ohMahART! connects the Omaha community with visual artists, makers, and curators. Listen as we discuss trends in the local and national art market, the studio practice, the joys and pitfalls of social media, and more! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ohmahartpodcast/support


September 8, 2022 37 min

Artists Pamela Conyers-Hinson and Ilaamen Pelshaw join us this week to discuss their upcoming two-person exhibition, The Beauty of Color. The show opens Friday, September 9, 2022, at Amplify Arts's Generator Space. 

The Beauty of Color celebrates the work of two artists and the intersectional identities they hold. In acknowledging the mutual influence Latin American and African American cultures have on one another, the exhibit...

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In today's episode, I was provided a gallery tour of The Ground Beneath, a group exhibition curated by Jared Spence, currently on display at Petshop Gallery in Benson. The Ground Beneath features work by 18 artists, including Jared, all centered on the theme of celebrating the beauty of our feet and the significant roles they play in carrying us along our journeys.  

The Ground Beneath will be on display through August 25, and ...

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July 13, 2022 48 min
[update at 18:40]: Celeste Butler is named as a participating roster artist. She is not on the artist roster and was named in error. Back in May, we sat down with Joshua Brown and Stephanie Plummer, two Program Coordinators at the Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency dedicated solely to the arts. Josh and Stephanie provided extensive insight into the grants that they head up, as well as additional programming and the state-wide ar...
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Artist and curator Jared Packard joins us this week to discuss his solo show, Performative Skin, on display through July 1 at Project Project (1818 Vinton St., Omaha, NE). In this episode, we also talk about embedding mortality in art through the use of materials in their raw form and going against the traditional teachings in 101-level art-making courses.

Performative Skin

Jared's curatorial work:

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May 24, 2022 58 min

CW: depression, suicide, addiction

Priscilla Morales, Jeanne Pittack, and Natasha Kessler of SugarWolvesMacramé discuss their collaborative show, Emitiendo Voces Ancestrales, Casting Ancestral Voices, which displayed during the final week of April 2022. The show explored heritage through ancestral ties and inspiration, love, wisdom, and lineage. The artists share with us their ancestry and heritage, and how they've used their a...

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This week we sit down with Rowena Bennett, owner of Tinsy Thoughts and creator of Pinapel and Friends, to discuss art as activism and how art can empower self-love and inspire kindness in others.

Rowena's first solo show in 10 years, Cosmic Creations, opens May 6th, 2022, 4 - 10 p.m., at BFF Gallery (5901 Maple Street, Omaha, NE), as part of BFF Omaha's May First Friday. 

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What are creative districts and why are we talking about them? BFF board president Linda Hilliar and Radial Arts Center's Executive Director Alison Ranniger are just two of the many community groups and organizations involved in the process of getting Benson recognized as a Nebraska Creative District. We got to chat with them as they explain the process, including the legislative bills that were introduced and passed by Senator...
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In this episode, Sylvie Fortin, interdependent curator and Curator-in-Residence at the Bemis Center, shares with us how she became engaged with the concept of the currencies of hospitality, and how it has evolved since its inception.

i don't know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality will be on display at the Bemis Center through Sunday, March 20.

Upcoming Events at the Bemis around the current exhibition:

Deirdre Cooper O...

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In this week's episode, we caught up with the Visual Arts award winners from this year's Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.

Visual Arts Winners:

Outstanding Visual Artist: Sarah Rowe
Outstanding Emerging Visual Artist: Bekah Jerde
Outstanding New Media Artist: Joshua Foo
Outstanding 2-D Artist: Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez
Outstanding 3-D Artist
: Pamela Conyers-Hinson
Outstanding Group Show: “The People, The Human Beings”, Ge...

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February 25, 2022 23 min

During a successful career as a physician, Dr. Bob Mathews used his time in the ER to discover a love of portraits and figures. In this episode, we learn more about how Dr. Mathews has taken traditional portrait painting to a new level, giving a unique form of expression to each figure he creates.

Learn more about the artist at www.bobmathewsart.com.

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February 18, 2022 53 min

Patty Talbert has been a practicing artist for more than 13 years. Following a break from art after obtaining her BA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Patty has hit her stride, taking her knowledge of batik art and curating it to fit her own style. In this episode, we listen as Patty walks us through her technique and shares her journey to embracing her identity as a Black woman artist.

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In a follow up to Nesting With Mary Ensz, Mary delivers an artist talk at the opening of Our Shelf Life, her solo exhibition currently on display at Citylight Arts Project.

CW: possible mentions of self harm, depression, drug and alcohol abuse.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255.

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January 29, 2022 38 min

Artist and muralist Mary Ensz gets personal with us this week as she shares her personal and professional journey with art as it took them through a long battle with mental health, marriage, children, and sobriety. CW: This episode mentions drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide.

Our Shelf Life is Mary's upcoming exhibition on February 4th, 2021 at Citylight Arts Project from 6-9 P.M. You can follow Mary on Instagram at @memar...

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Digital artist Anthony Peña joins us this week to chat about the public art projects that got him nominated for two OEAAs - The Hope Mural and Metro Orbt Art + Infrastructure. Anthony became well-known for his work Hope, depicting a young girl standing with her fist raised in the air, a universal symbol of solidarity and fighting systems of oppression. The large scale mural was installed in the Millworks Common area in October ...

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January 7, 2022 9 min

Let's recap 2021!

01:13: P.J. Hargraves shares with us how he finds themes and subjects in his work.

03:16: Bart Vargas gives us insight into the lines he believes artists shouldn't cross and the benefits that come with addressing seemingly taboo topics.

05:00: Farah Altwal shares her thoughts on when an artist transitions from emerging to established.

05:46: Listener responses to the question, "At what point in your ca...

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December 24, 2021 19 min
Farah AlTwal is a 22-year-old multidisciplinary artist who recently graduated with a dual degree in Psychology and Studio Art. She is also a nominee in the Outstanding Emerging Artist category of the upcoming Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, scheduled for February 20, 2022.  In this episode, we sat down with Farah to talk about what it means to be an emerging artist. She shares her future plans as well as an exhibition that she...
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December 18, 2021 31 min

Social media can be tricky. We come up against the algorithm, the troll, and the occasional unexpected censorship and restriction. One person who knows this all too well is internationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist Bart Vargas. In this episode, Bart discusses the notoriety that has come with posting his daily drawings everyday for the past 810 days, and gives advice to artists who may also come up against the similar bar...

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December 3, 2021 15 min

In this episode, we chatted with ceramic artist P.J. Hargraves, a Philadelphia native and current Artist in Residence at the LUX Center of the Arts in Lincoln, NE. 

P.J.'s solo exhibition "Nice Day" opens Friday, December 3 at Citylight Arts Project in Benson, Omaha, NE.

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November 26, 2021 3 min

In this short episode, learn more about why ohMahART! was created.

Shop small this holiday weekend with some of our favorite local makers, artists, and designers.

Tinsy Thoughts

Milk and Daisy

Growl and Grace

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November 19, 2021 1 min

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