Week Fifty Two

1 Feb 2007

Posted in 2007 Archives by sarahbakerhansen on 7 February 2007

The Nebraska Arts Council is renaming its downtown gallery after retiring NAC Board Chairman Fred Simon. The Fred Simon Gallery, formerly known as the Showcase Gallery, will be dedicated with a celebration of Simon and his achievements Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. A lifelong Omahan, Simon graduated from Central High in 1955 and earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. He started working for Omaha Steaks in 1959 and became the Vice President of Sales in 1965. In 1970, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of the corporation. Simon is actively involved in the arts, active with the Omaha Symphony, Joslyn Art Musuem, the Opera Omaha Foundation and El Museo Latino. The gallery is currently showing the work of ceramist Al Holden and photographer Dana Fritz through March 2.

— The Council recently announced a project to be installed at Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion. The project, “The Lifestyle Center Median Sculpture,” seeks proposals from artists to create a removable sculpture for a center median within the 114-acre development. The budget for the project is $75,000 and the deadline is Feb. 5. For more information, contact Korey Sculz, project architect, at 816.842.8844 or kschulz@ohhkc.com.

— Three Bemis Center residents take the stage this week at February’s First Thursday Art Talk. Homare Ikeda’s work explores the life cycle in microcosm. Lines and seed-like forms are used in his playful drawings, evoking innocent yet complex notions of the universe. Sculptor and installation artist Nadya Volicer’s work reflects her New England heritage, playing with themes of home, memory, movement and the influence of architecture. Peat Duggins’ new work focuses on the creation of an imaginary community called Hickory Ridge. The project explores personal, social, spiritual and political identity of 21st-century America. The free talk is Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

Sketchbook is about artistry in Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs. We cover anything from new projects to calls for artists. Send information to sketchbook@thereader.com.


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