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Mary Jo Wentz
Curated by Alex Priest
Opening Reception: March 7, 4-6 pm

Painting with alcohol inks allows Wentz to express ideas in a way that is colorfully intense with an often unexpected outcome. Her paintings have a somewhat organic quality and are inspired by people, travel, nature, history and design. In the artist’s experience working with fibers, the medium itself is as much a participant in the process as her own ideals.  “We work as co-creators of each bowl or basket.” Her process is an interactive and interesting journey of discovery and joy, as much tactile as visual and kinesthetic. 
Alicia Armentrout
Curated by Alex Priest
January 9 - Feburary 28
Opening Reception: January 9, 4 - 6 pm, artist will present program on "Walking to Grandeur"

Alicia Armentrout showcases and documents the things we overlook every day, be that tranquil rural outposts, dried out seed pods, wildflowers in ditches, and other outliers, loners, and weeds, in order to celebrate the individual and the unique. Her collection of pictures aim to remind everyone there’s plenty of grandeur to enjoy in the Midwest. These pictures also showcase how culture intersects with our environs to create our understanding of "us." The Allwine Prairie, located near Bennington, NE, provided a backdrop to tell both a Midwest kind of story, as well as a broader one.
Survey of Omaha Artists
Curated by Alex Priest
November 06 - December 31, 2014
Opening Reception: November 7, 4 - 6 pm

Michael Phipps Gallery will present a broad survey of artists making work in Omaha. This cross section will show Omaha artists working in different genres, generations and from different areas of the city. A Survey of Omaha Artists is a two month exhibition that offers a rare chance to rethink the context in which contemporary Omaha art is understood through moments of connection, variety and overlap.
Wanda Ewing Remembered 1970-2013
Wanda Ewing
Curated by Alex Priest
October 01 - 31, 2014

Wanda Ewing was a self-described “Midwestern girl,” she was born and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and later received both her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Iowa. She later returned to her home town of Omaha to teach at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where she was an Associate Professor. She was a respected and lively presence in the local art scene.
Dorothy Tuma in Retrospect
Dorothy Tuma
Curated by Alex Priest
September 03 - 30, 2014

Dorothy Tuma is best known for her black and white architectural photographs.  Recently she has turned to fabric art to recreate her artistic visions. She enjoys the tactile creation process.  Her current art pieces are expressions of photos replicated in fabric.  She also enjoys working in abstract form on fabric as the canvas with various techniques.  

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