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Mentor Larry Ferguson and mentee Erin Colson pose in front of their work. Photo Courtesy Joslyn Art Museum
Mentor Larry Ferguson and mentee Erin Colson pose in front of their work. Photo Courtesy Joslyn Art Museum

The collaborative exhibition between NCAG and Joslyn Art Museum, “ArtPost,” has received recognition in the journal of the Association of Art Museum Director’s Community News section. The article featured the top nationwide community based events in American Art museums November of 2016.  A link to the article may be found here:

Some of the comments from the Joslyn Artpost visitor comment book:
•Wonderful collection of art!
•Metro Photo Club loves Erin!!
•Great job! Thank you for your service and sharing your work!
•Made me cry & smile & be proud of our men & women in service.
•This place is amazing
•Absolutely beautiful and moving!
•Amazing work—thank you for showcasing our veterans work!
•The exhibit was amazing. I’m a vet and it really takes me to a great place to see all the great art pieces
•Wonderful exhibit
•Art allows the soul to exhale. Sometimes in joy, sometimes in sorrow, sometimes in anger, sometimes in love. But it gives us an avenue, a release. Awe work by all. Thank you for sharing J
•Love the exhibit
•Very lovely
•I think what you’re doing is wonderful. The art that stems from the turmoil veterans and their families have faced is truly remarkable
•Wow! What talent! One of my favorite exhibitions.
•Maravillosa exhibicion!
•Autumn Haze is my favorite, beautiful colors! Happy my friend showed me this. I’ve never experienced an art museum until today
•Impressive, an eclectic series of photographs really bring to life the daily battle veterans go through
•Wonderful & inspiring exhibit by Erin Colson—Thank you for your art & service!
•So wonderful, thank you
•Nice exhibit! Comparable to the New Century Art Guild Gallery in Bellevue on Mission Ave
•Amazing, profound work. Thank you
•Pasión por el arte
•Absolutely fabulous
•John Miller’s ideologies on art completely express how I feel. God bless.
•It’s all really pretty
•The Stare was deeply touching. Art form is truly a manifestation of strong emotions that may or may not be easily expressed verbally. Thank you to the artist for connecting me to the many soldiers who have endured mentally, emotionally and physically. Such loss and suffering.
•I enjoyed Imo Lax & Stephen Cornelius Roberts
•Beautiful place! Thanks for existing
•True memories and true emotion. I love this hall!
•I am in AWE of these talented artists! They have moved me deeply. Thank you
•All of the art is beautiful
•I came from Pennsylvania to visit my fiancé in Nebraska. We decided to come here and visit this museum and I’m glad we did! What a great way to spend the day! Lots of stuff to see!
•Beautiful! Thank you for this collaboration J Makes me proud!
•Came from Texas to visit Omaha for some family to share the love. Fell in love with the creativity and minds of others on the way
•Had a wonderful time looking at all the different styles of art
•I love it. It has cool paintings



"ArtPost" opens to a crowd of 450
NCAG/Joslyn “ArtPost” Exhibition  opens to a crowd of 450

“ArtPost”, the culminating exhibition of NCAG emerging veteran artists and professional artist mentors, opened in the Community Gallery of Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE on Saturday, November 5th. The opening reception was part the military family fun day that drew a crowd of 450 to 500 patrons into the museum. The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 31st, 2016. More information may be found on Joslyn’s website:


EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY!! Southwest Iowa Art Tour 2016 — Oakland, IA


WHAT: Southwest Iowa Art Tour 2016

WHERE: Community Building at 614 Dr. Van Zee Road, Oakland, Iowa (1/2 hour drive east of Omaha)

WHEN: Saturday, September 17th from 10:00am – 6:30pm and Sunday, September 18th from noon4pm.


This event is a part of the Southwest Iowa Art Tour, and its purpose is to promote professional artists across Southwest Iowa. This is an opportunity for artists to showcase their work, interact with the public and sell their creations.  All artists will be vetted prior to the event to ensure professional quality.

In addition to the tour, the event in Oakland will serve as a fundraiser for the Community Development, Vision 20/20 project to repurpose the High school building in Oakland into a unique, regional destination that will attract visitors, workers, business growth and a provide a place for creative people to work and live.

Contact ASAP:

Brenda Windmuller: or call 712-482-3029



Vietnam Veteran's wives display their "Barn Quilt" projects
Vietnam Veterans’  wives display their “Barn Quilt” projects

New Century Art Guild is pleased to have participated in the well attended  32nd Annual Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Omaha, NE over the weekend of August 12-13th.  Several art workshops were offered by NCAG to Vietnam veterans and their family members throughout the reunion, providing an opportunity to share stories and make new friendships. NCAG looks forward to participating in next years reunion!

NCAG Selects 2016 NCAG Veteran Artist Grant Recipient

Neville Bridgeford, Afghanistan. Photo courtesy National Geographic
Neville Bridgeford, Afghanistan. Photo courtesy National Geographic

Veteran artist Neville Bridgeford has been selected by New Century Art Guild as the 2016 NCAG Veteran Artist Grant Recipient.

While serving as an infantryman in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan in 2004, Neville thought photography would be a good hobby to quell the boredom that often accompanies combat deployment. He bought a small digital camera at a PX while returning to his unit after leave. Not long afterwards, he fell in love with photography, and took his camera everywhere, taking pictures whenever and wherever he could.  Since his return to civilian life, Neville continues to take photos and makes art in other media, most notably acrylic painting on canvas. Giving expression to his emotions, he feels, is not only vital to having a more tranquil inner-life, but it helps in his recovery from post-traumatic stress, from which he has suffered for many years.

Neville working on mixed media painting.
Neville working on mixed media painting.

Neville was born October 27th 1983 in southern California, and was raised in the community of Santa Clarita (north of Los Angeles) home of the California Institute of the Arts and used frequently as a filming location for Hollywood films and television. In 2002, shortly after graduating high school, he entered the US Army and served as an infantryman with “A” Company 2-27th Infantry Regiment (“Wolfhounds”) of the 25th Infantry Division. He was stationed in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and served a year (2004-2005) in eastern Afghanistan. There he began his hobby of photography. Coincidentally, a photographed portrait of Neville appeared in National Geographic, taken by the photographer Reza. Several years after getting out of the service, he began working at an art store, where he began painting at the age of 27. In February of 2016, Neville moved to Lincoln, Nebraska from southern California for a cheaper cost of living and to try living in another part of the country.  He also spends time on his other interests: playing classical piano, creative writing, reading, prayer and meditation.

Some examples of Neville’s work:

Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford


Angel and Peacock by Neville Bridgeford
Angel and Peacock by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Afghan Portrait by Neville Bridgeford
Afghan Portrait by Neville Bridgeford


Photo by Neville Bridgeford
Photo by Neville Bridgeford

METC Sponsors New Century Art Guild in Grant

Photo courtesy of Danish Villages News
Photo courtesy of Danish Villages News

Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to New Century Art Guild. Upon reviewing an abundance of applications, Aureon Charity Grant Committee delegated funds to projects committed to the betterment of local Iowan communities. The grant was presented in conjunction with Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Co. who sponsored the grant application. Aureon the new name for Iowa Network Services created the grant program in 1993 to increase service and support to rural independent telecommunications companies and the communities they serve. The Aureon Charity Grant Program rewards grants on a quarterly basis. Over the course of twelve years, Aureon has donated over $850,000 to local communities and their surrounding areas. We believe in rewarding various organizations for their passion and dedication to advancing their own neighborhoods. Each proposal that is chosen by our Grant Committee reflects the organizations’ enthusiasm for serving their communities. Aureon looks forward to aiding future community-improvement projects and extends our best wishes to your own community development. New Century Art Guild president Jim O’Keefe stated the donation would be used toward promoting NCAG’s mission of helping veterans heal through art.

–Submitted by METC and NCAG –Courtesy Of Danish Villages News July 9, 2016