Jamie Danielle Hardy had a nomadic childhood, traveling throughout the U.S. and Southeast Asia. She moved to Omaha in the summer of 2005. Studied sculpture at Creighton University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, emphasis in Printmaking, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2010.
Her work explores the impermanence of life by examining the transitions that occur across time, between places and within redefined desires.
She is the Co-Founder of Benson First Friday and Petshop Gallery.
1. How have you grown as an artist during your time as a Fellow?
My year at the UNION has given me the opportunity to refocus my attention on my artwork. This amazing gift of time and beautiful space has emboldened and enriched not only the work I create but the life that I lead. I am forever grateful to each individual who keeps this organization in existence.
2. What major obstacle(s) did you encounter over the year?
The wonderful gift of confidence in my practice and way of life has been the most difficult part of this year for me. I have grown so much and growing involves change and change can seem hard but has brought me to a place of inner resolve and light. It is a pain I would not take back and am thankful for.
3. What do you plan to do after the fellowship has ended?
Upon leaving the UNION I plan to reinvest this new energy and strength in my practice back into the community and continue my journey as a professional artist.
4. Give us your forecast for the art scene in Omaha.
It's a great time to be a creative individual in Omaha-- and the UNION is one of the main reasons why. The world of Art in our city is as wide open as our skies and a young generation of artists will define how that world takes shape. As long as our conversations are honest, open and active–with organizations like the UNION leading the way–we have the opportunity to make something bright, exciting and original.