GENERATOR GRANT EXHIBITION
OOOze, curated by Angie Seykora, examines how the definition of the plastic body in the age of the anthropocene shifts to take on new meaning. The average body will ingest a credit card’s worth of plastic just this week, and in doing so, becomes literal plastic: part polyethylene, part PVC, part nylon that can be “molded into shape while soft, and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form.” It becomes an accidental repository for BPA and microplastic particles; a site of unintended cybernetic chemical synthesis in its membranes, pores, and cavities.
OOOze artists Barber, Adam Roberts, and Angie Seykora share a common approach to manipulating material that mirrors the ways in which our increasingly hybridized human bodies adapt to living on a damaged planet.
Exhibition Dates: July 12 - August 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, July 12, 2019; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
1804 Vinton Street
Omaha, NE 68108
CURRENT GRANT RECIPIENTS
SARAH HUMMEL JONES
Recipient of a 2019 Artist Support Grant, an unrestricted cash award of $5,000.
Sarah Hummel Jones is originally from Indiana. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. After graduation Jones moved to Chicago, IL where she attended The School of the Art Institute Chicago for a year and received a Post Baccalaureate in Ceramics. Jones received a Master's of Fine Art in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2014 and shortly after graduation, moved to Brooklyn, NY and worked as a ceramic technician and assistant. Sarah Hummel Jones has lived in Omaha for past 3 years and is the Co-Op Studio Manager at the Union for Contemporary Art.
Recipient of the 2019 LGBTQIA+ Artist Support Grant, an unrestricted cash award of $5,000.
Corson Androski is a researcher, conservationist, software developer, and photographer/filmmaker from Hutchinson, Kansas. Their work uses the concept of care—as labor, affect, and ethic, given/received by humans and other-than-humans, individuals and systems—to consider subjects like institutional medicine alongside state ecological regulation, and beyond their respective margins, emergent communities of illness alongside informal conservation of the small, overlooked ecosystems of weeds and fungi that spring up in the seams of our patchwork flyover states.
CAR>GO, by HOLLY KRANKER & JOHN COHORST
Recipients of the 2019 Public Impact Grant, a project grant award of $10,000.
Holly Kranker is an artist who has been based in Omaha for the past eleven years and spent the first half of that time working as the lead assistant to Therman Statom. She managed the development, fabrication, and logistics of Statom’s studio practice, while organizing and coordinating numerous workshops and community focused projects in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro-area. The latter half of her time in Omaha has been spent at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, where she serves as the Residency Program Manager for its international artists-in-residence program.
John Cohorst is a visual artist who relocated back to Omaha in 2018. He was a studio assistant to Jun Kaneko from 2007-10 before taking a two-year residency at Carbondale Clay Center. Since 2015, he has been the manager of the ArtStream Nomadic Gallery, which tours around the country each spring and coincides with the annual NCECA conference. Part of his role as manager is coordinating the travel and workshop/demonstration schedules at universities and arts organizations. John has also held positions as an art handler and preparator at the Aspen Art Museum, Marianne Boesky West, and Skye Gallery Aspen, and was the facilities manager at Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) for in Carbondale, CO for five years.
WORK IN PROGRESS 2019
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