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2008.07.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, Communist Nations Focus of Latest Art Exhibition at UNO

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery presents the works of Rebecca Keller and Lanny DeVuono, an exhibition of painting and mixed media that centers on intersecting relationships we have with ourselves, each other, our surroundings and the history of our society.

The exhibition runs Tuesday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 29. A closing reception will be held Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Keller's work deals with the image as a story, or multiple stories. Keller invokes the symbolism of collective human history to tell the stories of social problems and political injustices revolving around recent tragedies such as the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and the Iraq war. In this exhibition Keller displays mixed media paintings incorporating baby cribs and found paintings, chalkboards, and a stand of hand painted greeting cards depicting images from Iraq.

Keller is an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works in painting and mixed media. She received her bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and her master's degree and master's of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. Her work as an artist and museum educator has taken her around the world, including Brazil, Estonia and Scandinavia.

DeVuono presents oil paintings from three series. DeVuono is interested in the marks we leave on our environment. She uses human influence on landscape to express our desire to contain, control, and possess things we cannot. Her series of Large Romantic Landscapes are surrounded by black borders and ascribed with single words relating to land ownership. Histories & Histrionics was painted after a stay in two communist nations and reflects on those governments use of iconography.

DeVuono received her bachelor's degree from Antioch University, her master's of Fine Arts from Mills College and her MA/Tch from Columbia University Teachers College. She is currently teaching at Eastern Washington University and is a contributing editor for Artweek.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Art Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours for the summer are Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

Call (402) 554-2796 for more information.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

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. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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