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Fred Simon held steadfast belief in the importance of establishing a vibrant arts culture in Omaha and Nebraska as a whole.

For nearly 40 years, Fred and his wife Eve served as generous advocates and supporters of Opera Omaha. They were also major sponsors of the Omaha Symphony, Film Streams, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha Performing Arts Society, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, in addition to Fred’s involvement with Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Nebraska Arts Council.

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between / two skies / And a firm ground

BY Allegra Hangen

June 13th – August 7th, 2024

Reception: June 13th, 2024, 5-7 pm

“The pieces in this series reflect the spontaneity and serendipity that she experiences each time she
visits Folsom Point, and the acceptance of error in the creative process.”

This new exhibit, by photographer Allegra Hangen, is a series of photographs and the “expanded photograph” that make up the series, Land Meditation, Expanded (2021), focus on Folsom Point, a nature preserve in Council Bluffs, Iowa that has been a personal site of meditation, wonderment, release, and retreat for Hangen since 2019.

These photographs were taken on 35mm film; due to some mechanical malfunction that happened in the camera while advancing the film, the individual shots began to overlap each other at odd intervals. This error only happened to her photographs at Folsom Point–the rest of the roll of film was exposed normally. The resulting images formed a sequence of fragmented hills, trees, and dry grass into a linear collage of an impossible landscape.

Various sections of this sequence are presented as printed photographs hung on the wall. The “expanded photograph” presents the entire film strip, enlarged and printed on a long, winding translucent fabric hung in the middle of the room. This installation is accompanied with an ambient sound piece that creates a sonic portrait of Folsom Point: collaging together the low hum of the nearby processing plant machines, wind, crunching leaves, birds, breath—creating an expanded, fragmented experience of a body searching for clarity in this imaginary landscape.

Artist Bio:

Allegra Hangen (USA, 1992) is a multidisciplinary artist, independent curator, and cultural organizer who mainly works in experimental video, installations, photography, sculpture, sound, and archives. Hangen’s work often takes on social and cultural themes, focusing on social effects of images and architecture. Her practice combines processual feedback loops, glitches, erasure, and research to question and subvert images and text, or rather to create new intuitive imaginations. Hangen received her Master’s in Visual Arts in UNAM (Mexico City) and her BFA in Photography and Art History at Lesley University College of Art and Design (Cambridge, MA). Her work has been exhibited internationally in individual and group shows, as well as film festivals, including Salina Biennial 2022 (Salina, KS), Salón Silicón (Mexico City), Pandeo (Mexico City), Galería 54 (Mexico City), Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Oaxaca), Boston Art Dealer’s  Association (Boston), among others. She is currently on the curatorial team at the experimental film festival, ULTRAcinema, she is co-founder and co-director of Fortuna, an independent art space and international residency program between Omaha, NE and Mexico City.

En Español:

Allegra Hangen (USA, 1992) es artista multidisciplinaria, curadora y gestora cultural que trabaja en video, instalaciones, fotografía, escultura, sonido y archivos. La obra de Hangen aborda ante todo temas sociales y culturales, a menudo enfocándose en los efectos sociales de las imágenes y la arquitectura. Su práctica combina feedback loops de varios procesos, archivos, glitches, lo borrado, e investigaciones para subvertir las imágenes y texto, o bien para crear nuevas imaginaciones intuitivas. Hangen obtuvo su maestría en artes visuales en la UNAM y su BFA en fotografía e historia del arte del Art Institute of Boston. Su obra se ha exhibido en exposiciones individuales, colectivas, y festivales de cine internacionalmente, en lugares como la Bienal de Salina 2022 (Salina, KS), Salón Silicón (Ciudad de México), Pandeo (Ciudad de México), Galería 54 (Ciudad de México), Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Oaxaca) y Boston Art Dealer’s Association (Boston, MA), entre otros. Actualmente forma parte del equipo curatorial del festival de cine experimental, ULTRAcinema, y es codirectora de Fortuna, un espacio independiente de arte y programa de intercambio de residencias entre Omaha, NE y la Ciudad de México.

Related Scheduling and Events:

The reception is June 13th,  from 5-7pm. Reception is free and open to the public.

We will post a video with the artist on our YouTube channel. Follow the Nebraska Arts Council on Facebook for updates: NAC Facebook Link

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2023-2025 Exhibitions

2023-2025 Exhibitions:

Shabnam Jannesari (Hastings)

May 19 – July 12, 2023

Reception: June 1, 5-7pm

Derrick Burbul (Kearney)

July 21 – Sept 14, 2023

Reception: July 20th, 5-7pm

Folk Art Exhibition

Sept 29 – Nov 29, 2023

Reception: Sept 28th, 5-7pm

Santiago Cal (Lincoln)

Dec 8, 2023 – Jan 31, 2024

Reception: December 7, 5-7pm

Yun Shin (Omaha)

Feb 9 – April 3, 2024

Reception: February 8, 5-7pm

Paula Wallace (Omaha) and Gretchen Peters (Gering)

April 12 – June 5, 2024

Reception: April 11, 5-7pm

Allegra Hangen (Omaha)

June 14 – Aug 7, 2024

Reception: June 13, 5-7pm

Shawnequa Linder (Omaha)

Aug 16 – Sept 20, 2024

Reception: Aug 15, 5-7pm

Karien Bredenkamp (Omaha) and Jeff Sedrel (Omaha)

Oct 18 – Dec 4th, 2024

Reception: Oct 17, 5-7pm

Calandra Cooper (Omaha) and Keith Buswell (Lincoln)

Dec 13, 2024 – Feb 5, 2025

Reception: Dec 12, 5-7pm

Susan Moore (Nebraska City)

Feb 14 – April 9, 2025

Reception: Feb 13, 5-7pm

Travis Apel (Omaha)

April 18 – June 18th, 2025

Reception: April 17, 5-7pm

Lindsey Weber (Lincoln)

June 26 – August 20, 2025

Reception: June 25, 5-7pm

Oria Simonini (Omaha) and Ilaamen Pelshaw (Omaha)

Aug 26 – Oct 22, 2025

Reception: Aug 25, 5-7pm

2022-2023 Exhibitions

2022-2023 Exhibitions:

LAURA BENTZ AND MARY DONAHUE

July 15 – Sept 9, 2022

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ATIIM JONES

Sept 16 – Nov 9, 2022

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GABRIELLA QUIROZ

Nov 18, 2022 – January 11, 2023

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NANCY LEPO

Jan 20 – March 8, 2023

JOE ADDISON

March 17 – May 10, 2023