Latino artists from the Omaha metro area will showcase their art side-by-side for the first time in a one-of-a-kind exhibit that launches on Friday, Sept. 18 and runs through the beginning of October.
The juried exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is the result of a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), UNO art students, graduates and faculty; and community leaders.
The art will be on display at the Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St., with the opening reception taking place on Sept. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will run through Friday, Oct. 2.
Local artist Mike Giron served as the juror for the exhibit, choosing 56 entries from more than 120 submissions. Works include drawings, prints, paintings, photography, 3D art, mixed media and more.
The goal of the exhibit, titled “Latino/Latin American Artists: Exhibition and Conversations,” was designed not only to showcase the work of local artists, but use the artwork as a basis for bilingual conversations between citizens across the city.
“We expect to learn about and discover artists and artistic expressions not yet known in our community,” explained Gerardo Vazquez, a UNO graduate who helped coordinate the exhibit with UNO art students like Hugo Zamorano.
“It is important to nurture the arts in your community, whether it is by encouraging your own child or being involved yourself in the arts,” Zamorano said.
“Latino Artists” was funded in part with help from the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska.
In addition to the exhibit, formal conversation events featuring nationally prominent Latino artists and art directors will be held throughout the month. A full list of gallery hours and conversation event times can be found on the OLLAS website at www.unomaha.edu/ollas.
As part of the exhibit, UNO will also be partnering with local schools for guided tours of the exhibit as well as service learning projects for UNO students taking courses in Art and Latin American Studies.
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