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Artists! Sustain Thyself!

(Artist Sustainability: In April, Reader ran a feature on sustainable art, that is, art dedicated to drawing attention to social, economic and environmental issues. Beginning in May, we are publishing a two-part story on an issue even nearer and dearer to all in the creative class, artist sustainability. Part one below concentrates on non-degree colleges, programs and venues that enable especially emerging artists...


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Fine Art of Sustainability

“Sustainable is the new green.”

At least that is what arts writer David Grant wrote last month in the Huffington Post. So, what else is new? Doesn’t everyone know by now that agriculture, architecture and even financial investments have taken up the banner?

Maybe. But Grant went on to say that sustainability is so pervasive that it now has a foothold in the world of art. It appears that the palette of this...


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Secret Garden

Omaha artist Kristin Pluhacek has a Secret Garden. No, It’s not an unknown, unseen plot of annual or perennial “city flowers.” Nor is it a hidden cache of her popular botanical drawings that have made Pluhacek one of the most popular visual artists in the Metro.

Her “secret” is a hothouse group of figure drawings that are hardly of the garden variety. They, along with a set of her more familiar city flowers, pods...


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‘Sexperts’ Agree!

It’s true that artists aren’t exactly “sexperts,” at least not in a scientific or academic manner. Yet neither are they foreign to sex whether they eroticize, satirize or romanticize the subject in the medium of choice.

No matter the approach, in a society increasingly more politically correct, surveilled and censored, we often turn to artists of all kind to express what comes naturally for our own entertainment...


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