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2005.08.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Gallery Season Opens Aug. 26 with Two Exhibitions

Omaha - A pair of exhibitions featuring the work of Wanda Ewing and a collection of Japanese architectural photography will open the 2005-06 season at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery.

An opening reception for "Wanda Ewing: Dos and Don'ts" and "Kumamoto Artpolis: Architecture through Communication" will be held Friday, Aug. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

"Dos and Don'ts" – an exhibition in four parts – spans Ewing's artistic life as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute to the present.  She received her BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her MFA and MA in printmaking from the University of Iowa.  She joined the UNO faculty last fall as an assistant professor of art and art history.

A self-proclaimed storyteller, Ewing said her work – both humorous and political – is about self-examination and the recounting of her life's experiences.  "Knowing that my work creates dialogue or that it is thought provoking makes me feel truly accomplished," she said.  "Through my work, I learn more about people, the world I live in and, ultimately, myself."

Ewing's series of 103 self-portraits is a visual commentary on appearance, beauty and race.  Each rendering of her face, created with linocut and monoprint on white paper, is transformed by a different style and color of hair.

"Growing Up Black, Growing Up Wanda," a series of 10 prints that form a narrative, showcases Ewing's love of text as visual art.  The UNO show will mark the first time this series, which Ewing completed as an undergraduate, has been on public display.  Also included in the exhibition are a series of 10 large-scale woodcuts of dresses from Ewing's wardrobe and her refashioning of the pin-up girl phenomenon in a series of 10, four-foot by four-foot paintings on plywood.

"Wanda Ewing: Dos and Don'ts" runs through Sept. 20.

Kumamoto Artpolis, an ongoing project in architectural culture, began in 1988 in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, a two-hour flight from Tokyo.  Through the construction of high-quality architecture, the project, which continues today, aims to create and revitalize an enduring cultural heritage firmly rooted in the region that can be passed on to future generations.

Architects, designers and local residents work together to create buildings, bridges and parks that are in harmony with their respective natural and historical contexts.  "The structures are designed to propose new lifestyles and new images of society, as well as create valuable assets for future generations," said Deborah Eve-Lombard, director of the UNO Art Gallery.  "The program has played an important role in improving local culture and increasing regional vitality."

The Japanese exhibition, which runs through Sept. 18, is sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, the Omaha Sister Cities Association and the UNO Art Gallery.

The gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus.  Admission is free, and 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, call (402) 554-2796.

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