Events

Willa Cather Foundation Events

The Willa Cather Foundation holds a variety of events in Red Cloud annually, including several Opera House performances and gallery exhibitions, our Spring Conference, and the Prairie Writers' Workshop. A biennial International Cather Seminar and periodic symposia are also held in other locales that were relevant to Cather's life and work. 

The Willa Cather Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created in 1955 that owns and operates the National Willa Cather Center and the nation's largest collection of nationally-designated historic sites dedicated to an American author.

Author Series
Author Series
Opera House Events
Opera House Events
Art Gallery
Art Gallery
Rental Information
Rental Information

The Field, The Fire: an exhibition by Travis Hencey

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Travis Hencey's work may be familiar to regular attendees of our gallery exhibitions. Since 2013, he's been a contributor to our invitational exhibitions, exhibiting work that featured collaged paper and graphite drawings that drew on Cather's featured novels in those years. Simultaneously familiar and fresh, these works featured aged paper and book components in new compositions, punctuated by Hencey's drawings in graphite.


Hommage: Willa Cather

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In 2023, the Associació Internacional Duana de les Arts presented, for the fourth consecutive year, a catalogue of graphic arts contest winners in an exhibition called Hommage à trois. Each year this contest has been structured into three categories designed to honor the memory of three literary figures on the occasion of the celebration of their birth centenaries. The authors chosen in 2023 were:

Willa Cather (1873–1947)
Federico Garcia Lorca (1889–1936)
Wislawa Szymborska (1923–2012)


Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Award of Excellence Traveling Show

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For the second time in 2024, the Red Cloud Opera House and the Red Cloud Area Artists Club will be hosting the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Award of Excellence traveling show, this time featuring winners of the 2024 ANAC conference competition. David Dorsey, with his acrylic painting, entitled "The Readers," was awarded Best of Show. The traveling show features artists from across the state, many different styles and mediums, and represents the best of Nebraska's thirty-five art clubs.


Willa on Wednesday at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

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The National Willa Cather Center is pleased to partner with The Mount, writer Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, Massachusetts, to launch a new series for the 2024 summer season! Join us at the Mount on the third Wednesday of June, July, and August for a sesquicentennial celebration of our beloved Willa Cather, who, along with Edith Wharton, is among the most treasured American writers of the 20th century.


Marimba Sol de Chiapas

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Get ready to take a musical tour through the regions of Mexico with Marimba Sol de Chiapas! These touring artists of the Mid-America Arts Alliance will be coming to our community to share their knowledge of the marimba, "the wood that sings" and will showcase their talent while four musicians play one instrument, together, at the same time!

Paramount

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Relive the 80s with Paramount during their return to the Red Cloud Opera House! This Saturday night performance will deliver a live experience that will blow your hair back with rock covers from Journey, REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard, Poison, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, and much more. You won't want to miss what is sure to be a sell-out show!

Programming at the National Willa Cather Center's Red Cloud Opera House is made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

 

 


Not Too Far Distant

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Centered around Staff sergeant Clarence Williams' personal letters home, Not Too Far Distant honors the experience of the American soldier and reminds us that we all have the power – and the responsibility – to help create a brighter future.

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The Willa Cather Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the work, life, and legacy of this great American writer. Through our scholarly endeavors, educational outreach, arts and humanities programs, and preservation of historical settings and archives, we serve as a vibrant memorial to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.