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While the 2016 presidential election drones and drags along for another two months, you may understandably elect to choose another way to pass the time for fun and enlightenment, let alone distraction. But if Go Big Red, Bluejay basketball... more

Aug 31, 2016 8:37 AM Arts

Though Omaha is not known nationally for its architecture or built environment, new construction on both fronts appear to be booming, especially within the I480 corridor. Consider such recent developments as The Corvina, Hyatt Place, The Hi... more

Aug 1, 2016 8:35 AM Arts

Though the comprehensive Sheila Hicks exhibit, Material Voices, at Joslyn Art Museum comes with an additional fee, it is well worth the price of admission for anyone who loves a colorful palette and fabric art, and who might usually be put ... more

Jul 4, 2016 12:11 PM Arts

Just when a downtown tourist attraction was fast becoming an eyesore, the Old Market Business Association made its move. The Mercer Building, gutted by a devastating January fire at its corner of 11th and Howard Streets, has drawn thousand... more

Jun 2, 2016 4:17 PM Arts

 (Part of an ongoing series exploring the framework within which Omaha’s visual artists labor) The practice of exhibiting and selling art out of small commercial galleries is a complicated affair.  On the one hand, small galleries are one... more

Jun 1, 2016 5:52 PM Arts

Whether you’re intimidated, overwhelmed, out of the loop or just plain don’t know, Omaha’s growing visual art scenes can be challenging to navigate. We’re going to take you through an alphabetic journey to learn about the hidden gems, with ... more

May 4, 2016 2:42 PM Arts

Mixing art with science to help preserve one of our five basic elements may strike some as a bit odd. Yet that is exactly the solution offered in Kaneko’s current, extensive exhibition, aptly titled Water. The exhibit doesn’t pretend to be... more

Apr 5, 2016 8:52 AM Arts

The high concept behind Alexander Payne's soon to shoot new feature, Downsizing, unfolds in a near future world where humans can opt to be miniaturized. Everything about the story, from the title to the characters to the plot-lines, gives P... more

Mar 4, 2016 10:55 AM Art

It used to be conversations about local filmmakers doing relevant work here began and ended with Alexander Payne and Nik Fackler. That's changing now and the March 8-13 Omaha Film Festival (OFF) is evidence of it. The 11-year-old fest, bac... more

Mar 4, 2016 8:52 AM Art

“It appears that brutalism is coming to Nebraska.” -Panel member’s general observations for the Nebraska Architects Association 1966 Honor Awards January 23, 1966. Omaha World Herald “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of” -Alicia Ke... more

Mar 2, 2016 7:44 AM Arts

On the job less than six months, and working in concert with two new senior staff whose hiring preceded his arrival, new Executive Director Chris Cook is launching the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts into a year of experimentation from e... more

Feb 1, 2016 8:01 AM Arts

Omaha is the adopted home of veteran Hollywood screenwriter and literary novelist John Kaye, 74, whose memoirs are published by the Los Angeles Review of Books.  The mercurial Kaye came 17-months ago from northern California to work on a n... more

Jan 22, 2016 6:21 AM Art

A preview of what’s to come in 2016 with regard to the Metro visual arts scene seems like a good time to intro two new arts writers to our team: Melinda Kozel, Kaneko-UNO Creativity Library Manager, and Adam Price, former director of the Be... more

Jan 6, 2016 12:49 PM Arts

“Good news” was at a premium in 2015 as it had a tough time competing for attention with global warming, terrorist thugs, political pundits and bullies, police brutality and corruption. Oh, and let’s add climate change deniers and immigrati... more

Jan 6, 2016 9:01 AM Arts

To build a better art auction…build it, it is said, and they will come. That’s the goal of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts when it launches version 17.0, Saturday, Nov. 21, and in the process, reunite the Metro with the venue’s miss... more

Nov 4, 2015 7:42 AM Arts

Summer is nearly over and the sights, sounds and smells of autumns’ approach come Sept. 23 are nearly everywhere. Vacant public swimming pools are being drained while school buses, playgrounds and classrooms fill up with kids of all ages a... more

Sep 2, 2015 5:36 PM Arts

A long time coming, 15 years to be exact, but Joslyn Art Museum is once again featuring regional Art Seen on a grand scale. The last such exhibition of sort was the Midlands Invitational 2000: Works on Paper, organized by then-curator Jane... more

Aug 5, 2015 8:36 AM Arts

Having visited the South Omaha studio of artist Watie White a few times in the past, I was surprised on my most recent foray to encounter a new object dominating the space:  a long table (actually, three tables lined up end to end) composed... more

Jul 1, 2015 2:40 PM Arts

(Editor’s note: In May, The Reader published Part One of an article on Artist Sustainability. It focused mainly on seminars, workshops and courses in professional and business practices that Metro arts venues and colleges offer pre-emerging... more

Jun 3, 2015 6:23 AM Arts

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