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Dates: October 1-28, 2010
Reception: Sunday, October 10, from 1 – 4 p.m.




October brings two textile-related exhibitions to the UNO Art Gallery. Curator Jay Rich, a local textile artist/researcher, brings together historical as well as contemporary examples of a unique fabric dye process in his Carved Board Clamp Resist exhibition. At the same time, Sequenced Fibers, curated by UNO art professor Bonnie O’Connell, showcases books from around the country made from fabrics or handmade papers.


The process of dyeing cloth by clamping it between pairs of carved mirror-image boards originated in China in the seventh century. Used extensively in Japan during the fourteenth and fifteenth, carved clamped board resist dyeing was a quick way of producing Japanese theater costumes. Artists from the US, Australia, and Belgium today continue to carve boards to create dye patterns for fabrics and clothing. The UNO exhibition features over forty historical kimonos representing 200 years of production as well as contemporary garments and many dye-process artifacts.


Thirty-four contemporary books and book objects were juried into the Sequenced Fibers exhibition by UNL art professor Karen Kunc. These books, she says, “challenge and expand the parameters of the fiber and book arts traditions.” The exhibition features letterpress, digital, as well as sculptural books.

A public reception is scheduled for Sunday, October 10, from 1 – 4 p.m. to coincide with the conclusion of “Textiles and Settlement” the Textile Society of America annual conference scheduled in Lincoln October 6-9.


The public and campus community is also invited to a lecture and discussion with Jay Rich regarding the Carved Board Clamp Resist exhibition and process. The event will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery.


Both exhibitions open on October 1 and run through Thursday, October 28, 2010. The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus at 6001 Dodge Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition, appointments at other times are encouraged. All events are free and open to the public and the gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.


Please don’t hesitate to call 402-554-2796 to arrange an appointment or for special assistance.