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.
âMy Frida Kahlo is what I intend to submit,â 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.
âIn 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,â 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.
âIn 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,â 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.
âOmaha is a very diverse community, arts organizations need to work hard to invite and celebrate artists from diverse populations,â 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.
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