The University of Nebraska-Omaha Art Gallery introduces the school year with Hardcore Painting:  Confessions and Premonitions with Julie Farstad and Jessie Fisher, and Channel:  A Paintamation by Michael Burton, opening August 26. Farstad and Fisher explore the technical and philosophical evolution of their work through several bodies of work and preparatory drawings.  Burton’s painting and animation explores the unknown world that salmon enter when diverted through sloughs to avoid dams in the Northwest.

The Imagewerks Collective (5723 S. 137th Street) presents Devils Gulch August 26 and 27 featuring work by Aaron O’Keefe, Jeff Pritchard, Matt Stilwell, Pam Hardimon, Michael Pysh, Joe Liebentritt, Jeremy Eckhart, Lukas O’Keefe and Noah O’Keefe.  Live music Friday by Mike Saklar, Cricket Kirk, Joe Liebentritt and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance; Saturday by J.R. Fletcher, Richard Schultz and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.  Food catered by Bones Out BBQ and Black Market Cupcakes and complimentary drinks provided.

August 26 the lichen gallery in Lincoln hosts “Going But Not Gone,” a closing reception for Look More Ways Than Left And Right as well as the closing of the gallery.  According to the gallery website, the directors assessed the the future of the gallery and Lincoln art community and felt there is not a need for its permanent space, so they are “going underground” after the lease is up this month, to organize quarterly exhibitions and events in temporary or public spaces.  Since 2009, the lichen held sixteen exhibitions including over ten professional and twenty emerging artists.

The Americans for the Arts recognized Matthew Farley, the 2010 recipient of the Connor Meigs Art Award by the Florence Mill ArtLoft.  His SnoWaffle public art piece originally displayed at the Florence Mill, was named one of the 47 “best public art projects” by the 2011 Public Art Year in Review.  To see images, visit

Creighton University art professor and Kent Bellows Studio instructor Jeremy Caniglia will be featured in At the Edge:  Art of the Fantastic at The Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania, next summer.  The show will feature over 175 paintings including artists NC Wyeth, Howard Pyle and Frank Frazetta.  Next summer Caniglia’s work will also be included in an exhibit at Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

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