If staycations are in your future this summer, the visual arts have something to offer locally other than softball, a crowded community pool and yet another summer blockbuster at a movie complex. There are a plethora of exhibitions on the docket, but key arts venues also offer hands-on learning activities, lectures and panels, even a summer camp of sorts, for all ages above and beyond their regular schedule of classes.
The Bemis Center will offer teens an opportunity to participate in its new Urban Design Lab with national and local artists to re-imagine the urban landscape. There is no fee to participate, and all students in the program will be paid minimum wage for their time from 1 - 5 pm, every Tuesday - Friday between July 15 - August 1, with a presentation of student work, August 5. Space is limited to 20 students.
Likewise, KANEKO will be hold its’ second year of Architecture Design and Video Game Design Camps. Each week youth ages 11-15, will engage with design professionals to learn about design principles and the design process. These four-day camps provides each 16 student class with a variety of exciting exercises and fun events: Architecture Camp #1: June 16–19. Architecture Camp #2: July 14–17 Video Game Design Camp: June 23–26. Camps run 9am–4pm, Monday–Thursday. For details go to thekaneko.org.
The Union for Contemporary Art will host Swap n’ Shop, an art-filled fundraiser
Friday, June 27, 6 pm at Midtown Crossing. You can swap a piece of art that no longer moves you, fits into your space or you just outgrew, for a new piece that you love. For non-swappers, no worries, everything is also for sale at $100 or less. More info will be available soon at u-ca.org.
Carver Bank’s first artist-in-residents alumni, Dereck Higgins, Portia Love, Shannon Marie and Bart Vargas will present a panel discussion of their work and process at the opening of their exhibition Friday, May 30, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The exhibit will remain on view until August 16, 2014 at 2416 Lake St.6 July from 6-8 p.m.
The Joslyn Art Museum will virtually bookend its special summer exhibition, Yellowstone and the West: The Chromolithographs of Thomas Moran with two key events for viewers: a members preview, June 6 with an overview by Chief Curator Toby Jurovics. The exhibit runs until Sept. 7. Sunday, Aug 24, Joni Kinsey, professor of American Art History in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa, will discuss her book Thomas Moran's West: Chromolithography, High Art, and Popular Taste. The program is free to the public.