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State of the Art: 2007 Nebraska Arts Council IAF Recipients

Event Time: December 7, 2007 - February 23, 2008
Description: WHAT: State of the Art: 2007 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) Recipients
WHO: All 14 Recipients of the Nebraska Arts Council’s 2007 AIF Award
WHEN: December 7, 2007 – February 23, 2008
EXHIBITION OPENING NIGHT: Friday, December 7, 2007, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
IAF ARTISTS PANEL: Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 12:00 noon
BUILDING A CREATIVE COMMUNITY PANEL: Saturday, February 9, 12:00 noon
WHERE: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 12th & Leavenworth

Omaha, NE - Anyone who’s ever driven across Nebraska and complained that it all looks the same obviously hasn’t spent time viewing the wide variety of art created by Nebraska artists. That’s why the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts proud to announce State of the Art: 2007 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) Recipients, an exhibition that runs December 7, 2007 – February 23, 2008. An Opening Reception in honor of all the recipients takes place Friday, December 7, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Additionally, the Bemis Center is hosting two panel discussions: a discussion with award recipients during the IAF Artists Panel on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 12:00 noon and on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 12:00 noon, the Building a Creative Community Panel. All of these events are free and open to the public, and the Bemis Center warmly invites everyone take part in these celebrations of our state’s artists.

About the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) Individual Artist Fellowship and Exhibition:
NAC awards the Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) every three years to visual artists in recognition of exemplary work. For 2007, NAC awarded a total of $20,000 to fourteen artists, all living and working in Nebraska. (See complete list below.) The IAF Fellowship Awards include three categories: Distinguished Artist Award; Merit Award; and 2007 Fellows. For this competitive program, a NAC panel adjudicates the applicants according to the merit of the work, judging it first and foremost on quality, which includes innovation demonstrated by significant critical and aesthetic considerations explored through different art forms. In 2004, the Bemis Center began a tradition of further honoring these exceptional artists by featuring them triennially in an exhibition. This year marks the second IAF exhibition presented by the Bemis Center and its largest installation, to date, at over 5,000 square feet. State of the Art at the Bemis Center complements the IAF by showcasing the breadth and depth of the work created by the individual recipients and by providing the public with the opportunity to view just how profoundly visual artists impact the quality of life in Nebraska.

The 2007 IAF Visual Arts recipients include:

Distinguished Artist Award:
Jamie Burmeister, Sculpture/Installation (Gretna)

Merit Award:
James Bockelman, Drawing/Painting (Seward)
Mary Zicafoose, Craft--Textiles (Omaha)

2007 Fellows:
Santiago Cal, Sculpture/Installation (Lincoln)
Ann Gradwohl, Sculpture/Installation (Lincoln)
Eliska Morsel Greenspoon, Photography (Omaha)
Tim Guthrie, Sculpture/Installation (Omaha)
Aaron Holz, Painting/Drawing (Lincoln)
Leslie Iwai, Sculpture/Installation (Omaha)
Susan McGilvrey, Craft--Ceramics (Omaha)
Marjorie Mikasen, Painting/Drawing (Lincoln)
Troy Muller, Painting/Drawing (Omaha)
Robert Schwieger, Printmaking (Lincoln)
Bill Shaffer, Painting/Drawing (Lincoln)
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