2013/14 Fred Simon Gallery Exhibiting Artists Announced

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) announces the artists who will exhibit in the Fred Simon Gallery during the 2013/14 season. The Fred Simon Gallery, located in the NAC offices in Omaha's historic Old Market, exhibits contemporary Nebraska artists throughout the year. The artists selected for the exhibition season include:

Oct. 7 – Nov. 15, 2013: Jorn Olsen/David McCleery
Dec. 2, 2013 – Jan. 10, 2014: Milton Heinrich/Ann O'Hara/Barbara Simcoe/Sheila Talbitzer
Jan. 27 – Mar. 7, 2014: Bill Hoover/Jerome Dubas
Mar. 24 – May 2, 2014: Peg Pennell/Lora Rocke
May 19 – Jun. 27, 2014: Rebecca Hermann/AniMutts
Jul. 14 – Aug. 22, 2014: Michael Giron/Riccardo Marchio

About the Artists:

JORN OLSEN, Photography (Hastings)
Jorn Olsen’s photographs have been published in books, calendars, magazines, and newspapers throughout the world, including The London Times, Focus Magazine, Readers Digest International, and Nebraska Life magazine. He has also won awards, including best of show, at photography competitions and juried art fairs. His current body of work is primarily oriented towards Landscape, Nature, Wildlife, and Nebraska Cultural themes.

DAVID MCCLEERY, Photography (Lincoln)
David McCleery has owned and operated A Slow Tempo Press; publishing books by notable Nebraska poets including William Kloefkorn, Don Welch, and Twyla Hansen. He is the past editor for the Nebraska Center for the Book, and the past recipient of the Lincoln Mayor’s Art Award for Literature. He hosted a radio series Voices of the Plains, Interviews with Nebraska Writers with grants from the Lincoln Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council. In the last several years he has turned his creative attention and passion to medium format photography, finding his true voice in this medium.

MILTON HEINRICH, Painting (Blair)
Milt Heinrich has been an artist and an art educator for 40 years. He has created 41 large-scale sculpture projects for public places or private corporations, among other artworks. Wall reliefs at Omaha's Eppley Airfield and the Iowa State Judicial Building in Des Monies are two of the most prominent pieces he has created. In recent years, he has turned his attention to his primary interest which is painting. Dr. Heinrich has spent the majority of his professional career as a Professor of Art and Art Education at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. Having retired from full time teaching, Dr. Heinrich continues to teach studio workshops in painting. Earlier in his career Dr. Heinrich was awarded a Fullbright Fellowship to the Netherlands.

ANN O'HARA, Painting (Lincoln)
Ann O’Hara paints and uses pastels, focusing on Maine and Nebraska landscapes. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Education from (then) Kearney State Teacher's College in 1975. She continues to study art, having received instruction from Patricia Scarborough in Lincoln and Anne Heywood in Waldoboro, Maine. She is currently studying with Ronald Fromkin, a watercolorist and oil painter from South Thomaston, Maine.

BARBARA SIMCOE, Painting/Digital Media (Omaha)
Barbara Simcoe has been a working artist for more than thirty years. She is a Professor on the faculty of Art and Art History at the University of Nebraska and has taught painting and drawing since 1998. Barbara has shown widely in nationally and in European venues in many invitational and juried exhibitions. She has had numerous one person exhibitions, awards and grants. Barbara's work consists of oil paintings, graphite and ink drawings and digital photography. Stylistically she works with realistic figuration inhabiting psychological and symbolic spaces.

SHEILA TALBITZER, Photography (Omaha)
Sheila Talbitzer was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She went on to teach elementary school art and then high school English before attending the University of Notre Dame where she received her Master of Fine Arts in photography. She spent the following year as the digital archivist at the Snite Museum of Art before joining the photography faculty at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska.

BILL HOOVER, Painting (Omaha)
Bill Hoover has been making music and art in Nebraska for over 25 years. He began exhibiting his oil-based crayon drawings in AAO exhibitions as well as The Radial Cafe. Over the years his style has matured and deepened, evolving into a complex and layered vocabulary of narrative and symbolism. Hoover has painted murals, participated in the O! Project and has been in numerous group shows at the Bemis and Joslyn. He has had 14 solo shows, as well as exhibitions in New York and Baltimore.

JEROME DUBAS, Ceramics (Hastings)
Jerome Dubas is a faculty member of the art department at Grand Island Senior High where he teaches the advanced 2D and 3D classes. Since 1996 he has also been teaching the ceramics courses at Hastings College. Dubas cites growing up on a farm in the hills near Fullerton as a source of early artistic education, where an erosion problem in the pasture presented great opportunities to play in the exposed clay. He says that studying and watching Peter Voulkos work with clay reaffirmed the reasons why he likes the medium. Most of Dubas’ work has been exhibited in Nebraska, with his work in national and international collections.

PEG PENNELL, Textiles (Ashland)
Peg Pennell is a Nebraska native, born and raised in Omaha. At an early age she became interested in sewing and textiles. In the ‘70’s she saw a quilt pattern in a magazine--that discovery altered her direction and she began to make traditional quilts. Her focus altered again in 1999, when she made an original quilt hanging. With that piece, she began making quilts nearly exclusively as art. She has been teaching quilting skills to others for more than 20 years and has won over 200 ribbons and awards, both locally and internationally, for her work.

LORA ROCKE, Textiles (Lincoln)
Lora Rocke has been involved in the arts throughout her life. She studied formally and independently in various media over the years. In the 1980s, she began exploring textiles in detail and developed a skill at batik, producing numerous portraits using the traditional hot wax method. In the early 1990s quilt making classes and fabric research led her to the discovery of the history and variety of antique quilting. She became enamored of the textures and surprises of printed, dyed and painted cloth, which is now her medium of choice. Her work has been exhibited at museums, art centers and galleries from New York to Alaska.

REBECCA HERMANN, Installation (Omaha)
Rebecca Hermann graduated from Creighton University with a BFA in painting and earned an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited in numerous juried an invitational shows around the country. She divides her time between her painting studio and teaching computer graphics at Metro Community College in Omaha, where she is very involved with animation. She enjoys the complementary thought processes of both disciplines. For the past 15 years she has included art trips as part of her process, traveling to Southern France and other European countries to collect visual forms.

ANIMUTTS, Animation Group (Omaha)
A group of three artists act as directors of this creative group. Together they create animations, as The AniMutts, a mixed breed always energetic and curious. AniMutts animation is manifested in its limited time frames, limited means, unbridled trio improvisation and creative ingenuity.

Rebecca Hermann works as a visual artist in Omaha NE. Her vibrant and highly textured paintings are widely collected and she shows her pieces nationally. A full-time instructor in Electronic Imaging & Media Arts at Metropolitan Community College, she helps students wrestle their animation projects into reality.

Tom Sain directs the creative energy at Envoy Inc, a marketing agency located in Omaha NE. As an artist, designer, animator and sound manipulator, Tom enjoys trekking the edge of abstraction and representation with pencil, ink, paint and pixels.

Peggy Reinecke tells stories, sometimes visually, to anyone willing to listen or see. A Nebraska Arts Council roster artist, Peg often finds herself surrounded by children and awash in their creativity. She hopes that when she grows up she will be just like them.

MICHAEL GIRON, Mixed Media (Omaha)
Mike Giron was born in New Orleans, 1970. He has featured in solo and group exhibitions, created public artworks and even painted mardi gras parade floats. As a professor, he has influenced many artists, and has been curator of socially-conscious art exhibits. His chosen media include oil painting, murals, traditional and digital printmaking, and design.

RICCARDO MARCHIO, Musical Instruments (Omaha)
Riccardo Marchio is a liturgical musician serving Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Omaha for the past 27 years and has been playing music for the last 30 odd years. At his studio, Marchio Music, he creates hand built acoustic and electric musical instruments, including violins, mandolins and guitars.

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