Wanted to let you know that there is a new television program focusing on the explosion of artistic work occurring across Nebraska that will be airing on NET Television during August.
"Arts in Nebraska" is a series of short video segments that provides glimpses into the creative thoughts and processes that inspire this artistry.
Artists featured in the program include:
-- Chiara String Quartet, artists-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, travel by bus through western Nebraska with performance stops at Minden, Curtis, Alliance, Halsey National Forest and North Platte;
-- Wanda Ewing, an Omaha painter, opens a show exploring concepts of beauty inspired by fashion magazines at UNL's Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery;
-- Mark Gilbert, a portraitist from Scotland living in Omaha, who does portraits of patients and caregivers as part of a project exploring the connections between art and medicine;
-- Leslie Iwai, an Omaha performance installation artist, whose installation at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney explores the classic tale "Jack and the Beanstalk";
-- Jun Kaneko, Omaha-based internationally renowned sculptor, discusses artistic philosophy and creative process;
-- Leah Sorensen-Hayes, Lincoln textile artist, working on an experimental quilt incorporating nontraditional quilting techniques;
-- Thomas Thomas, wood sculptor in Omaha, who creates life-sized creatures and animals out of wood;
-- Bob Wilson and Beth Davis, Omaha ceramic artists, creating a series of 80 ceramic mosaic murals of some of the earliest pioneers in jazz and blues music.
The individual artist segments will be available for viewing anytime on NET's website, http://www.netnebraska.org/nextexit. The segments will also be accessible to the public on several other media platforms, including YouTube and iTunes.
Production of "Arts in Nebraska" was funded in part by the Nebraska Arts Council.
-Larry Kubert, UNL