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UNO art department staff show off their talent at faculty gallery show


Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 09:01

January marks the beginning of the UNO faculty art exhibit.

In a show that only happens every two years, instructors show their latest projects and pieces they have been working on.

The exhibit features media from printmaking and ceramics to interactive digital games and jewelry, from 18 artists.

“The exhibit was really interesting to me because of all the different kinds of art displayed and that the artists are all teachers here,” UNO student Michael Roby said. “I didn’t know that so many teachers here actively made art.”

Many of the works are mixed media such as Wanda Ewing’s, who displays pop culture references in hook rugs with a prominent use of sequins.

Tana Quincy made small tent-shaped structures from tea boxes, as metaphors to answer questions about temporary existence and necessity.  
Bart Vargas created sculptures and installations out of trash and recycled materials.

“I want my creations to act as artifacts and evidence of the early 21st century by using materials that are no longer needed,” Vargas wrote in his artist statement. “Or valued in an era of limited resources and extraordinary consumption.”

There are several printmaking pieces, as well, from Bonnie O’Connell and Amy Haney.

O’Connell used relief prints for two pieces on Oscar Wilde and one piece that is a commentary on college sports. Haney displays a singular drypoint print.

“A drypoint is an intaglio method [a printmaking technique] in which a sharp needle or diamond point is used to scratch a line onto a metal plate,” Haney wrote in her artist statement.

“The resultant burr of metal that is raised holds more ink…and gives the rich, velvety stroke characteristic of the technique.”

Several interactive pieces gave a fun aspect to the show.

Joe Pankowski has the “Tie Machine,” a machine that once cranked created-sketches on a nearby computer.  
The artist’s own sketches show his creative thought process.

Gary Day has two tablets in the exhibit, which showed his games for the Google Play Store. The games are based on phenomena that occur in the brain without visual stimulation, usually the result of a migraine or seizure.

Other notable artists are featured in the exhibit as well, including Jess Benjamin, who made ceramic depictions of drought monitors.

Avery Mazor, who teaches graphic design courses, exhibited acrylic and ink pieces, which combined graphic and natural elements.

Caroline Schmitz made chalk pastel pieces and also ceramic pots on which she used a “barrel firing” technique.

Larry Bradshaw displayed 16 colorful studies for larger seven-by-ten foot pieces he hopes to complete. The studies were made of colored pencil and mixed media, [and] the patterns in the pieces are a metaphor for the patterns in people’s lives.

 “[The best part about the faculty exhibit is] actually accomplishing a goal and completing a work,” Bradshaw said.

The UNO Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the UNO Dodge Street campus.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The exhibit is free and runs through Feb. 14.


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