CHAPTER 5: River
Nancy Friedemann-Sànchez

Lincoln, Nebraska-based artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez explores the experience of living between cultures and languages. The artist uses aspects of storytelling–fables, chapters of novels, and museum displays–to form a structure for her evolving bodies of work. In her exhibition Chapter 5: River, large-scale ink drawings and small sculptures reveal multiple perspectives surrounding contemporary circumstances that have been disentangled from their colonial histories. Raised in Bogotá, Colombia, the artist is attuned to historic and ongoing relationships of indigenous, displaced, and colonial cultures in the Americas, and the power structures that determine which of these narratives are included in history books.

Chapter 5: River opens September 8.


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





Bourbon at the border

When May and Charlie joined hundreds of other Americans who went to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 for a massive voter registration drive, they had no idea their lives were about to change forever. As students at Howard University, their campus activism had been met with calls to their parents and threats of expulsion. The stakes in Mississippi were a lot higher. White supremacists, outraged at the challenge to their segregated way of life, responded with violence that left three civil rights workers dead and many wounded. Years later, May and Charlie are still searching for a way back from the damage that was done to them during that long ago "Freedom Summer."

BOURBON AT THE BORDER takes a look at the lives of two ordinary people who gave everything they had to the African–American freedom struggle but who have now been largely forgotten. In telling May and Charlie's story, BOURBON AT THE BORDER puts a human face on the unknown soldiers of the civil rights movement by refusing to romanticize them even as it honors their specific sacrifices and the price they paid.

Bourbon at the Border opens September 22.