Union artists on display at O'Keefe Gallery in Omaha

Pottery by Jovannah Poor Bear

Pottery by Jovannah Poor Bear won honorable mention at the annual NICF art show in Omaha.

Artwork by Union College students Derek Bower, Alex Cabrerra, Jeremy Diehl, Ryan McCabe, Claudia Pech and Jovannah Poor Bear is currently on display at the fifth annual Nebraska Independent College Foundation Art Show hosted by the O'Keefe Elevator Gallery in Omaha's Old Market. Poor Bear, sophomore language arts education major from Springfield, S.D., won honorable mention in the 3D category for her pottery.

"It's a great opportunity for our students," said Bruce Forbes, associate professor of art and graphic design and one of the faculty members who choose students to particpate in the show. "They get exposure in a professional gallery in Omaha, a venue to sell their work and a chance to win prizes. We're proud of our students and glad NICF provides them with this opportunity to participate in the larger community of artists."

This is the fourth year Union College has participated in the show and the first year prizes have been awarded. Judged by Justin Shaw and Bob Bosco, art instructors from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Creighton University, prizes for first place ($300), second place ($100), third place ($150) and honorable mention ($50) were given in two categories, 2D and 3D art. A prize for Best in Show ($300) was also awarded.

The Nebraska Independent College Foundation supports Nebraska's ten private higher educational institutions through fundraising, marketing, professional development events and advocacy. The O'Keefe Elevator Gallery is located at 1402 Jones Street and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4 pm. The student art work will be on display until April 29.