Nebraska Folk and Traditional Artists: A Sampling showcases the work of 10 folk and traditional artists who create in diverse methods and media and live throughout Omaha, Lincoln, and greater Nebraska. Folk and traditional artists learn techniques and imagery that have been passed down through communal or familial means. At times an artist has been self-taught in their craft, drawn to revive a lost or seldom-practiced art form or develop something so singular it is without precedent. The individuals included in this exhibition are a mere sampling of artists that can be found across the state. Independent curator Teliza Rodriguez brings together the work of folk and traditional artists who represent a broad spectrum of artistic techniques, materials, cultures and communities for Nebraska Folk and Traditional Artists: A Sampling. Despite their diversity, the artists have a common interest in community, in sharing these traditions with other people and encouraging others to explore their creativity. Artists with work included in the exhibition are:
- Molly Anderson (Minden)
- Steven Cabrera (Crete)
- Mike Czyz (Walton)
- Vera Hanson (McCook)
- Karmon Johnson (McCook)
- Valery Killscrow Copeland (Omaha)
- Kyle Rosfeld (Cody)
- Imagine Uhlenbrock (Omaha)
- Kim Znamenacek (Crete)
The Nebraska Arts Council’s Folk & Traditional Arts Program promotes artists working in traditional art forms and methods, celebrates people working in folk and traditional art forms, and educates the public on the importance of Nebraska’s folk and traditional arts, and through its existing grant programs, provides support to communities and organizations that want to celebrate their heritage. Nebraska Folk and Traditional Artists: A Sampling brings together artists from across the state in celebration of these traditions and artforms and to introduce Nebraska residents to our rich and diverse heritage.
Nebraska Folk and Traditional Artists: A Sampling will be in the Fred Simon Gallery from September 29th – November 29th, with an opening reception taking place on September 28th from 5-7 p.m.
The Fred Simon Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.