Nebraska Arts Council
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Note: The previous press release for this exhibition contains incorrect dates for the exhibition opening on Friday, November 3.  

Camille Hawbaker 'Love is a Rippling Circle':  Fred Simon Gallery 

Exhibition dates: Nov. 3 – Dec.. 29, 2017
Opening reception:  Friday, Nov. 3, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Public hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fred Simon Gallery, Nebraska Arts Council, 1004 Farnam Street, Plaza Level, Omaha, NE 68102

(Omaha, Nebraska)

The Nebraska Arts Council will host an opening reception for Camille Hawbaker on Friday, November 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Fred Simon Gallery. Love is a Rippling Circle will be on display until December 29.

Camille Hawbaker, "Galaxy," 2017, silk & ink, 26" 

Camille Hawbaker (Omaha) 
Words are evolving concepts of human language, where their meanings are interwoven to create our perception of the fabric of history and culture. This fabric is a veil that reveals and conceals meaning. Language, by rote, becomes flat, rigid, and predictable when it stays within the boundaries of established ideologies. It follows; we must then disrupt the fabric to sustain the inherent value in words: to unsettle them is to make room for meaning to change.

I write to convey desires, pain, observations, and reflections in personal journals. As my perception transforms, I sense that my words do not express my actual thoughts: the words are a fabric of conventions in which the meaning has vanished. To disrupt the language, I draw, write with flammable liquid, burn, print, and then sew the fragments back together. The resultant objects are created in destruction, and contain the history of what they were within the actuality of what they are.

A new, tactile vocabulary with decorative forms and organic motifs emerges. To me, the motifs reflect the principles of design that govern natural growth, and movement towards an intuitive, bodily understanding that aligns with the passage of time, decay, regeneration, and the perpetual cycles of these processes.

For a more information on Camille Hawbaker click here.


The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), a state agency, provides numerous grants, services and special initiatives that help sustain and promote the arts throughout Nebraska. NAC is supported by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraska Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts.

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