By Bobby Camerlinck
Inspired by the need for social justice and fueled by the timeless liberal belief in the rights of individuals, Ben Shaun pours his soul into his art.
Several pieces from his Kutak Rock Collection will be on display Jan. 19 through Feb. 8 at the UNO Art Gallery. The opening reception will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Shaun was born in Russia in 1898 but fled the czarist government and eventually settled in Brooklyn, New York.
He has received national acclaim as a graphic designer and painter; his work in the early 1930s propelled him to the forefront of the American art scene.
One of the artist’s series is inspired by the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti; another by the life of labor leader Tom Mooney. His craft has ranged from designing American Civil Liberties Union posters to the cover of *Time magazine.
The next installment of the Masters and Music series will concentrate on the origins and inspirations behind the Kutak Rock Collection. Professor Peter Hill will give the lecture and Kristi Enyarts from the UNO music department will perform.
For more information, contact Nancy Kelly at 554-2796. The UNO Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.