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The Union for Contemporary Art


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The Union for Contemporary Art


AT THE UNION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, WE UNITE ARTISTS AND THE COMMUNITY TO INSPIRE POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO LOCAL ARTISTS

  • Fellowship program
  • Exhibitions of contemporary work
  • Access to equipment and studio space for local artists
  • Professional development for artists
  • Opportunities for greater community engagement

WE CONNECT NORTH OMAHA YOUTH TO THE ARTS

  • Mentorship in various mediums
  • Access to materials and space
  • Connections with professional artists
  • Programs for both kids and parents

WE CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

  • North Omaha Tool Library
  • Abundance Garden Project
  • Mural projects
  • Kith, a community gathering
  • Collaborative events with community partners
  • Neighborhood clean-up days
  • Supply drives for community partners by local and national artists
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Our Studio Fellowship Program was developed to combine our mission and vision, creating an experience for artists that not only supports their creative process, but also provides them with an opportunity to support our community.

Twice a year, artists from the greater Omaha area will be selected through juried process to serve as Fellows. Once selected, the artists receive the following benefits in exchange for their commitment to “pay it forward” by serving at least 25 hours of community service in North Omaha.

  • A studio space for six months, at no cost to the artist
  • $600 stipend for the purchase of art supplies and materials
  • A year-long membership to The Co-Op, which include 24-hour access during the fellowship
  • Professional development opportunities and critique
  • Participation in a group exhibition at the completion of the fellowship

Get to know our 2014 Fall Fellows: Mark Powers, Danny Sullivan, April Faith-Slaker, Luke Polipnick and Zedeka Poindexter...

photos by Justin Limoges

photos by Justin Limoges

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STUDIO OURS

Join us in February and March for a series of open forum gatherings, bringing together local artists and makers to discuss the future of our programs + Co-Op Studios.

The Union is growing and we’d like your help as we design a new facility to better serve our local arts community. Please join us for one (or all!) of our think tank sessions and let us know how The Union can better support YOUR creative practice through our programs and Co-Op Studio spaces.

All sessions begin at 6pm and will take place in the Wanda D. Ewing Gallery // 2221 North 24th Street. 

THURS Feb 12th: Projects + Programs

THURS Feb 19th: Printmaking

THURS Feb 26th: Ceramics

THURS Mar 5th: Photography 

Learn more →

 

introducing our     Co-op lab techs

We are thrilled to announce two new additions to our teaching artists roster - Kjell Peterson and Janelle Jurgens! Both artists will be dedicated to our Co-Op Studios spaces for five hours each week in order to give Co-Op Members 1-on-1 instruction and guidance. They are an amazing resource for anyone looking to learn a new medium or brush up on a dusty practice.

Kjell will hold Ceramics hours Tuesdays and Thursdays  from 5:30PM - 8PM. 

Janelle holds Darkroom hours Wednesdays 5PM - 7PM and Thursdays 5PM - 8PM. 

Both Lab Techs will also hold one workshop a month on last Thursdays covering a variety of techniques. 

See our Events page for workshops →

Two-Color Woodcut print series

Learn the art of color woodcut from image planning to the carving and printing.  Printmaking artist Joshua Norton will lead you through the process and answer your questions along the way. 

Spread out over 3 Saturdays in Feb (2/14, 2/21/ 2/28 from 2 - 4PM), the extended color woodcut workshop will provide basic & advanced techniques including: registration, color reduction, multiple blocks, color blending, spot inking & stenciling.  

Due to materials costs Co-Op Members pay $10; $20 for the public. Please RSVP to Program Manager Paige Reitz if you're interested in attending  - paige@u-ca.org

Learn more about becoming a Co-Op Member  →

YOUR GIFT MATTERS

Your donation does more than help purchase supplies and keep the lights on.... it allows the arts to become a bridge, connecting our diverse community in innovative and meaningful to create a stronger, more inclusive Omaha. Please consider making a donation to support the arts in our community.

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