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Current Exhibition

Norton Community High School Advanced Art Students

May 2 - June 10, 2024

For the second year, the Norton Community High School’s Advanced Art Students were invited to present their work in the gallery. This year, eleven students are presenting their collections, which feature a variety of techniques and media including drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and more. Exhibiting artists are: Rob Manning, Mackenzie Clydesdale, Jarrett Hagen, Eli Miller, Mareesa Hempler, Jeffrey Fick, Natalie Simmons, Tesah Stagemeyer, Ella Juenemann, Brynna Brown, and Corbin Puga.


The exhibition opened with a reception and awards ceremony from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on May 2nd. The exhibition features approximately 200 works of art and will be on view through June 10th. Several of the artworks are for sale. There is an Artist Contact list in the gallery for those interested. 

Click to view the exhibition virtually: 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Joe Tomelleri

June 15 - July 30, 2024

Julie Peterson-Shea

August 1 - 31, 2024

WenDee Rowe: From the Seat of a Bike

September 1 - 30, 2024

Kevin Kelly: 3D Art/Drawings

October 1 - November 15, 2024

Christmas at the Heaton Building/Wreath Decorating Contest

November 18 - December 31, 2024

Past Exhibitions

Norton Correctional Facility

March 18 - April 30, 2024

From the Norton County Arts Council's Facebook Page: “Beyond the Fence” is a curation of art created by NCF residents who have redefined the boundaries of expression within prison walls. Through drawings, paper sculptures, and mixed media, these artists share their unique perspectives on life, time, and freedom.

Don’t miss this opportunity experience creative expression that amplifies unheard voices from beyond the fence in Norton County. 

This is exhibit is part of an ongoing collaborative partnership between the Norton Correctional Facility and the Norton County Arts Council through the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Innovative Partnership grant. Match funding for this collaborative project was also made possible through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Pathways to a healthier Norton County placemaking grant with the Norton Regional Health Foundation. 

Additional projects that are part of the grant scope include a dual mural project led by community muralis, Dave Loewenstein to engage NCF residents and the communityin creating a mural at the chow hall at NCF and a mural at the Haven by June of 2024. This project will be filmed using supplemental funding from the BCBS Pathways grant. 


Norton County Arts Council's outreach at NCF has included bringing live music to NCF and showcasing art from residents during the 2023 Match Day.

View the exhibition online:

Julia Leggent: Time Well Spent

February 1 - March 15, 2024

Julia Leggent grew up in Norton, Kansas. She received her B.F.A. in Painting from Fort Hays State University in 2017 and her M.F.A from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2021. After receiving her MFA, Julia held a year-long residency at the LUX Center for the Arts, where she found joy in sharing art with the community. Julia currently works and lives in Lincoln, where she serves as Gallery Director/Lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Julia explores personal and universal topics through detailed paintings that typically operate at a one-to-one scale. These images of flesh, pills and other objects follow her routines, thoughts, and worries but are meant to be widely relatable. "I hope to bring awareness to social, political, and feminine themes while drawing the viewer in and inciting interest in the ever-changing visual aspects of everyday life," said Leggent. Her work as been displayed across the Midwest, including solo shows at Kiechel Fine art (Lincoln, NE), Lux Center for the Arts (Lincoln, NE) and Osborne Family Gallery (Omaha, NE).



Call for Artists!

The Gloria A. Nelson Cultural Arts Center is currently seeking applications for new artists to give YOU the opportunity to share your work! 

Any type of Art is accepted, ex: Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Prints, Photography, Sculptures and 3D art.

Please fill out the form below. Once filled out, please email your portfolio to Please send up to 5-10 photos of your work. ALL submissions are considered!

Professional Inquiries Only!

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