Friday, June 15, 2012

Katie Frisch's Upcoming Markets & Exhibitions

Check out our fibers artist-in-residence Katie Frisch's upcoming markets & exhibitions!

LUX Welcomes Jordan Buschur

The LUX is excited to welcome Jordan Buschur as our new painting artist-in-residence!

Jordan Buschur received her M.F.A. in painting from Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. She studied at the Chautauqua School of Art, NY and the Rhode Island School of Design and completed her B.A. in painting at Goshen College in Indiana. Her work has been exhibited internationally; including shows at the Toledo Museum of Art, PASSENGER Projects, Detroit, MI, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York, NY and Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY. She was a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center and is a current Artist-in-Residence in painting at the LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE. She is an instructor in the Visual Literacy department at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, teaches painting at Doane College, Lincoln, NE and is a member of the summer visual art faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI.

Jordan says: 

"My paintings use the avenues of figure, still life and landscape to implant ordinary images with psychological meanings. I find images in mid-twentieth century American magazines and books; each image is chosen for an ability to move from a news/advertising past into another version of the story.

My figurative paintings often focus on women and nature.  In these painting, a mid-century woman is surrounded by a wildness, a wilderness, or a tamed version of nature. Here, the paintings depart from traditional figure in landscape painting as the nature of her activity and her place in society are left uncertain.

My still life paintings imply the absence of a figure through depictions of the detritus of a personal collection of objects. Books act as a stand in for one person’s accumulated knowledge.  The stack of books is blank: full of potential or conversely, impenetrable."

 Stacks (Unknown), oil on panel, 29” x 40”, 2012

 By Industrial Pond, oil on panel, 26” x 40”, 2011

 Self-Help (Green Growth), oil on panel, 24" x 18", 2012

The Still Life (Who Cares), oil on panel, 20” x 16”, 2012

We are so excited to see what new work comes out of Jordan's residency here!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Clay Resident Opening!

Hello! The LUX has had a busy year expanding our classes and launching our new program the Art Van deLUX! We are excited to announce that we will be taking applications for residents. Below is the updated description of our residency the link to our website with the application.

Residency Description

LUX Center for the Arts currently has an opening for a Ceramic Artist-in-Residence starting June 1st 2012. Residency is available for 4 months up to 2 years. An MFA is preferred but not necessary. Teaching experience is considered a major plus. Residency is granted based on quality of work and community-mindedness of applicant. Residency includes a shared but private studio space, free materials and firings, gallery representation and many paid teaching opportunities for all ages. Year-long residents receive a solo show at the end of their residency. Ceramics residents have 24 hour access to facilities which include an indoor kiln room that contains 2 L&L computerized electric kilns, 1 Duncan cone sitter kiln and a 1 cubic foot test kiln; no kiln can go above cone 6. There are many high-fire kilns in the community that you can make arrangements to use if need be. Facilities also include a vented clay and glaze mixing room, 8 electric Brent wheels, a Peter Pugger mixer, a clay extruder, a small slab roller, 2 4’x8’ work tables and plenty of storage. Use of other studio areas is allowed as long as it does not interfere with resident artists in those areas. Residents are responsible for studio management and maintenance, which includes mixing our earthenware clay for classes, mixing glazes as needed, loading/unloading kilns as well as servicing kilns and wheels as needed. Studio management is approximately 10-12 hours per week. Residents are expected to assist with the annual fundraiser gala and donate a piece to the art auction every September they are here. Residents are also expected to attend and assist all art openings and other large community events.  No stipend is offered but there are ample teaching opportunities for residents totaling at least 20 hours per week.  Residents that possess a MFA have the opportunity to teach for Doan College through LUX Center. Teaching for Doan you receive around $200 per student for this appointment. All the artist-in-Residence report to the Education Director.

Applications Due May 1st

We have also updated our studios since our last post check it out!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Art Van deLUX Class

Greetings! Our Art Van deLUX program takes our quality art classes to those who have mobility or transportation barriers. It takes materials, supplies, and an art teacher to youth and senior serving agencies, schools, daycare centers, rehabilitation centers, and more. Our resident Naomi takes it to elementary schools every week, check out our students below!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Residents in the Bemis Center Regional Exhibition

The LUX Center is proud to announce that our artists in residents Trudy Teijink and Arjan Zazueta got accepted into the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art's Regional Juried Exhibition! This exhibition highlights new talent and perspectives while forming new connections across contemporary art practices within the greater Omaha, Lincoln and Missouri Valley region. The exhibition’s juror, Kate Hackman chose our residents and 34 other artists from 217 submissions. Arjan's piece is featured on the Beamis website and can be viewed here. Trudy is pictured below helping install the exhibition. The exhibition runs from March 18th through April 16th for all those fortunate enough to attend!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Painting AIR Arjan Zazueta

A collection of artist-in-resident Arjan Zazueta's paintings was recently displayed in the LUX Center's gallery. Zazueta was born in California, later in life he moved to the east coast and now he finds himself here with us in the midwest!
            Zazueta majored in sculpture. When graduated he no longer had access to the facilities required for creating sculpture, which encouraged him to explore other mediums of art. During the time he did not have access to a studio, Zazueta created many drawings influenced by thoughts and images of everyday life. His gallery collection was influenced heavily by these drawings and consisted mainly of portraits--some of children, some of adults, one of Frida Kahlo--all of which are positioned within the open, neutral backdrop of blank canvas. His gallery pieces combine his interests in abstract art, drawing, and exploring his cultural identity as a Mexican American. Upon completion of this installation at the LUX, Zazueta intends to create some larger pieces.
            Zazueta began his two-year residency at the LUX in August of 2010. In addition to creating and showing his work during this period, Zazueta taught numerous children and adult classes here at the LUX Center. Zazueta also taught Doane College painting classes, which were held at the LUX Center in addition to his community classes. 

Arjan Zazueta, Mandy & Me Chasing Ghosts Together (2010), Acrylic and ink on canvas, 20 x 16 in.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ceramics AIR Matthew Dercole

Matthew Dercole opened his show yesterday at the LUX Center’s First Friday opening reception. Dercole is currently our ceramics Artist-In-Resident whose show consisted of the work he has been making since his arrival at the LUX in August 2010. His new sculptural artwork combines fragile porcelain and soft wool felting.  Matt is a sculptural ceramist. He does not create pottery that is used for a specific function in the same way as a mug or a plate. Instead he creates work that has a mainly message driven purpose.
Dercole describes his work as studies of motion. Recurring images in his work are ladders, water spigots, and biological and anatomical forms. The water spigots incorporate the idea of water and its association with life. The ladders, which in one piece extend upwards into nothingness, are intended to mirror the idea that humanity often concerns itself with “moving up,” though towards what is often uncertain or—as Dercole implies through his piece—nonexistent. He describes his work as “a continual process of searching for the relationship between the state of being and the concept of change.”
One of Dercole’s larger pieces was of a young boy holding a dying deer. The porcelain boy was wearing a felted deer hat. In his talk on Friday, Dercole told viewers that growing up in Pennsylvania there were frequently dead deer on the road and that he always found them strangely beautiful. His message behind creating this piece was to remind people to simply appreciate beauty instead of trying to hold on to it, capture it, or become it.
Also included in his show was a felted book, which gallery viewers could touch and flip through. Dercole understands that it is often tempting for viewers to touch artwork, and his interactive book piece gave viewers the opportunity to feel the materials used in his work. Within the book he took the time to do small ink sketches of deer anatomy and write a narrative for each of the nine pieces in his show.
For those who are interested in seeing Dercole’s work, the gallery is open to the public and his show will be up until the end of February. Stop by and take a look!