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2010.09.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Art Gallery Welcomes Textile Exhibitions in October

Omaha - October brings two textile-related exhibitions to the UNO Art Gallery.

Curator Jay Rich, a local textile artist/researcher, brings together historical as well as contemporary examples of a unique fabric dye process in his Carved Board Clamp Resist exhibition. At the same time, Sequenced Fibers, curated by UNO art professor Bonnie O’Connell, showcases books from around the country made from fabrics or handmade papers.

The process of dyeing cloth by clamping it between pairs of carved mirror-image boards originated in China in the 7th Century. Used extensively in Japan during the 14th and 15th Centuries, carved clamped board resist dyeing was a quick way of producing Japanese theater costumes. Artists from the U.S., Australia and Belgium today continue to carve boards to create dye patterns for fabrics and clothing.

The UNO exhibition features more than 40 historical kimonos representing 200 years of production as well as contemporary garments and many dye-process artifacts.

Thirty-six contemporary books and book objects were juried into the Sequenced Fibers exhibition by UNO art professor Karen Kunc. These books, she said, “challenge and expand the parameters of the fiber and book arts traditions.” The exhibition features letterpress, digital, as well as sculptural books.

A public reception is Sunday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. to coincide with the conclusion of Textiles and Settlement, the Textile Society of America annual conference scheduled in Lincoln, Oct. 6-9.

The public and campus community are also invited to a lecture and discussion with Jay Rich regarding the Carved Board Clamp Resist exhibition and process. The presentation is Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Both exhibitions open Friday, Oct. 1 and run through Thursday, Oct. 28.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition, appointments at other times are encouraged. All events are free and open to the public, and the gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.

Call (402) 554-2796 to arrange an appointment or for special assistance.

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