Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

2012 Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition

Bemis Underground Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Free
Juror's Talk: Saturday, March 3 | 12 noon | Free
March 2 - April 7, 2012

This March, the Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition will return to the bemisUNDERGROUND galleries. In its second year, the exhibition has expanded eligibility to include artists living or working within 200 miles of Omaha, NE. Expanding the Bemis Center’s mission to support exceptional talent, this exhibition provides the opportunity for emerging artists to present their work alongside mid-career and established artists in the cultural hub of eastern Nebraska’s contemporary arts community.

The exhibition’s juror, Shannon Stratton, chose 26 artists from over 250 submissions, spanning a diverse range of media, subjects and approaches. Three of the exhibiting artists will be awarded $500 and a 2013 exhibition in the bemisUNDERGROUND. Winners will be announced by the juror at the opening reception on March 2.

Juror's Award Recipients:
Gina Adams, Garry Noland and Lauren Mabry

Juror's Statement:
With around 1000 artworks to chose from, it was challenging to jury the 2012 Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition, but as I spent time with the submissions, certain themes and strengths seemed to emerge across career stages and mediums. The final selections reflect a diversity of experience, disciplines, and materiality with an emphasis on certain shared and overlapping themes.

One cannot draw conclusions about a region and its artists from a juried exhibition, but an atmosphere of disquiet emerged in much of the work. Anxiety underlies constrained and precarious forms, tangled marks, impassive landscapes and apprehensive bodies. Meditative patterns reflect on heritage and place. A balance is struck between precariousness and restraint, between weight and breath.

The resulting exhibition is one curator’s response to the work being made (and submitted) in a region. Perhaps it expresses a more widespread, contemporary disquiet that permeates practices outside the Midwest, and outside visual art.

Exhibiting Artists
Gina Adams, Will Anderson, Phillip Chen, Jonah Criswell, Kurt Flecksing, Jacob Francois, Benjamin Gardner, Nicole Geary, Carlos Guerrero, Sue Hettmansperger, Matt Jacobs, Luke Jordan, Andrew Kaufman, Dave Lethcoe, Colleen Lucas, Lauren Mabry, Marshall Maude, Christopher Meyer, Garry Noland, Ah-ram Park, Tana Quincy, Jeremy Ripley, Patti Roberts-Pizzuto, Mattew Sontheimer, Sabrina Staires, and Arjan Zazueta.

About the Juror
Shannon Stratton is an artist, writer and curator from Chicago, Illinois. She is a founder and current Executive and Creative Director of threewalls, a not-for-profit residency and exhibition space in Chicago. Founded in 2003, threewalls has grown from a start-up exhibition space to a multi-faceted organization that supports contemporary visual arts in Chicago through solo exhibitions for regional artists, residencies, grants to artists, publications, conferences and commissioning programs. In 2010, Chicago’s Newcity Magazine named Stratton one of the top five most vital people in the visual arts and last year the Chicago Tribune named her a “Chicagoan of the Year.”

Exhibitions Presenting Sponsor:
Omaha Steaks

UNDERGROUND Sponsors:
Larry Gawel Photography, Chris Headley / OmahaComputerHelp.com, Sherwin Williams, Visions Custom Framing, Warren Distribution

Questions
Please email Underground Curator Joel Damon - joel@bemiscenter.org

Gina Adams

Gina Adams

Will Anderson

Will Anderson

Phillip Chen

Phillip Chen

Jonah Criswell

Jonah Criswell

Kurt Flecksing

Kurt Flecksing

Jacob Francois

Jacob Francois

Benjamin Gardner

Benjamin Gardner

Nicole Geary

Nicole Geary

Carlos Guerrero

Carlos Guerrero

Sue Hettmansperger

Sue Hettmansperger

Matt Jacobs

Matt Jacobs

Luke Jordan

Luke Jordan

Andrew Kaufman

Andrew Kaufman

Dave Lethcoe

Dave Lethcoe

Colleen Lucas

Colleen Lucas

Lauren Mabry

Lauren Mabry

Marshall Maude

Marshall Maude

Christopher Meyer

Christopher Meyer

Garry Noland

Garry Noland

Ah-ram Park

Ah-ram Park

Tana Quincy

Tana Quincy

Jeremy Ripley

Jeremy Ripley

Patti Roberts-Pizzuto

Patti Roberts-Pizzuto

Mattew Sontheimer

Mattew Sontheimer

Sabrina Staires

Sabrina Staires

Arjan Zazueta

Arjan Zazueta

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