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Danielle Meadows

Showing off four years worth of growth and talent, the annual senior art exhibit will close out the University of Nebraska at Omaha Art Gallery’s spring 2017 exhibition calendar.

Elisa Wolcott and Katy Baker, upcoming graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, have thesis works on display in the gallery. Selected works by fourteen graduating Bachelor of Studio Arts seniors are also on display there, as well as in the Osborne Family Gallery, located in UNO’s Criss Library.

Wolcott’s work focuses on painting and ceramics. According to her artist statement, she uses the womb as a vessel in her work through using symbolism and the expressive nature of the human figure.

“The work explores the biological aspects of the male and female and the impact that the ability to bear children has had on both,” Wolcott said. “Humanity is connected through the commonality of birth.”

Wolcott makes a connection to the womb as a container through employing the use of symbolism with large nude-colored eggs. Figures are near the eggs; however, they aren’t interacting with each other. These figures conceal their faces while in passive poses, highlighting their isolation and ambiguity.

“The narrative of strings pulling and tugging at the figures represents societal and internal projections, expectations, and fear as they pull from sensitive points of contact,” Wolcott said.

This pulling acts as an irritant, a form of abuse or a means of control. Wolcott’s paintings are deeply affecting, using neutral shades to show off the complex nature of the human body. One piece in particular is striking—displaying a naked woman curled up in a fetal position with one arm across her chest and one covering her eyes. The texture of her hair and bruised skin make the painting come to life, leaving the viewer concerned and questioning what happened to this woman.

Baker, the other senior featured in the exhibit, uses photography as her artistic medium. Her work is deeply influenced by her Jap-anese heritage, being drawn to patterns on Kimonos to materials like Japanese paper and other relics passed down in her family. The title of her thesis is “Enough But Not Enough”, which describes her experiences growing up and being told she doesn’t “look Asian enough.”

However, Baker couldn’t help but smile when a stranger in Japan came up to ask if she was Japanese because “they could tell.” She is also the one her siblings call when they forget the recipe for ozoni, a soup traditionally enjoyed on New Year’s Day.

“I’ve taken all of these comments and occurrences to heart and hear them resonating in my head years later,” Baker said.

Photography opened the door for her to explore self-portraiture, a genre Baker used to avoid at all costs. According to her artist statement, Baker uses natural lighting to convey a meditative mood and a subtle color palette for most of her images. Printing on inkjet velvet paper has helped to soften her image and deliver a quieter mood that she’s searching for in her own memories.

Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery, results in the object becoming more beautiful than before. “I show the act of mending myself in this series multiple times,” Baker said.

Through her artwork, Baker shows the journey of restoring her physical and mental health—from being involved in a bad car accident to having to go through chemotherapy at just 20 years old.

“I’m not treating the work as a way to cover up or mask what happened, rather as an acknowledgement of these histories,” Baker said. “I’m developing an understanding of my past, my cultures and society, and how it is intimately bound to the formation of self.”

The UNO art gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts building. The senior exhibit is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closing May 6. All events at the gallery are free and open to the public.

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Danielle Meadows

Lisa Kristine hopes to promote awareness of modern slavery through her photography, which is currently on display at UNO’s Criss Library and Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center.

Over the last 28 years, Kristine has documented the indigenous cultures of more than 100 countries across six continents. According to a self-guided tour sheet from the exhibit, she met a supporter of Free the Slaves in 2009, which is a non-governmental organization dedicated to eradicating modern slavery. Through this organization, Kristine’s work with documenting slavery started.

Many believe that slavery ended hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for more than 20 million people enslaved in the world today. This is double the amount of people taken from Africa during the entire Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, according to an information sheet at the exhibit.

Today, families can be enslaved for multiple generations over a debt as small as 20 dollars. Many have been tricked by false promises of better jobs or education only to find they’re forced to work without pay. Those who are enslaved can’t easily walk away from the situations they’re in without the risk of being seriously injured or killed.

Although slavery is illegal worldwide, it still generates profits of over 100 billion dollars each year. Slaves are forced to do labor such as hauling heavy bricks and stone in scalding hot temperatures, sex work, fishing for hours in poor conditions and working in illegal mine shafts.

Grown men and women aren’t the only ones victimized by modern slavery–children are involved as well–and are often made to work for hours on end. Children are especially desired in the slave trade because they have small fingers, which makes it easier to weave carpet and other textiles. Those who are enslaved are at risk of dying of exhaustion, malaria and tuberculosis among other things.

Kristine’s gorgeously affecting photos showcase the harsh, hidden reality that is modern slavery. Her photography is on display until May 19 in coordination with the 18th annual Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights.

For more information on the exhibit and supplementary events happening around campus throughout April, visit library.unomaha.edu/enslaved.

Photo Courtesy of Kamrin Baker

Kamrin Baker

Patrons came in droves to Benson’s Petshop Art Gallery Saturday night to celebrate local art and women’s rights.

Accessorized with free admission, free condoms, free “nasty women mix” CD’s and free water bottles, the Nasty Women Omaha gallery quickly filled with guests from all walks of life. The only price-stamped items were the pieces of art themselves; all priced $100 or below and made to entirely benefit Voices of Hope, a nonprofit aimed at helping those affected by sexual violence.

The gallery’s small hallways—although echoing constant “excuse me’s”— shared a sentiment of collective anger, frustration and empowerment. Attendees buzzed from piece to piece, some depicting fear and anger in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency, others focused more on a level of pure girl power.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the show was a pop-up sister exhibit of Nasty Women exhibitions all over the country, stemming from the original New York City brain child. The Omaha scene was co-organized by artists Nicole Hulstein and Jacquline Smith and quickly gained traction.

University of Nebraska at Omaha senior Savannah Savick was among interested community members. She showcased and sold some of her prints at the one-night-only event. Her piece, “Bloom” showed a uterus entirely made of flowers and was originally made of colored pencil and acrylic paint.

Photo Courtesy of Kamrin Baker

“Bloom was specifically inspired by a friend who gave me the idea,” Savick said. “I wanted to make uteruses less ugly and alien-like. Everyone kind of hates their uterus and I wanted to make it more happy-looking. I am also planning on adding a penis made of flowers, as well, and the two pieces would be advertised together.”

Savick said she originally saw the event’s Facebook page and wanted to attend but realized she had her own work to contribute. With a simple comment on the social media platform, she was in. Whatever prints did not sell at the show, Savick planned to hang on the UNO campus to spread the message of inclusivity and appreciation.

Along with a personal and political tie to the local art scene, attendees could even make their own art at a table set up with bins of stencils, crayons and markers. This table was a cornerstone collection of small-scale protest posters and a photo op for the artists themselves. Beneath posters that read “My Body, My Choice” and “Maybe It’s Time for Women to be In Charge” was a tower of tampons and sanitary napkins for women in need around the community.

As people shuffled from piece to piece and through doors and corridors, others lined outside at a Beyond BBQ food truck and shook hands with soon-to-be friends. Whether individuals were entering the open house with wide eyes or exiting with hands full, the cool winter air continuously blew through the building’s doors, carrying with it a sweet and seemingly rare resonance: you are welcome here.

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Derek Munyon
Arts & Entertainment Editor

There are 16,938 known endangered species in the world. Beautiful and moving photos of some of these animals, along with other diverse and wild animals and locales make up the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the Durham Museum located at 801 S. 10th St.

The exhibit, which runs from Oct. 3 to Jan. 3, is part of the 50th year of the prestigious nature photography
competition held by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Wildlife magazine. This 100-piece showcase is going to be on loan from the Natural History Museum.

This year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition received nearly 42,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers alike and the pieces that will be on display at the Durham are the best of the best.

The competition started in 1965 and collected submissions from Jan. 5 to Feb. 26 this year. There are over 21 individual categories that works can compete in, based on what class an animal belongs to or what
kind of landscape is featured in the photograph.

The competition also is split into adults, contestants 18 and older, and children, contestants 17 and younger. A jury selects the winners with the owner of the best single image getting 10,000 British pounds or $14705.88. From there, prizes are awarded for best portfolio, best photo story, and the TIMElapse Special Award, each receiving a smaller amount.

The Durham Museum was opened in 1972 and hosts a wide range of displays, frequently receiving exhibits
from their partners, The Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

The museum is open from:
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, 10
a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through
Saturday. It’s closed on major holidays.

Admission fees are $9 for Adults, $7 for seniors over 62 and $6 for kids.