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altSeeking Wilderness
Heather Johanson
Curated by Alex Priest 
March 09 - 29, 2014

Seeking Wilderness explores the potential of removing lawn to nurture a myriad of living things through research, specific plantings and chance. This process allowed for a micro wilderness to emerge in the artist’s ecologically degraded backyard in Midtown Omaha. Heather Johanson seeks to rejuvenate the landscape as an act of resistance in an era of increasingly sterilized and controlled landscapes. This sensory rich space serves as a respite from human made banality and escalating environmental anxiety.
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February 07-28, 2014

The Omaha Public Library presents a TransMississippi World’s Fair exhibit featuring materials from its collection, the Durham Museum and private collectors. The exhibit opened on Feb. 7, with Timothy Schaffert signing his new book The Swan Gondola. The novel takes place during the 1898 TransMississippi World Fair in Omaha.
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Great Plains Black History Museum
Co-Curated by Terri Sanders and Alex Priest
January 03 - 31, 2014

The Great Plains Black History Museum provides a link to the past, present and future through its unique local to international collection of charged objects.  The patina of personal and communal memories place the dialogue of African Americans living and working in the Great Plains into a larger understanding of the role race plays in history and contemporary circumstances.  Extracting a fragment of artifacts and photographs from the permanent collection of the Great Plains Black History Museum, "Past, Present and Future" begins to analyze a larger conversation regarding African American history and the pertinence of the Great Plains; adding a local history to a national perspective.
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altMonday Morning Paintings 
Marilyn Beig + Lourdes O’Leary 
Curated by Alex Priest 
December 02 – 31, 2013

For nearly 25 years, artists in the Monday Morning Group have been gathering to paint and draw live models in an ongoing attempt to capture the unique subtleties and nuances of the human figure. Marilyn Beig joined the Monday Morning Group six years ago, and Lourdes O’Leary fifteen. While the models change weekly and range from friends, family, and sometimes strangers, the passion, conviction and artistic dialogue Beig and O’Leary bring to their work has remained constant.
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Rachel Mindrup
October 1 - October 31, 2013

Because it is difficult to think about portraits as art and not primarily as the person represented, my "Many Faces of NF" series aims to portray people with NF as individuals first and their genetic complications as second.
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