Byron Anway, assistant professor of practice in the School of Art, Art History and Design, organizes an exhibition, “Abierto”, which is the Spanish translation of “open”, in a gallery in the center- town of Lincoln.
The work of three University of Nebraska-Lincoln art students is featured in “Abierto,” which opens April 1 at the Tugboat Gallery, 116 N. 14th St. An opening reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the exhibition will continue until April 30 at the gallery. To view the exhibition outside of the opening reception, visitors can access the gallery through the art supply store employees.
Organized by Anway, “Abierto” is an exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculptures by Anway and students Belen Catalan, Chas Hyman and Qiqe Panqeqi Martinez.
In “Abierto”, the four artists reinvent their past, present and future selves. Stories become memories; personal and cultural heritage are assessed for honesty and accuracy.
Tugboat Gallery is the combined effort of School of Art, Art History and Design alumni Peggy Gomez, Nolan Tredway and Lisa Guevara and provides exhibition opportunities for emerging artists and professionals alike. established.
“Due to the distancing protocols of the covid-19 pandemic, many art institutions suspended gallery programming for nearly two years,” Anway said. “For over 15 years, Tugboat has provided exhibition opportunities for emerging and established artists. This exhibition, presenting a ONE faculty of art as well as three very talented art students, is both. Since the pandemic disrupted in-person art exhibits for nearly two years, many first- and second-year art students have never visited Lincoln galleries in person. ‘Abierto’ is designed as a way to reintroduce Tugboat programming to undergraduate students ONE art students in studio.
Anway invited Catalan, Hyman and Martinez to exhibit their work with him.
“Thematically, much of the work relates to gender, race, figuration, introspection, and the relationship between childhood, memory, and imagination,” Anway said. “These three artists have thriving studio practices and do art outside of assigned classes. Each has established themselves as talented, hardworking, and committed to making art a career. Each student has expressed interest in actively exhibiting work during their course of study Finally, these students identified themselves as ready to show mature work in a professional setting.
Martinez said she looks forward to exhibiting her work.
“I think Tugboat and Parrish Studios are some of the best places to see new, challenging, risk-taking art,” Martinez said. “I had hoped to exhibit there since my arrival in Lincoln. Seeing all the unique perspectives in this shared space will be a much-needed celebration of community. »
Anway’s recent work is inspired by memories of teaching and traveling abroad, particularly to Morocco. Among other venues, his work has been exhibited at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha and the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. Her work has been published twice in “New American Paintings: The West”, Manifest Creative Research’s “International Painting Annual” and “Prairie Schooner”.
Catalan graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 2020. Currently, they are based in Lincoln. The Catalan works with several mediums ranging from plaster, fabric and found objects to works in graphite on paper. Their work explores themes of kindness, fragility, femininity and Mexican queerness.
A contemporary painter and draftsman, Hyman is a black surrealist. She creates magical and imaginative portraits that are representative of her own childhood and her experience of dealing with mental illness, bereavement and isolation. She currently lives in Lincoln, but sees herself moving to the Pacific Northwest in the future to be alongside the region’s rich geographic features.
Martinez is an artist from Grand Island, Nebraska. Her paintings and drawings explore transgender identity and first-generation Mexican experiences.
“I use illustrations to fill in the gaps in my communication,” Martinez said. “I consider my drawings as descriptions, dialogues and even prophecies. I am especially looking forward to the exhibition because of the other emerging artists that I admire and with whom I am very honored to exhibit.