December 8 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 second 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, December 8, 6 pm
Jess Benjamin, ceramic artist, will be joined by panelist Thomas Busciglio-Ritter, Richard and Mary Holland Assistant Curator of American Western Art.

About Jess Benjamin
Jess Benjamin’s imagination was trained in the
irrigation ditches on the 100th Meridian; she is one of the last to be educated in a two-room schoolhouse. Her father began teaching her about land management, geographical history, and farm markets when she was five. Now city-based, Benjamin has gained a balanced perspective on our nation’s water and drought issues. Her ceramic artworks reference the increasing struggles over water rights and are battered reminders of these problems. Benjamin holds a B.A. from Hastings College, an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and is a past recipient of a Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. Her large-scale sculpture has been on view at museums and galleries in the Midwest. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and Sculpture Magazine.