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Woodcut and Tapestry Artists to Speak at Bemis Center Art Talk on Thursday, January 5

WHAT: First Thursday Art Talk for January
WHEN: Thursday, January 5, 2012, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts at 12th & Leavenworth, Omaha, NE

Join us as current artists-in-residence Erin Riley and Yashua Klos give presentations of their work during the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’ First Thursday Art Talk on January 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm. As usual, the event is free and open to the public.

Erin Riley’s hand-woven tapestries repurpose imagery from Google Image Search and Facebook, examining the allure of exposure and the price of constant self-documentation. Yashua Klos challenges mainstream notions of masculinity and vulnerability with woodblock prints and paintings that examine masculine identity within the cultural context of his upbringing on the South Side of Chicago.

Erin Riley received her MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Her tapestries have been exhibited nationally and internationally in San Francisco, CA, Milwaukee, WI, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, and Australia. She has participated in residencies at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, the McColl Center for Visual Art, in Charolette, NC, and the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT with a full VSC fellowship. Her work has been featured in FiberArts, New American Painting, and Foam Magazine. The artist lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

Yashua Klos received his MFA from Hunter College in New York and his BFA from Northern Illinois University.  He has studied at the L’Atelier Neo Medici in Monflanquin, France, and is a past resident at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Klos has shown his work in galleries nationally and internationally including New York, Chicago, and Monflanquin, France. His works have been published in Daniel Parker’s African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond, featured in Essence Magazine and reviewed in the New York Times. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

SPONSORED BY Clark Creative Group, Upstream Brewing Company, Warren Distribution, The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc., Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation, William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, Gifford Foundation, Laura and Greg Schnackel, Betiana and Todd Simon, Paul and Annette Smith

ABOUT THE BEMIS CENTER The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts was founded in 1981 by artists, for artists. As an artist centered organization, the Bemis Center’s sole mission has been to support contemporary artists of exceptional talent. In this spirit, the Bemis Center provides artists with the gift of time, space and support. In addition to our international artist-in-residence program, the Bemis Center curates exhibitions and develops community arts projects. These programs directly fund and support the artistic process, catalyzing artists’ work to engage and challenge the public.




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