Sheldon Museum of Art to Host Free Screening of NET Television’s “Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine”

News Release Date: 
November 6, 2013

For Immediate Release

Sheldon Museum of Art to Host Free Screening of NET Television’s “Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine”

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 1, 2013) -- The Sheldon Museum of Art on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus will host a free screening of the NET Television production “Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine” on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring NET Television filmmakers Kelly Rush and Charles Aylward, and Connie Paxton, the great niece of Emery Blagdon.

“Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine” tells the story of  Nebraska artist Emery Blagdon, his “Healing Machine” and the North Platte native responsible for preserving his great American art. The program premiered in August on NET Television, and will air nationally on PBS in 2014.

With pliers in hand, Blagdon fashioned pieces of wire into patterns. To the wires he attached aluminum foil, beads, ribbons and an infinite array of everyday cast-off items. Blagdon hung the creations he called his “pretties” in his Stapleton, Neb., farm shed, creating a unique environment he believed could generate natural energy and help people attain better health.

As a young man, North Platte pharmacist Dan Dryden befriended Blagdon and was later invited to visit his farm and see his creations. When Blagdon died, Dryden and a high school classmate purchased the art to keep it from being separated or destroyed. Later, the two coordinated the sale of Blagdon’s visionary art to the Kohler Foundation in Kohler, Wis., and the “Healing Machine” is now on display at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wis. Blagdon is known by art collectors and museum visitors as a man with boundless visionary creativity -- an artist of great significance.

“Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine” was underwritten in part by Nebraska Cultural Endowment; Nebraska Arts Council; NebraskaLand National Bank; H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Fund; Humanities Nebraska; Carl and Janet Eskridge; Nan Schweiger and Lamont Richards; and the Jerry Johnston Memorial Fund.

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Release written by: Kim Rogers, 402-472-9333, ext. 512, or e-mail

Program contact: Kelly Rush, 402-472-9333, ext. 317, or e-mail

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