Omaha – Art students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will have a taste of what it is like to have their art displayed in a gallery as UNO opens its thesis showcase on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Seventeen students from the Department of Art and Art History will present their work to close out the year for both the UNO Art Gallery and the Criss Library’s Osborne Family Gallery.
The two shows run concurrently with an opening reception for the artists in both galleries on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The work will remain on exhibit through 5 p.m. on Commencement Day, Dec. 21, 2013.
In the UNO Art Gallery, located inside the Weber Fine Arts Building, Kristine Hansen-Cain (Falls City, Neb.), Ronee Smith (LaVista, Neb.), Althea Satterfield (Omaha, Neb.) and Xuan Pham (LaVista, Neb.), will present their thesis projects for their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
Concurrently, 13 Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts (BASA) seniors will show work in a broad range of media including ceramics, graphic design, painting and video art in the Osborne Family Gallery in UNO’s Criss Library.
Our graduating BASA seniors are Elly Beals (Bellevue, Neb.), Kendra Blakemore (Omaha), Ronal A. Boon Jr. (Portsmouth, Va.), Roxanne Carter (Omaha), Sarah Davis (Omaha), Jessie Fisher (Bruning, Neb.), Nathaniel Fox (Omaha), Lucas Hartman (Bellevue, Neb.), Kelsey Sherer (Grand Island, Neb.), Kaylie Schmitz (Omaha), Teruko Tsubaki (Omaha), Lillian VandenBussche (Eagan, Minn.) and Taylor Watts (Omaha).
For questions or media requests, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at email@example.com or by phone at 402.554.2129.
About the Artists:
Hansen-Cain invites us on a journey of understanding and quiet conversation in her painting thesis “Art as Contemplation.” Using direct brushstrokes, a subdued pallet, and inspired by American author and aviator, Anne Morrow Lindberg, Hansen-Cain intends for her paintings to interact with her audience through contemplation.
Smith, inspired by the dance of life and death, focuses on her “obsession of aesthetic pleasure” along with the complexity of women, in her thesis, “La Anatomía de la Belleza.” She uses the natural beauty of wood, and a variety of materials, to express her continuing exploration of human emotion.
Satterfield’s thesis “Seven” incorporates past and present ideas regarding the timeless concept of the seven deadly sins. Her digital illustrations incorporate 19th century letterforms, hand binding and haiku to tell contemporary stories.
Pham combines influences from her Eastern heritage with a Western style of painting in “Pure Anxiety.” Inspired by the ethereal performance presence of the Quebec ensemble Compagnie des Quidams, Xuan’s thesis paintings of ambiguous figures in a mystical space explore the struggle to find individual identity from a collective identity.
About the Galleries
The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus, 6001 Dodge St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition, appointments at other times are encouraged. For questions or to schedule appointment, contact 402.554.2796.
The Osborne Family Gallery is located on the main floor of the Criss Library and is open any time the Library is open. Please see http://library.unomaha.edu/ for Library hours.
All events are free and open to the public and the galleries are accessible to people with disabilities.
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s metropolitan university. The core values of the institution place students at the center of all that the university does; call for the campus to strive for academic excellence; and promote community engagement that transforms and improves urban, regional, national and global life. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.