Online art gallery keeps art patrons cool


July 20th, 2011

Omaha, NE – With a summer heat wave fully underway in Omaha, many people are looking for ways to stay cool indoors. Well, that search may be over. The University of Nebraska Omaha is hosting its 13th annual Upstream People Gallery, which is now on display from the comfort of your air-conditioned home.

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"Forbidden Fruit" by Los Angeles artist Ione Citrin. (Photo credit Upstream People Gallery)

For 13 years, Upstream People Gallery has been curated by Laurence Bradshaw, a UNO art professor. Bradshaw said the name of the gallery comes from the Native American meaning for the word “Omaha,” which translates to “against the current.” He said artworks on the online display are from artists in various parts of the world including the United States, Asia, Russia, China, and India.

“It’s interesting to see the works that they are submitting,” Bradshaw said. “Typically it seems to be of what’s going on in their culture, and some people call it global art.”

Artwork by Duane Gordon from St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada. Artists from around the world have work displayed on the online exhibit. (Photo credit Upstream People Gallery)

Bradshaw also said over the years, more than 350 artists have submitted work for the virtual exhibit.

“Some artists only want to be in a brick and mortar gallery, where their actual work is there,” he said. “And they have a point, because you can actually see the work. But with the cost of everything going up, some artists are able to show their work worldwide [through the online gallery], and they don’t have to frame or ship the work. So, I get many thanks for this opportunity.”

With the click of a button you can go to to check out this cool exhibit.

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