Lux Center for the Arts offers a ‘huge variety’ of exhibits

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Thanks to Gladys Lux, a professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, The Lux Center for the Arts has been giving the community of Lincoln an outlet for expression for 45 years.

“Sometimes, words are not enough,” said Lindsey Clausen, the associate director of The Lux  “And the visual arts are a way that people can express themselves without necessarily having to have the words.”

She said the Lux is unlike any other arts institution in Nebraska.

Not only can you see artwork from, you know, contemporary professional artists, but you can see the work that your kid made in their school,” Clausen said.

The Lux has “a huge variety” of exhibits, including one that showcases printing techniques from around the world and another that primarily highlights female artists.

There are also classes for all levels.

Through the Nebraska Passport program, The Lux Center’s reach is expanding far beyond Lincoln.

“With the Passport Program, our attendance this summer has just exploded,” Clausen said.  “We’ve almost never had this many people come through during these months. I think we’ve had over 900 people come through just to get their passport stamps while we’ve been open.  It’s been really great to see the enthusiasm, the excitement from the people across the state when they come in and visit us for the first time.”

If you’re looking forward to your first visit, or looking for a reason to head back, this Sunday is Summerfest, a free arts festival.

“We have food vendors, we have a DJ, and it’s just gonna be a great afternoon to come out and spend time with the family,” Clausen said.

In the coming years, The Lux is hoping to use SummerFest to continue its mural installations.

“We’ve been wanting to put up murals every other year to, you know, help invest in our neighborhood,” Clausen said.

And the neighborhood is thankful for the efforts.

“Businesses have talked to us about how they’ve seen more people visiting and walking around this neighborhood, and the residents are just so excited to see someone bring some new life and beauty into their neighborhood,” Clausen said.

If you’d like to see all nine of the murals, the gallery’s director leads a walking tour once a month.

“I’d like to invite people to come out and walk around our neighborhood and see the murals,” Clausen said. “We’ve got a lot of great local businesses. You can walk around and spend a free afternoon just enjoying the sights.”

Whether you’re just looking or looking to buy, you can visit The Lux Center for the Arts from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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