Hot Shops hosts two exhibits for the benefit of nonprofit organizations Friday March 9. Art for the Heart curated by Tearee Caswell to benefit American Heart Association, and Artists for Hope Gallery Show to benefit the nonprofit dedicated “to making a difference in the lives of Haitians” featuring work from crafters of Haiti and local artists. Also on view in Hot Shops is “The History of Black Firefighters in Omaha” including photos dating back to 1800s curated by Marvin Ervin and Joe Hodges.

Experts John Lacaites of Indiana University and Robert Hariman of Northwestern University will present a lecture, “Historic iconic images” March 8 at Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln. The two leading theorists and critics of visual culture will discuss widely recognized photographs that shape cultural identity.

In Lincoln March 12, Guerilla Girls visit Sheldon presenting “Feminists are Funny” along with the opening of UNL Womanhouse’s Little Waves exhibit in the Rotunda Gallery of University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Little Waves will feature various local artists own perspective of what it means to be a feminist today.

March 11 at 2p.m., at the General Crook House Museum and Library Archives Center on Metropolitan Community College Fort Campus, author Timothy Schaffert and historian David Wells will discuss The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 that brought more than 2.5 million people to Omaha during its five-month run. Reservations required to

Last weekend the Jewish Community Center Gallery opened Photography by Cortney Christsen. The Missouri-based artist will be showing his digital shots taken while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In Lincoln’s Tugboat Gallery through March 31, mixed media/installation artist Jar Schepers and collage-drawing/graphic design artist Leslie Diuguid exhibit in Manifestations.

March 10, Studio [101] hosts Nebraska ~ perspectives on canvas and print featuring paintings by Aaron Scott and photography by Janet Mills, “juxtaposing our visions of the state we are in.”

Skutt High School sophomore Christine Victoria Szczepaniak’s photograph “strawberry popsicle” wa selected for Color: The Visual Spectrum, an exhibition at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon in March 2012. The group show curated by Portland artist Todd Johnson looks at “the possible range in color photography and how contemporary photographers use color to captivate, compose and stylize their subjects.”  Szczepaniak’s portfolio includes fashion, editorial, coporate, wedding and children’s portraits. In 2010, Converse used an image shot by Szczepaniak as their Facebook profile picture.

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