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2009.12.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Fred Simon Gallery Hosts Display of David Helm Art Work

Omaha - David Helm, a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor of art and art history, will have his art work on display at the Fred Simon Gallery starting Monday, Dec. 21.

The title of the show is “From the Queens Lab.” It explores Helm’s interest in the authority of history and his fascination with nostalgia, flight, alchemy, energy, design and experimentation. Many of the pieces look like functional antique objects. Some appear to be absurd and archaic, but all of the works are meant to nudge the imagination, Helm said.

An opening reception for the show will take place at the gallery, 1004 Farnam St., on Friday, Jan. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Helm earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983. He has exhibited large-scale installations at museums and galleries in New York City, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Chicago. Between 1998 and 2000, his piece titled “Out of the Shadows and into the Light,” a work about the history of women, traveled throughout North Carolina and Nebraska. Helm’s other works include; automated furniture, designed to use technology to facilitate the function of domestic spaces; a series of terrariums that explore environmental conditions in Nebraska; a series of nostalgic contraptions; and, a variety of outdoor and public pieces.

At UNO, Helm has won both the Offutt-Sullivan and Alumni awards for Excellence in teaching.

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