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2013.02.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Denise Brady - UNO Art Gallery
phone: 402.554.2796 - email: dbrady@unomaha.edu

Juried Student Art Exhibit Opens Feb. 22

Omaha - Local artist Mike Girón will select works by University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) undergraduate studio majors to display as part of the Spring 2013 Juried Art Student Exhibition.

Approximately 40 undergraduate studio art majors will be represented in the show, which opens with a public reception at the UNO Art Gallery on Friday, Feb. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

"The juried student show is always good. The quality and variety of work never fails to impress me," said Denise Brady, gallery coordinator.

The annual juried exhibition is a chance for the Art and Art History Department to showcase the many areas of concentration available in its bachelor of art and bachelor of fine arts degree programs. This showcase features works in book arts, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, intermedia, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

This competitive exhibition will also feature presentations of the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz Memorial Scholarships, which will be awarded during the reception. The exhibition continues through Thursday, March 28.

Bertha Mengedoht Hatz was a long-time Omaha resident who firmly believed in helping young people and the community. She died in 1963 t the age of 85.

In May 1965, Omaha University President Leland Traywick announced that the university had received from $32,367 from the Bertha Mengedoht Hatz estate to be used for the Department of Art. To date, over $66,500 has been awarded to UNO students competing in the Art Student Exhibition.

Born in New Orleans, Mike Girón has had his work featured in solo and group exhibitions, created public artworks and painted Mardi Gras parade floats. As a professor, he has influenced many artists and has been curator of socially conscious art exhibits. In 2012, he and Richard Harrison completed the large mural Avanza! at Park Avenue & Leavenworth Street in Omaha.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on UNO’s Dodge Street Campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding national holidays and University breaks.

In addition, appointments at other times are encouraged. Appointments can also be arranged during UNO’s spring break (March 18 - 22). All events are free and open to the public and the gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.

For questions or to schedule appointment, contact 402.554.2796.

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