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2008.02.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Fine Arts Friday Set for Feb. 29

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery and UNO Theatre joins forces Friday, Feb. 29 to present “Fine Arts Friday,” an evening of fine arts focusing on the distinctive vision of UNO’s visual and performing arts offerings.

Patrons can begin the evening at 6:30 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery for the opening reception of “Printed in Omaha: A Retrospective Exhibition of the UNO Print Workshop.”

Established in 1976, the UNO Print Workshop was designed to conduct research and teach collaborative printmaking within the academic environment of the UNO Department of Art and Art History. Artists are invited for a residency to work with the faculty and students to produce an edition of multiples or series of monotypes/monoprints.

Artworks range from traditional woodcut, intaglio and lithograph printmaking techniques to contemporary printmaking approaches such as screen-print, collage and new digital technologies. The artists represented include Vito Acconci, Siah Armajani, Robert Barry, Kent Bellows, Warrington Colescott, John Himmelfarb, Jun Kaneko, Karen Kunc, Lloyd Menard, Ed Paschke, Philip Pearlstein, Roger Shimomura and Art Werger.

This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is made possible by the H. Don & Connie J. Osborne Art Appreciation Fund and the Office of the Dean, College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The reception runs until 8:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

At 7:30 p.m., the curtain rises on the second night of the UNO Theatre’s first annual “New Ways/New Works Festival,” directed by Amy Lane, which features seven world premieres and five regional premieres.

The festival is a collaboration with local artists who create “theatrical events,” using non-traditional approaches. Emphasizing experimentation and exploration often termed “fringe” theatre, audiences will experience new ways of creating and performing theatre, including spoken-word events, ensemble-based performance and live art pieces.

More than 300 applicants from around the world sent in scripts for the festival. Featured playwrights include: Jason Grote, David Meth, Benjamin Graber, Michael Oatman and Shayne Kennedy. There will also be music, visual arts, and a late night short play fest all performing in rotating repertory.

Performances of the “New Ways/New Works Festival” will be Feb. 28, March 2, and March 5 through 9, with special matinee shows on Sunday, March 2, and Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m.

All performances are held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge Street. The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances. An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will follow all shows.

Tickets are available through the box office, located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission; $12 for students and seniors, $5 to come back for another performance during the festival. They may be purchased in person, via e-mail at unoboxoffice@mail.unomaha.edu, or by calling 554-2335.

For more information, please call 554-2406 or visit www.unotheater.com. The UNO Art Gallery is also located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. 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. The Gallery will be closed for spring break March 15 through March 22. For further information, please call (402) 554-2796.

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