We are bombarded with images. Some are colorful and bright, intent on getting our attention to make us buy a product or think about a topic in a particular way. Then there are more practical images like the corner stop sign.
Modern and historical references combine for dramatic contrast in Hardcore Painting: Confessions and Premonitions by Julie Farstad and Jessie Fisher, the UNO Art Gallery's first fall semester exhibition. The exhibit, which features contemporary paintings, began Aug. 26 and will end Sept. 28.
Farstad and Fisher are both assistant professors of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. As a feminist painter, Farstad portrays influences of popular culture and psychoanalysis of girlhood drama in her work. In contrast, Fisher's figurative painting and use of rich color resembles the late Renaissance era.
UNO students get involved on campus in the Fine Arts Department in several ways.
Omaha will have a chance to celebrate the arts with some of Nebraska's newest up-and-comers. The Union for Contemporary Art's first exhibition, Emerging!, will showcase some of Nebraska's best while introducing Omaha to the brand new non-profit organization and its pro-grams. Twelve emerging Nebraskan artists will be featured in this three-day exhibition.
The Department of Art and Art History at UNO's Gallery, located in the Weber Fine Arts Building, hosted a number of exhibitions over the past academic year. The exhibits included African-American Masters from the Sheldon Museum of Art, UNL; Carved Board Clamp Resist Dyeing: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Application; Sequenced Fibers: Books on Fabric or Handmade Papers; and the UNO BFA Thesis and BA in Studio Arts Seniors' Exhibit.
UNO's art gallery, room 219 in the Weber Fine Arts building, displays work from artists of all levels: undergraduates, graduate students and professional artists. Right now, the gallery is showcasing art by UNO faculty artists.
It's difficult sometimes to make an argument for photographic art. After all, it's a field that mirrors reality, meant to replicate life via the "human experience" channel. Far too often, though, "the human experience" theme is portrayed in photos lacking imagination, making it more akin to "the dry, uninteresting experience."
The latest photography exhibit at Polyester gallery, 1618 Harney St., is anything but dry or uninteresting. The show, titled "If These Walls Could Talk," (showing through Nov. 27) offers a refreshing glimpse of human existence in private moments.
Contemporary poet Matthew Zapruder read in the Dodge Rooms of the Milo Bail Student Center on Nov. 3. He visited UNO as a part of the Missouri Valley Reading Series, which welcomes poets as well as authors of fiction and non-fiction to travel and read their works.