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2012.09.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Art Gallery to Feature Work of Veteran Artists Starting Oct. 5

Omaha - An exhibition of assemblages and constructions by two veteran artists begins at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery with a reception on Friday, Oct. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tom Bartek, who has recently turned 80, will be showcasing over 40 pieces of work as part of a three-gallery retrospective. A selection of Bartek’s work will also be shown in the Lied Art Gallery at Creighton University until Oct. 12 and the Nebraska Arts Council Fred Simon Gallery through Nov. 2.

The exhibition, titled “Tom Bartek Retrospective: Assemblages, 1956-2012” includes sculptures made from both natural and man-made found objects.

The work of Thomas Majeski will also be on display, highlighting the artist’s “experimental language” – a fusing of mark-making and content. Majeski’s interests in Chinese calligraphy, surface color and elements of the unexpected are influences in his recent work.

The exhibit, titled “Thomas Majeski: Wall Constructions 2004 – 2012” features relief prints and collages made from monotypes.

The exhibitions close Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.

Bartek and Majeski have been a vital part of visual art and art education in Omaha for decades. Both have exhibited throughout the region and nationally. Bartek attended Creighton University and Cooper Union Art School in New York City for his education. Starting in the 1960s, he taught for three decades at Creighton, College of St. Mary and Joslyn Art Museum.

Bartek’s work is currently in the corporate collections of Conagra, Century Link and Scoular. Also, in honor of Nebraska’s centennial in 1967, Bartek designed the glass murals that still adorn the Woodman Building in downtown Omaha.

Majeski earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNO in 1960 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1963. He taught art at UNO for over 35 years and served as a Regents Professor and chair of its Art and Art History department for nine years.

Majeski’s work has been included in the collections of the Philidelphia Museum of Art, Museum Voor Schone Kunsten in Belgium and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in China, just to name a few.

Students, faculty and the public are invited to hear the artists discuss their work in separate gallery talks during the running of the exhibition as part of the Barbara Willson Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the UNO Friends of Art. Majeski will speak at noon Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Bartek will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the UNO Art Gallery.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the west side of UNO’s Dodge Street Campus. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Separate appointments are also encouraged. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Denise Brady at 402.554.2796.

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