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Young Adult Living, curated by Kelsey Magnuson, uses portraiture to examine hierarchies traditionally embedded within representation; both who is represented and how. No religion, no royalty, no noble working class or peasantry, the works presented in Young Adult Living collectively call into question the conventions of traditional portraiture. Exhibiting artists include Kelsey Magnuson, Nick Clark, Alyce Carrier, and Keegan VanGorder.

Exhibition Dates: January 11 - February 15, 2018
Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM


Photo: courtesy of the artist

Photo: courtesy of the artist


Amanda Smith has received an Unrestricted Artist Grant of $3,500. Amanda earned her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her BA from The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NY, Rochester Art Center in MN, Leedy Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Biblioteca Viva Egaña in Santiago, Chile, Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery at Broward College in FL, and Box 13 Art Space in Houston. She was a visiting artist at Temple University Rome, Italy, and was awarded residencies at Fljótstunga in Iceland, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City, and Art 342 in Fort Collins, CO. Smith taught painting as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Doane University.

Photo: Arianna Bohning

Photo: Arianna Bohning


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.

Photo: courtesy the artists

Photo: courtesy the artists


The Study was established April 1, 2018 as a collectively supported creative space. It spans two physical locations at 2417 Burdette Street and 2205 N. 24th Street, and since its founding, has quickly become a hub for artists and social entrepreneurs who create space for cultural production and actively contribute to building a more vibrant and thriving commercial corridor in the heart of North Omaha. With funds from OCI’s Public Project Grant, The Study has collaborated with community members, business owners, and other stakeholders to organize events that activate North Omaha’s 24th Street Corridor, including The North Omaha Block Party, Neighborfest, and First Saturday events.


from left to right: Anne Dovali, Holly Kranker, Tyler Swain, Travis Apel, and Elizabeth Boutin

from left to right: Anne Dovali, Holly Kranker, Tyler Swain, Travis Apel, and Elizabeth Boutin

Five local artists compromise the first cohort of the Work In Progress (WIP) program, a new educational opportunity for local artists that serves as an alternative to a traditional Masters of Fine Arts. Travis Apel, Elizabeth Boutin, Anne Dovali, Holly Kranker, and Tyler Swain will receive monthly studio visits, be introduced to guest critics during monthly group critiques, produce a piece of critical writing centered in their work, and participate in a year-end exhibition.

WIP provides local artists with:

  • a rigorous educational experience in place of a traditional MFA, without debilitating debt,

  • a better framework for talking and writing about their work, opening up more opportunities,

  • and a built-in network of peer support, which will persist well beyond the end of the program