Current Exhibition

Converging Matrices: Artworks of Shea Wilkinson and Travis Apel
Monday, Oct 27 - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Reception: Thursday, Nov 6 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 brings the opening of the exhibition Converging Matrices: Artworks of Shea Wilkinson and Travis Apel at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

“Converging Matrices” features the work of two Omaha-based artists, Shea Wilkinson and Travis Apel. The exhibition title points to themes of algebraic symbols, cosmic biology and intercellular webs—descriptions that strongly unite both artists’ works. Textile artist Shea Wilkinson has created highly detailed quilts executed by her “free-motion” sewing method. Her current series takes a focused look at plant cross-sections, a hidden world of intricacies, puzzles, and well-ordered imperfections. Metalsmith Travis Apel has created sculptures using aluminum, brass, and bronze in shapes inspired by the anatomy of nature and its networks and linkages. The results of his investigations have produced gestural forms evoking the Modernist shapes of Henri Moore.

Shea Wilkinson is a Nebraska native and has sewn clothes, costumes, quilts, and dolls since childhood. She has won numerous awards for her intricate, thread-based work. Travis Apel is originally from Missouri and now lives and works in Omaha where he creates sculptures and custom jewelry. He has created objects by the traditional lost wax method for over a decade.

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 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.

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