college of communication fine arts and media
Department of art and art history


Wanda D Ewing

associate professor, art and art history

(402) 554-2551 • Office: WFAB 213


Wanda Ewing is a true Midwestern girl, born and raised in the city of Omaha, Neb. She received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. She later received both her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Iowa. Wanda joined the Art and Art History faculty Fall 2005.  The artworks she creates explore the subjects of race, beauty standards, sexuality, and identity. Inspired by images found in popular culture, she often uses humorous narratives as a device for engaging the viewer.

Artist Statement

The artworks I create explore the subjects of race, beauty standards, sexuality and identity. Inspired by images found in popular culture, I often use humorous narratives as a device for engaging the viewer.

My most recent work is focused on feminine beauty. It began when I created a group of paintings depicting large, black pinup girls. I titled the series Black As Pitch, Hot As Hell. This work was just the beginning of an exploration into how we as a society define feminine beauty and how race factors in to this evaluation and conclusion where they have been made, whether spoken or implied. The Black As Pitch series has lead me to continue utilizing the pinup imagery originally based in misogyny and sexism in order to create images that are empowering and thought provoking. My work is heavily influenced by the Pop Art movement, the look of Outsider Art, fashion and commerce.

recent news


Individual Artist Fellowship, The Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha, NE

2011-2012 Individual Artist Grant, Pollock Krasner Foundation

Artist Residency Proyecto 'ACE International Center for Visual Arts, May 15 - June 4, 2011
Buenos Aires, Argentina

solo exhibitions

May 3 - 31, 2013,
Main Street Gallery, Kansas City, MO, "Hookin' Is Hard Work"

March 18 - April 6, 2013
Public Space 1, Iowa City, IA, "Hookin' Is Hard Work"

March 11 - 15, 2013
The Rotunda Gallery, University of Nebraska Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE, "Hookin' Is Hard Work"

"El Salto", June 1 – June 17, 2011
Proyecto ‘ACE International Center for Visual Arts
Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Hairdos", September 16 – 20, 2009
University of West England
Bristol, UK

"Eye of the Beholder", December 4 - February 8, 2009
Richard M. Ross Museum
Delaware, OH

group exhibitions


August 1 - September 15, 2013
Sheldon Memorial Art Museum, Lincoln, NE, "Fifty Gifts for Fifty Years"


"Headshot - A Portfolio Exhibition"
Lightwell Gallery, The University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History, Norman, Oklahoma

"ARTexchange: College Art Association 100th Annual Conference" 
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA,

"Multiple Encounters" 
Lalit Kala Akademi Art Center, New Delhi, India,


"Women by Women, curated by Charlotte Strick"
The Paris Review No. 199, Winter 2011,  

"Les Femmes Folles"
RNG Gallery, Omaha, NE,

media reviews

“Wanda Ewing, Artist: Video Grrrlzzz”, Sally Brown, Gender Across Boarders – a Global Feminist Blog,, May 25, 2011

“Beauty and Race Mix in Artist Wanda Ewing’s Work", Rick Brown, Kearney Hub, December 10, 2010

“Wanda Ewing: Pinups and Wallflowers”, Patricia Silva, Velvet Park – Dyke Culture in Bloom,, December 7, 2010

Department of Art & 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