Fred Simon Gallery Exhibition

The Fred Simon Gallery Exhibition Program is accepting applications from April 1 to August 2, 2019 for exhibitions from June 2020 through the 2021 calendar year. For more information and to apply click here.

The Fred Simon Gallery Exhibition Program presents a select number of exhibitions that feature significant Nebraska artists.

The gallery is located in the Nebraska Arts Council office in Omaha, on the Lower Level of 1004 Farnam Street.


Current Exhibitions

Sarah Kolar: Produce, Consume, Discard Aug. 9 - Oct. 4

Opening Reception: Friday, Aug. 9th 5 - 7pm

Artist Statement:

Produce, Consume, Discard represents the dynamic relationship between the consumption that commodity obsessed culture imposes and forms articulated with a specific material that has served its intended purpose. T-shirts are strong, durable, and relatively inexpensive, making them a popular choice for consumers. Using the deconstructed t-shirt remnants, I create work that draws the viewer to consider the original process involved in knitting the shirt. Although these t-shirts may have all started out as the same color, they now bare evidence of being worn, stained, washed, and discarded. Engrained within the used fabric is a history that speaks of its previous owner. My intention is for the viewer to consider the processes and efforts that have gone into the installation to provide a similar context for the production of their own belongings.


Sarah Kolar is an artist living and working in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 2010. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree for Sculpture + Expanded Practices at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2015. Kolar returned to Omaha in 2016 and exhibited Presence of Labor at the Wanda D. Ewing Gallery. Most recently, she exhibited Under It / Over It, an installation at Project Project Gallery in April 2019.

Kolar is a fiber artist that utilizes everyday textiles to create artwork. In her recent installations, using deconstructed t-shirt remnants, she crochets the pieces together to resemble the original process involved in knitting a shirt. Through these processes and materials, she investigates notions of labor.


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Reagan Pufall

October 11 - December 6, 2019
Opening: Friday, October 11, 5-7pm


Lisa Bang Hoffman /Terry Koopman

December 13, 2019 – February 7, 2020
Opening: Friday, December 13, 5-7pm


Tim Guthrie

February 14 – April 9, 2020
Opening: Friday, February 14, 5-7pm


Shea Wilkinson

April 10 – June 5, 2020
Opening: Friday, April 10, 5-7pm


Past Exhibitions:

Carol R. Thompson: OF THE BIRD June 11 - August 2

Depth & Accumulation | Carolyn Albracht & Jennifer Radil

April 5 - June 2, 2019

Effects of PTSD | Elizabeth Boutin

February 1 – March 30, 2019

AMALGAMATIONS | a solo exhibition by Bart Vargas

November 30, 2018 - January 25, 2019

Katie Temple and Todd McCollister

September 28, 2018 - November 23, 2018