Profit & Loss

(Part of an ongoing series exploring the framework within which Omaha’s visual artists labor. Disclaimer: The author was executive director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts from 2013-15.) Omaha artist Peter Cales sometimes struggles to earn enough money from his artistic practice–one of the biggest obstacles to his commercial success […]

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Missing Link

Part of an ongoing series exploring the framework within which Omaha’s visual artists labor. In the 1960s, the Midwest saw a proliferation of arts councils throughout the region. In Omaha, a group of arts supporters created the Metropolitan Arts Council (later known as Metro Arts). Another group created an arts […]

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Show Me, Show Me the Money!

 (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 of the principle means by which visual artists earn money to buy housing, food, health insurance, and, […]

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Some Assembly Required

(Part of an ongoing series exploring the framework within which Omaha’s visual artists labor) One of the most puzzling gaps in the local art ecosystem is the absence of an MFA program in visual arts here in Omaha.  We are the largest city in Nebraska, after all, and home to the state’s most prominent cultural […]

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