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May 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until August 29, 2019
Worlds Apart: Empathetic Element of Nature
“Worlds Apart are visual works of art speaking to my experience in Omaha, particularly North Omaha. There is no better place to juxtapose these experiences than with the beautiful nature found at Neale Woods.”
Barber is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on painting and performance art. Born in Detroit and graduating cum laude from the University of Iowa’s MFA program, Barber was invited to move to Omaha to become a fellow with the Union for Contemporary Arts.
“In 2004 I broke free from conventional figurative painting into abstracted figures to address the fluidity of personhood and to bypass race and gender,” says Barber. “All that the figure represents including stereotypes or whether there is a commonality depends on the viewer.”
Earlier this Spring, Barber moved his studio into the Neale Woods nature Center, owned and managed by Fontenelle Forest. As the building has been vacant Barber and Fontenelle Forest executive Director Merica Whitehall saw an opportunity to use the empty space as a large artist’s studio, with views into North Omaha, into the prairie and over the River for inspiration. Barber will use the Nature Center as a studio through August, and will begin holding open studio hours in July.
This exhibition will remain in the Baright Gallery through August.