The Department of Art & Art History is housed in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media and plays a vital role in University life. Students from all colleges take classes in art history and studio. The Art Gallery features exhibits from around the country as well as student and faculty exhibitions. The department is a partner with other colleges and departments in several joint programs.


Our Community at Large

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts was founded in 1981 by artists, for artists. As an artist-centered organization, the Bemis Center's sole mission is to support contemporary artists of exceptional talent. In this spirit, the Bemis Center seeks to perpetually give the institution to artists working at the forefront of contemporary culture. In addition to our international artist-in-residence program, our exhibitions, projects and community arts programs provide direct support to artists' process and catalyze their work to engage and challenge the public.

The Bemis Underground is an integral part of the arts community in Omaha. The space provides regional artists exhibition opportunities and is dedicated to creating a stronger community through ongoing dialogue about the arts.

Film Streams is a nonprofit organization devoted to the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. Our mission is to serve both the passionate cineaste and casual filmgoer through an ongoing series of screenings, special events, and educational programs aimed at enhancing the cultural environment in Omaha.

Hot Shops Art Center is an approximately 92,000 square feet art center consisting of art studios, showrooms and various gallery spaces, catering to the art community in and around the Omaha area. The Art Center includes the four anchor Hot Shops, forty-four art studios, three art galleries, exhibition spaces, and a small cafe’/coffee shop.

The Joslyn Art Museum is a nationally renowned institution that features a program of temporary exhibitions in addition to an excellent collection.

The A+B programs in Art, Digital Cinema, Electronic Imaging Graphics, Photography, and Graphic Communication Arts are the result of the strong partnership between the Department of Art and art History and Metropolitan Community College.


Omaha is Nebraska's largest city and is the home of a lively arts scene that includes theater, dance, music, and the visual arts. Visit for more information about Omaha and what our city has to offer.

Department of Art and Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha NE 68182-0011
(402) 554-2420 Fax: (402) 554-3436