Bemis turns 30…UNL cuts arts education…

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts turns thirty and celebrates with open studios June 25, noon to 5 p.m. There will be a dedication of a Building Bemis capital expansion project, intended to address a need for space, and to increase direct support of artists-in-residence by 50 percent.  The goal includes five studios, 8,000 square-feet of multi-use space, a dock with urban garden, and renovation of the Okada...

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<p>Keith Jacobshagen in his Lincoln, Nebraska studio, 1985.</p> Jacobshagen’s Gold

After 40 years of painting prairie landscapes in which nuanced skies get top billing, one might wonder if Keith Jacobshagen has tired of his subject.

One might as well ask whether the tall grass of the prairie has grown bored with the song of the meadowlark.

“I’ll paint until I can’t paint anymore,” Jacobshagen said in a recent interview.

His work is to be found these days in collections worldwide, the product of...

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Omaha’s impact on Tony Show

* The Tony Awards telecast was already eagerly awaited on Sunday morning, especially thanks to two men with Omaha ties, Andy Rannels and Norbert Leo Butz, both nominated for Best Actor in a musical. But I didn't expect to pick up the Denver Post in my mountain driveway and see a chipper Andy, arms outspread in that short-sleeved white shirt, taking up two-thirds of the front page in a Book of Mormon spread that...

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Osage “reading” may Top Season

It's quite likely that the most memorable event of the theater season will occur Monday, June 20, at the Omaha Community Playhouse when August: Osage County makes its Omaha premiere. And that's an amazing prospect when you consider that it's a single performance of a staged reading. But the script by Tracy Letts won both a Pulitzer and Tony award after reviews raved in extravagant terms. The New York Times...

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Twighlight Zone

American artist Keith Jacobshagen has made a significant career out of painting an empyrean Nebraskan landscape. For an encore he has made a visual statement about that experience, and it’s currently on display at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts through July 30. Keith Jacobshagen: A Golden Year is a conceptual installation of 3.5 by 5-inch oil paintings on copper sheets that feature, except for three...

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Mixed Media: Flooding and the NAC

* The flooding has the Nebraska Arts Council administration “taking precautions and implementing an emergency plan in the event that we are displaced by floodwaters,” from their lower-level offices in downtown Omaha's Burlington Building, according to its website. As of last weekend, operations were normal, but essential items have been moved to higher ground.    * Nebraskans for the Arts, also in the same...

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CIRCLE THEATER’S GOT IT ALTOGETHER

Circle Theater stays alive and well, heating up an evening by digging into David Mamet’s 1988...

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<p>Self Portrait II by Angela Drakeford in State of the Art Exhibit in Crystal Bridges Museum</p>Two for the Show

There are so many ways to approach, let alone grasp, large significant group art shows, that...

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THE KILLING CONTINUES FAR BEYOND THE WALLS OF TROY

You’d think that one person standing alone on a dark bare stage could not possibly bring alive the...

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Schweiger Talks About Durang’s New Comedy

SNAP Productions latest offering is the new Christopher Durang comedy Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. The show’s director,...

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‘The Whipping Man’ a Unique Challenge for Prescott

            Now running through November 16th, the Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of The Whipping Man by Matthew...

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Joslyn Castle’s Stoker Festival in Full Swing

            The latest rendition of the Joslyn Castle Literary Festival is called Shadows at the Castle and focuses on life,...

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In Praise of Metro Public Art, Vol. 1

The Metro’s major force in area public art funding and support, the Iowa West Foundation, has commissioned the estimable...

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Catch the Hubbub at Bemis ‘Flock House: Omaha’

 

 March finally lived up to its promise of warmer weather, and along with it the Metro art scene has come out of...

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Les Femmes Folles…Ciao!

Les Femmes Folles and Caesium Gallery are proud to present LFF…Ciao! This farewell group exhibition features 30 artists...

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Play Me, I’m Yours

The Omaha Creative Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for the community to...

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Bemis Director Adam Price

Newly appointed Executive Director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Adam Price comes to the Bemis from the Utah...

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North Omaha Arts Crawl to feature diverse visual and perfoming artists

Friday, August 8                                                                                                            ...

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Viva Los Dias de los Muertos!

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, and people gear up to put on gruesome, bizarre, or funny costumes and children seek...

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From Cookies to Canker Sores:

“You know, your work is bright, colorful and simple,” said a children’s book editor to illustrator and author Dan...

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