Woodcuts in Wisconsin

A few years ago, I started seeing my friend Kris Akse more. He had been my undergraduate roommate, and we had maintained an active friendship for much of the 25 years I have known him. For the past three years,…

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Block 16

Block 16 has been one of my absolutely favorite restaurants ever since I moved downtown. It is not an exaggeration to say that their short rib french dip sandwich has made such an impact on my kids that it has…

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Amsterdam Prints

Kanaal 10 in Amsterdam was where I spent my most recent residency. The year was 2008, and most of my days were spent like this: Four hours drawing from the collection at the Rijksmuseum followed by four hours of wandering…

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Open Studio: May 2

On Saturday, May 2, I will be hosting┬ámy annual Open Studio, which I have done in conjunction with the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting every year for 7 or 8 years now. Generally, only a handful of people who are in…

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Might Makes Right

Several years ago, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle was going through a recall. Due to the vagaries of the recall process in Nebraska, there are several steps during which no one knows if a month-long free-for-all election will take place, or…

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The Stolen Series

After I moved back to Chicago following graduate school, I was producing work and hoping that it would start to take a direction I could understand. At this time, I was approached by an abundance of friends who were interested…

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Field of Vision

I went to Washington, D.C. for grad school in the summer of 2001. Coming from Chicago, D.C. felt like a very small and vibrant city, but one that was about to have a really crappy 2 years–the Chandra Levy disappearance,…

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Blizzard Voices

In 2006, I moved to Omaha from Chicago, feeling like I had just made a huge sacrifice in┬ámy art career. I was leaving one of the great cities of the world, with its active gallery scene and known creative paths…

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Mary Aketo George

Whenever I get wrapped up in the process of a new project–particularly in the public artwork space–I am continuously overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude as well as awareness of my incredible luck to be able to to this job. My…

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