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2010.03.19> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Five Artist Contribute to Food Bank Folio Projects

Omaha - Five of the Omaha metropolitan area’s premier artists have collaborated with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Print Workshop and printmaking students to create the Food Bank Folio Project. The goal of this fundraising effort is to generate more than $10,000 for Food Bank for the Heartland.

“This is a win-win project for everyone – the artists, Food Bank for the Heartland, the students and the public,” said Gary Day, the coordinator of the project and a UNO professor of art and art history. “The artists get to show their work and help the community; the Food Bank receives funding and attention; our students get hands-on experience; and the public gets an opportunity to buy some outstanding, affordable art.”

The artists: Littleton Alston, Joe Broghammer, Catherine Ferguson, Leslie Iwai and Kristin Pluhacek each created an image for the portfolio using the photogravure process, which resulted in the creation of five unique original prints. UNO printmaking student and instructors will edition the plates and assemble fifty folios. The price for the five-print suite will be a $300 tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank. Day said he expects the editions to completely sell out. After supplies are paid for, the net proceeds should exceed $10,000.

“The issue of hunger is very real in our area,” said Susan Ogborn, President and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. “We are grateful for the artists for donating their time and talents in helping us meet our mission of reducing hunger in Nebraska and western Iowa. We also thank UNO’s printmaking students and instructors for making this fundraiser a reality. The funds will help us greatly in meeting a growing need for our services.”

According of a January 2010 study by the Food Research and Action Center, 16 percent of Nebraskans and 13 percent of Iowans have indicated there have been times in the past 12 months when they didn’t have enough money to buy food.

The prints will be available for in-person viewing and sales on two upcoming evenings. The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St., will hold an event on Thursday, April 22, that will run for 5 to 7 p.m. On Friday, April, 30, the UNO Art Gallery will also have a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The Gallery is in the Weber Fine Arts Building on UNO’s Dodge Street campus. “It’s an art bargain,” Day said. Pre-sale reservations can be made through the UNO Print Workshop or the UNO Friends of Art.

For more information, contact Day at gday@unomaha.edu or Susie Severson at gday@unomaha.edu.

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