HERON BASSETT + MARY ELIZABETH/MESONJIXX + PHIL HAWKINS + ROBERTA LEAVERTON + JOEY LYNCH + LIANA OWAD + KRISTAE PETERSON + CHRISTOPHER PRINZ + CRAIG ROPER + BARBARA SIMCOE + MICHAEL VILLARREAL
BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
JUNE 16–SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Nebraska Rising was a juried exhibition that featured eleven artists living within 100 miles of Omaha. This perspective on regional contemporary art spaned medium, locale, and subject matter to form a content-rich environment that explored the theme of landscape. In considering the landscape, not only as a naturalistic environment but also as a narrative of artistic responses, this exhibition pointed to a distinctly Nebraskan terrain that is vibrant and contemplative.
Using site-specific installations to photographic hyper-realities, Nebraska Rising examined the state’s complexities and ever-changing topography. Artists respond to contemporary issues and subject matter ranging from the autobiographical to regional news and collective national experiences, including: Operation Iraqi Freedom, dreamlike reflections of domestic interiors, material investigations, heartbreak, feminine archetypes, and ethos of a punk and of Midwestern car and gun culture. Whether naturalistic, psychological, domestic, or self-created, landscape as a theme offerd a wide context in which to consider artists in our own backyard.
Nebraska Rising won the "Best Group Exhibition" of 2016 at the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, 2017.
Photos: Colin Conces