Art of Fellowship

You’ve seen these artists before, but when was the last time you saw them exclusively at one time in one place? To encourage such, 26 members of the former 13th Street Gallery have invited you to attend their latest reunion exhibit, Old Friends—New Work at the Hot Shops Art Center, 13th and Nicholas. Last Saturday, […]

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Wild at Art

The RNG Gallery and its partnership with Dixie Quicks Restaurant is leaving town sometime this summer to set up new residence across the river but not before making a strong statement about what Council Bluffs can expect via contemporary art. Last Friday, members of CB’s Chamber of Commerce lunched on Chef Rene Orduna’s Southern and […]

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Win! Place! Show!

Ask any gallery director, private or public, what “job one” is and they are likely to tell you it’s organizing exhibitions that meet their mission and satisfy the needs of their artists and patrons. As axiomatic as it may seem, it’s not as simple as it sounds. A museum or art center must build and […]

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

If a viewer enters photographer Vera Mercer’s first U.S. solo show and stays long enough, he or she is likely to experience it in three stages and on a roller coaster of emotions. Still Lifes , on display at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts through April 9, features 11 large format, painterly images from […]

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Rgb is the new BLK

Commercial photographer and designer Bill Sitzmann has made a good living and a significant impact on pop culture, especially music. As a freelancer and core member of Minorwhite Studio, a collective of graphic artists and writers devoted to music, fashion and architecture, Sitzmann has helped put Omaha on a national map with cover shots in […]

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Style and Sounds

Four women artists are showing work focused on two trends — fashion and music — as part of two separate shows opening Friday in Lincoln. For Lincoln artist Meghan Stratman, art and music are intertwined. So much so that each piece in her Gallery 9 show of new work Louder than Sirens is based on […]

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Another Nebraska

The current exhibit of the 2010 Nebraska Arts Council fellowship winners isn’t just another art exhibit, says curator Hesse McGraw. As the show’s title explains, “it’s Another Nebraska .” Every three years the NAC honors visual artists living and working in Nebraska. This year nine were awarded a total of $23,000. Winners of the $5,000 […]

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‘Science Fairs’

For those who enjoyed Science Fair , an alternative art DIY featuring 100 artists who displayed their wares at Urban Storage, the alt vibe continues across the street in the Bemis Underground with its current three-person solo exhibit. The Underground show, which continues through Feb.26, highlights the quirky, eclectic work of Kenneth Adkins, Victoria Hoyt […]

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Opposites Attract

Polite society has a way of telling artists where to “draw the line” or not to “cross the line” in the name of political correctness, family values or so-called community standards. As if artists in all fields didn’t have enough to worry about in today’s economy. Whether they mark, speak, walk, write or toe that […]

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Wall of Fame

When the Omaha Entertainment and Arts association holds its annual awards ceremony Feb. 13 at Harrah’s Casino, patrons will no doubt enjoy a celebration devoted to area artists in three mediums, knowing they helped put them in the spotlight. Yet, while the audience will again be entertained that Sunday evening by music and drama, nominees […]

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