By Brittany Stevens
A new art exhibition, “Game Play: A Juried Exhibition of Artwork About or Inspired by Games” will be at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside the Criss Library April 19 – May 21. The exhibition is inspired by videogames, sports, board games and other toy games. Its goal is to expand the knowledge of the intersections between these games and the visual arts, according to the Criss Library Web site.
The exhibit features art media such as small-scale sculptures, paintings, video installations and video games. More than 30 artists from around the world will be featured. These artists include Tattfoo, Alessandro Perini and Elizebeth Morisette. Tattfoo is best known for food-based art, such as food prints, Perini is known for video art and Morisette specializes in art made of recycled products.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held today at 6 p.m. The curators of the exhibit, Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman will host a public discussion at 6:30 p.m. Boyer and Nordman are faculty members in UNO’s Department of Art and Art History. They are also founders of Echotrope, a nomadic arts organization.
Artist Ben Vu, founder of SkyVu Pictures, will host a public lecture on April 22 at 7 p.m. inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. SkyVu Pictures is an Omaha-based creative studio, which specializes in games and original content for mobile platforms, according to skyvu.net.
The gallery is open during UNO library hours: Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to midnight, Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Summer hours will start on May 8 and will be Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
“Game Play does what all Echotrope exhibitions have aimed to do: bring new, emerging artistic voices to the region and give new perspectives on the practice of art-making in the 21st century,” said Boyer in a recent UNO press release. “The project has a particular interest in how media, and all its manifestations, has become a mainstay of contemporary artistic production.