Art Gallery

Art Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

Note: The Art Gallery is closed for major holidays and breaks. Please check the Academic Calendar for scheduled closings.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Professor Susan Moore


Natalie Hahn African Art Collection

Dedication to Natalie Hahn featuring artwork of the Hahn African Collection

We’re delighted to offer this self-guided walking tour of the African art we have on campus. You’ll find the art in each of our academic buildings, where it reminds students, faculty, staff, and visitors about the rich cultures that exist throughout the world.

The art is a generous gift to the College from Natalie Hahn, who spent 38 years working for the United Nations. She spent most of those years in Africa, helping communities develop successful agricultural processes, creating opportunities for children in orphanages, and much more. Many lives were saved because of her work.

Peru State is grateful for Dr. Hahn’s thoughtfulness in allowing us to share this art with others. We hope you enjoy the tour!

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Paper Tide

An art exhibition by Hannah Demma

October 9 - 31, 2023

Artist Talk on Wednesday, October 18 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Hannah Demma, an ocean obsessed prairie dweller, received her Master of Fine Arts from the triply landlocked University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2022. Her mixed-media approach to art speaks to aspects of science and nature both familiar and strange, and mines the environment for inspiration, examining the intersection of the imaginative and the biological, of the creative and the empirical. Her process stirs the imagination and sparks excitement for exploration and adventure. 

In 2018 Hannah received a Mayor’s Art Award and during her MFA she was the recipient of the Dan and Barbara Howard Creative Achievement Award (2021) and the Francis William Vreeland Award in Art (2022). Hannah served as coordinator for the Cedar Point Biological Station art program, artist residency, and Art Adventure camp from 2017-2023. She currently works as Program Director for the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, an artist residency program in Nebraska City.

Hannah also works as a papermaker and papermaking instructor at Constellation Studios in Lincoln, NE. In addition to her directorship and teaching, Hannah has maintained a busy studio practice and exhibition schedule and looks forward to expanding her studio practice to include new mediums and collaborations.

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An art exhibition by Ben Cornwell

November 6 - 30, 2023

Artist Reception on Thursday, November 9 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Senior Art Show Featuring artists: Colin Cathcart, Jayson Hanssen, Chris Ivey, and Jayden Kurtzer

December 8 - 29, 2023

Artist Reception on Friday, December 8 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

All Campus Art Show

Call for Art Featuring all creative individuals across Peru State College Campus

February 8 - 29, 2024

Artist Reception on February 8 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Students, Faculty, and Staff are all welcome and encouraged to submit their art showing their work in their own medium (ex: painting, drawing, photography, quilting, woodworking, and so much more!)

East Central Nebraska Conference (ECNC) Art Clinic

March 4 - 29, 2024

Reception on Wednesday, March 20 (Time TBD)

This conference includes works from schools from Weeping Water, Falls City, Palmyra, Connestoga, Louisville, Johnson, and more!

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) Art Show

April 2 - 29, 2024

Reception on Tuesday, April 2 (Time TBD)

Senior Art Show Featuring Graduating Art Majors

May 8 - 29, 2024

Artist Reception on Friday, May 4 immediately following commencement ceremony