The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community. In every endeavor, we strive to unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change in North Omaha. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement.

Our Social Practice 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. Our Social Practice Fellowship strives to support the creative practice of our local artists in exchange for their commitment to “pay it forward” by serving at least 25 hours of community service in North Omaha. Please be aware that the community service is an integral part of this program and is not optional. Candidates will be judged on their proposed projects as part of the jury process. 

In return for this commitment, The Union provides each Fellow with the following support:

  • 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

Due to our move into the Blue Lion Center building, we will not have a S+S16 Fellowship cohort. Please look for applications to be open in the Fall 2016 for the next round of Fellowship. If you have any questions regarding the program or the application process, visit our Fellowship FAQ page or contact Paige Reitz at paige@u-ca.org or by calling (402) 933-3161.

For a list of potential North Omaha community partners, click here. 

 

THE UNION’S 2015 FALL FELLOWS

JAVE YOSHIMOTO | painter
CAMILLE HAWBAKER | print and fiber artist
JOE ADDISON | photographer
SARAH JONES | interdisciplinary artist
DAN CRANE | printmaker 

The Union’s 2014 Fall Fellows

MARK POWERS | percussionist
DANNY SULLIVAN | painter
APRIL FAITH-SLAKER | cellist
LUKE POLIPNICK | musician
ZEDEKA POINDEXTER | poet

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The Union’s 2014 Spring Fellows

RICH MANSFIELD | sculptor
LAURA CARLSON | painter
AMANDA DEBOER BARTLETT | vocalist + composer
MONICA GHALI | graphic designer
RENEE LEDESMA | ceramicist + painter

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The Union’s 2013 Summer Fellows

DENISE CHAPMAN | playwright & actor
TEAL GARDNER | multi-media
BETHANY KALK | multi-media
NEIL ORIANS | printmaker & photographer
ALICIA REYES MCNAMARA | multi-media

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The Union’s 2012 Fall Fellows

LESLIE DIUGUID | multi-media
ANGELA DRAKEFORD | multi-media
SHEA WILKINSON | fiber artist
STEPHANIE STERLING | wood worker
VICTORIA HOYT | multi-media

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The Union’s 2012 Spring Fellows

KJELL PETERSON | ceramicist and sculptor
OLAJIDE COOPER | fashion designer
MARANDA ALLBRITTEN and TOM MCCAULEY | book artist and author
SARAH KOLAR | fiber artist
ANDREW MONBOUQUETTE and DAN SUSMAN | film makers
JACKIE STERBA | sculptor