January 23 Late 'til 8 Artist Mel Ziegler to Speak
Program begins at 7 PM; Cash bar opens at 6 PM

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in partnership with Joslyn Art Museum welcomes artist Mel Ziegler.

This program is held in conjunction with An American Conversation, an exhibition of new works and projects by Mel Ziegler on view now at the Bemis Center through March 1, 2014. The artist will discuss the Bemis exhibition, his work in general, and his recent commission for Temple Israel’s new west Omaha synagogue.  Ziegler will also introduce guests to an important new studio project in western Nebraska.

About the Bemis Exhibition
An American Conversation brings together multiple recent works that occupy a continuum of cultural hierarchies and connect subjects including the American flag, guns, agricultural landscapes and rural life. In the broadest sense, Ziegler's work asserts the value of rural identities and aesthetics and aims to locate authentic spaces within the increasingly fragmented American experience. For Ziegler, and us, the American landscape is a place of deep distress and profound optimism.

About the Artist
Widely known for his collaborative work with his late partner Kate Ericson, Ericson Ziegler was integral to the emergence of integrated practice and community engagement as vital forms of contemporary art. Ziegler is the current chair of the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee.