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"Sprawl" Open at The Kent Bellows Studio on August 3rd

Offers "unique glimpse" into the collective mind of young artists

WHAT: "Sprawl:  The Kent Bellows Studio Young Artist Exhibition" Opening Reception and Exhibition

WHEN: Friday, August 3rd, 2012, 6-9 pm

WHO: presented by The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts

WHERE: The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts, 3303 Leavenworth St., Omaha, NE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Exhibition continues through Saturday, August 25th.  Additional hours for the exhibition are Saturday, August 4th, 11am-4pm and Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm, by appointment.

Omaha, Nebr. - "Sprawl: The Kent Bellows Studio Young Artist Exhibition" will open with a reception of Friday, August 3rd, 6-9pm.  "Sprawl" encompasses mixed media artworks made by youth from over 20 area high schools and demonstrates the true growth - artistic and personal - that can be achieved with the support of a mentoring relationship and a collaborative environment.

"Sprawl gives us a unique glimpse into the collective mind of the young artists of The Kent Bellows Studio," said Weston Thomson, Education Manager.  "This Summer semester marks our highest enrollment to date, and students were working in much closer proximity to one another, sharing more ideas, and collaborating more often."


The title for the exhibition came as a result of considering where each of the students comes from throughout the Omaha-Metro area.  "Each person who creates in this studio is a pinpoint on a map. This map is made of the creative atmosphere we have helped fabricate. We can start 1 mile away or 23 miles away, but we still end up in this one spot, The Kent Bellows Studio," stated the curatorial statement. 

There are special Saturday hours on August 4th, 11am-4pm.  The exhibition continues through August 25th, 2012, Tuesday-Saturday, 11pm-4pm by appointment. Email anne@kentbellows.org or call 402.505.7161 for an appointment.
 

Proceeds from the sales of artwork support the artists and the ongoing programs of The Kent Bellows Studio as we continue to mentor, teach, and inspire our community's young artists.  Special thanks goes to Cathy Solarana Design, DeMarco Bros., Co., Lincoln Financial Group, Mangelsen's, Nebraska Humanities Council, Redstone Communications and Paul & Annette Smith for their support of these programs.  
 

About The Kent Bellows Studio

Founded in 2007, The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts (www.kentbellows.org) strives to ignite the creative spark in individuals, encouraging them to reach their highest potential through self-expression in the visual arts. Our mentoring programs for high school-age artists balance the freedom to create with the guidance of professional mentors to deliver hands-on art experiences that inspire both creative thinking and action.

It is our honor and privilege to live out Kent Bellows’ incredible legacy of artistic creativity and mentorship. Kent was an Omaha-based artist and is recognized as one of the greatest masters of American Realism. Beyond his artwork, Kent is admired and remembered for his dedication to mentoring other artists and drawing out their own individual creative power.  For more informaiton, visit www.kentbellows.org.

Student artists
Erick Abernathy is a 12th grader at Central High School and enrolled in the Urban Arts Program. Erick has been expanding his interested in the uncanny and the arcane into aerosol and mural work.

Carlos Alcantara is a 12th grader at North High School and enrolled in the Urban Arts Program. Carlos is practicing traditional letterform techniques in many mediums, such as aerosol, acrylic, and paint pens.

Isaac Zavala Alvarado is a 12th grader at Bryan High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Isaac is refining his intricate graphite skills.

Trevor Anderson is a 12th grader and Creighton Prep High School and enrolled in the Critical Arts Program. Trevor is working in graphite to illustrate moments in vulnerability in famous political and social moments in history.

Matt Babe is a 10th grader at Westside High School and enrolled in the Urban Arts Program. Matt is fascinated by the multitude of styles in aerosol, letterforms and urban motif. He uses aerosol to create murals as well as painting on canvas to develop his style.

Allison Barna is an 12th grader at Papillion LaVista High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Allison has spent the summer exploring 3-D sculpture with acrylics, slip casting and paper. 

Anika Bateman is an 11th grader at North High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence program. Anika is studying printmaking this summer as well as drawing her favorite Manga characters in pen and ink.

Brittney Beckham is an 12th grader at Millard North High School and enrolled in the Arts Survey Program. Brittney is inspired by meticulous multi-media creation.

Ian Bless is a 12th grader at North High School and enrolled in the Critical Arts Program. Ian uses meticulous paper cutting techniques to create stencils and unique compositions.

Christina Brick is an 11th grader at North  High School and enrolled in the Clay Media Program. Christina is using clay and glaze to create ceramic vases and lamps in the form of trees.

Audrey Burt is a 10th grader at Marion High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Audrey is working in pencil this summer, exploring organic and geometric patterns.

Madison Clark is an 12th grader at Treynor High School and enrolled in the Artist is Residence Program. Madison is exploring figurative compositions in charcoal.

Joy Cotton is a 11th grader at Gretna High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Joy is investigating innovation in fashion design, exploring non-traditional materials to build evocative garments and objects.

Beth Davis is a 12th grader at Mercy High School and enrolled in the Critical Arts Program. Beth’s creations are often pastoral depictions. This summer she has created landscapes in graphite, oil, and pastels.

Paige Dorau is an 12th grader at Northwest High Scholl and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Paige has used mixed media such as tie-dye, gouache, and pencil to create compositions of nature.

Nicole Embree is a 10th grader at Millard North High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. This Summer, Nicole has used watercolors and graphite in figurative paintings.

Lila Ferber is an 12th grader at Westside High School and enrolled in the Eco Arts Program. Lila is well known in the Studio for her amazing packing tape sculptures and is also exploring calligraphy to draw details images of her favorite animals.

Emma Ford is an 12th grader at Lewis Central and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Emma has used plaster and pigment to create geometric and lyrical colored images.

Gregg Graham Jr. is an 12th grader at Benson High School and enrolled in Urban Arts Program. Gregg is expanding his illustrative painting style to aerosol this summer and will be painting a mural on the Keystone trail.

Walker Greene is an 12th grader at Creighton Prep and enrolled in the Critical Arts Program. Walker loves fan are portraiture and is also helping to curate this Summer’s student exhibition.

Julie Hetrick is an 11th grader and Abraham Lincoln High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Julia loves Disney animation and is exploring her own style of animation using illustration and acrylic techniques.

Laura Hopp is a 12th grader at Duschesne High School and enrolled in the Eco Arts Program. A graduating Senior, Laura is building, painting, redesigning a clock piece this summer, to meditate on time.

Jacyln Horan is an 12th grader at North High School and enrolled in the Cay Media Program. Jacyln is has spent the summer building tentacle landscapes in ceramics as well as traditional plates and vessels.

Frances Joyner is a 10th grader at Central High School and enrolled in the Arts Survey Program. Frances has spent the summer in workshops ranging from zines to mandalas. You will see her super hero paintings during this Summer’s exhibition.

Wesley Juarez is a 9th grader and Bryan High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program.  Wesley has many ideas and is working on painting an alien invasion with acrylic as well as creating original designs in aerosol on skate boards.

Kara Kinkead is a home schooled 11th grader and enrolled in the Clay Arts Program. Kara has made several clay objects this summer, which employ the imagery of aged faces and nature.

Rachael Kreski is a 12th grader at Marian High School and enrolled in the Video Arts Program. Rachel is exploring the story of 1000 paper cranes and is organizing a community crane folding and documenting the reception of a ‘wish’ by an individual struggling with cancer.
 
Zoe Kuhn is a 12th grader at Duschesne High School and enrolled in the Critical Arts Program. Zoe has interviewed students all Summer and will continue her interviews during the student exhibition. She is excavating authenticity and recording moments of human individuality.

Austin Martinez is a 10th grader at Bryan High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Austin uses highly saturated colors in abstract paintings, using acrylic, oil, ink and any medium he can get his hands on.

Anthony Marx is a 12th grader at Creighton Prep High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Anthony is exploring printmaking this Summer. He is also involved in our ‘inside/out’ mural project, interviewing incarcerated youth at DCYC.

Haley Minnick is an 11th grader at Marian High School and enrolled in the Urban Arts Program. Haley uses stencils and aerosol in mural and studio art. She has also created votive this summer with aluminum and aerosol.

Kristina Neibur is a 12th grader at Northwest High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Kristina is using pigment dyed plaster and India ink to create images of nature.

Megan Nitz is a 10th grader at Bryan High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Megan has spent the summer exploring new mediums, which has culminated in brightly colored abstract paintings and pencil and collage drawings of print models.

Evan Pappan is a 12th grader at Central High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Evan is exploring the Hero Archetype in a large-scale graphite drawing capturing warriors from through the ages, family and personal heroes from his life.

Sergio Ramirez is a 12th grader at North High School and enrolled in the Eco Arts Program. Sergio is drawing large-scale anthropomorphic figures in graphite this summer.

Jennifer Reilly is an 12th grader at Millard West High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Jennifer uses clay, and other non-traditional materials to create 3-D sculptures both autobiographical and inspired by her love of fishing.

Angela Saenz is a 10th grader at Bellevue West and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. This Summer, Angela made her first figurative painting as well as spent time exploring 3-D sculpture in clay and mixed media.

Drew Shifter is a 12th grader at Bellevue West and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Drew is fascinated by urban arts, letterforms and skateboarding. He has spent the summer creating a detailed skateboarding action portrait in acrylic.

Aaron Taylor is a 12th grader at Northwest High School and enrolled in the Artist in Residence Program. Aaron is a prolific Manga artist and has spent the summer expanding his interest in the genre with original acrylic Manga paintings.

Aleta Vaughan is a 12th grader at Duschesne High School and enrolled in the Fashion Arts Program. Aleta is creating custom garments and will feature her work in our student exhibition and Omaha Fashion Week.

Tyler West is a 9th grader at Thomas Jefferson and enrolled in the Video Arts Program. Tyler is making an illustrated alphabet inspired by Edward Gorey’s ‘tinnies’  as well as creating a short film of weird moments.

Niara Williams is an 11th grader at Duschesne Academy and enrolled in the Fashion Arts Program. Niara has spent the summer hand cutting and inking hundreds of silk flowers she is using to manufacture a tutu.
 
Jayme Wyble is a 12th grader at Bellevue East High School and enrolled in the Urban Arts Program. Jayme is making an art book which investigates ‘what is beautiful’ as well as using large scale stencils in our Keystone Trail mural.

 

 

 

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