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2011.08.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Contemporary Painting Featured at Next UNO Art Gallery Exhibit

Omaha - Painting is the focus of the UNO Art Gallery’s first exhibition of the 2011-2012 academic year, which opens with a public reception for the artists on Friday, Aug. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the earlier reception time to see the exhibition, enjoy refreshments and visit with the artists and colleagues at the end of the work day. The public is also invited to attend the opening reception on the 26th.

Julie Farstad and Jessie Fisher’s exhibition, Hardcore Painting: Confessions and Premonitions, explores the evolution of each artist’s work technically and philosophically by incorporating several bodies of works as well as preparatory drawings. Both artists revel in the subversive constraints of the most analyzed genres of the art world – the easel painting.

Contemporary painting can be defined in three words, "illusion, appropriation and transcendence," Fisher and Farstad said.

Both are assistant professors of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. Farstad is a third-wave feminist painter whose work employs children’s toys and a variety of influences including, psychoanalysis, devotional painting and popular culture to explore the psychological drama of girlhood.

Fisher is a figurative painter of appropriation whose subjects hover between ideal construction and observed sensation. Her compositions are gestures of overt artifice and theatricality.

Concurrently, Michael Burton’s Channel, which combines traditional painting with stop motion animation, will be exhibited in the hexagon gallery. Channel explores the unknown world that salmon enter when being diverted through tubes and sloughs to avoid dams on the Snake River in the Pacific northwest. The concept was inspired by the 2008 "60 Minutes" piece by Leslie Stahl, "Fuss Over Fish."

Burton was born in Fall River, Mass., earned his BFA from Green Mountain College in 1999 and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007 under a Hixson Lied Fellowship. He currently teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design.

Two lectures in the UNO Willson Series are scheduled in the gallery in conjunction with the exhibition. Burton will discuss his work on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

Farstad and Fisher will discuss their works Wednesday, Sept. 28, at noon. The exhibition will close at 1 p.m. following the presentation.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO campus, 6001 Dodge St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments at other times are encouraged. All events are free and open to the public, and the gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. The gallery is closed Labor Day.

Call (402) 554-2796 to arrange an appointment or for more information.

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