Omaha Public Library accepts community art requests


OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – The Omaha Public Library is accepting artwork for an upcoming exhibition at the Michael Phipps Gallery downtown.

“We had sculptors, video presentations, even someone who put a big planter in the ground and she grew from there, we’re not just a painting on canvas, a frame on the wall,” Mark Sorensen, Art and Culture Librarian for the Omaha Public Library.

The library asks that art relate to education and literacy.

“My Frida Kahlo is what I intend to submit,” said Danny Reyes, artist. She has a lot of history and a strong influence and a lot of women revolve around her for what she stood for in her time. “

Reyes says it’s also a good opportunity for up-and-coming artists to market themselves.

“In all of my artwork I put an ‘F’ on every face to remind me to keep my confidence and open all possible doors for myself,” Reyes said.

The Omaha Public Library could have hand-selected its artists through a private selection process. Instead, library officials opened it up to the wider community to engage a more diverse group of artists.

A short 150 word essay is required with each application.

“In their statements, I would invite anyone to reflect on how their own identity, their own history, contributes to their art and really give it a place to shine,” Sorenson said. “I really hope I can get as many performances in the artist mix as we can.”

All mediums are encouraged in art submissions.

“Omaha is a very diverse community, arts organizations need to work hard to invite and celebrate artists from diverse populations,” Sorenson said.

Artists will receive an honorarium of $ 300 and their works will be presented for three months after selection. The deadline for submission is December 17th.

Download our apps today for all of our latest coverage.

Get the latest news and weather delivered straight to your inbox.


Comments are closed.