Our concentration of 90 artists at the Hot Shops has forged a truly unique arts organization, and the work they do enhances the vibrant arts community in Greater Omaha. Check out the impact some of our resident artists have been making recently!
Congratulations to the Hot Shops resident artists and exhibits that are nominated in the 18th Annual OEAA Awards!
Outstanding Visual Artist
Outstanding 2D Artist
Outstanding Group Show
Uncovered – Creighton University Kappa Pi Art Honorary, Hot Shops Art Center
Heaven, Hell, and Everything in Between – Hot Shops Art Center
Nouns – Anthony Deon Brown, Shawnequa Linder, and Katie B. Temple – Anderson O’Brien Gallery
Outstanding 2-Person Show
Body Defiance – Ang Bennett & Sheree Le’Shawn – Amplify Arts Generator Space
The Beauty of Color – Pamela Conyers Hinson & Ilaamen Pelshaw – Amplify Arts Generator Space
Outstanding Public Art
The Peace Mural – Anthony Peña & Patty Talbert, Art+Infrastructure
Ralston Recycled Letters Project – Ilaamen Pelshaw (assisted by Eduardo Gardea, Jair Rodriguez, and Arbor Street Studios)
Outstanding Actor, Play
Ang Bennett – Rotterdam – Voices in Alliance
The ISGB held its first in-person gathering since COVID in Omaha! 135 attendees from all over the world including Thailand, England, Switzerland, Canada and more attended the five-day conference full of classes, lectures, bead swaps and networking. Resident artists Lori Skupa, Margie Ehlers, Jon Bleicher and Tom Friedman, along with members of the Midwest Lampworkers Guild helped in making the event a success. The Hot Shops hosted pre-conference workshops, a Gallery Exhibition and the Open Torch Night with a demonstration by Switzerland-based artist Guido Adams.
Joseph Giitter has a solo show at Bellevue University in recognition of Native American Heritage month, Nov. 1-Dec. 1. For a number of years Joe traveled to powwows and set up a portable studio to photograph the dancers. The exhibit features twenty photographic posters representative of about a dozen nations.
Jeanne Langan has a solo show at Ming Toy Gallery during the month of November. This photography exhibition is a benefit for Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center in honor of Jeanne’s parents – Wesley A. and Judith C. Brown (Pittack). 100% of sales will benefit the nonprofit, which provides free emotional, mental health and practical support services for those on the cancer journey – including patients, their care partners, family, friends and survivors.
Paula Wallace was part of the book release celebration in Seward, NE, for “Ted Kooser, More Than a Local Wonder,” written by Carla Ketner and illustrated by Paula. She says, “Part of my job, my vocation, is to help others make their wishes come true. Illustrations are one way of doing that. When the author shares a photo holding the first copy out of the first box, it brings an enormous sense of fulfillment, a dream come true. There’s a good deal of sweat that goes into it, a marathon of many miles, and at the end, a finish line. Or maybe it’s really just a beginning.”