Omaha artist David McLeod presents a variety of his works at the Fred Simon Gallery through August 12, including his mixed media “Similar Stamps” series.

The NAC is taking applications for Nebraska visual artists to display in the Fred Simon Gallery for the 2012/13 season. Applications are due August 31.  NAC, which receives ample funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds several Nebraska nonprofit arts organizations and programs, is seeking community assistance to protect funding NEA funding. 

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed the Interior Appropriations bill, proposing to fund the NEA at $135 million, a $20 million cut.  To help, email your member of Congress, found on The Lincoln Arts Council is also seeking support, as the City of Lincoln is debating funding for “non-essential services.”  Visit

Kansas City design firm el dorado architects, known for their adventurous pragmatism, material ingenuity and rigorous engagement with mundane project typologies, are leading a lecture co-presented by the American Institute of Architects at the Bemis Center July 28 at 6 p.m. $5 members, $10 general admission.

The Midwest Fiber Alliance presents NE2 at the Jewish Community Center Art Gallery. Closing August 4, it is a collection of quilted squares illustrating each artist’s connection to Nebraska.  For hours visit

LaVern David Thompson shows his “continuous wire sculptures” at LaCasa, 44th and Leavenworth, through August. The whimsical sculptures are abstract and representative of animals such as camels, lizards and turtles. For more information,

The Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney recently acquired several significant artworks. July 27, MONA founder and artist Dr. Gary Zaruba discusses these them during “Collection Connection” including paintings by Henry Moses and John F. Kensett.  July 29, curator of collections Leslie Vollnogle gives a talk, “Quilts: A Patchwork of History” in conjunction with Busy Fingers: Quilts featuring examples of 19th century design and craftsmanship.  Also recently opened at MONA: Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass, photography by Dana Fritz, through October 2.

Correction from last week: artist Matthew Helt’s website is

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