Announcing the Spring Creative Grant Winners!

OCI is proud to announce that Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker have been awarded the $5,000 Spring Creative Grant.

The artists will present Woven: grounding feminist thoughts and practices in Omaha. This collaboration began with the feminist group UNL Womanhouse in 2011. The group’s exhibition “The House That Feminism Built” invited community members to sew a house out of used, red-hued clothing. In addition to the ongoing creation of the fabric house, they also used it as a gathering space for performances, discussions and various gatherings.

Taking this idea in reverse, the 6-week exhibition “Woven” will begin with the completed house structure, which will again be transformed by taking the down the fabric and weaving it into a giant rag rug. By inviting deconstruction of what was built by a largely academic and white group of feminists, the artists hope to examine race, privilege, and power in deeper, more personal ways.

Performance by Joan Stone in the "House that Feminism Built"

Performance by Joan Stone in the "House that Feminism Built"

During the 6-week exhibition, the artists will host a series of “Open Floor” events with community performances, food, and social time open to the public. They are also planning mending/dyeing/craft workshops with a focus on self-care, reusing materials, and slowing down. The artists believe that collaboration is the key to making this project a true success. In addition to inviting audience participation throughout the exhibition, Camille and Victoria will be seeking individuals engaged in intersectional feminist practices to help curate the calendar of discussions, activities and workshops. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, they are looking for connections. Contact if you're interested!

 Be on the lookout for future announcements and details on the project!

 Congrats Victoria and Camille!

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