March 21 in Fremont, Gallery 92 West presents A Retrospective, an exhibition of James Cattlett, Art Professor at Midland University and the Creative Center. The exhibit will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, pen and ink and computer generated images in various styles.

Friday March 23, Birdhouse Interior Design opens If You Build It They Will Come: A Contemporary Ecological Survey in Omaha. The exhibit by artist Heather Johanson will be on view at the Collectible on North 13th Street thru May 4.

At Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Old Market, Jim Leedy: size opens March 23. The ceramicist will host a workshop on March 24 and an art talk March 25. Kristin Pluhacek opens her exhibit at the same gallery March 30.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts hosts Open Studios of current Bemis Center artists in residence March 24, 1-3p.m.  The free event offers the public a chance to meet the artists selected from a large international pool, and view their living-working quarters as they are completing their 3-month residency. View the process of Dawn Black’s gouache, watercolor and ink paintings examination the practice of masquerade and its role in relation to conceptions of identity and power. Meet Amy Brener and hear about her method of layering resin, glass and fresnel lens to create light sensitive sculptures.  See Jeff Eisenberg’s drawings and paintings explore the built environment, architecture, niche cultures and marginal systems. Other artists include James Gilbert, Elisabeth Higgins-O’Connor, Andrew Kerton, Catherine Lane, Matthew Radune, Erin Riley, Carly Silverman and Eric Zimmerman.

The Joslyn Art Museum Association’s (JAMA) annual billboard contest for Southwest Iowa elementary school students, held in conjunction with Youth Art Month, was won by Rhianna Burns, a first grader from Herbert C. Hoover Elementary in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Rhianna’s artwork of a yellow monster is featured on a Council Bluffs billboard (21st and Broadway) now through early April. All contest entries are featured in a display at the Council Bluffs Public Library through April 6.

KANEKO announced a chance in direction starting with the resignation of Executive Director Hal France March 12. In accepting France’s resignation, Robert Duncan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said “We recognize and thank Hal for the significant contribution he has made in bringing KANEKO to the level of success that it enjoys today and wish him well in future endeavors.”  France will continue as a part-time consultant to aid in a smooth leadership transition. Duncan further commented, “The coming months will see significant announcements of new types of programs for KANEKO, deeper engagement with our corporate partners, and changes to our building to support the mission. The planning process also points to upcoming renovations to KANEKO that will expand the facility to better support video programs, small group meetings and other enhancements.”

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