Vote for Art ☺

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, the World Series and the Great Debates aren’t enough to take the edge off, then put […]

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Hidden in Plain Sight

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 Highline 2100, L14 Flat Apartments, The Even Hotel, Gavilon, and Avanti Townhomes. Yet, in spite of this boom some […]

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Big Screens, Bigger Selection

If there is an Omaha Cinema Culture, it cuts across consumer, exhibitor, artist and aspirational experiences. Being far from traditional film centers poses certain barriers, but rich offerings and showplaces exist. Natives pursue and some achieve screen careers. It’s been this way since the industry’s start. In addition to many name actors, Nebraska has produced […]

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Bright Lights

The private doodles Ciara Fortun used to make have evolved into working sketches for collections she now produces for Omaha Fashion Week shows. After debuting at OFW with a formal women’s wear show in March, she’s unveiling a new collection of dresses inspired by her Filipino heritage in August.  The 16-year-old Elkhorn resident and junior […]

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Weaving a Rainbow

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 off by abstraction.  You needn’t worry about “understanding” the work by the internationally known […]

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Banner Year in Old Market

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 thousands of locals and tourists alike to witness its awful allure and unsteady reclamation. But with Berkshire-Hathaway […]

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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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Letters of Recommendation

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 helpful tips, and easy ventures to get you out to the galleries and part of the […]

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Universal Solvent

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 a fix to what constitutes a global problem. Instead, in its own words, Water […]

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Payne’s film about miniaturized human life tackles big themes

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 Payne and co-scriptwriter Jim Taylor ample metaphorical opportunities.  The $76 million budgeted Paramount picture starring Matt […]

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