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2008.01.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Art Student Exhibition Opens Jan. 25

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery’s first show of the year will focus on students. The “2008 UNO Art Student Exhibition” opens Friday, Jan. 25, and run through Saturday, Feb.16.

The gallery will hold a free opening reception Friday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The show is a juried exhibition open to any UNO student currently enrolled in studio art classes. Submitted artworks can be executed in a variety of media, including two-dimensional, three-dimensional and intermedia. Art and art history majors in UNO’s College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media are also eligible for Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarship Awards.

The juror of the exhibition is artist A. Brett Reif. Reif’s exhibition, "In Digestion," was recently on view at the UNO Art Gallery and featured non-traditional works including automobile grease, deep-fried Barbie dolls and toy guns, and flocked biological organisms. Originally from New Orleans, he received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and his master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Reif is an assistant professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he continues to explore the use of unconventional materials and unorthodox processes.

The “2008 UNO Art Student Exhibition” will also present the Hexagon Installation Program. The facility features a unique, hexagon-shaped gallery, and each spring UNO art students compete to create an installation in the space. The installation is site-specific artwork that emphasizes interaction between the viewer and the artwork. This year, the Hexagon Installation will feature the work “Daydreamer” by Kate Taucreti. Taucreti will create a landscape and tent of brown paper bags, which viewers can explore from outside and inside.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.

For further information, call (402) 554-2796.

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