Critical dialogue for Nebraska's contemporary visual arts
Peter Fankhauser is an artist and educator who has held posts at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and The City University of New York, where he received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Practice. He is a committed member of the MTV generation, brought up on television: music on television, television on film, film on the internet. Narrative’s mutation across different media platforms has become a recurring theme in his work and a primary preoccupation. He has exhibited at independent and alternative spaces nationally and abroad including Judson Memorial Church (New York City), Death By Audio (Brooklyn), Silent Barn (Brooklyn), and the AC Institute (New York City). He currently lives, works, and is a contributing editor to Flatlanders in Omaha, NE.
Dana Kopel is a curator and writer, and an editor at the New Museum in New York. Recent exhibitions include Formal Complaint, co-curated with Rachael Rakes, Knockdown Center, NY (2017); If you want to do something, forget this debt, and remember it later, Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City (2017); Givens, AA|LA, Los Angeles (2016); and Abstract Sex*, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2016). Her writing appears in Art in America, frieze, Mousse, X-TRA, and elsewhere. She received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Matteah Baim is a New York based musician. She has released four studio albums and toured with artists Antony and the Johnsons, Perfume Genius, Devendra Banhart, and Lower Dens. Her latest record is underway at the Magic Shop and Red Bull Studios NY.
Alex Priest is a curator, spatial thinker and producer holding degrees in Landscape Architecture and Design Studies from Iowa State University. He curates exhibitions and organizes public programs at major public institutions and galleries. He works as the Exhibitions Manager at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. He also volunteers as the Managing Curator for the Omaha Public Library’s Michael Phipps Gallery and is an Art Writer for The Reader and Flatlanders. His current research includes spatial anxiety and CrossFit. Visit his website: priestscape.com. Photo credit: Bill Stitzman
JoAnna LeFlore, Writer and Communications Consultant, LeFlore Creative
JoAnna LeFlore is a young professional who prides herself in activating her community through the cultivation of creative entrepreneurs and arts-based programming. Inspired by her professional background as an arts advocate, JoAnna promotes extensive artist collaboration and localized program development for the Omaha community.
Her passion for working with artists and entrepreneurs has prompted her development as a freelance writer and communications professional. JoAnna believes that her experiences have led to an affinity for understanding the dynamics of cross-cultural communications and how to empower those who are hungry for building a better platform for their passions. In her spare time, JoAnna explores her love for traveling and reviewing live music productions, sharing her experiences on her personal blog at joannaleflore.com. Photo Credit: Michael Garrett.
Robert Mahoney reviewed art for 25 years in New York City for publications ranging from Arts and Flash Art, Artnet online, to Time Out New York. He taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is currently teaching a graduate seminar, Art and Agency, at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and is curating The Picture of....., an agency-oriented consideration of some of the portraiture in the Marxhausen Collection of Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska.
Anthony Hawley’s work has won him residencies and awards from the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Art Farm, VCCA, and Arte Studio Ginistrelle. Recent Solo Exhibitions include Countercurrent, Houston, TX (2016); Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2014); Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City (2012); and the Museum of Nebraska Art (2012). His essays and poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse, Colorado Review and Flatlanders. Born in 1977, Anthony Hawley grew up in Massachusetts and was educated at Columbia University and the MFA Art Practice Program at the School of Visual Arts.
J. Fatima Martins
J. Fatima Martins (Josephine) is the former curator of the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Nebraska, where she spent five years researching the collection, organizing exhibitions and publishing catalogs. During this time, she published “Robert Weaver: American Artist” with MONA and the Sheldon Art Museum. Since 2010 she has divided her time between Lincoln and New England as an art critic for Artscope Magazine in New England. She is also an independent curator, freelance ‘studio’ adviser and writer, working with artists ‘in-studio’ on best approaches and publishing catalogs for museum and gallery exhibitions. In Lincoln, Josephine is the Editor-at-Large and Media Public Relations point person for Art Move Magazine.
Josephine was born in the Azores, Portugal, and grew up in California and Rhode Island. She holds a BA from Rhode Island College, Providence, and an MA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Gail VBQ (b. Ogallala, Nebraska) is a New York-based multi-media artist working predominantly in various permutations of photography. After acquiring certification in Vocational Photography while attending Omaha Central High School, Gail went on to receive a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film and Video, and, after a few years and some much-needed life experience, an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute. Her projects are conceptually driven, deliberately absurd examinations of the humor she finds within the prosaic. Gail's photographic projects have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Crain's, and the New York Times, and her art criticism can be found in places like The Brooklyn Rail and The Coastal Post.
Carolyn Getches is a writer/producer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has developed creative educational video content for companies such as Interweave Press, Craftsy and The American Quilter’s Society. She studied film at Barnard College in New York City.
L. Kent Wolgamott
L. Kent Wolgamott has written about the arts for Lincoln newspapers since 1985 and began his visual art column in the Journal Star in 1995. A native Nebraskan and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, Wolgamott has written for Art Papers, artland, Rolling Stone, Spin, the Associated Press and multiple other outlets. He was one of 12 Americans who were part of the International Arts Journalism Institute in Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts/U.S. State Department program.
Kalee Olson has been working in the nonprofit arts industry since 2011, with experience in collections management and art sales, as well as communications. Prior to a career in the arts, she studied advertising and worked in design and web development.
Launa Bacon, founder of Art Files of the Flatlanders, is an artist and educator that has exhibited internationally and received grants, fellowships and residencies from around the world. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and her BA from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She has been the founder and director of Darger HQ, Craftswoman House, London International Creative Competition and has worked as a curator and designer. photo credit: Taura Horn