The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) celebrates the history of Nebraska's visual art for diverse audiences. MONA collects, preserves, researches, exhibits, and interprets the work of artists who were born, lived, trained, or worked in Nebraska or who created artwork that reflect the culture of Nebraska. The collection of over 5,000 works by artists of local, national, and international acclaim spans nearly 200 years of history. Works range from 19th-century artist-explorers like George Catlin and Albert Bierstadt to early 20th-century Cozad, NE resident Robert Henri, to American regionalist Thomas Hart Benton. Contemporary Nebraska artists represent a significant and growing part of the collection as well. MONA serves as the cultural center for Nebraska art and artists by providing quality exhibitions and programs to audiences statewide. MONA is a private nonprofit museum affiliated with the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK).