Benson Arts Tour
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Benson Arts Tour

Patron Members of Amplify Arts are invited to join us for a guided tour through the streets, alleys, and arts venues of Benson. We will hear from a number of artists who have contributed to the vibrant culture of the Benson strip on a short walking tour, ending up at neighborhood favorite Krug Park for refreshments and to continue the conversation. Caitlin Little, Development Director for BFF (formerly Benson First Friday), will represent BFF for the evening. We will provide appetizers and each member will receive one drink ticket on us.

A Patron Membership with Amplify Arts is required to attend this event. Members should register through the Eventbrite link and password you received by email.

Amplify Arts’ new Patron Membership connects audiences to artists by making space to build and cultivate meaningful and lasting personal relationships. Patron Members receive invitations to monthly events - opportunities to meet innovative local artists of all disciplines and attend exclusive readings, performances, artist talks, tours, studio crawls, and behind-the-scenes experiences.

Memberships are priced annually at $75/individual and $125/household, and available to purchase online at this link: bit.ly/patronmembership

Agenda:  We will gather at Petshop Gallery for a tour of BFF’s headquarters, artist studios, and current exhibits. After that we’ll move outside to explore pieces of the Tiny Mural and Banner projects, then wander down the street to hear about the Oceanside Mural. Then we’ll head over to Krug to round out the evening.

Access:  We will meet at Petshop Gallery, where there are stairs in some parts of the gallery. The outdoor portion of the event will be on accessible sidewalks and paved and gravel alleys. The tour will be approximately 0.5 miles of total walking. There are ADA compliant bathrooms in Krug Park, our final stop. For questions, or to discuss ways we can make this event accessible for you, please email us at info@amplifyarts.org.

Please contact us at info@amplifyarts.org with any questions!

Event cover photo by Emerald Photo Co. (@emeraldphotoco)

About BFF: BFF is dedicated to supporting the region’s emerging and established artists by creating opportunity, exposure, and experiences that help them move forward while enriching the cultural competency of the greater Omaha area. 

  • BFF's "Friends of BFF" membership program is meant to further engage a sense of community, enjoyment, and vibrancy within the Benson neighborhood & greater Omaha area. Friends of BFF members are treated to various gifts & BFF swag, updates on all the current haps via a members-only newsletter, monthly perks at all BFF events, as well as invitations to special events throughout the year - including the annual Friends of BFF Members-ONLY Ball. For more information please visit bffomaha.org/friend

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Panel Discussion: Arts & Economic Growth
Aug
30
11:30 AM11:30

Panel Discussion: Arts & Economic Growth

The first installment of the Alternate Currents lunch-time conversation series brings together Film Streams Executive Director Rachel Jacobson, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Talent and Workforce Sarah Moylan, and 2018 Amplify Arts Artist Support Grant Recipient Angie Seykora for a candid discussion about cultivating Omaha’s cultural assets to develop a scalable, inclusive, and equitable arts economy.

Bring lunch, join the conversation, and help us get this series started on the right foot. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP so we can plan ahead.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-arts-economic-growth-tickets-67554059009

11:30am - 12:00pm // Arrive & Eat
12:00pm - 1:00pm // Panel Discussion

In 2015, creative industries pumped over $760 billion into the US economy. That’s 4.2 percent of the GDP and 4.9 million workers, who earned $372 billion in total compensation. The arts trended positively between 2012 and 2015 with an average growth rate of 2.6 percent, slightly higher than 2.4 percent for the nation’s overall economy (National Endowment for the Arts). Between 2014 and 2015, the growth rate was 4.9 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. Yet city, state, and national funding for arts education and programs to support the future of that growth is still hotly contested. Why do we have trouble connecting the dots between the arts and economic growth? Why are arts economies seen as perpetually precarious, viewed through a lens of scarcity rather than possibility?

Alternate Currents opens space for conversation, ideation, and action around national and international discussions in the arts that have a profound impact at the local level. Alternate Currents exists both on- and off-line in the form of a dedicated online resource and lunch-time conversation series.

You can read up on the panel topic with the online resources found on the Alternate Currents blog page: www.amplifyarts.org/alternate-currents

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WAW Unit 3 - Setting Goals: Financial Planning
Sep
4
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 3 - Setting Goals: Financial Planning

Setting and meeting financial goals in a gig economy can be challenging, especially for artists with multiple streams of revenue that fluctuate from year to year. How do you create a budget that accurately reflects your income? How do you responsibly allocate funds to cover your needs, wants, and still put away some money for a rainy day? What proven budgeting strategies can you implement to sustain a long-term studio practice? Join Erin Foley, Finance Manager at Film Streams, for a candid discussion about setting financial goals and sticking to them.

Get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waw-unit-3-strategic-planning-finance-tickets-66367281325

Working Artist Wednesdays (WAW) is Amplify Arts’ series of professional development workshops for artists that takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. WAW 2019 features 3 units, each focused on a different theme. Each unit is designed to:

  • strengthen peer networks and relationships with arts professionals,

  • promote collaborative learning,

  • give working artists tools they need to apply for grants, exhibitions, and residencies with confidence,

  • successfully start and run a small business, and

  • tap into national and local resources

Unit 3 in 2019 is devoted to strategic financial planning, setting goals, and learning more about practical approaches to stay on track and tools keep those goals within reach. All four sessions in Unit 3 will be led by visual artist and Film Streams’ Finance Manager, Erin Foley. Each session is $5.00 or purchase a year-long Amplify Arts’ Artist Membership for $60 and attend a year of WAW sessions for free, plus access a host of other benefits throughout the year.

All sessions are free for UNO students with a valid student ID. Special thanks to UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media and their Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising for making this partnership possible.

*Each session is recorded on video and uploaded to Vimeo with captions, so even if you can't come in person, register anyways and we'll send you the recording after.

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Trope Honor: Opening Reception
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Trope Honor: Opening Reception

What turns language into meaning? Do lyrical forms of articulation, meter, and symmetry expand language’s primary function to transmit information through a system of senders and receivers comprised of a circumscribed set of symbols? Do they move phonetics, syntax, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics, beyond understood forms of knowledge production to reveal hidden truths?

Sound is produced when something vibrates. Those vibrations travel through the air, water, and ground carrying meaning with them--soundwaves with mapped areas of high and low pressure called compressions and rarefactions, respectively. When two identical waveforms are added together, peak meets peak, and trough meets trough, doubling the amplitude; constructive interference. If two opposite waveforms are added, peak cancels trough, diminishing the waveform and leaving silence; destructive interference--hidden meaning.

Alongside work by Thalia Rodgers and video by Ameen Wahba, Trope Honor, curated by Ameen Wahba, pairs spoken word recordings by Amanda Huckins, Zedeka Poindexter, Paul Hanson Clark, and Devel Crisp with ambient and percussive recordings by Nick Holden, Phillip Kolbo, Colin Duckworth, and Gogo Erlandson. Engineered by Graham Patrick Ulicny, each pairing constitutes a new collaborative work that disrupts our understanding of how meaning is transmitted through the sound of language, shifting emphasis away from what we hear to how we hear it. Rooted in chance and hinged on the interdependencies created by combining disparate waveforms, these new works complicate impulses to construct traditional narratives based on lyrical content by asking listeners to sink into the troughs rather than scale the peaks.

Free and open to the public. This exhibition is presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Exhibition Dates: September 13 - October 18, 2019
Opening Reception
: September 13, 2019; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM


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WAW Unit 3 - Staying on Track: Debt Management
Oct
2
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 3 - Staying on Track: Debt Management

Student loans, credit cards, mortgages--debt can put serious stress on an active creative practice and impede our desire and ability to focus on producing new work. Hefty monthly payments and interest that never stops accruing can throw a major wrench into even the best-laid plans to set and stick to a budget. Erin Foley, Finance Manager at Film Streams, will lead a special WAW session that tackles debt, debt management strategies, consolidation, and alternative repayment plans that can help free up funds, while paying down your debt, to reinvest in yourself and your creative practice.

Get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waw-unit-3-strategic-planning-finance-tickets-66367281325

Working Artist Wednesdays (WAW) is Amplify Arts’ series of professional development workshops for artists that takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. WAW 2019 features 3 units, each focused on a different theme. Each unit is designed to:

  • strengthen peer networks and relationships with arts professionals,

  • promote collaborative learning,

  • give working artists tools they need to apply for grants, exhibitions, and residencies with confidence,

  • successfully start and run a small business, and

  • tap into national and local resources

Unit 3 in 2019 is devoted to strategic financial planning, setting goals, and learning more about practical approaches to stay on track and tools keep those goals within reach. All four sessions in Unit 3 will be led by visual artist and Film Streams’ Finance Manager, Erin Foley. Each session is $5.00 or purchase a year-long Amplify Arts’ Artist Membership for $60 and attend a year of WAW sessions for free, plus access a host of other benefits throughout the year.

All sessions are free for UNO students with a valid student ID. Special thanks to UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media and their Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising for making this partnership possible.

*Each session is recorded on video and uploaded to Vimeo with captions, so even if you can't come in person, register anyways and we'll send you the recording after.

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GRAVE 2: Back from the Grave
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

GRAVE 2: Back from the Grave

Celebrate 11 years of Amplify Arts at GRAVE 2: Back from the Grave. All proceeds from the event will benefit local artists and the community through our unique programs.

For more information and to purchase tickets: www.amplifyarts.org/grave2

Ticket sales begin Monday, September 2nd
General Admission // $100
YP & Working Artist // $50

The follow up to the smash hit GRAVE, GRAVE 2: Back from the Grave brings you even more to love. 

Get to know our mission and how we support local artists at our annual fundraising event featuring performances and installation work by past grant recipients, a costume contest, local food and drink, photobooth, and much more.

Werewolves welcome and costumes encouraged! See you at the historic 40th Street Theatre on Friday, October 18th.

More details to come!

Thank you to these spooky sponsors:

Gremlins
Bungalow/8 Hairdressing
Mutual of Omaha
Olsson
Denise and Hobson Powell

Gargoyles
Baird Holm
Union Bank & Trust

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WAW Unit 3 - Know Your Worth: Pricing Your Work
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 3 - Know Your Worth: Pricing Your Work

A big part of setting and meeting financial goals is knowing what you’re worth. How valuable is your time and how do you assess that value? How do you create market-responsive pricing structures that take your time and studio expenses into account, while cultivating a committed audience or collector base? Join Film Streams’ Finance Manager, Erin Foley for a session that will help you conscientiously price your work to establish, develop, and maintain an active market.

Get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waw-unit-3-strategic-planning-finance-tickets-66367281325

Working Artist Wednesdays (WAW) is Amplify Arts’ series of professional development workshops for artists that takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. WAW 2019 features 3 units, each focused on a different theme. Each unit is designed to:

  • strengthen peer networks and relationships with arts professionals,

  • promote collaborative learning,

  • give working artists tools they need to apply for grants, exhibitions, and residencies with confidence,

  • successfully start and run a small business, and

  • tap into national and local resources

Unit 3 in 2019 is devoted to strategic financial planning, setting goals, and learning more about practical approaches to stay on track and tools keep those goals within reach. All four sessions in Unit 3 will be led by visual artist and Film Streams’ Finance Manager, Erin Foley. Each session is $5.00 or purchase a year-long Amplify Arts’ Artist Membership for $60 and attend a year of WAW sessions for free, plus access a host of other benefits throughout the year.

All sessions are free for UNO students with a valid student ID. Special thanks to UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media and their Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising for making this partnership possible.

*Each session is recorded on video and uploaded to Vimeo with captions, so even if you can't come in person, register anyways and we'll send you the recording after.

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WAW Unit 3 - Planning Ahead: Quickbooks Tutorial & Expense Tracking
Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 3 - Planning Ahead: Quickbooks Tutorial & Expense Tracking

There are plenty of software programs out there that will help you manage budgets, track expenses, and create invoices. Quickbooks is one of them. Close out 2019, prepare for tax season, and get off on the right foot in 2020, by joining Erin Foley, Finance Manager at Film Streams, for an in-depth Quickbooks tutorial that will help you get organized and recommit to your financial goals in the year to come.

Get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waw-unit-3-strategic-planning-finance-tickets-66367281325

Working Artist Wednesdays (WAW) is Amplify Arts’ series of professional development workshops for artists that takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. WAW 2019 features 3 units, each focused on a different theme. Each unit is designed to:

  • strengthen peer networks and relationships with arts professionals,

  • promote collaborative learning,

  • give working artists tools they need to apply for grants, exhibitions, and residencies with confidence,

  • successfully start and run a small business, and

  • tap into national and local resources

Unit 3 in 2019 is devoted to strategic financial planning, setting goals, and learning more about practical approaches to stay on track and tools keep those goals within reach. All four sessions in Unit 3 will be led by visual artist and Film Streams’ Finance Manager, Erin Foley. Each session is $5.00 or purchase a year-long Amplify Arts’ Artist Membership for $60 and attend a year of WAW sessions for free, plus access a host of other benefits throughout the year.

All sessions are free for UNO students with a valid student ID. Special thanks to UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media and their Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising for making this partnership possible.

*Each session is recorded on video and uploaded to Vimeo with captions, so even if you can't come in person, register anyways and we'll send you the recording after.

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Sarah Hummel Jones: Artist Talk
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Sarah Hummel Jones: Artist Talk

2019 Amplify Arts Grant Recipient Sarah Hummel Jones uses a lexicon steeped in blipster culture and junk food to subtly code conversations about status and class in her ceramic-based work. She layers form, material, color, and texture to create expansive installations that become a pick and mix of multiples, composed with colorfully glazed gas station donuts, pizza slices, and chocolate chip cookies. The fact that most of these objects are virtually interchangeable in an exhibition context underscores the mechanics of a grab-and-go system of exchange spurred on by unchecked consumer capitalism. Each new transaction asks buyers to acknowledge the art world as a self-referential microcosm of social and economic class disparities with a wink and a smile. 

Join Sarah for a deeper dive into her work as she discusses the evolution of her practice, her relationship to materials, and how she connects process to content. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP so we can plan ahead.


About Sarah: 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 Masters 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 & assistant. Sarah Hummel Jones has been living in Omaha for past 4 years and works at the Union for Contemporary Art as the Co-Op Studio Manager.

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OOOze Clothing Swap
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

OOOze Clothing Swap

OOOze, curated by Generator Grant recipient Angie Seykora, investigates the ways in which our increasingly hybridized human bodies adapt to living on a damaged planet. Through exposing working processes that mutate, suspend, and accumulate the material stuff making up more and more of our breath, blood, and tissue, OOOze looks at the 21st century plastic body inside and out. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Seykora will host a clothing swap on Friday, August 9th. Here’s why:

  1. 85% of the plastic pollution in the ocean is due to microfibers from synthetic clothing. (National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis, UCSB)

  2. Only 10% of the clothes people donate to thrift stores or charities get sold, the rest goes to landfill. (1 Million Women)

  3. Global clothing production has doubled in the past 15 years, with garments on average being worn much less and discarded quicker than ever before. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

  4. Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. Polyester fibers take more than 200 years to decompose. (Forbes)

  5. Globally, we consume about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year—400% more than we were consuming just two decades ago. (University of Queensland)

  6. Millennials (people born after 1981) are twice as likely as baby boomers to toss clothing because it is unfashionable or they are bored of wearing it. (YouGov Omnibus)

  7. A single t-shirt takes 2,700 liters of water to make. The same amount of water an average person drinks over the course of 900 days. (Better Cotton Initiative)

  8. Fashion is responsible for 5% of global CO2 emissions; more than air travel and international shipping. Fashion’s consumption of resources – especially water and oil – is projected to double by 2030. (Common Objective)

  9. Nine out of ten workers interviewed in Bangladesh cannot afford enough food for themselves and their families, forcing them to regularly skip meals and eat inadequately, or go into debt. (Oxfam Made in Poverty Report)

By acknowledging fast fashion’s social and environmental impacts, Seykora asks us to slow down, use less, and examine gift economies of exchange as purposeful alternatives to commodity economies. All are welcome to participate. Clothing of every size, for every body type and gender, including non-binary genders, is welcome. Please bring no more than what you plan to take. 

Free and open to the public. This exhibition is presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Exhibition Dates: July 12 - August 23, 2019
Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM

Angie Seykora received an MFA in Sculpture from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In 2018 Seykora was the recipient of an Unrestricted Artist Grant from Amplify Arts and in 2016, was recognized as a  Distinguished Artist by the Nebraska Arts Council through the award of an Individual Artist Fellowship. In 2013, she was presented with the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Center, where she was selected for the Art-St-Urban Sculpture Residency in St. Urban, Switzerland. Angie Seykora is an instructor of sculpture at Creighton University. Her work is exhibited and collected on a national and international level.

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WAW Unit 2: Artist Talks Live!
Aug
7
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 2: Artist Talks Live!

During this special session of Working Artist Wednesdays, participants who attended July’s session will have the opportunity to deliver their artist talk in front of peers, arts professionals, and representatives from Omaha metro arts organizations. Only 10 slots are available, so register early. Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, will serve as the evening’s MC. This session is open to the public free of charge.

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OOOze: Opening Reception
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

OOOze: Opening Reception

“I want to be plastic.”
--Andy Warhol

Bodies are plastic by definition. They’re corporeal material capable of adapting and being molded, pliable. They’re made of stuff, both inherent and incidental, which can be absorbed and expelled. That’s what makes the human body an expert consumer. 

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. Through processes that mutate, suspend, and accumulate the material stuff making up more and more of our breath, blood, and tissue, these three artists look at the 21st century plastic body inside and out. 

Free and open to the public. This exhibition is presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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

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WAW Unit 2: Writing & Delivering an Artist Talk
Jul
3
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 2: Writing & Delivering an Artist Talk

Speaking about your work in public can be an intimidating prospect, but it’s also a great opportunity to explain what you do and why you do it to a captive audience. During this WAW session Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, will lead participants through some organizational tips and tricks that can help ease the pressure of public speaking, engage your audience, and keep your talk on track. Participants must register for this session if they’re interested in securing one of the ten slots available to present their artist talk during August’s session.

Cost: $5.00 (Free for Artist Members & UNO students w/ valid ID)

Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waw-unit-2-access-opportunities-tickets-59186158393

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Haney Studio Visit: Patron Membership Kick-off
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Haney Studio Visit: Patron Membership Kick-off

Amplify Arts’ new Patron Membership connects audiences to artists by making space to build and cultivate meaningful and lasting personal relationships. Patron Members receive invitations to monthly events - opportunities to meet innovative local artists of all disciplines and attend exclusive readings, performances, artist talks, tours, studio crawls, and behind-the-scenes experiences.

The inaugural Patron Membership event will take place at Haney Studio where painter and photographer Judy Haney and printmaker Amy Haney will share their individual approaches to artmaking. Judy will showcase her cold wax paintings and talk about her sensitivity to the formal aspects of texture and color and how they coalesce in her work to build content. Amy will discuss the ideas and concepts that drive her work and her relationship to printmaking, while she demonstrates one of many printmaking processes she uses to create visual imagery that is equal parts funny, melancholy, and technically stunning. Guests will be able to spend time with their work and gain personal insight into why these two artists do what they do.

This event is free and open to the public. A Patron Membership is not required to attend but space is limited to 40 attendees. Please RSVP here.

Amplify Arts staff will share a quick presentation on the benefits of our Patron Membership. Computers will be available for Membership purchases, and there will be take-home materials with more information about what members can expect throughout the rest of 2019.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Haney Studio is located in the New North Downtown Makerhood. Parking is available in the lot on the south side of the building.

About Amy: Amy Haney was born in Omaha, Nebraska and discovered printmaking at Central High School. She then studied it at the Ringling College of Art and Design (BFA 1998) and the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 2002). She received an Art History degree from Prescott College in 2015 specifically focused on the history of printmaking. Amy has taught studio classes in the Omaha metropolitan area and is currently an instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Amy frequently exhibits locally and nationally, has been published in the SGCI newsletter and her work is included in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art permanent collection.

She enjoys the technical aspects and meditative repetitiveness found in printmaking. She likes to work on projects that are challenging in some form, such as multiple matrices or combining techniques. A printmaker at heart, Amy finds watercolor equally stimulating. Her subject matter is based on observing and studying aspects of nature then imposing her visual filter, humor, or aesthetic interpretation.

About Judy: Judy Haney was first introduced to cold wax medium, a mixture of chemically unaltered wax--usually beeswax--in an organic solvent with or without resins or oils, by local artist, Diane Lounsberry-Williams and has worked with Rebecca Crowell, one of the authors of Cold Wax Medium, Techniques, Concepts, and Conversations.

Judy is drawn to abstraction in her painting and photo-based work because of its flexibility and potential for open-ended interpretation. Incorporating layering techniques into her photography and cold wax painting processes becomes a metaphor for the lived experience of transformation: we add and take away, cover over and change, all the while trying to make sense of our lives; the surface layers, as well as what's underneath, are always important to what we become.


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In the Weeds: Outdoor Studio Tour #2
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

In the Weeds: Outdoor Studio Tour #2

2019 Artist Support Grant recipient Corson Androski redraws the boundaries of what constitutes a conventional studio space by activating an expanded set of working processes in outdoor clearings, groves, gullies, and ravines. On Saturday, June 22nd Corson will a lead small group of participants through sections of Elmwood Park that reveal hidden connections between intervention, conservation, identification, and documentation. Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras, questions, and a healthy curiosity about ways to cultivate more meaningful relationships to our immediate ecosystems through creative practice.

This group will be limited to 5-7 participants and meet in the parking lot of Elmwood Park Swimming Pool, where the walk will begin.

Free and open to the public, however, RSVP is required as there is limited space. RSVP at this link.

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 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.

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In the Weeds: Outdoor Studio Tour #1
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

In the Weeds: Outdoor Studio Tour #1

2019 Artist Support Grant recipient Corson Androski redraws the boundaries of what constitutes a conventional studio space by activating an expanded set of working processes in outdoor clearings, groves, gullies, and ravines. On Wednesday, June 19th Corson will lead small groups of participants through sections of Elmwood Park that reveal hidden connections between intervention, conservation, identification, and documentation. Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras, questions, and a healthy curiosity about ways to cultivate more meaningful relationships to our immediate ecosystems through creative practice.

The group will be limited to 5-7 participants and meet in the parking lot of Elmwood Park Swimming Pool, where the walk will begin.

Free and open to the public, however, RSVP is required as there is limited space. RSVP at this link.

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 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.

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No Business Magazine Launch
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

No Business Magazine Launch

Amplify Arts is pleased to host the launch of the inaugural issue of No Business Magazine at Generator Space on Friday, June 14, 2019.

No Business Magazine questions the notion of aesthetic ownership by revealing processes and personal histories tied to art-making. Seeking to shift conversations away from the transactional, No Business Magazine interrogates concepts that make our “consumption” of art and culture more meaningful.

The first issue examines “identity” and the ways in which fractured, fragmented, or multiple identities inform aesthetic decisions and process to intentionally position ‘difference’ and ‘otherness’ in closer proximity to power. The issue will feature artists Marsha MackDaniel MungAmelie ManciniPaul Dressen, and Brian Bieber, with writing from Angela ZonunpariAmy JardingLorraine Rubio, and Eli Show.

No Business Magazine is a collaborative project between Angela Zonunpari and Hanna Peterson, with support from Amy Jarding and other artists across the country. The launch of 'Identity,' No Business Magazine’s inaugural issue, is a public program tied to Power Colors, a Generator Grant exhibition co-curated by Amanda Smith and Angela Zonunpari.

Note: This is a small print-run publication, with limited quantities at Generator Space.

Free and open to the public. This exhibition is presented with support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

No Business Magazine Launch: Friday, June 14, 2019; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Power Colors Exhibition Dates: May 10 - June 21, 2019
Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM

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WAW Unit 2: Publishing & Self-Publishing
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 2: Publishing & Self-Publishing

Print is not dead. Artist books and zines have a long, time-tested tradition of functioning as powerful marketing tools that continues today. Although making artist books and getting them out into the world can be an effective way of generating new audiences, there are some key factors to take into consideration when approaching publishing or self-publishing for the first time. Join Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, for a session that tackles the pros and cons of both, assesses the current climate of arts publishing, and gets you on the way to circulating your work!

Cost: $5.00 (Free for Artist Members & UNO students w/ valid ID)

Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waw-unit-2-access-opportunities-tickets-59186158393

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Omaha Gives .35k FUN(D) RUN for the Arts
May
22
4:00 PM16:00

Omaha Gives .35k FUN(D) RUN for the Arts

Omaha Gives FUN(D) RUN for the Arts
.35k Walk/Run/Roll

In 2019 Amplify Arts will award $35,000 (or 35k) in grants to local artists. Our Artist Grants program seeks to eliminate financial barriers that a lot of artists face, allowing them time to experiment, create new works, or organize a public project.

What better way to celebrate Omaha Gives! than to host a really fun event that celebrates our favorite thing: giving money to artists!

Join us for a .35k Walk/Run/Roll on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Walk, Run, or Roll 0.01 kilometers for every $1,000 in grant dollars we award to artists each year. We kind of tried to do the math, and that works out to about 380 yards (because who cares about the metric system, amirite?)

Get physically ready for the "Race" with free beverages, snacks, and a guided stretch. Get mentally ready for the "Race" with an artist-curated pump up playlist. Take a break during the race (because almost 4 football fields is a lot, okay?) and complete artist-designed obstacles.

“Race” finishers can savor their achievement at the photobooth or donation station**. This “Race” is obviously very official, in that your status as a finisher is based on the honor system. We’re not keeping track of all those laps, ya hear?

**Yes, this event is to celebrate our community’s giving day Omaha Gives, but you do not need to donate to participate. But if your heart is set on it we won’t stop you. Every donation we receive helps us support local artists and build a stronger Omaha through the arts.

Can’t make it to the FUN(D) RUN but still want to share some love for local artists? No problem, you can party it up online by donating on May 22nd, or scheduling your donation ahead of time starting May 1st. Link to donate: www.omahagives.org/amplifyarts

Keep reading for more “Race” details:

WHO

Who can participate? Anyone! This event is Adult and Kid and Exercise-Averse Person friendly.

TIMELINE

4:00 PM // Registration Begins

  • Sign in and get your official FUN(D) RUN race bib

  • Get hydrated for the race with a free beverage and a snack

  • Get physically and mentally ready for the race with an artist-curated pump up playlist
    and a short guided warm-up

5:00 PM // “Race” Begins!

  • Executive Director and self-described avid indoorsman Andy Saladino will say some words

  • With a wave of the flag, the race begins!

  • Walk, Run, or Roll 3 laps of the green space. Watch out for the artist-designed obstacles along the way. Have lots of fun!

5:15 PM // Celebrate!

  • Grab your official race finisher .35K sticker

  • Donate to Amplify Arts at the donation station (if you want to!)

  • Purchase an official 2019 FUN(D) RUN T-shirt

  • Savor your success at Tiny House Bar with a custom race cocktail

LOCATION

Join us at the starting line (and finish line...they’re the same line) in the old Bohemian Cafe parking lot on the southeast corner of 13th and William.

Parking/Transportation: There are several options for getting to the race. Omaha Metro Bus stops are located at the NW and SE corners of 13th and William. There is a Heartland B-Cycle station located on the NW corner of 13th and William in front of Koenig Dunne. If you’re driving, please be aware that the parking lot will be closed to traffic. However, there is tons of street parking along William, 12th, and 13th Streets.

THINGS TO DO

  • Dress for the occasion. What’s cooler than a sweat band?

  • Take a selfie at the photobooth after you finish. Tag us @amplify_arts and use the hashtags #ISurvived380Yards and #SupportLocalArtists

  • Donate to Amplify Arts at the finish line and support local artists! (not required to participate)

  • Stick around to re-hydrate with free refreshments or a custom race cocktail from Tiny House Bar

  • Shop for vintage exercise gear right off the rack from Roland Fitz

  • Celebrate our awesome community of art lovers and philanthropists

ACCESS

The parking lot where the event is being held has no stairs or curbs. The “Race” will take place on the concrete/asphalt parking lot and walkways around the grassy area in the middle. There are some uneven areas in the concrete and asphalt, caused by cracks, rubble, and gravel. There is a slight elevation in the alley directly adjacent to the Amplify Arts building. There are ADA restrooms located in the Amplify Arts building, which are accessible by ramp or stairs.

PARTNERS

HUGE thanks to these amazing friends & neighbors for their support:

  • PJ Morgan Real Estate

  • Archetype Coffee

  • Tiny House Bar

  • Roland Fitz

  • Omaha Running Club

  • Keep Omaha Beautiful

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Power Colors
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Power Colors

Red for power, yellow for happy, blue for competence; Power Colors, curated by Amanda Smith and Angela Zonunpari, examines the associative influence of color and its links to history, identity, and authority. Using a wide range of production skills, the four artists in the exhibition articulate and reconstitute fragmented experiences of place, personhood, and politics in vivid color.  

Marsha Mack (Denver, CO) and Nicole Maloof (Bronx, NY) use the color yellow as a lynchpin in their investigations of how cultural identity is shaped by language, social customs, and economic systems. For Maloof, that investigation begins with a simple question: What color is a banana? Mack’s approach is equally pointed, creating objects, images, and installation that reframe the experience of her Vietnamese heritage through the lens of a tourist. Amy Jarding’s (Sioux Falls, SD) intuitive use of color in her fiber-based work serves as lively counterpoint to these research driven practices, while Amanda Smith’s (Omaha, NE) highly personal sense of color, space, and vision recall “past lives” through the process of revisiting old paintings and reworking them as quilts; new objects, steeped in cultural tradition, that become carefully constructed retrospective heirlooms.

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WAW Unit 2: Exhibition Opportunities
May
1
5:30 PM17:30

WAW Unit 2: Exhibition Opportunities

A robust exhibition history is one way to reflect an active and engaged studio practice, but where do you start? Where do you find listings for exhibition opportunities? How do you connect with curators and exhibition spaces? What can you expect in terms of support when working with commercial spaces versus alternative and non-profit spaces? Join Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, for a candid discussion about how to get your foot in the door and where to go from there. Bring either a digital or hard copy of an old application or materials you've previously submitted for an open call opportunity. (PLEASE NOTE: This session will begin at 5:30pm)

Cost: $5.00 (Free for Artist Members & UNO students w/ valid ID)

Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waw-unit-2-access-opportunities-tickets-59186158393

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Project Proposals 101
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Project Proposals 101

In partnership with One Omaha, Amplify Arts is hosting 2 workshops dedicated to crafting project proposals.

What goes into writing a strong project proposal? How do timelines and budgets look when your proposal is mostly fleshed out but there are still a few unknowns? Join One Omaha Program Director Julie Smith as she lays out everything you need to know about writing a proposal that can help secure the resources and support you need to see your project through to completion.

Attendance at one of these workshops is required to apply for the 2019 Public Impact Grant. Applicants who have previously received support from Amplify Arts in the form of an Artist Support Grant or Public Impact Grant must wait a full year after their grant term has ended to reapply.

Please RSVP at this link so we can plan ahead.

This is the second workshop offered. The first Project Proposals 101 will take place in conjunction with Amplify Arts' regular WAW series on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm. The cost for this workshop is $5.00, however, you will receive a resource guide and copy of the slides after the workshop. You may register for that session at this link. (Make sure to select the April ticket option)

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WAW Unit 1: Project Proposals 101
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 1: Project Proposals 101

What goes into writing a strong project proposal? How do timelines and budgets look when your proposal is mostly fleshed out but there are still a few unknowns? Join One Omaha program director Julie Smith as she lays out everything you need to know about writing a proposal that can help secure the resources and support you need to see your project through to completion. PLEASE NOTE: to be eligible for Amplify Arts 2019 Public Impact Grant, applicants must attend at least one Project Proposal workshop. Applicants who have previously received support from Amplify in the form of an Artist Support Grant or Public Impact Grant must wait a full year after their grant term has ended to reapply.

Always the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, WAW is a series of important professional development topics for artists of all disciplines. Register for one or register for the whole unit. Each session is $5, or get access to all sessions for the year with an Amplify Arts' Artist Membership for $60! Purchase tickets at this link.

All sessions are free for UNO students with a valid student ID. Special thanks to UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media and their Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising for making this partnership possible.

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Invisible Synonyms: Opening Reception
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Invisible Synonyms: Opening Reception

"But these are connections, right? You start off with directions and then somehow they connect, and it just happens that your life connects with it all too. What causes the connections? Are the connections made before you see them or are they made through you seeing them?" -Paul McCarthy

Curated by Ella Weber, Invisible Synonyms invites us to scan the surface of the everyday. The work draws our attention to the nuances of empty space, transient moments, and weird coincidences. It opens an awareness to the relation of similarities.

Exhibiting artists David Knox, Josh Johnson, and Ella Weber bring to light the connective tissue between material and experience. Through moving image, text, and three-dimensional structure, Invisible Synonyms gives form to the intangible links that bind us together.

Language overlaps
the balance of light and shadow
pass through a stencil
frames the absence of text
when words become shape
wooden planes meet
a corner exposed

Free and open to the public. This exhibition is presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Ella Weber (b. 1987) intentionally maintains minimum wage jobs as a means to fuel her art, financially and conceptually. Experimenting with video, text, print and social media, Weber suspends the tension between consumer and viewer, performer an employee, artist and gallery. She earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an MFA with distinction in printmaking from the University of Kansas. She has attended numerous residencies at Oxbow School of Art, The Wassaic Project, Anderson Ranch, PrattMWP and PLAYA to name a few. The artist has shown extensively across the United States. Her most recent solo show, Sounds Good, opened at The Union for Contemporary Art in summer 2018. Currently she resides in the basement of suburbia and slices ham in a delicatessen.

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WAW Unit 1: Documentation for Websites, Social Media, and Work Samples
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 1: Documentation for Websites, Social Media, and Work Samples

Documenting work can be tricky for artists of any discipline. Equipment, lighting, angles, perspective, post production workflow, and achieving high quality results on the cheap can all pose their own particular sets of problems. Join Amplify Arts Artist Support Grant recipient, Amanda Smith and DoSpace staff to learn more about DoSpace’s resources for artists and get some helpful hints and tips that will make your documentation of 2D, 3D, and performance-based work application ready.

Always the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, WAW is a series of important professional development topics for artists of all disciplines. Register for one or register for the whole unit. Each session is $5, or get access to all sessions for the year with an Amplify Arts' Artist Membership for $60! Purchase tickets at this link. PLEASE NOTE: This session will take place at DoSpace.

All sessions are free for UNO students with a valid student ID. Special thanks to UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media and their Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising for making this partnership possible.

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Artist Talk: Young Adult Living
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Talk: Young Adult Living

Join artists Kelsey Magnuson and Nicholas Clark, along with moderator Peter Fankhauser, for an artist talk exploring the artists' work, processes, and the themes of Young Adult Living. The gallery will be open from 6:00-8:00pm, the artist talk will begin at 7:00pm.

Presented with support from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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WAW Unit 1: Resumes & CVs
Feb
6
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 1: Resumes & CVs

What’s the difference between an artist resume and CV? How do you build each and which do you submit when applying for grants, residencies, jobs, fairs, and other opportunities? Amplify Arts Artist Support Grant recipient, Amanda Smith will lead WAW attendees through all the ins and outs of developing and updating comprehensive artist resumes and CVs that effectively communicate your experience, skills, and qualifications.

Always the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, WAW is a series of important professional development topics for artists of all disciplines. Register for one or register for the whole unit. Each session is $5, or get access to all sessions for the year with an Amplify Arts' Artist Membership for $60! Purchase tickets at this link.

All sessions are free for UNO students with a valid student ID. Special thanks to UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media and their Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising for making this partnership possible.

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Young Adult Living: Opening Reception
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Young Adult Living: Opening Reception

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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 Kelsey Magnuson, Nick Clark, Alyce Carrier, and Keegan VanGorder, examine the portrait’s impulse to faithfully depict the human form by interrogating the space between a subject’s immediate physical presence and the impression it leaves behind. Through ceramics, textiles, photography, drawing, painting, and printing processes, they find wiggle room within that space to create more expansive depictions of human experience with all its flaws and mundane lulls.

Kelsey Magnuson is an Omaha based artist- recently returning from North Carolina where she first started working with film photography and later focusing on woven textiles. Her work with handwoven photographs is a combination of these two practices--cutting personal portraits and moments then weaving them back together alter the once still image through warp faced threads that obscure, conceal, pixelate and mimic the relationship of cloth on the body. These honest and intimate photographs, obscured and highlighted, touch on our collective and individual portrayals of self. They address cloth as a second skin with the capacity of carrying our histories and memories along with them.

Exhibition Dates: January 11 - February 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM

Amplify Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to promote unity, innovation, and progress in the arts to build strong and vibrant communities. The Generator Grants Program lends space and 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 Unit 1: Artist Statements & Elevator Pitches
Jan
2
6:30 PM18:30

WAW Unit 1: Artist Statements & Elevator Pitches

No matter what opportunities you’re looking for, a solid artist statement is an essential part of any application. Join Amplify Arts Artist Support Grant recipient, Amanda Smith to learn more about what makes a compelling statement and how you can use parts of that statement to develop a succinct elevator pitch sure to pique interest in your work.

Always the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, WAW is a series of important professional development topics for artists of all disciplines. Register for one or register for the whole unit. Each session is $5, or get access to all sessions for the year with an Amplify Arts' Artist Membership for $60! Purchase tickets at this link.

All sessions are free for UNO students with a valid student ID. Special thanks to UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media and their Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising for making this partnership possible.

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2018 Grant Recipient Exhibition
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

2018 Grant Recipient Exhibition

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Exhibition Dates: December 14, 2018 - January 11, 2019
Opening Reception
: Friday, December 14, 2018; 6:00 - 8:00 PM


Join our 2018 Grant Recipients for a group exhibition that highlights their work and contributions to Omaha’s evolving creative landscape. Angie Seykora, Topher Booth, Marie Amthor-Schuett, Amanda Smith, Dieudonne Manirakiza (Umoja Choir), and members of the The Study will be in attendance to discuss the ways in which being awarded Public Project and Artist Support Grants have impacted their careers, immediate communities, and the greater Omaha area. Guests are encouraged to ask questions, spend time with the exhibition, and fully engage with these exceptional artists and their work.


Amplify’s Artist Grants program reiterates our mission to make Omaha a place where artists are able to live, work, and thrive. Awarded to individual artists and public projects, grant money contributes to the dynamic growth of a community rich in disciplinary and cultural diversity. Awards activate public spaces in meaningful ways and become catalysts for change in the careers of individual artists.

Special thanks to the Pape Family Foundation and Annette and Paul Smith for their generous support and making the 2018 Grants Program possible.

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WAW: Essentials Fund Info Session
Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

WAW: Essentials Fund Info Session

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Amplify's Essentials Fund is made up of two separate categories - Emergency Grants and Micro Grants. This pot of money was instated to increase access to professional tools and respond to unforeseen events that negatively impact an artist’s practice.

On December 2nd, Amplify will begin accepting applications for Micro Grants which are one-time grants for capacity-building support items like supplies, research materials, travel, business cards, and professional development (excluding Amplify Arts Programs).

Join Amplify staff for a special session of Working Artist Wednesday dedicated to demystifying the application process. Get a rundown of what you'll need to apply, eligibility requirements, and a first hand look at how we jury grant applications. Questions are welcome. Please RSVP to attend. 

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