Allie Feezell is an artist and teacher from Hastings, NE. She received her Bachelor of Art in 2009 from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her MFA in 2012 from the University of Idaho. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE and is an instructor of Painting at Midland University in Fremont, NE. Her installations speak about growth, transformation, and the human experience as we move farther from the ephemeral to the permanent and our struggle with what is left behind.
Luke Huling is a figurative sculptor from Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in May of 2014 and received his BFA in ceramics and a minor in metalsmithing. Today he continues to combined clay and metal into mixed media sculptures. He has been the head director of the ceramics department for two years at a camp for kids in Pennsylvania and currently teaches classes in ceramics and metals at Lux Center for the Arts.
“I am intrigued by wrinkles on the face and the passage of time they portray. I want to engage the audience by leaving clues about these characters, I want them to feel connected to their story and their lives and relate to their emotions. I am a storyteller, and I love using it to influence my artwork. ” – Luke Huling
Michael Larsen is a visual artist currently based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2011 with a B.A. in Art and was awarded an MFA in Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, where he has worked since graduating. He has showed his work in such Chicago based galleries as New Capital Projects, the Sullivan Galleries, and Peregrine Program, with his first solo exhibition at Peregrine Program in the Spring of 2013.
His work balances an innate interest in the organic with contemporary trends in sculpture, creating installations that deal with space and perception. Subtle narratives of innocence, growth, and desire intertwine to form an Edenic backdrop that encourages curiosity and exploration.
Liana Owad is a sculptor from York, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in 2010 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in 2014 from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently the new Coordinator of Innovation Studio located in Lincoln, NE at Innovation Campus. Liana is also an instructor of sculpture as well as both perceptual and figure drawing. Her work has been exhibited in the Great Plains Region and Pennsylvania. In her practice, she investigates the conventional nature of home and the perceived ideas of how objects should perform. She playfully explores through exhibition placement and alterations in scale, the control or lack there of an object has over the viewer.
Joy Ude is a fibers/mixed media artist and designer. In her artwork, she explores Black culture as a subset of American culture by addressing sociological issues including education and employment. She also compares and contrasts aspects of Nigerian culture with Black American culture in some of her artwork. Ude earned her BFA in Fashion Design in 2005 from the University of North Texas. After working in the fashion industry for several companies—including J.C. Penney and Levi Strauss—she returned to grad school. Ude graduated from the University of North Texas in May 2013 with her MFA in Fiber Arts. Her work has been included in several regional and national shows, including CraftTexas, Fantastic Fibers, and Fiberart International.
“As an American-born child of Nigerian immigrants, I continually work to shape my identity as an African American woman. Going into the new year, I will focus on images of family members here and abroad in Nigeria. Photo transfer images of these relatives—partially obscured by African wax cloth, burlap, and embroidery—will be combined to create fragmented visual narratives. The series will address the concept of culture loss and the uncertainty of a family history partially lost in translation.”