Monday, May 5, 2014 brings the opening of the exhibition Sexy/OFFENDER at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
The exhibition of works resulting from the collaborative artistic duo of Byron Anway and Ben Moore mashes online image-based culture and 18th century French portraiture. Incorporating deviant youthfulness, celebrity indiscretions, and the world of online police registries, the team draws inspiration from online media such as mug shots, tabloid photography, and online dating profile pictures. Works featured in the exhibition demonstrate a variety of 2D materials including drawing, watercolor, oil painting on panel and printed woodcuts.
Byron Anway was born in Portland, OR, grew up in Northfield, MN, and graduated in 2004 from Luther College in Decorah, IA. He currently lives in Lincoln, NE where he received his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at UNL and is the Gallery Preparator for the Elder Gallery at Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 2010, Anway received the Kimmel Foundation Emerging Visual Artist Award as part of the Lincoln Arts Councils’ Mayor’s Arts Awards. This award included a two-week residency at the Center in 2010.
Ben Moore is an Assistant Professor of Art at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Moore holds an MFA and an MA from the University of Iowa (2005, 2006) and a BA from Luther College (2002). Recent exhibitions throughout the United States include MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN, the Kinsey Institute at the University of Indiana, (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery in East Lansing, MI, Gallery 455 in Milwaukee, WI, Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, BaseSpace in Brooklyn, NY, and the Tug Boat Gallery in Lincoln, NE.
A public reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 5 - 7 p.m. in conjunction with a First Thursday Open Studio event at the Center. The exhibition closes Thursday, June 19.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 3rd Corso in Nebraska City and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments at other times are encouraged: please call ahead. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public. For more information, call 402-874-9600 or visit www.khncenterforthearts.org.