by 28 different artists to be exhibited in our Folsom gallery.

I often reflect on my current place and setting…as someone who grew up on the east coast and moved to Nebraska, I think about what it means to live in the very center of the country.  I find there to be an interesting convergence of ideas and culture that truly represents the essence of what this show is: a collection of interpretations of the drinking vessel, an item that we often take for granted in our day-to-day lives.  Each iteration is as unique as its maker, and therein we find the beauty of such a diverse assembly of individuals that have gathered here in Lincoln, Nebraska for us to view.

I would be remiss if I did not share with you how fortunate we are to have Brian Harper joining us for the event.  Brian is currently an associate professor of Fine Art and Ceramics Area Coordinator at Indiana University Southeast. He is also co-coordinator of the Ronald L. Barr Gallery on campus.  He holds a BFA from Northern Arizona University and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. In addition to his studio practice, he is the founder and executive director of, a growing online network of over 300 contemporary artists that serves as a way to keep artists and viewers connected and communicating about ceramic art.  Needless to say, Brian’s extensive knowledge and expertise have lent themselves perfectly for his role as our juror, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the LUX for the opening, where he will speak about the work.

Brian will be giving two visiting artist lectures while he is here in Lincoln, and both are free and open to the public.  The first is on Thursday, April 2nd, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln at 2:30 p.m.  The second is at Doane College on Friday, April 3rd, at 11 a.m.

While you are here, be sure to visit the main gallery to see Taught, a showing of student and teacher pairings from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Going on its second month, this exhibit features six instructors of fine art who selected either a former or current student to be displayed alongside them.  The spirit of education is one that we at the LUX inherited from Gladys Lux, our founder and a former Wesleyan teacher.  We honor that legacy today by celebrating our University Place neighbors in this group show.

So come and celebrate spring this Friday with a stop by the LUX, where you will get to listen to a renowned artist discuss his insights on the field of ceramics, enjoy a few refreshments, and see some fabulous art.  And who knows?  Perhaps you’ll find a new cup that your cupboard can’t live without.

See you soon!

Bri Murphy

Gallery Director



If you have small kiddos who love to get messy but you’re tired of the cleanup, bring them to the LUX for our new monthly Mud Club! The club, created exclusively for kids ages 2-5, will be offered on Saturdays (April 11, May 9, June 20, July 18, August 8) from 9-9:45 a.m. Your kids will get to play with clay and can choose to make a finished project that will be painted that same morning or just get messy and have fun! Tuition is only $10 for two participants (one adult and one child) and $5 for each additional participant. After class, you can check either of our two galleries or head out to your next adventure.

We are also beginning to offer Family Workshops twice a month. More projects more often means more opportunities for your family to get creative! This Friday we have a Fused Glass Family Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Also, be on the lookout for our new holiday themed workshops.

Mo Java Café and LUX Center for the Arts have been teaming up to create unique and memorable date night experiences for our community. Date Night art projects only take two hours to create but will be appreciated for a lifetime! Our talented instructors will show you the basics and help you create your own imagined art piece. Art mediums rotate monthly and include clay, fused glass, and painting.

We hope to see you at the LUX again soon!




Greetings LUX Friends,

I am excited to tell you about our First Friday exhibit, Taught, featuring the teacher/student pairings from the Nebraska Wesleyan University art department.  The LUX has had a long relationship with Nebraska Wesleyan University, and it is a pleasure to showcase the artworks being made there. Gladys Lux, one of the LUX founders and former Wesleyan art instructor, would have been proud to see that the collaborative spirit still alive and well today.

What I find so wonderful about this show is the celebration of mentorship that is so crucial to the growth of an emerging artist.  Six instructors of art in various disciplines were matched with a former or current student.  It’s inspiring to be able to see both visions complimenting one another in a shared space! Featured artists include David Gracie, Lisa Lockman, Sarah Berkeley, Josh Johnson, Jess Starkel, and Susan Horn, with Tim Brawner, Michael Ian Larsen, Alison Evert, Caitlin Schroeder, Drew Curtright, and Andrew Marinkovich.  Each of these artists excels in their practice, with their own unique handling of material, subject, and concept.  Taught will encompass a collection of their works, spanning all media including painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metals, and beyond.  Come out this Friday, March 6th, for the opening reception from 5-8pm, to meet the artists and experience the incredible talent that Nebraska Wesleyan University has to offer.

While you are here, be sure to visit Margaret Berry’s exhibit, Bud, Branch, Berry, which is up for just one more month.  Margaret’s work is much sought after, and certainly one you’ll want to add to your collection.  Additionally, on March 22nd we will be hosting the second of two encaustic workshops, taught by the artist herself.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn a rare technique from a master!

With warm regards,

Bri Murphy
Gallery Director

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Spring break is coming up quickly Lincoln Public School students! LUX Center for the Arts is offering Spring Break Art Camp from March 9-13 for ages 5 to 9 and 10 to13. Register soon to reserve your child’s spot!

Speaking of camps, we just released our Summer Camp schedule! You can find it on the LUX website and in Lincoln Kids, Macaroni Kids, and school folders soon. This year, we are excited to offer over a dozen new camps. Special camp offerings will include Pottery Wheel Camp, an art camp in both English and Spanish, and the always-popular Theatre Camp!

With all the exciting offerings for kids, don’t forget about our adult classes! Our Coffee & Creativity series has really taken off; students from our first Coffee & Creativity have formed their own private class so they can keep making art together! Coffee & Clay starts March 14th so register soon and join the fun!


Berry Newsletter


Hello LUX Friends!

I am thrilled to present to you the newest works from Margaret Berry in her solo exhibition Bud, Branch, Berry, opening this coming First Friday.  Berry’s work involves photography, painting and collage to explore the subtle colors and forms of mid-winter. Photographs are layered in beeswax and oil and then carved, bringing dimension and mystery to the pieces.  I am sure you will find the intimate space within our Folsom Gallery transformed by the delicate tranquility of Berry’s work.  Her observations bring significance to the gentle nuances of the changing of seasons, specifically the promise of renewal and growth in the emergence of spring.  What a perfect exhibit to visit in the throes of our own cold months!

Berry is a celebrated encaustics artist not only in her home state of Nebraska, but nationwide.  She is also someone close to the heart of the LUX, as she served as our first Education Director.  I hope you will join me in welcoming her back to the LUX for her exhibition, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet the artist and to hear her speak about her work at the reception from 5-8pm.  We are also proud to announce that she will be returning on February 22nd and March 22nd to teach a pair of encaustic and collage workshops!  Sign up soon, as I’m sure the limited number of spaces will fill up quickly.

Don’t forget to stop by and see Deon Bahr’s vibrant artworks in our main gallery, which is going on its second month on display.  An architect turned artist, Bahr’s paintings and sculptures fuse pure geometrical shapes and bright colors into an atmosphere that will delight mathematical and artistic minds alike.  Bahr’s exploration of the golden mean offers the nostalgia of the minimalist movement, while evoking a new and innovative contemporary air.  His work will be up until the 28th of February, so come on over to the LUX and check it out.

See you soon!

Bri Murphy,

Gallery Director

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner; make art and lasting memories together at the LUX! Whether it’s with your family, your girlfriends, or your significant other there is something for everyone! Our Fused Glass Valentines family workshop on February 1st is already full but there is still space in our workshop on January 29th. Register soon to reserve your spot!

Did you know we do date nights at Mo Java Café right up the street from the LUX? So far they have been a huge hit! So much so that for Valentine’s day we decided to offer two workshops that week, one on Thursday, February 12th and Saturday, February 14th from 7-9pm. On Valentine’s Day there will be a special menu of food and beverages not typically available at Mo Java. We will also have a Date Night in our clay studio at the LUX on Friday, February 13th  so bring your loved one and dive into the exciting world of clay.

Do you prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your friends? We’ve got something for you too! On Saturday, February 14th from 7-9pm we will open up our studio for you and your friends to get creative by making dishes and sculptures in clay. You can also host your own private Girls Night Out or party at the LUX anytime! Call or email me to schedule your party today!