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2010.03.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Games is Focus of New Art Exhibition at UNO

Omaha - An art exhibition born from and inspired by videogames, sports, board games and other toy games opens next month at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Game Play: A Juried Exhibition of Artwork About or Inspired by Games runs Monday, April 19 through Friday, May 21 at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery inside Criss Library on the UNO campus.

Game Play expands the knowledge of the intersections between videogames, game play and the visual arts. From small-scale sculpture to video installation to paintings to video games and much more, the exhibit brings together the work of more than 30 artists from around the world.

An opening reception is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at the library gallery. Curators Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman of Echotrope will host a public discussion at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, April 22, artist Ben Vu, founder of Omaha-based SkyVu Pictures, will host a public lecture. Vu’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. inside the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus.

The gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to midnight.

Criss Library’s summer hours begin Saturday, May 8: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

Echotrope is a nomadic arts organization co-founded by Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman, both faculty members in UNO’s Department of Art and Art History.

“Last year I developed Gaming as Art, a new course in UNO’s Department of Art and Art History,” Nordman said. “This exhibition is a curatorial exploration of how artists from around the country are thinking of games in their artistic practice.”

Boyer added: “Game Play does what all Echotrope exhibitions have aimed to do: bring new, emerging artistic voices to the region and give new perspectives on the practice of art-making in the 21st Century. The project has a particular interest in how media, and all its manifestations, has become a mainstay of contemporary artistic production.”

For more information on Game Play, contact: Jody Boyer, jlboyer@unomaha.edu or (712) 309-5603; or Russ Nordman, rnordman@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3757. Visit www.echotrope.org for more information on Echotrope.

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