The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Announces New Underground Curator
Posted on 01/21/2011
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce the promotion of Joel Damon to Underground Curator and Artist Services Coordinator. Joel Damon, former intern turned assistant preparator and facilities assistant, has been named Curator for Bemis Underground, the gallery space on the lower level of the Bemis Center.
Bemis Center executive director, Mark Masuoka, said, “We are very excited for Joel to join the Bemis Center’s curatorial staff and we look forward to his high energy style and enthusiasm that he will bring to the exhibition program and the Underground Gallery.”
As curator, Damon organizes exhibitions for the Bemis Center’s Underground gallery and is responsible for working with exhibiting artists and coordinating Underground programming. He also works closely with the Residency Program Manager to assist artists-in-residence with projects, research and contacts during their fellowship. Damon has been involved with the Center since 2008.
Damon has also curated and organized independent exhibitions around the Omaha Metro Area. Notable exhibitions include Mountain of Sex at RNG Gallery, Unwashed at Bancroft Street Market (2009 OEA Award Winner: Best Group Show) and Destroy Rebuild Repeat, a group exhibition spanning 3 vacant spaces and 2 city blocks in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Damon has also helped to develop arts programming for the impoverished at a local outreach center and sits on the Board of Directors for the Octopuses Garden Art Alliance: an Omaha-based non-profit dedicated to strengthening community interaction through the arts. Damon is also as a practicing artist and his paintings are included in many private collections throughout the region.
About the Bemis Underground
The Underground not only serves as a venue for artists to explore process and projects, but plays an active role in stimulating discussion and conceptualization of contemporary art. Each month, the space hosts several programs, including gallery talks, educational workshops and social events -- all aimed at making the arts more accessible and engaging to our community. Everything we do is focused on a simple, yet vital goal: we strive to help our artists become better at what they do, while strengthening the greater relationship that the city of Omaha has with the arts.
The exhibition program is presented by: Omaha Steaks
Sponsored by: Clark Creative Group, Nebraska Arts Council, Quail Distributing, Sherwin Williams, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Upstream Brewing Company and Warren Distribution