Darger HQ connects Nebraska contemporary artists to the world by creating collaborative working opportunities between local artists and national and international artists with related practices, and develops partnerships that benefit artists by providing new means of support through combined private and non-profit sources.  Darger HQ also educates, enriches and exposes the community to some of  the most innovative contemporary art being produced today.


We strive to be the catalyst that makes Nebraska a global player in the contemporary visual arts.

How We Do It

  • We award artists with exhibition/project fellowships and stipends

  • Provide an uncensored environment for artists to present their work

  • Facilitate collaborative work with artists with a focus on peer-learning

  • Provide professional development for the artists and connect them with opportunities nationally and internationally

  • Proceeds from the sales of artwork go directly to the artists, while connecting new collectors to artists' work

  • We commission innovative projects that would otherwise be unrealized because of the existing conservative environment

  • The publication Art Files of the Flatlanders allows an outlet for in-depth discussion of the contemporary visual arts of Nebraska

  • Connect the community with the artists through artist talks, studio visits and public art projects

  • Through our diverse programming, we help build a more inclusive, global, positive and creative community.

About the Name

Henry Darger is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. However, Darger worked as a custodian his entire life and no one ever saw his work during his lifetime. The mission of Darger HQ is to expose the world to important and innovative works of art from under- represented contemporary visual artists, and bring to the communities of Nebraska the artwork of new and emerging artists from around the world.


Darger HQ is a volunteer run organization comprised of generous artists, arts professionals and community leaders. 

Board of Directors

Ellina Kevorkian: Chair / Victoria Kovar: Vice-Chair / Marcy Eason: Secretary / Elizabeth Wells: Treasurer / Myra Sontheimer / Erin Sample / Laura Vranes

Launa Bacon:  Director/Founder  //  Ramon Guzman:  Gallery Assistant

Advisory Board:  Thomas C. Chung, Ben Clarkson, Fran Coca, Kim Darling, Stefan F. DeBeer, Sophie Dvořák, Kristina Estell, Kerry Kolenut, Anthony Hawley, YK Hong, Julia Ibbini, Elizabeth Kauffman, Kirstin Lamb, Jean-François Leboeuf, Adam Price, Freya Prowe, Maja Radanovic, Craig Roper, Angel Settell, Angela Simione, Garric Simonson,  Leigh Tarentino, Roswitha Weingrill, Ripley Whiteside, Michael Willett


Generous support provided by

Anonymous | Adrian Armstrong | David & Virginia Bacon | Jefferson Bacon | Wayne Briner | Jen Bockelman | Tim Burke | Butch Dick | David Clark Framing | Fran Coca | Thomas C. Chung | Jessica Dahlgren | Joel & Kate Damon | Kim Darling | Stefan de Beer | Eagle Group | Marcy Eason | Michael Eason | Kerry Eddy | Kathy Estell | Krista Freimuth | Peggy Gomez | Sam Hardewig | Anthony Hawley | Taura Horn | Amy Johnson | Joseph Johnson, Jr. | Peggy Jones | Josie Karre | Trish Keefer | Ellina Kevorkian | Victoria Kovar | Brad Kreiger | Michael Krainak | Michael Ian Larsen | Kirstin Lamb | Troy Larsen | Sas Liska | Jean-François Leboeuf | Loft & Craft | Debra Marusich | Loren Macias | John McIntyre | Yvette Molina | Tye OsBurn | Jamie Pestersen | Plack Blague | Freya Prowe | Adam Price | RAWS | Relish Lunch and Catering | Craig Roper | Kate Running | Jay Rybin | Angel Settell | Steve Snell | Robert Stewart | Angela Simione | Matthew & Myra Sontheimer | Stephen L and Caroline W. Sontheimer Fund in honor of Matthew & Myra Sontheimer | DJ Spencelove | Kim Steele | Jim Stevens | Joli Sumoski | Leigh Tarentino | Ryan Tewell | Laura Timbrook | Nolan Tredway | TripleScorpio | Samuel Venhaus | Nick Nolte & Vicki Vopalensky | Roswitha Weingrill | Lisa Wells | Ripley Whiteside | Layne R. & Pamela Yahnke Charitable Fund