My studio: Top corner (both windows) of Richards building

Panoramic interior view of the lovely studio

Artist-in-Resident at the University of Nebraska.

There are so many things I could say about the NYFA-Alkazzi residency at the Sheldon Museum at the University of Nebraska. First, the people at the Sheldon Museum and at the Art Department at the University of Nebraska have been so cordial, gracious, and welcoming. I feel so at home here. Second, the facilities at the Richards Hall (where my studio is located) are incredible. The ceramics and painting and drawing facilities are superb and the graduate studios are marvelous. I have also never seen such a huge, well-equipped wood shop.

I am working in one of the graduate studios and it is one of the most beautiful studios I have ever seen. I have a huge private studio with two oversized arched windows (facing south and east) looking onto glorious trees and grounds. The light in this studio is superb. Speaking of grounds, it is so fun to discover the monumental outdoor sculptures peppered around campus and in the museumís sculpture garden of impressive artists such as Richard Serra, Mark di Suvero, and Clause Oldenburg (to name a few). I feel like I have a lot of friends that I have just met—animate (humans) and inanimate (the sculptures).

The Sheldon museum is a gem. The building itself is stunning—a Philip Johnson design. The collection is outstanding. For such a small museum, it has important works by many of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. In fact, the Sheldon museum has one of the largest collections of American art in the US. It is a treasure and a great resource of inspiration for any art lover.

To sum up, this residency is one of the most amazing opportunities any artist could be offered. To be an artist in residence for six weeks at the University of Nebraska under the auspices of the Sheldon Museum and the New York Foundation for the Arts is an honor and a gift. The staff, both at the Sheldon Museum and the art department, have been extremely accommodating and helpful. The studio facilities are outstanding, particularly for a New York artist who has the constraints of space and time.

A little interview with the city's radio station

Excerpts from the Sheldon Museum Press Release:
News of Roxa Smith's talk and exhibition

Painter Roxa Smith, chosen by the New York Foundation for the Arts for a six-week artist residency at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Sheldon Museum of Art, will speak on her influences and current work 5:30 p.m. June 19 at the museum.

Smith's talk, "My Voyage with Interiors," will be followed by a reception and opportunity to visit her studio in Richards Hall, which is a short walk from Sheldon. The event is free and open to the public.

An exhibition of Smith's work will be presented in Sheldon's Focus Gallery July 11 through August 17.

Sheldon Museum of Art, at 12th and R streets, houses a permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects focusing on transnational American art. Sheldon is open free to the public during regular hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday. For more information, visit The Sheldon Art Museum website.

Excerpts from the NYFA Press Release

“The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce that painter Roxa Smith has been chosen as the Basil Alkazzi Artist in Residence at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska (June 2014)...The residency is in conjunction with the touring exhibition: Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings.His exhibition is running through July 27, 2014; Ms. Smithís exhibition will be in the Focus Gallery at the Sheldon Museum beginning July 11 and running through August 17, 2014.”

“The exhibition is curated by NYFA Board Member Judith K. Brodsky, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University; founding director of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers and co-founder and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art.†Ms. Smith will also be giving critiques in studio classes to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and hold an Artist Talk for the community...About NYFA: One of the few not-for-profit organizations in the country to serve artists in all disciplines, the mission of NYFA is to empower artists at critical stages of their creative lives.”

Selfie in my studio

A work in progress

Inside the Sheldon Museum- a Philip Jonhson design

Philip Guston at the Sheldon. Just one of many gems here.

Richard Serra sculpture, one among the many excellent sculptures around campus

Standing in front of a Rothko at the Sheldon