In Praise of Metro Public Art, Vol. 1

The Metro’s major force in area public art funding and support, the Iowa West Foundation, has commissioned the estimable American artist Mark di Suvero to create a sculpture for Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park to add to Council Bluffs' impressive collection of such.

 Di Suvero’s international reputation is based upon his massive steel sculptures that challenge viewer expectations in a style of abstract...

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Demo Graphics Re-‘Hatches’ on Emmett Street

The Metro is not new to advocacy art. From institutions such as the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Kaneko to individuals like Scott Blake, raising public awareness and advocating for social change is a vital part of their mission on behalf of the community.

 Recent endeavors such as Bemis’ Flock House Project and Kaneko’s upcoming Heartland 2050: Shape Our Future exhibition, April 14, to the more...

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MONA’s Got ‘Spirit,’ How About You? Biennial Auction, April 5

“What? Drive some 180 miles just to see art? I can’t even get to Lincoln on a regular basis…unless I want to catch a game, of course…and I hear the Sheldon Museum of Art has a fine American collection.”

 It does, but someone who considers 50 miles a lot to ask in the name of fine art may find a one-way, two and half hour road trip somewhat formidable. Yet, next April 4-6, many arts patrons from all over the...

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Catch the Hubbub at Bemis ‘Flock House: Omaha’

 

 March finally lived up to its promise of warmer weather, and along with it the Metro art scene has come out of hibernation with a very busy and diverse group of exhibits worth a look-see and some face time, even if you missed the openings.

 Reader’s dedicated group of fine and visual arts writers, Laura Vranes, Eddith Buis, Joel Damon and myself (Mary Day is currently in “hibernation” preparing for a summer...

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Les Femmes Folles…Ciao!

Les Femmes Folles and Caesium Gallery are proud to present LFF…Ciao! This farewell group exhibition features 30 artists celebrating the last two years of Les Femmes Folles. Founded by artist and arts writer Sally Deskins, Les Femmes Folles supports women in art.  It all started with a group exhibition two years ago and blossomed into an online journal, two published anthologies, and five visual exhibitions. It...

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Play Me, I’m Yours

The Omaha Creative Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for the community to more fully experience their own creativity. “Come Create It Workshops” offer hands on learning with professional artists. Workshop topics include art, music, and writing activities among others. Team building workshops are available for businesses and organizations. “We’re interested in making...

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Group Benefits, Ltd

Without a strong curatorial guide, group art shows must rely on their diversity as well as the...

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‘Secret Codes & Body Feelings’

Victoria Hoyt’s new exhibit of water-based paintings, Secret Codes and Body Feelings, is at RNG...

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‘Thinking About…Joy of Piper’

"I do not paint like Van Gogh, but I have a soul like his."

This quote is never really...

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Governor’s Arts Award Honor Theatre Excellence

- This past Tuesday, the Nebraska Arts Council gave out its biannual honors, The Governor’s Arts Awards, recognizing...

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A Different Kind of Phantom

Creighton University department of Theatre professor Alam Klem considers himself to be a big fan playwright Arthur Kopit’s...

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The Rose’s “Broken Mirror” Reflects the Issues of Young Teen Women.

- While finishing up the run of Jackie and Me this week, The Rose Theater will present the latest offering from its Teens...

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Viva Los Dias de los Muertos!

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, and people gear up to put on gruesome, bizarre, or funny costumes and children seek...

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From Cookies to Canker Sores:

“You know, your work is bright, colorful and simple,” said a children’s book editor to illustrator and author Dan...

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Three Times the Wonder

“Rather than having a single exhibition that fills all of our special exhibition spaces, we have this rather unique...

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