‘Generations’

In a concerted effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Bemis Center galleries are temporarily closed and upcoming public programs have been postponed. New dates for upcoming programs will be announced as soon as possible here and via email and social media. For Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser, the objet d’art is not the end of the creative process, but one of […]

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‘Spontaneity’:

Although the many “isms” that arose with the birth of non-representational art little more than a century ago have passed, the urge to create without specific reference to that which we see remains an impulse shared by many artists. The upcoming exhibition “Spontaneity: 10 Abstract Painters from Nebraska, opening February 28 at Gallery 1516, focuses […]

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‘Work in Progress’

It’s still the sad state of affairs that no universities in Omaha offer an MFA program, usually considered an essential qualification for professional visual artists. Amplify Arts has stepped into that breach with its Work in Progress program, and the art from its first cohort of “students”—Travis Apel, Elizabeth Boutin, Anne Dovali, Holly Kranker and […]

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Going Solo

Artist Thalia Rodgers has come a long way in a short time to her solo show of new mixed media paintings and drawings at the Union for Contemporary Art, opening Jan. 18. Originally a graphic arts major at UNL, Rodgers only began to explore painting in her sophomore year. Since then, she has received a […]

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Razzle Dazzle

A ceramic artist by training and street photographer by choice, Paul Anthony Smith has managed, through his distinctive, visually dazzling process, to encompass the digital darkroom, ritually repetitive handwork, discourse on cultural diaspora and formalist optical aesthetics. The Brooklyn-based, Jamaican-born artist, whose one-person show in Joslyn Art Museum’s Riley CAP Gallery is now on view […]

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Alert: Casting Call

Adding community-inclusive performance art to its 2020 exhibition roster, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is issuing a casting call for its spring performance series, The New Inflation, created by Liv Schulman. The deadline for submission is November 1 and may be sent directly to TheNewInflation@gmail.com. A Paris-based artist, Schulman is known for her explorations […]

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Draft Dodgers

With autumn in the air, banter around town inevitably turns to sports. The offensive line, foul line, goal line, betting line. Seems we move toward measuring things on one side or the other of a stripe. In art, line is a more slippery and amorphous player, a tool that may be formal or personal, straight […]

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American Craft Week

Functional and decorative arts are in the national spotlight during American Craft Week, kicking off on October 4. Bringing attention to a select group of its regional practitioners, the Roberta & Bob Rogers Gallery has organized the exhibition Fine Craft in America, opening the same day and running through November 2. The show features diverse […]

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‘Citizen Artist’

Pittsburgh-based artist Vanessa German brings her recent installation sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodiesto the Union for Contemporary Art, with an opening day public performance on September 14 from 2-4pm. Debuted at the Mattress Factory in 2017 and reimagined for the Union, sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodiesis a colorful, immersive installation described by German as “a dimensional living reckoning” that addresses the disruptive systems […]

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