2011.12.20 > For Immediate Release
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Artist Julie Green Brings 'Last Supper' Exhibit to UNO Beginning Jan. 13
Omaha - Even though they are not in prison, many people have contemplated what their last meal would be if faced with the death penalty. Artist Julie Green, however, has spent more than a decade contemplating the last meals of nearly 500 death row inmates.
Beginning Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, Green’s 476 painted plates, each of which depict a unique last meal request of a former prisoner on death row, will fill the walls of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery as part of a four-week exhibition.
The UNO exhibition, co-sponsored by UNO’s Criss Library and with support from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council, marks the first time that all of Green’s plates created to date, part of a project titled “The Last Supper,” have been on display in a public location.
Green, who teaches painting, drawing and contemporary issues in art at Oregon State University in Corvallis, will present a lecture about her work on Thursday Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in the UNO Criss Library. The following evening, Friday, Jan. 13, the exhibition in the UNO Gallery will open with a reception for the artist from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Thanks, in part, to Green's Last Supper project, the artist recently received a grant from the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation. The award, given to only 25 contemporary artists a year, is granted annually to acknowledge painters and sculptors nationwide creating work of exceptional quality.
Smaller groupings of the plates, which are painted with mineral paint and then porcelain fired, have been exhibited widely, and the project has received national media attentionifrom National Public Radio as well as magazines like Ceramics Monthly and Gastronomica.
The Last Supper project began when the artist was living in Oklahoma and began reading the final meal requests of local inmates, which were published in the newspaper.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a panel discussion about the death penalty will take place in the UNO Gallery at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Moderated by Criminology and Criminal Justice Professor Dennis Hoffman, the panelists include Joe Smith, prosecutor for the Norfolk U.S. Bank murder trial; Joanie Brugger, a victim's advocate from Madison County; Nebraska ACLU Stacy Anderson, and Nebraska State Senator Brenda Council.
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: please call ahead. The gallery is closed Martin Luther King Day. The exhibition closes on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public. Call (402) 554.2796 to arrange a gallery appointment or for more information.
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