October 13 Joslyn Around Town
Based in Omaha
6 pm

Free admission. This program is held at the Ashton Building, located at 1229 Millwork Avenue.

Stop by for the first program of a new series designed to connect audiences with what it means to be a working artist in Omaha. Based in Omaha features artists in dialogue with Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, and guest panelists from the Museum staff or other organizations. Over the coming year, conversations will delve into a broad range of current topics, including racial justice movements, the climate crisis, Indigenous identities, trauma and healing, and more. We look forward to seeing you at the Ashton Building at Millwork Commons, a collaborative community inspiring and supporting the work of innovators and creators by providing engaging spaces to work, live, connect, explore, and unwind.

Thursday, October 13, 6 pm
Celeste Butler, fiber and textile artist, will be joined by panelist Pamela Hinson, artist and Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Manager.

About Celeste Butler

Celeste Butler is a native Omahan, fiber and textile artist, quiltologist, ceramicist, and storyteller. Her father's migration North in the 1940s influences the major themes of her work: family, nature, and landscapes. Quilting is in her blood, and she carries on traditions passed down from her grandmother, godmother, and Black women in her neighborhood. Her earliest memories are of spending hours playing with fabric while listening to stories told by her elders, watching and learning as they sewed, quilted, and crocheted. Through segregation and economic injustices, they created magic out of material. Butler's art pays homage to the barriers they broke through—in fashion and in life. Butler engages in community collaborations and projects celebrating the pride and culture of North Omaha. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.