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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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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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

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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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CSArt Preview Show: Opening Reception
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

CSArt Preview Show: Opening Reception

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Exhibition Dates:
February 23 - March 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 23, 2018; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM


As part of a collaborative effort to promote an ethos of buying local, shares for both Omaha Creative Institute’s CSArt Program and Big Muddy Urban Farm’s CSA Program will be made available for sale during the 2018 CSArt Preview Show at OCI’s new space (1419 South 13th Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68108). 

CSArt shares will go on sale online Monday, February 26th at 10:00am. This is your chance to buy before everyone else, and get a DISCOUNT! If you decide to purchase both a CSA and a CSArt share, OCI and Big Muddy will reduce the price. Package deal only!

The 2018 CSArt Preview Show will introduce potential shareholders to the work of 15 Omaha-area artists. 

*Collector Level* artists are: Brian Wetjen, Holly Kranker, Joe Pankowski, Sarah Kolar, and Katie B. Temple.

*Patron Level* artists are: Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Bryan Miller, Howard Paine, Jadon Ulrich, Joey Lynch, Nadia Shinkunas, Sarah Hummel Jones, Sarah Parys, Siddig Babiker, and Torrey Smith. 

Learn more about the 2018 CSArtists here.

Community Supported Art (CSArt) and community supported agriculture (CSA) are models of production that connect artists and growers directly to collectors and consumers. 

There are two options for CSArt: 
--Patron Level // $350 for 10 editioned works of art (sale price $320)
--Collector Level // $1,000 for 5 original works of art (sale price $910)

This event marks the beginning of the CSA and CSArt seasons. Over the next few months, collectors and patrons who purchase CSArt shares will have multiple opportunities to meet participating artists and network with other member shareholders at a handful of special events 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. 

About Big Muddy Urban Farm: Big Muddy Urban Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to making sustainable agriculture accessible to all, by connecting and empowering community members of all ages to build an equitable and resilient community food system. They grow diverse fruits and vegetables on six urban lots in Omaha, NE and provide accessible education in sustainable agriculture through their Aspiring Farmer Residency, Summer Youth Garden program, and by hosting farm tours to a wide range of groups.

CSArt is sponsored by:

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WAW: Work Samples
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Work Samples

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What does a strong work sample look like? How can sequencing, editing, and properly sizing your images make your work sample stronger? How much does the quality of your work sample affect the overall quality of an application? 

Join OCI Program Manager, Peter Fankhauser at OCI's new space (1419 South 13th, Suite 103) to learn more about what selection panels look for when reviewing work samples included with applications for grants, residencies, grad programs, and open call exhibition opportunities. 

**Please bring 5 images of recent work on a flash drive or external hard drive with you, if you plan to attend.** 

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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Chumley: Screening
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Chumley: Screening

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Exhibition Dates:
February 9 - February 17, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 9, 2018; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Screening: Saturday, February 17, 2018; 7:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Chumley, the first Artist-Run Exhibition to open in OCI’s new, permanent exhibition space (1419 South 13th Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68108), examines ways in which play tests the limits of control. Whether it’s sculptural deviance, wild texture, or giant rats, two and three dimensional objects that imply play in both how they’re made and how they function, question the relationship between widely accepted cultural and social norms, individual freedoms, emotional safety, and the potential for harm. Chumley includes work by Thalia Rodgers, Sarah Jones, Bobbie McWilliams, Erin Foley and Angie Seykora and is organized by Erin Foley.

A special screening of Thalia Rodgers video work will take place on Saturday, February 17th at 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Erin Foley has exhibited and curated exhibitions nationally, instructed classes ranging from design + build to critical theory and traveled internationally for installations. Foley is currently an adjunct instructor in the Sculpture Department at the University of Nebraska of Omaha where she is in her final year of Accounting studies. Her interdisciplinary approach to art making started during her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and continued at the University of Southern California, where she received her MFA. Working for Andrea Zittel in Joshua Tree and managing Michael Rakowitz’s studio in Chicago influenced Foley’s work both in and out of the studio.

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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Medium Green: Opening Reception + Panel Discussion
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Medium Green: Opening Reception + Panel Discussion

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Opening Reception: Friday, February 16; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Panel Discussion begins promptly at 7:30 PM
**Parking will be available in the Omaha Public Schools lot located at the Southeast corner of 33rd and Burt Streets**

Omaha Creative Institute, in partnership with Big Muddy Urban Farm, is excited to announce the first in a series of events leading up to the collaborative launch of Big Muddy’s Community Supported Agriculture and OCI’s Community Supported Art programs.

Medium Green, an Artist-Run Exhibition curated by Andrew Tatreau, brings together 5 artists and designers whose work proposes, in function or content, alternative solutions for developing greener, more sustainable urban ecologies. Andrew Tatreau, Sarah Kolar, Emily Andersen & Geoff DeOld, Hudson Gardner, and Nick Holden offer up multiple propositions, using a wide range of production skills, for expanding land and cultural literacy in an immersive installation on view in one of Big Muddy’s recently renovated Aspiring Farmer Residency houses.

A panel discussion between artists, Big Muddy residents, and experts in the field will unpack how urban centers can become more self-sustaining while facing unprecedented population growth, increasing consumption, and man-made climate change, through community supported agriculture (CSAs) and alternative design and planning strategies.

Andrew Tatreau received a Media Studies degree from The New School in New York City. Currently in Omaha, Nebraska, Andrew sees interior and landscape design as a medium for social practice. His personal and professional work outside has revealed the ways in which engaging design, in concert with nature, can enhance interpersonal relationships amongst disparate groups of people.

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 Exhibition 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.

About Big Muddy Urban Farm: Big Muddy Urban Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to making sustainable agriculture accessible to all, by connecting and empowering community members of all ages to build an equitable and resilient community food system. They grow diverse fruits and vegetables on six urban lots in Omaha, NE and provide accessible education in sustainable agriculture through their Aspiring Farmer Residency, Summer Youth Garden program, and by hosting farm tours to a wide range of groups.

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Chumley: Opening Reception
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Chumley: Opening Reception

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Exhibition Dates:
February 9 - February 17, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 9, 2018; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Screening: Saturday, February 17, 2018; 7:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Chumley, the first Artist-Run Exhibition to open in OCI’s new, permanent exhibition space (1419 South 13th Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68108), examines ways in which play tests the limits of control. Whether it’s sculptural deviance, wild texture, or giant rats, two and three dimensional objects that imply play in both how they’re made and how they function, question the relationship between widely accepted cultural and social norms, individual freedoms, emotional safety, and the potential for harm. Chumley includes work by Thalia Rodgers, Sarah Jones, Bobbie McWilliams, Erin Foley and Angie Seykora and is organized by Erin Foley.

A special screening of Thalia Rodgers video work will take place on Saturday, February 17th at 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Erin Foley has exhibited and curated exhibitions nationally, instructed classes ranging from design + build to critical theory and traveled internationally for installations. Foley is currently an adjunct instructor in the Sculpture Department at the University of Nebraska of Omaha where she is in her final year of Accounting studies. Her interdisciplinary approach to art making started during her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and continued at the University of Southern California, where she received her MFA. Working for Andrea Zittel in Joshua Tree and managing Michael Rakowitz’s studio in Chicago influenced Foley’s work both in and out of the studio.

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: Documenting Your Work
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Documenting Your Work

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Documenting is tricky. Equipment, lighting, angles, perspective, post production workflow, and achieving high quality results on the cheap can all pose their own particular sets of problems.

Come join photographer and educator Reagan D Pufall at OCI's new space (1419 South 13th, Suite 103) for some helpful hints and basic dos and don'ts when documenting 2D, 3D, and performance-based work.

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: 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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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 - 6:00 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: 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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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)
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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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