The Co-Op is comprised of communal studios outfitted with equipment which the majority of our city’s artists previously had no access to. Artists in the greater Omaha area can now access this equipment by becoming Co-Op members. The funds raised through membership fees are put right back into the studios, helping us maintain the equipment and purchase supplies. Artists wishing to learn how to expand their creative practice will have an opportunity to attend regularly scheduled artist-led workshops that will provide an overview of how to use the equipment in the studios. 

***Due to some scheduling conflicts Co-Op studios will be CLOSED on Sundays through the end of September. This includes the following dates:

Sunday, September 16th
Sunday, September 23rd 
Sunday, September 30th 

The Co-Op will be open during regular hours on Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday hours will be back to normal as listed below beginning in October. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Co-Op Studio Tech Hours:       
Tuesday // Ceramics: 4-9, Print: 6-9, Photo: 5-8  
Wednesday // Ceramics: 4-9, Print: 2-9
Thursday  // Ceramics: 4-6, Print: 2-6
Friday //  No Technicians on Duty               
Saturday // No Technicians on Duty
Sunday // Ceramics: variable, Print:12-5

Co-Op Studio Hours:                            Tuesday // 2-9 p.m.
Wednesday // 2-9 p.m.
Thursday // 2-6 p.m.                               
Friday // noon - 5 p.m.
Saturday // noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday // noon - 5 p.m.

Find out everything you need to know about using the Co-Op Studios by reading our Terms of Use + House Rules. If you'd like to sign up for a membership, see below. Please note, members must be 18+. Annual Memberships $120 / 6-Month Memberships $80. If you need financial assistance for membership, please let us know!  

WORKSHOPS 

Workshops are FREE for Co-Op Members, $10–$40 for the public. Supply fees will be listed as they apply. Please note one-day and multi-part workshops. »»

Please stay tuned for updates and feel free to email our Co-op Manager at jesse@u-ca.org with any questions or to be added to our email newsletter. 

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Co-Op Youth Drop-In

The Union Co-Op and Youth programs have joined together to offer Drop-In Art for kids ages 6–12 every Thursday evening from 6–7:30pm!

This program is designed to make our weekly Co-Op workshops more accessible to parents/guardians. While you attend a Co-Op workshop, your kids are invited to work in the Youth studios under the guidance of members of our Youth program team. Click here to learn more!

Ceramics Studio 

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The ceramic studio equipped with six pottery wheels, one gas kiln, one electric kiln, glaze spray booth, two large work tables, and a variety of tools. Works made in the studio are regularly fired by our staff, as needed.  There are storage shelves for works in progress and works that are ready for firing.  

Print SHOP 

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Our print shop houses an American French Tool relief/intaglio floor press, brayers, and a 18"x24" etching tank. We also have equipment for screen printing, including multiple printing tables, a large exposure unit, 4 color/one station shirt press, flash dryer  and a spray booth with a power washer. The shop is fully ventilated and contains a 30”x48” print drying rack.   

PHoto STUDIO / Darkroom

Our photo studio and darkroom is equipped with three black and white enlargers, a color enlarger, a Jobo color processor and developer, a film drying cabinet, and other assorted equipment needed to develop and print photographs from film. 35mm, medium and large format films can all be processed and printed.

Fiber arts STUDIO

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The fiber arts studio is equipped with three Janome Heavy Duty sewing machines, a Juki serger, two 32" looms, large work/cutting table, and a tackable wall for pattern layout.  

Digital design LAB

The digital design lab is equipped with four iMacs each loaded with the full Adobe Suite, a Epson large format scanner, and a Epson large format printer. 

If you have questions regarding The Co-Op or any of our equipment, please reach out to Sarah Jones at co-op@u-ca.org. If you are a non-profit interested in using our space for a workshop or program, please contact Paige Reitz at paige@u-ca.org.

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Co-Op Tech Night

First Tuesday of Every Month // 6–9pm

Are you in need of a refresher on any of the resources and equipment available in our five Co-Op Studios? Are you looking to expand your practice to a new medium? Tech Night is the perfect time to get the help you need!

On the first Tuesday of every month, a Co-Op technician will be on hand to answer questions, share advice, and provide help with individual projects.

Tech Night Schedule:

Tuesday, October 2: Fiber Arts Studio
Tuesday, November 6: Digital Design Lab