WAW: Self-Organizing
Jan
3
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Self-Organizing

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Waiting for the right opportunity to fall into your lap? Don't! January is all about doing it yourself and making your own opportunities.

Join Joel Elia Damon, co-founder of Project Project, and learn what it takes to organize your own exhibitions, performances, festivals, or even start a gallery space with a little elbow grease and a lot of ingenuity.

WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the professional aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month.

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public. OCI cannot offer childcare services, but parents you are more than welcome to bring your children if childcare is not available to you.

The WAW Series is sponsored in part by the Iowa West Foundation.

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Variable Gain: 2017 Artist INC Cohort Exhibition
Jan
5
to Jan 28

Variable Gain: 2017 Artist INC Cohort Exhibition

  • Michael Phipps Gallery - W. Dale Clark Main Library (map)
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Opening: Friday, January 5, 2018; 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Omaha Creative Institute is dedicated to making Omaha a city where artists can more fully engage in their respective practices through providing professional development, artist grants, exhibition opportunities, and connections to wider audiences. One of our programs, Artist INC, brings together 25 Omaha-area artists for 8 weeks each year to share skills, evaluate work, and build communities of peers. Each cycle ends with a curated group exhibition that underscores the diversity and conceptual preoccupations of emerging artists living and working in Omaha. 

For this year’s exhibition, Variable Gain, chance will be the conceptual point of departure to build an exhibition that assesses the generative qualities of experimentation, failure, and self-reflection. Inherit aspects within each individual work will speak to the process of reexamining, reformatting, and re-contextualizing when taking creative risks, rolling the dice, and letting them land where they may.


2017 Artist INC cohort includes:

  • Emily Jordan
  • Paul Hanson Clark
  • Maggie Heusinkvelt
  • BJ Cary
  • Geraldine Dobos
  • Sarah Parys
  • J.R. Dawson
  • Reagan Pufall
  • Jens Rasmussen
  • Brian Wetjen
  • Christopher Vaughn Couse
  • Tasha Abourzek                  
  • Howard Paine
  • Kevin McClay
  • Dominique Morgan
  • Susan Woodford
  • Hugo Zamorano
  • Kate Humphreys
  • Sarah Kolar
  • Ashley Laverty
  • Nadia Shinkunas
  • Kristae Peterson
  • Charlene Potter
  • Ruby Rose Kelley

A special thanks to the Omaha Public Library for their generous support of this exhibition.

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WAW: Hard Bargains
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Hard Bargains

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Ever felt like you needed to have a tough conversation but didn't quite know how to get it started or successfully see it through? Ever had to negotiate the price of your work or fees for time and labor? Ask for a studio visit? Solicit donations for a project? 

Expert coach and litigator, Susan Koenig, will lead a hands-on workshop designed to help artists facilitate the sometimes difficult, but always essential, conversations that lead to new opportunities and help sustain a productive artistic practice. 

WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the professional aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month. 

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public. OCI cannot offer childcare services, but parents you are more than welcome to bring your children if childcare is not available to you. 

The WAW Series is sponsored in part by the Iowa West Foundation.

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Within/Without: Flag Making Workshop
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Within/Without: Flag Making Workshop

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Within/Without, curated by Esaú Betancourt, unpacks the ways in which cultural identities and political actions rely on textiles to transmit information through a visual language of signs and symbols. Exhibiting artists Paige Reitz, Maria Luna, Tasha Abourezk, Holly Kranker and Evan Meduna create textile-based work with an emphasis on enacted or signaled identity, solidarity, and a shared aesthetic of resistance that raises the flag of social change on a unified front.

Flag Making Workshop with Tasha Abourezk:
Thursday, December 14, 2017; 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Studio 7, 1114 Jones St. #7, Omaha, NE 68102
Buzz #7 for entry

Omaha Creative Institute's Artist-Run Exhibitions Program emphasizes professional development by lending backbone support to Omaha-area artists throughout the process of organizing, marketing, and mounting a curated exhibition outside the context of larger institutional systems.

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Within/Without: Opening Reception
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Within/Without: Opening Reception

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Within/Without, curated by Esaú Betancourt, unpacks the ways in which cultural identities and political actions rely on textiles to transmit information through a visual language of signs and symbols. Exhibiting artists Paige Reitz, Maria Luna, Tasha Abourezk, Holly Kranker and Evan Meduna create textile-based work with an emphasis on enacted or signaled identity, solidarity, and a shared aesthetic of resistance that raises the flag of social change on a unified front.

Opening Reception and Performance:
Thursday, December 7, 2017; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Performance begins promptly at 8:00 PM

Studio 7, 1114 Jones St. #7, Omaha, NE 68102
Buzz #7 for entry

Omaha Creative Institute's Artist-Run Exhibitions Program emphasizes professional development by lending backbone support to Omaha-area artists throughout the process of organizing, marketing, and mounting a curated exhibition outside the context of larger institutional systems.

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WAW: Healthcare
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Healthcare

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What are my healthcare options? How do I get health insurance if I work for myself? Healthcare and health insurance are the main topics this December. BUT, we're doing December WAW a bit differently... Instead of 2 sessions we will be offering 1 WAW session this month (we don't want to interfere with holiday plans and parties!) This session will be a bit longer than usual, with the discussion and workshop wrapped into one. 

Agenda: 
6:00-6:30pm // come early for fresh and healthy smoothies to sip during the discussion courtesy of registered nurse and nutrition expert, Gretchen Naumann

6:30-7:30pm // main discussion on healthcare and health insurance with Stefanie Torres, Patient Financial Services Manager at Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.

7:30-8:00pm // stay after the discussion for an intro to mindfulness and a short guided meditation with Mark Wiesman of the Mindfulness Outreach Initiative

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WAW: Where to Find $
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Where to Find $

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What avenues are available to individual artists for funding? What are the pros/cons of grants, fiscal sponsorships, crowdfunding, etc.? Explore these resources along with facilitator Peter Fankhauser, Programs Manager at Omaha Creative Institute. 

WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the professional aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month. 

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public. OCI cannot offer childcare services, but parents you are more than welcome to bring your children if childcare is not available to you. 

The WAW Series is sponsored in part by the Iowa West Foundation.

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Info Session #2
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Info Session #2

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CSArt 2018 will be here before you know it! 

Artists: Applications will be open from November 9th to December 1st. Time to start thinking about your proposals!

Still have some questions about CSArt or what kind of work fits the program? Come to one of our info sessions to learn more about the CSArt program and what kinds of work the jury will be looking for. 

Learn more about CSArt here.

Info Session #2
Tuesday, November 14th
6:30pm to 7:30pm
OCI, 1516 Cuming Street

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Info Session #1
Nov
11
to Nov 12

Info Session #1

  • Omaha Creative Institute (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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CSArt 2018 will be here before you know it! 

Artists: Applications will be open from November 9th to December 1st. Time to start thinking about your proposals!

Still have some questions about CSArt or what kind of work fits the program? Come to one of our info sessions to learn more about the CSArt program and what kinds of work the jury will be looking for. 

More about CSArt here.

Info Session #1
Saturday, November 11th
11:00am to 12:00pm
OCI, 1516 Cuming Street

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! small party.
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! small party.

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OCI has some BIG news, and we can't wait to share it with you! The news is SO BIG that we decided to throw a small party to celebrate. Join us Wednesday, November 8th at OCI board member Watie White's studio for the big announcement / small party.

This event is free, but please RSVP at the eventbrite link so we can plan for food and beverages. Due to limited space, we have to cap this event at 100 people, so RSVP early! Thank you!

More fun agenda items: 
--We will be sharing the results from our 1st Annual Artist Survey and how we are using the results to inform OCI programs
--We're going on a Little Bohemia mural tour! 

What: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! small party.
When: November 8th // 6:30 pm start, 7:00pm announcement
Where: Watie White Studio, 1314 William Street
Cost: FREE! (please RSVP at the eventbrite link on our Facebook event page)

Artwork by Kate Humphreys, 2017 Artist INC Fellow

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WAW: Itinerant Living: Residencies
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Itinerant Living: Residencies

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What is a residency? How should my application look? How can a residency improve my practice? Learn along with facilitator Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the professional aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month. 

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public. OCI cannot offer childcare services, but parents you are more than welcome to bring your children if childcare is not available to you. 

The WAW Series is sponsored in part by the Iowa West Foundation.

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Woven Skill Share: Self Care
Oct
29
3:00 PM15:00

Woven Skill Share: Self Care

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Join local massage therapist and budding herbalist Alex Totman for some new ways to think about self-care.

OCI's Spring Creative Grant Winner "Woven" is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Omaha artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker that is meant to spark conversations around contemporary local feminisms. The exhibition features an interactive fiber arts installation AND a calendar of community engagement events featuring perfomances, food, and discussion. "Woven" is supported by Omaha Creative Institute and theNebraska Arts Council.

Follow along on Instagram: @wovenomaha

All events are free and open to the public. Come and go as you need. All events are held at the Jess Benjamin Studio, 6523 Maple St.
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Full calendar of Woven events: 

Wednesday, September 27: SKILL-SHARE Weaving
6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, October 6: OPEN FLOOR Woman in Omaha
Co-Curated by Jen Dawson and Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Performances 7:00-9:00pm (ticketed event), Open to the public after for Benson First Friday, 9:00-10:30 pm

Monday, October 9: OPEN FLOOR Indigenist
Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
5:30-8:00 pm

Sunday, October 15: OPEN FLOOR Weaving Through Life
Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday, October 21: OPEN FLOOR Caste Away
Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
6:00-8:30 pm

Saturday, October 28: OPEN FLOOR Violence, Women, and Fighting Back
Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
5:00-7:30 pm
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.

Sunday, October 29: SKILL-SHARE Self-care
3:00-4:30 pm

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Woven Open Floor: Violence, Women, & Fighting Back
Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

Woven Open Floor: Violence, Women, & Fighting Back

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Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.

OCI's Spring Creative Grant Winner "Woven" is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Omaha artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker that is meant to spark conversations around contemporary local feminisms. The exhibition features an interactive fiber arts installation AND a calendar of community engagement events featuring perfomances, food, and discussion. "Woven" is supported by Omaha Creative Institute and theNebraska Arts Council.

Follow along on Instagram: @wovenomaha

All events are free and open to the public. Come and go as you need. All events are held at the Jess Benjamin Studio, 6523 Maple St.
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Full calendar of Woven events: 

Wednesday, September 27: SKILL-SHARE Weaving
6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, October 6: OPEN FLOOR Woman in Omaha
Co-Curated by Jen Dawson and Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Performances 7:00-9:00pm (ticketed event), Open to the public after for Benson First Friday, 9:00-10:30 pm

Monday, October 9: OPEN FLOOR Indigenist
Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
5:30-8:00 pm

Sunday, October 15: OPEN FLOOR Weaving Through Life
Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday, October 21: OPEN FLOOR Caste Away
Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
6:00-8:30 pm

Saturday, October 28: OPEN FLOOR Violence, Women, and Fighting Back
Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
5:00-7:30 pm
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.

Sunday, October 29: SKILL-SHARE Self-care
3:00-4:30 pm

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Woven Open Floor: Caste Away
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Woven Open Floor: Caste Away

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Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
An evening of interactive performance and sculpture that examines our connectedness in work, power, and authority.

OCI's Spring Creative Grant Winner "Woven" is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Omaha artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker that is meant to spark conversations around contemporary local feminisms. The exhibition features an interactive fiber arts installation AND a calendar of community engagement events featuring perfomances, food, and discussion. "Woven" is supported by Omaha Creative Institute and theNebraska Arts Council.

Follow along on Instagram: @wovenomaha

All events are free and open to the public. Come and go as you need. Allevents are held at the Jess Benjamin Studio, 6523 Maple St.
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Full calendar of Woven events: 

Wednesday, September 27: SKILL-SHARE Weaving
6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, October 6: OPEN FLOOR Woman in Omaha
Co-Curated by Jen Dawson and Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Performances 7:00-9:00pm (ticketed event), Open to the public after for Benson First Friday, 9:00-10:30 pm

Monday, October 9: OPEN FLOOR Indigenist
Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
5:30-8:00 pm

Sunday, October 15: OPEN FLOOR Weaving Through Life
Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday, October 21: OPEN FLOOR Caste Away
Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
6:00-8:30 pm

Saturday, October 28: OPEN FLOOR Violence, Women, and Fighting Back
Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
5:00-7:30 pm
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.

Sunday, October 29: SKILL-SHARE Self-care
3:00-4:30 pm

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A Coral Room: Closing Reception
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

A Coral Room: Closing Reception

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Join us for the closing reception of A Coral Room, OCI's first Artist-Run Exhibition, curated by Jamie Hardy.

The first installment of Omaha Creative Institute’s Artist-Run Exhibition Program, A Coral Room, curated by Jamie Hardy, examines collaborative art practices’ influence on building community. Hardy considers location and proximity as contingent factors in establishing collaborative partnerships and sees Omaha’s central location as a crossroads where ideas are exchanged and circulated. As the city develops, and more people shore themselves up here, those ideas, actions, changes, motivations, and passions become a reef that grows with each new sketched pattern, built structure, written word, looped sound, etc.

Participating artists are invited to contribute work in hues of coral to an expanding installation located in Hardy’s apartment over a two week period. Each artist consents that their work can also be built upon or manipulated by those that follow to construct a conversation free of reductive, diametrically opposed points of view. Participating artists include Celeste Butler, Samone Davis, Alex Jochim, Will Anderson, and Jamie Hardy, all of whom will invite others to contribute, effectively expanding the reef. The istallation, in its final format will be on view during the closing reception.

Jamie Danielle Hardy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Printmaking, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her work explores the impermanence of life by examining the transitions that occur across time, between places and within redefined desires. She is the Co-Founder of Benson First Friday and Petshop Gallery.

About Artist-Run Exhibitions: The Artist-Run Exhibitions Program emphasizes professional development by lending backbone support to Omaha-area artists throughout the process of organizing, marketing, and mounting a curated exhibition outside the context of larger institutional systems.

Admission: Free

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WAW: Elevator Pitches Workshop
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Elevator Pitches Workshop

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October is all about Making Connections! After going back to school to learn the WAW: Studio Visit ABC's with Karin Campbell, join OCI Programs Manager Peter Fankhauser and workshop your Elevator Pitch! Tell people who you are and what you're about in a way that invites questions and conversation (but do it fast!)

Please bring a printed copy of your artist statement.

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WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the professional aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month. 

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public.

The WAW Series is sponsored in part by the Iowa West Foundation.

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Woven Open Floor: Weaving Through Life
Oct
15
5:30 PM17:30

Woven Open Floor: Weaving Through Life

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Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
Are you a nurturer by nature? Take care of yourself and join us for a restorative evening of dinner, music, and mindful reflection. As a small gathering, this event requires a reservation.

OCI's Spring Creative Grant Winner "Woven" is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Omaha artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker that is meant to spark conversations around contemporary local feminisms. The exhibition features an interactive fiber arts installation AND a calendar of community engagement events featuring perfomances, food, and discussion. "Woven" is supported by Omaha Creative Institute and theNebraska Arts Council.

Follow along on Instagram: @wovenomaha

All events are free and open to the public. Come and go as you need. All events are held at the Jess Benjamin Studio, 6523 Maple St.
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Full calendar of Woven events: 

Wednesday, September 27: SKILL-SHARE Weaving
6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, October 6: OPEN FLOOR Woman in Omaha
Co-Curated by Jen Dawson and Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Performances 7:00-9:00pm (ticketed event), Open to the public after for Benson First Friday, 9:00-10:30 pm

Monday, October 9: OPEN FLOOR Indigenist
Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
5:30-8:00 pm

Sunday, October 15: OPEN FLOOR Weaving Through Life
Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday, October 21: OPEN FLOOR Caste Away
Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
6:00-8:30 pm

Saturday, October 28: OPEN FLOOR Violence, Women, and Fighting Back
Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
5:00-7:30 pm
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.

Sunday, October 29: SKILL-SHARE Self-care
3:00-4:30 pm

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A Coral Room: Open Floor
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

A Coral Room: Open Floor

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The first installment of Omaha Creative Institute’s Artist-Run Exhibition Program, A Coral Room, curated by Jamie Hardy, examines collaborative art practices’ influence on building community. Hardy considers location and proximity as contingent factors in establishing collaborative partnerships and sees Omaha’s central location as a crossroads where ideas are exchanged and circulated. As the city develops, and more people shore themselves up here, those ideas, actions, changes, motivations, and passions become a reef that grows with each new sketched pattern, built structure, written word, looped sound, etc.

Participating artists are invited to contribute work in hues of coral to an expanding installation located in Hardy’s apartment over a two week period. Each artist consents that their work can also be built upon or manipulated by those that follow to construct a conversation free of reductive, diametrically opposed points of view. Participating artists include Celeste Butler, Samone Davis, Alex Jochim, Will Anderson, and Jamie Hardy, all of whom will invite others to contribute, effectively expanding the reef. This open floor session allows viewers to witness the creative process firsthand.

Jamie Danielle Hardy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Printmaking, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her work explores the impermanence of life by examining the transitions that occur across time, between places and within redefined desires. She is the Co-Founder of Benson First Friday and Petshop Gallery. 

About Artist-Run Exhibitions: The Artist-Run Exhibitions Program emphasizes professional development by lending backbone support to Omaha-area artists throughout the process of organizing, marketing, and mounting a curated exhibition outside the context of larger institutional systems.

Admission: Free

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Woven Open Floor: Indigenist
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

Woven Open Floor: Indigenist

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Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma).
Come for dinner, performances, and reflection on the woven narratives of Native women advocating for education, health, and wellness in Omaha.

OCI's Spring Creative Grant Winner "Woven" is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Omaha artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker that is meant to spark conversations around contemporary local feminisms. The exhibition features an interactive fiber arts installation AND a calendar of community engagement events featuring perfomances, food, and discussion. "Woven" is supported by Omaha Creative Institute and theNebraska Arts Council.

Follow along on Instagram: @wovenomaha

All events are free and open to the public. Come and go as you need. All events are held at the Jess Benjamin Studio, 6523 Maple St.
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Full calendar of Woven events: 

Wednesday, September 27: SKILL-SHARE Weaving
6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, October 6: OPEN FLOOR Woman in Omaha
Co-Curated by Jen Dawson and Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Performances 7:00-9:00pm (ticketed event), Open to the public after for Benson First Friday, 9:00-10:30 pm

Monday, October 9: OPEN FLOOR Indigenist
Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
5:30-8:00 pm

Sunday, October 15: OPEN FLOOR Weaving Through Life
Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday, October 21: OPEN FLOOR Caste Away
Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
6:00-8:30 pm

Saturday, October 28: OPEN FLOOR Violence, Women, and Fighting Back
Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
5:00-7:30 pm
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.

Sunday, October 29: SKILL-SHARE Self-care
3:00-4:30 pm

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Woven Open Floor: Woman in Omaha
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Woven Open Floor: Woman in Omaha

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"What does it mean to be a woman in Omaha?" co-curators Beaufield Berry-Fisher and Jen Dawson pose the question to artists, performers and writers from diverse backgrounds, and invite you to hear their responses in the forms of 5-minute plays, poems, performances, and stories. 

Performances 7 - 9pm (ticketed event), 
Open to the public afterwards for Benson First Friday, 9 - 10:30pm

Performers:
Jen Dawson (with Kim Alger, Hayley Greenstreet, and Christi Leupold), Beau Berry, Ashley Laverty (with Brenda Smrdel, Chloe Langford, Angela Fernandez, Jessica Burrill Logue, Maija Rutmanis, Robyn Helwig, Juli Wians, Maggie Hinrichs), Michelle Huber, Regina Palmer and Mallory Vallier, Cecilia Poon, and Zedeka Poindexter

OCI's Spring Creative Grant Winner "Woven" is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Omaha artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker that is meant to spark conversations around contemporary local feminisms. The exhibition features an interactive fiber arts installation AND a calendar of community engagement events featuring perfomances, food, and discussion. "Woven" is supported by Omaha Creative Institute and theNebraska Arts Council

Follow along on Instagram: @wovenomaha

All events are free and open to the public. Come and go as you need. All events are held at the Jess Benjamin Studio, 6523 Maple St.
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Full calendar of Woven events: 

Wednesday, September 27: SKILL-SHARE Weaving
6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, October 6: OPEN FLOOR Woman in Omaha
Co-Curated by Jen Dawson and Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Performances 7:00-9:00pm (ticketed event), Open to the public after for Benson First Friday, 9:00-10:30 pm

Monday, October 9: OPEN FLOOR Indigenist
Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
5:30-8:00 pm

Sunday, October 15: OPEN FLOOR Weaving Through Life
Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday, October 21: OPEN FLOOR Caste Away
Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
6:00-8:30 pm

Saturday, October 28: OPEN FLOOR Violence, Women, and Fighting Back
Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
5:00-7:30 pm
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.

Sunday, October 29: SKILL-SHARE Self-care
3:00-4:30 pm

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WAW: Studio Visit ABC's w/ Karin Campbell
Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Studio Visit ABC's w/ Karin Campbell

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What makes a studio visit productive? How do you prepare and why should you schedule visits regularly? Learn along with facilitator Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art at the Joslyn Art Museum.

WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the professional aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month.

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public.

The WAW Series is sponsored in part by the Iowa West Foundation

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Woven Skill Share: Weaving
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Woven Skill Share: Weaving

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Learn weaving with Victoria and Camille on provided small looms and add to the Warp and Weft of Us floor tapestry.

OCI's Spring Creative Grant Winner "Woven" is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Omaha artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker that is meant to spark conversations around contemporary local feminisms. The exhibition features an interactive fiber arts installation AND a calendar of community engagement events featuring perfomances, food, and discussion. "Woven" is supported by Omaha Creative Institute and theNebraska Arts Council

Follow along on Instagram: @wovenomaha

All events are free and open to the public. Come and go as you need. All events are held at the Jess Benjamin Studio, 6523 Maple St.
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Full calendar of Woven events: 

Wednesday, September 27: SKILL-SHARE Weaving
6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, October 6: OPEN FLOOR Woman in Omaha
Co-Curated by Jen Dawson and Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Performances 7:00-9:00pm (ticketed event), Open to the public after for Benson First Friday, 9:00-10:30 pm

Monday, October 9: OPEN FLOOR Indigenist
Co-curated by Brittany Strong (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan) and Regina Emily Robbins (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
5:30-8:00 pm

Sunday, October 15: OPEN FLOOR Weaving Through Life
Co-curated by Jacquline Smith and Edem K. Garro
5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday, October 21: OPEN FLOOR Caste Away
Co-curated by Michael Johnson and Rosana Ybarra
6:00-8:30 pm

Saturday, October 28: OPEN FLOOR Violence, Women, and Fighting Back
Co-curated by Karin Campbell and Monica Maxwell
5:00-7:30 pm
Hear from an amazing lineup of women sharing stories of hard truths, survival and resilience.

Sunday, October 29: SKILL-SHARE Self-care
3:00-4:30 pm

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Woven: Opening Night & Potluck
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Woven: Opening Night & Potluck

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Join us in the "house that feminism built" for an evening of food, fun, performance, and weaving! Bring your favorite finger food to share (in a recyclable or disposable dish, please), then get ready to deconstruct the house and get those hands weaving. Learn about Woven's upcoming calendar of events and add to the mix by sharing your thoughts on the transforming walls. 

Woven is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Omaha artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker that is meant to spark conversations around contemporary local feminisms. The exhibition features an interactive fiber arts installation where participants slowly weave a fabric "house" into a rug. Additional artists will co-curate "Open Floor" events and skill-sharing sessions to create opportunities for dialogue and reflection on a variety of feminist perspectives. Together, we hope to strengthen the social fabric of Omaha.

This event is free and open to the public.

Woven is generously supported by the Omaha Creative Institute, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Thank you!

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WAW: Artist Statements Workshop & Talkback
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Artist Statements Workshop & Talkback

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Get ready for Part 2 of September WAW (Building on the Basics): After learning what a strong artist statement looks like, get ready to write, revise, and repeat! Work with OCI Programs Manager Peter Fankhauser and your peers to really make that statement shine!
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WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning and practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the practical aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month. 

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public.

The WAW Series is sponsored in part by the Iowa West Foundation

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WAW: Artist Statements w/ Amanda Smith
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Artist Statements w/ Amanda Smith

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What does a strong artist statement look like? What should it include? Learn along with facilitator Amanda Smith, Gallery Manager at The Union for Contemporary Art. 

WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning and practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the practical aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month. 

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public.

Amanda Smith is an artist, educator, and curator. She works with artists in a professional capacity on a daily basis curating and organizing exhibitions as the Gallery Manager at the Union for Contemporary Art. She also served as Director of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City and has taught at Minnesota State University, Indiana University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she completed her MFA. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

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Woven: The Embodied Loom
Sep
1
6:30 PM18:30

Woven: The Embodied Loom

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Join OCI Spring Creative Grant recipients Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker at the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market on Friday, September 1st at 6:30pm for an introduction to "Woven". Grab your veggies for the week and lend your hands to The Embodied Loom.

Omaha is a tapestry of people working together to weave the social fabric of the city. Local artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker will work with you and other participants to perform a living picture of the interwoven nature of the "fabric of society" as you weave a section of a rug together. Explore the ways that intersecting identities are impacted by the social structures surrounding every person. Your thoughts and personal experiences can be written on the fabric strips that get woven into the rug. Afterwards, the rug will be joined to other pieces the artists will weave with various people in Omaha, creating a floor tapestry: "The Warp and Weft of Us." 

No previous knowledge is needed - just an open mind and willing hands.

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