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2005.01.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Art Gallery Begins 2005 with Pair of Exhibitions

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery will begin 2005 with a pair of exhibitions.

Frogman Prints: Frogman Collects

An opening reception for "Frogman Prints: Frogman Collects" will be held Friday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The exhibition celebrates the career of Lloyd Menard and his many contributions to printmaking in the United States.  It includes some of his own prints, along with prints from his personal collection.

Menard received his bachelor of fine arts degree from UNO.  He has collaborated with more than 200 artists to create editions and prints both at Frogman's Press & Gallery and at the University of South Dakota.  The UNO alumnus founded Frogman's Press & Gallery in Beresford, S.D., to promote fine art, offer education, induce creation and present exhibitions under one roof.

Menard's artwork has been shown in more than 350 juried and invitational exhibitions, and is part of more than 450 university, college, corporate and museum collections.  He is the 2005 recipient of the UNO Department of Art and Art History's Distinguished Alumni Award.

"Frogman Prints: Frogman Collects" runs from Jan. 18 to Feb. 18.

Heart and Hands: Concept and Construction in Student-Artists' Books

Also opening Jan. 14 is "Heart and Hands: Concept and Construction in Student-Artists' Books."     

The exhibition was organized to present the best examples of the broad range of books being made by graduate and undergraduate students in accredited academic institutions.  Juror and bookmaker Dika Eckersly selected 37 books from entries submitted across the United States.

"Each of the books describes a journey or development; each is creative and inventive," Eckersly said.  "These books break conventions or beautifully execute convention.  They are surprising, funny, clever, sad, intriguing, shocking, truthful."

"Heart and Hands: Concept and Construction in Student-Artists' Books" runs from Jan. 18 to Feb. 18.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.  Excluding reserved stalls, UNO parking lots are free and open to visitors on Sunday afternoons.

For more information, contact Deborah-Eve Lombard at (402) 554-2796.

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