WAW: Wellness for Artists
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Wellness for Artists

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Wellness is a concept that can easily elude busy artists. A thriving career sometimes means allocating energy, attention, and time to aspects of your creative practice at the expense of caring for your biggest asset—your personal well being. Join artist, educator, and wellness expert Abby Queal for a session of Working Artist Wednesday dedicated to practical ways to manage stress, find a balance between life and work, and incorporate mindfulness practices into your everyday routine.

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 session is devoted to one topic led by professionals in the field and expert community partners.

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 Peter Kiewit Foundation.

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Umoja Choir: Open Rehearsal
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

Umoja Choir: Open Rehearsal

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Join Umoja Choir, 2018 New American Unrestricted Artist Grant recipient, for a one-of-a-kind glimpse into their making process during an open rehearsal Saturday, October 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Participants will see firsthand how this exceptional choir crafts arrangements and prepares for performances. St. Paul United Methodist Church, where the choir rehearses regularly, will open its doors to those who want to gain a better understanding of the choir and its community-centered approach to creating work that’s moving, joyous, and exhilarating. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to attend.


About Umoja Choir: When Dieudonne Manirakiza and and Eric Esron resettled in Omaha in 2010, they started the Burundian Choir as a creative outlet for children in their community. As more and more refugees from East Africa began settling in Omaha, they changed the name to Umoja Choir, which means "unity" in Swahili, a common language to many of these countries. Born out of a desire for connections and community and as a way to channel energy and creativity for people of all ages, the Umoja Choir continues to grow, having performed a Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C., background vocals on a Mynabirds record, and during a TED talk in 2017. The choir is currently working to record their first album.


About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to thrive as artists. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. The Artists Grants Program is designed to give artists the chance to experiment and create new work, develop new audiences, and exhibit outside the confines of larger institutional systems. By recognizing and awarding financial support to exceptional artists in the region, OCI seeks to empower artists, advance their careers, and diversify the landscape of arts and culture in Omaha, enhancing the city’s profile as a place where artists can live and work. This program is made possible with support from The Pape Family Foundation and Annette and Paul Smith.


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In Thicket: Opening Reception
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

In Thicket: Opening Reception

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In Thicket
Sean D. Henry-Smith & Alexis Christine Maine


Exhibition Dates: October 12 - November 9, 2018
Opening Reception
: Friday, October 12, 2018; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Sean D. Henry-Smith is a photographer and writer, although a creative impulse guides their entire life. Henry-Smith moves with an energy set on intent that operates to evolve the processes of how we see, interpret, and create. In Thicket is a miniature translation for the artist’s latest evolving body of work, With You in the Slow Hour, which relays to viewers the importance of stillness and intimacy in photography. Through a vision of molasses and honey, the viewers of Henry-Smith’s work can endlessly engage in looking, being, and sharing with themselves and their environment.

Accompanying this photographic series is video work by artist-curator Alexis Christine Maine and a reading by June Gehringer. Maine invades her own sense of intimacy to understand human behavior under a pop cultural umbrella and uses a combination of self-captured footage and appropriated content to challenge the comparisons of lives we lead versus the ones we see being lived, while Gehringer explores  identity through apologies, anecdotes, and admonitions in her new book i don't write about race.

About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to thrive as artists. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. 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.


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Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

GRAVE: 2018

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Celebrate OCI's 10th Anniversary at GRAVE 2018! All proceeds from the event will benefit local artists through OCI’s programming.

Purchase Tickets here.

Ticket sales begin Friday, August 24th
$100 // General Admission
$50 // Working Artist or Young Professional

Grave 2018 is a Halloween & Costume Party that includes a pop-up exhibition curated by the founders of Project Project, Joel Damon and Josh Powell, featuring artists of all disciplines who have participated in one or more of OCI’s programs. The event will also include performances, local food and drink, and maybe an announcement or two...

Exhibiting artists include Will Anderson, Dan Crane, Alex Jochim, Sarah Hummel Jones, Ruby Kelley, Sarah Kolar, Holly Kranker, Jessica Latch, Joe Pankowski, Luke Severson, Katie Temple, Ian Tredway, Nolan Tredway, Jadon Ulrich, Bart Vargas, Ella Weber, Brian Wetjen, Watie White, and Mary Zicafoose.

Grave 2018 is a celebration of the past 10 years, as well as OCI’s public re-commitment to our mission and goals for the community. It is also an opportunity for our friends and supporters to commit to the future with us. Artists build the cultural foundation of our communities, and supporting them means supporting a more vibrant, livable city.

Huge thank you to our Grave 2018 Sponsors!

Gremlin Level:
Mutual of Omaha
Denise and Hobson Powell

Gargoyle Level:
Husch Blackwell

Can't make it to the event, but still want to support OCI's work?
-Make a gift at http://bit.ly/Grave2018_Gift
-Become an event sponsor. Email Caitlin at caitlin@omahacreativeinstitute.org

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WAW: Copyright, Licensing, and Fair Use
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Copyright, Licensing, and Fair Use

Intellectual property rights can be confusing and complicated territory, but it's important to feel your ideas and your work are protected from infringement. Join Daan Erikson, a lawyer at Husch Blackwell with significant experience in trademark, copyright, right of publicity, and right of privacy matters for an entire session of WAW devoted to developing a better understanding of issues surrounding intellectual property. In addition to presenting information every artist should know, Daan will be answering questions and helping us navigate the sometimes murky waters of intellectual property rights.

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 session is devoted to one topic led by professionals in the field and expert community partners. 

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 Peter Kiewit Foundation.

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Silk: Opening Reception
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Silk: Opening Reception

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Exhibition Dates: September 14 - September 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 2018; 6:00 - 9:00 PM;
Performance by Jessica White at 7:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Memory and time move along parallel tracks that diverge when nostalgia colors feelings. Remembered details  once far off in the distance, come into clear focus with a smell, a sound, or a song. Impression subsumes  accuracy and happy childhoods get happier, tough ones get tougher, and alternative histories, subject to suppression and permission, emerge as the stories we tell each other. 

Silk, curated by Alajia McKizia, interprets the fluidity of memory by bringing together five artists who investigate the intersection of lived and remembered experience. Casey Callahan, Anne Dovali, Emma Krenzer, Alajia McKizia, and Jessica White work across multiple representational platforms including performance, sculpture, and painting to trace the shifts and ruptures that transform what is remembered as truth into mythologized personal narratives.  

Silk opens at Omaha Creative Institute Friday, September 14th at 6:00 PM with a movement based performance by Jessica White beginning at 7:00 PM. 

Alajia McKizia is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist committed to exploring childhood trauma, healing, and the communication that links them. Using traditional art tools and reclaimed materials, including CDs, cardboard, hair, and scrap fabrics, McKizia portrays her outlook on social struggle and injustice through mediums of photography, collage, and painting. While embarking on a journey of self-love and identity, Alajia visualizes her human vulnerabilities and found wisdom as an example of personal liberation.

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, McKizia has been featured at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Arts, Benson First Friday, and The Bay in Lincoln, NE. She interned at the Bemis Center as a studio assistant to artist Nyame Brown. In addition to visual art and modeling, Alajia engages with performing arts and was recently featured in “Language for the Living” a movement performance with tbd. Dance Collective and dances for the group African Culture Connection.

About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. 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.


 

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WAW: Nonprofit Vs Commercial Spaces
Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Nonprofit Vs Commercial Spaces

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What's the difference between a nonprofit and a commercial gallery space? What can you expect from each and which is best suited to support your work in meaningful ways? Join artist, appraiser, and director of Darger HQ, Launa Bacon to learn more about the ins and outs of commercial gallery representation, working with nonprofit and artist-run spaces, and the pros and cons of each. This edition of WAW will take place at Darger HQ (1804 Vinton Street, Omaha, NE 68108).  

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 session is devoted to one topic led by professionals in the field and expert community partners. 

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 Peter Kiewit Foundation.

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Y'all 20: Book Release and Closing Reception
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Y'all 20: Book Release and Closing Reception

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Come celebrate the closing of Y'all 20, curated by Dan Crane, at OCI with the release of a special edition book created by Dan Crane & Co. on August 24th at 6:00 PM. Books will be available for purchase that night and through Dan Crane’s Real Business.

Y'all 20 exhibiting artists include Graham Akins, Will Anderson, Adam Beris, Chris Bostwick, Andrew Cimelli, Dan Crane, Leslie Diuguid, Joey Grimm, Brian Henkel, Erin Hinz, Anna Dewey Nance, Sarah Rose Niemiec, Kjell Peterson, Pete Puskas, Ryan Ranney, Brittan Rosendahl, Nathan Schultz, Alex Ponca Stock, Christine Stormberg, and Eduardo Shlomo Velázquez.

Dan Crane was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his BFA in printmaking in 2009 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Since then, he has participated in solo and group visual art exhibitions in and around the Omaha area. A persistent interest in work that infuses a DIY aesthetic into overused pop culture icons, led Dan to launch Dan Crane's Real Business with things to buy at https://dancranesrealbusiness.bigcartel.com/.

About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. 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.

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The Break: A New Musical Staged Reading
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Break: A New Musical Staged Reading

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Recent recipent of Omaha Creative Institute's Public Project Grant, award-winning playwright Marie Amthor Schuett has teamed up with New York's off-Broadway songwriting duo Amanda D'Archangelis and Sami Horneff in their new musical, "The Break." 

"The Break" follows the story of Amy Decker. After Amy's husband decides to take a romantic trip abroad without her, she finds herself in the midst of a personal revolution, which may or may not include a gorgeous barista named Alex...

This performance is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here as seating is limited. This produciton contains adult themes.

Book by Marie Amthor Schuett
Music by Amanda D'Archangelis
Lyrics by Sami Horneff

Director - Daena Schweiger
Musical Director - Timothy Vallier

Cast
AMY DECKER - Leanne Hill Carlson
NICK DECKER - Adam Hogston
JUNE KIRKPATRICK - Angela Jenson-Frey
HARLEY KIRKPATRICK - Mike Palmreuter
IRIS - Therese Rennels
ALEX - Amanda K. Vyhnalek
SEAN - Brendan Brown
MEG - Emily Hill
HOWARD - J. Scott Fowler
CATHY - Sara Planck
LAUREN - Samantha Shatley
CINDY - Sara Mattix

The Break Musical

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Y'all 20: Opening Reception
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Y'all 20: Opening Reception

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Ranging from squishy, lush, genuine, oily fantasy-scapes to PDF-based, sharp, bitmapped, lurid xeroxes, Y’all 20 is sincere and sometimes ironic, but far from condescending. It considers the messy intersection of nostalgia (compassion, memory, community) and now-ness (space/time distance, social networking, reality). It is the inevitable bi-product of inspired devotion and hosts endearing, serious contemporary pop art. Twenty young, throwed Hammer Dawgs, presenting you with The Goods.

Exhibiting artists include Graham Akins, Will Anderson, Adam Beris, Chris Bostwick, Andrew Cimelli, Dan Crane, Leslie Diuguid, Joey Grimm, Brian Henkel, Erin Hinz, Anna Dewey Nance, Sarah Rose Niemiec, Kjell Peterson, Pete Puskas, Ryan Ranney, Brittan Rosendahl, Nathan Schultz, Alex Ponca Stock, Christine Stormberg, and Eduardo Shlomo Velázquez.

Y’all 20, curated by Dan Crane, opens at Omaha Creative Institute Friday, August 10th with a reception starting at 6:00 PM. A closing reception and the release of a special edition book created by Dan Crane & Co. to celebrate the exhibition and ten years of friendship between these artists will take place on August 24th at 6:00 PM. Books will be available for purchase that night and through Dan Crane’s Real Business.

Dan Crane was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his BFA in printmaking in 2009 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Since then, he has participated in solo and group visual art exhibitions in and around the Omaha area. A persistent interest in work that infuses a DIY aesthetic into overused pop culture icons, led Dan to launch Dan Crane's Real Business with things to buy at https://dancranesrealbusiness.bigcartel.com/.

About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. 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.

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WAW: Teaching with Artist Know-How
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Teaching with Artist Know-How

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Summer's winding down and that means it's back to school! Teaching can become a valuable revenue stream for artists of all disciplines, as well as a method to engage other artists, exchange ideas, and feed a creative practice. Join artist and educator Victoria Hoyt for a special edition of WAW Wednesday, August 1st to learn more about successfully managing a classroom, creative problem solving, and working with learners of all levels. 

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 session is devoted to one topic led by professionals in the field and expert community partners. 

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 Peter Kiewit Foundation.

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Angie Seykora: In Studio
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Angie Seykora: In Studio

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Recipient of Omaha Creative Institute’s Spring 2018 Individual Artist Grant, Angie Seykora creates installation, sculpture, drawing, and painting that repurpose industrial and found materials. Through process driven, almost mechanical methods of assembly, she emphasizes accumulation and tactile materiality to produce work that references the history of minimalism, bodily systems, and object oriented ontology.

Join Angie and OCI staff in her studio Thursday, July 19th at 7:00PM for an in-depth discussion of her process and the conceptual framework that supports her work. Learn more about the day-to-day operations of a busy artist’s studio and interact with this exceptional artist, and her work, outside the context of a formal museum or gallery exhibition. Questions from visitors will be both welcomed and encouraged.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 15 guests. RSVP here.

About Angie: Angie Seykora received an MFA in Sculpture from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2016 recipient of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Distinguished Individual Artist Fellowship award. She earned an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Center, from which she was selected for the fully funded Art-St-Urban Sculpture Residency in St. Urban, Switzerland. Seykora is currently an instructor of sculpture at Creighton University and participates as an artist mentor for Omaha youth through the Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally.

About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons.

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WAW: Summer School Warm Up: Artist Talks
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Summer School Warm Up: Artist Talks

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OCI, The Bemis, and The Union are teaming up on July 14th to bring you 'Summer School: A Professional Development Series for Artists.' This year, Summer School is all about access: gaining access to professional opportunities and fine-tuning how you present yourself, and your work, to cultivate those opportunities. Complete details are coming soon, but this intensive, half-day event will include a professional access panel discussion, facilitated discussion about accessing opportunities through social media and the web, and the space for individual attendees to share their work with the room during a round of PechaKucha-style artist talks.

As a warm-up before Summer School, OCI is hosting a special Working Artist Wednesday session with artist and educator, Bart Vargas on July 11th. Bart will talk about the PechaKucha format, share some tips, and then we'll open up the floor to audience participation during this working session. Attendees are invited to learn from other presenters, share their own artist talks, solicit feedback from the group, and make adjustments or edits before the second round of PechaKuchas during Summer School the following Saturday.

About the PechaKucha format: PechaKucha style talks were devised in Tokyo in 2003 as a fast-paced, concise way to present work and communicate ideas. The format has since grown in popularity and is essentially a presentation comprised of 15 slides, timed at 20 seconds each. Those conventions are flexible and images, style, and transitions are all left up to the presenter's discretion. The only real hard and fast rule is that no presentation should exceed 5 minutes.

If you're interested in participating in our WAW warm-up session before Summer School, please email Peter (peter@omahacreativeinstitute.org) for a PechaKucha slide template or to submit your presentation. All presentations must be submitted via email no later that midnight, July 10th for inclusion in this working session.

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 Peter Kiewit Foundation.

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Lauren Conrad Is Crying: Opening Reception
Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Lauren Conrad Is Crying: Opening Reception

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Lauren Conrad Is Crying, curated by Slushie Cohen, posits that everything is the same, until it isn’t. Visions of golden summer sunsets, mediated by reality television and social media, cast a soft, distracting glow on cracking ice shelves, arms races, and trade wars: systems failing. The planet is failing; capitalism is failing; democracy is  failing. Without viable alternatives, we resign ourselves to the status quo and maintain a pretence of “business as usual,” paralyzed by the urgent complexities we face. Delusion becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and what was once “fake” constitutes a new lived reality.     

Carolyn Hoover, Rachel Bailey Shiller, and Slushie Cohen consider the hypernormalization of mediated perception as it becomes more real with every rerun of Laguna Beach, presidential tweet, and Facebook data breach. Relying on a wide range of production skills, and drawing heavily from the tropes of scripted reality TV and social media norms, they put forth living sculpture, drawing, interactive photo installation, and video wrapped up in the artifice of self-awareness that acknowledges the breadth and depth of our new, real fake reality. 

After the opening at OCI, join the artists and DJ Dan Crane across the street at OutrSpaces and dance deeper into the delusion. Doors open at 10:00pm; $10 suggested donation. 

Slushie Cohen is comprised of Esaú Betancourt and Cate O’Brien, two midwestern modernists rooted in Omaha Nebraska, living for programs like Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York and A&E’s Growing up Gotti. Slushie Cohen as a collective is dedicated the presentation of radically accessible projects that work to expose the perils of apathy by centering big ideas in popular culture.

Carolyn Hoover is a visual artist from Omaha and currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a student at the New School and is studying fine art and environmental studies. Her work explores ideas of consumerism, sustainability and ethics. 

Rachel Shiller is a Benson based urban farmer and artist. She is dedicated to urban and community gardening and sustainability. This is her first time working inside of an art space with live plants. She focuses on using the found and the foraged, the local and native, with no intention to ship flowers/ plants from other countries or coasts.

OCI's Artist-Run Exhibitions Program lends 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: Creating an Archive
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Creating an Archive

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Working Artist Wednesdays in June are all about covering your assets. We're talking archives during our main session. Why is important to create and maintain an accurate archive of your work? Where do you start and how do you stick with it? 

Join Jun Kaneko Studio archivist, Natasha Bishop, to learn best practices when it comes to ensuring you know where your work has been and where it's going.

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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CSArt Harvest 2018
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

CSArt Harvest 2018

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Join us for the 2018 CSArt Harvest!

The last event of the year for our Community Supported Art program, the Harvest is where shareholders will finally get to pick up their shares of art (which they haven't seen yet!), and where the public can meet the artists and see the work exhibited in OCI's gallery space. 

When: Saturday, June 2nd // 11am to 1pm
Where: OCI, 1419 S 13th Street
Free, and open to the public

*NEW THIS YEAR* Weather permitting, we're hosting the Harvest outdoors, real farmers market style. There's a rumor going around that there will be pastries and mimosas... See you there!

Thanks to our CSArt 2018 sponsors:
Mutual of Omaha, Dundee Bank - Omaha, and Lincoln Financial Group!

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Omaha Gives 10th Birthday Bonanza
May
23
4:00 PM16:00

Omaha Gives 10th Birthday Bonanza

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2018 is kind of a big deal for OCI... it’s our 10th Birthday! To celebrate this milestone and have a little fun with Omaha Gives!, we decided to throw a 10th Birthday Bonanza from 4-6pm on May 23rd, and YOU'RE INVITED. That’s right, we’re throwing a real-deal, double-digit birthday party at our new home in Little Bohemia. We’re bringin’ out the cake, goody bags, and games (and a few surprises) so be sure to stop by and celebrate with us. 

The party is on Omaha Gives! day, but don’t worry, you don’t need to donate anything to join in on the fun! But, if you have your heart set on it, we won’t stop you ;) 

Our good friend and uber-talented artist Dan Crane (@diego4twondo) is helping us with some decorations, and we’ll have an airbrush tattoo station set up with the help of our friends at Artists Unbound, so you don’t want to miss it. Fun for the whole family!

Not going to be able to make it to the party but still want to share some love? No problem, you can party it up online by donating on May 23rd, or scheduling your donation ahead of time starting May 1st. Help us reach $10,000 for our 10 years of service. #10for10 

Link to donate: www.omahagives.org/oci

This event is free and open to the public, kid and adult friendly!

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Artist INC Info Session & What Works
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Artist INC Info Session & What Works

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Join Artist INC program facilitators to learn more about: 
1. Artist INC
2. How it can help you build a sustainable career in the arts
3. Who the program is for (spoiler alert: not just visual artists!)

2018 Facilitators are: 
Dominique Morgan
Ellen Struve
Bart Vargas
Watie White
Mary Zicafoose

Get all of your questions answered before submitting an application.

You will also go through a short, facilitator led exercise about goal setting and strategic planning. Take home a free workbook and guide...Basically the first session of Artist INC, for FREE!

Light snacks and refreshments.

"Artist INC is rooted in the belief that if given the right training and the right tools, artists can be some of the most successful small businesses in the region."

OCI Staff will also be on hand to answer questions about our other open grant applications.

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WAW: Social Media Marketing
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Social Media Marketing

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How do you present a cohesive snapshot of everything that makes up your creative output on social media? How often should you post? How can your social media presence better reflect your point of view as a visual artist, musician, theater maker, writer, designer, etc? 

Join OCI Program Manager, Peter Fankhauser at OCI's new space (1419 South 13th, Suite 103) to learn more about social media marketing tactics and get feedback on how your social media presence is working--or could work harder--to support your work.  

**Please come prepared to share your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, Vimeo (etc) profiles.** 

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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Art Furniture: Opening Reception
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Art Furniture: Opening Reception

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Exhibition Dates:
May 11 - June 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 2018; 6:00 - 8:00 PM;

Artist Talk at 7:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Overstuffed reclining leather sectionals with chunky armrests that open up to reveal super-sized cupholders; factory distressed nightstands that replicate the illusion of age in retailers across the country; mass produced works on canvas that live lives of showroom luxury affirming “you too could have all this” crowd domestic spaces with false promises of improved personhood through cash and carry sameness. 

Art Furniture, curated by Christopher Prinz, asks four artists to look at the objects we live with everyday in new ways. Rugs, furniture, lighting, wallpaper, and sound all serve as points of departure for proposing alternatives to readily available, commercially imposed “stuff.” Nick Holden, Holly Kranker, Derek Pressnall, and Christopher Prinz have each partnered with a local manufacturer to create unique works that signal a return to small batch production and individualized attention to fabrication. By mining Omaha’s rich manufacturing environment, these artists expand the parameters of interdisciplinary exchange between art and design while giving domestic objects, and the materials that make them, back their agency.    

*Artists will be discussing their process during an artist talk beginning at 7PM the night of the opening.

Christopher Prinz is an Omaha based Industrial Designer seeking to expose extreme and rarely visible possibilities of materials and processes associated with manufacturing. Prinz is represented by Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York.

About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. 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.
 

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WAW: Building a Better Website
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Building a Better Website

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Could your website be working harder for you? An essential marketing tool for artists of all disciplines, sites change as quickly as the flow of information on the web. Come join artist and web designer, Brian Wetjen at OCI's new space (1419 S. 13th, STE 103) to get ideas and advice that will help you establish a stronger web presence by driving more traffic to your existing site, retooling its design, or even developing a brand new one.

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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I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette: On Etiquette with Joel Damon
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette: On Etiquette with Joel Damon

 Image: Dante Lentz,  detail from untitled chicago performance

Image: Dante Lentz, detail from untitled chicago performance

In conjunction with I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette organized by Sarah Jones, Joel Elia Damon, co-founder of Project Project, will give a performative lecture at OCI detailing all the highs and lows of art world etiquette Friday, April 27th at 7:00PM.

About the exhibition: I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette, organized by Sarah Jones brings together artists from Brooklyn, Montreal, and Omaha whose work pivots toward an art world that is now more socially professional and professionally social than ever before. Kari Cholnoky, Davey Gilles, Dante Lentz, and Nadege Roscoe-Rumjahn challenge the ways in which social mores mediate our critical discussions and frame our experience of art with works that repel viewers just as much as they draw them in.

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WAW: Coaching Session #2
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Coaching Session #2

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We're doing things a little differently in the month of April and bringing back, by popular demand, expert coach and litigator, Susan Koenig to help workshop ways to broach those necessary, but difficult, questions that you may not feel totally comfortable asking.

How can you better negotiate prices, recruit collaborators, or hammer out contract details? Susan will run both WAW sessions in April to address questions like these and open up more space for thoughtful discussion, individual feedback, and coaching. Please come ready with questions you'd like to workshop.

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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I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette: Opening Reception
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette: Opening Reception

 Image: Dante Lentz, detail from untitled chicago performance

Image: Dante Lentz, detail from untitled chicago performance

What happens when art behaves badly; when material and form lose their polite disposition and devolve into unruly, un-ornamental, uncompromising affronts? How does the etiquette of viewing adjust to respond when artists break with aesthetic tradition?

For her Artist-Run Exhibition, I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette, Sarah Hummel Jones, brings together artists from Brooklyn, Montreal, and Omaha whose work pivots toward an art world that is now more socially professional and professionally social than ever before. Kari Cholnoky, Davey Gilles, Dante Lentz, and Nadege Roscoe-Rumjahn challenge the ways in which social mores mediate our critical discussions and frame our experience of art with works that repel viewers just as much as they draw them in.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Joel Damon, co-founder of Project Project, will give a performative lecture at OCI detailing all the highs and lows of art world etiquette Friday, April 27th at 7:00PM.

Sarah Hummel Jones is an interdisciplinary artist who works with a variety of materials. Originally from Indiana, Sarah is the youngest of five girls and an identical twin. Jones graduated from BGSU with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and received a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2014. After graduate school Sarah moved to Brooklyn, NY where she worked as a ceramic technician and assistant. Sarah Hummel Jones has been living and working in Omaha for the past 2 years.

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Topher Booth: Songs from Nation
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Topher Booth: Songs from Nation

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As part of Omaha Creative Institute’s ongoing commitment to support local artists by providing grant, exhibition, and professional development opportunities, we are excited to showcase the work of the recipient of our Spring 2018 Working Parent Artist Grant, Topher Booth.  

Topher and his band, Nation, are gearing up to release their first full-length album in the summer of 2018. A blend of folk, Americana blues, and infectious pop hooks, their music finds roots in familiar traditions while extending its reach to new audiences. In anticipation of Nation’s upcoming album release, Topher will be performing an intimate, acoustic set at Omaha Creative Institute (1419 South 13th Street, Suite 103) on April 6th at 7:00pm. Audience members will gain insight into Topher’s process as he talks about songwriting and the drive to make music.  A new music video for a track off of Nation’s forthcoming album, will also be screened for the very first time. 

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

About Topher: Upbeat to hearing your heartbeat, Topher Booth puts a lot of himself in to not only his writing, but the performance of the art. The honest take on personal experience comes through his high energy acoustic blend of percussive driven guitar, layered with big notes and subtle tones, as he sings a blend of earthy folk-blues with a dash of pop-sensibility. 
 

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WAW: Coaching Session #1
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Coaching Session #1

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We're doing things a little differently in the month of April and bringing back, by popular demand, expert coach and litigator, Susan Koenig to help workshop ways to broach those necessary, but difficult, questions that you may not feel totally comfortable asking.

How can you better negotiate prices, recruit collaborators, or hammer out contract details? Susan will run both WAW sessions in April to address questions like these and open up more space for thoughtful discussion, individual feedback, and coaching. Please come ready with questions you'd like to workshop.

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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WAW: Budgets
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Budgets

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March is all about fiscal responsibility and WAW continues at OCI's new space (1419 South 13th Street, Suite 103) with a session designed to help get your budgets in shape. Whether it be for a project, proposal, or personal, a solid budget will keep you on track to managing a sustainable career in the 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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African Body, Soul, & MVMNT
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

African Body, Soul, & MVMNT

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As part of Omaha Creative Institute’s ongoing commitment to support local artists by providing grant, exhibition, and professional development opportunities, we are pleased to announce the project chosen for our 2017 Omaha Gives Back Grant: African Body, Soul & MVMNT: A Window Into the Past by Edem K. Garro of Edem Soul Music.

This event is free and open to the public with RSVP
*Ghanian food served at 6:30pm

African Body, Soul & MVMNT: A Window Into the Past, conjures up the sounds, emotions, and lived experiences of African peoples transported to the Americas by slave traders for the sole purpose of being bought and sold on a commodity market. The performance will trace, through African drumming, singing, and dancing, the journey of generations of African Americans from dehumanization and oppression to hope for a more equitable and inclusive present and future.

African Body Soul & MVMNT will be performed privately for members of Omaha’s Boys and Girls Clubs and Girl’s INC to celebrate Black History month in February, and again on March 16th, during an event that will be free and open to the public at Hifi House.

About Edem Soul Music:

Edem K. Garro was born and raised on both the east coast and in the midwest. Edem sings in her native tongue, called ‘Ga,’ which originates from the Ga Tribe of Ghana, West Africa. Growing up, her parents made sure that she always understood and remembered where she came from. They not only taught her the language but the culture as well. One thing Edem’s mother taught her, was that under no circumstances, was she ever to forget who she was, or where she came from.

Edem Soul Music has performed at venues in Omaha like Slowdown, the Kaneko, and as part of the LIncoln Calling Festival in 2017. She is a former fellow at the Union for Contemporary Art and believes that sound has the ability to communicate on an emotional level that enriches understanding and encourages compassion.

About the Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons.

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CSArt 2018: Artist Talks
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

CSArt 2018: Artist Talks

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Omaha Creative Institute is proud to announce the third event in our 2018 CSArt lineup: Artist Talks! As part of a sustained effort to promote an ethos of buying local, Community Supported Art, or CSArt, adapts the model of Community Supported Agriculture into a model of production that connects artists directly to patrons. Buyers purchase a “share,” which includes original artwork created by local artists, and go on to build personal and professional relationships with those artists at a handful of events that take place over the course of the CSArt season. 

2018 CSArt Artist Talks will be hosted at OCI’s new home in Little Bohemia (1419 South 13th Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68108). Shareholders and potential shareholders will have the chance to hear artists articulate why they do what they do and see examples of their work first hand in the CSArt Preview show, installed in OCI’s exhibition space at the same location.

2018 CSArt artists are: at the Collector Level: Brian Wetjen, Holly Kranker, Joe Pankowski, Sarah Kolar, and Katie B. Temple and at the Patron Level: Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Bryan Miller, Howard Paine, Jadon Ulrich, Joey Lynch, Nadia Shinkunas, Sarah Hummel Jones, Sarah Parys, Siddig Babiker, and Torrey Smith. 

CSArt shares at both the Patron ($350 for 10 editioned works of art)  and Collector level ($1,000 for 5 original works of art) will be available for purchase until Friday, March 30, 2018. This event provides an opportunity for patrons who purchase CSArt shares to meet participating artists, learn more about their work, and network with other member shareholders before receiving their artwork at the final harvest or pick-up event in June. 

About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. 

CSArt is sponsored by:

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WAW: Tax Tips
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Tax Tips

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Tax time is stressful for a lot of people, especially working artists with multiple streams of income. Join visual artist and tax expert Erin Foley at OCI's new space (1419 South 13th Street, Suite103) during our main session for helpful hints and practical answers to questions about reporting income, filing as self-employed, and deductible expenses.

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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