where we land

Where We Land explores the landscape of disproportionate violence against people of color. Place and environment influence cultural perceptions surrounding race, violence, complicity, and imminent danger, and in turn, those ideas affect the ongoing relationship of communities to the spaces they occupy. Despite the increased visibility of brutality through sharing on social media, public reactions to these scenes are deeply polarized and influenced by geographic divides that our digital connection has not successfully bridged. Photographer Zora Murff (Lincoln, NE), and multidisciplinary artists Jordan Weber (Des Moines, IA) and Lachell Workman (Bridgeport, CT) use the physical materials and visual details of urban and natural environments as a vehicle to explore presumed narratives and the gaps between contradictory interpretations of shared views of violence.

Where We Land runs June 16 to August 12, 2017. EXHIBITION

2018 Fellowship Applications Open

 The Union’s Fellowship offers an experience for local artists that not only supports their creative process but also provides the opportunity to engage the North Omaha community through art making and creativity. A jury will select five artists living in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro for the 2018 Fellowship which includes:

  • A private studio, at no cost to the artist from January–November 2018
  • A $1800 materials stipend
  • A yearlong free membership to The Co-Op, with extended access to the digital media lab, fabric studio, ceramic studio, print shop, tool library, and wood shop
  • Technical support throughout The Co-Op and free participation in all Co-Op workshops
  • Inclusion in a curated group exhibition at the completion of the fellowship AND MORE...

Applications close August 31, 2017






Summer School is a collaborative free series for artists and creatives by The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha Creative Institute, and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Series offerings include: 

June 29, 6–8 PM
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art
A panel of Bemis Center staff and guests will discuss hot topics related to professional development submitted by local artists and creatives. 

July 13, 6–8 PM
Omaha Creative Institute
Certified art appraiser, Launa Bacon (Darger HQ, Nebraska Arts Council), and artist, Bart Vargas, will guide you through the process of pricing your work for different mediums, pricing your time for art-related jobs, understanding art markets, and a step-by-step guide to working on commission. Space is limited.
1516 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68102

August 10, 6–8pm
The Union for Contemporary Art
Assert the value of your creative work by practicing how you talk about it with Squishtalk’s conversation consultant Stuart Chittenden. Space is limited.