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Big birds to dominate prints in Lied Art Gallery’s next exhibition

As a student at Omaha Central High School, Amy Haney fell in love with the art of printmaking and the vastness of its possibility.

Translating that immensity into her large-format prints, Haney has turned her eye to birds, insects and other animals in her work, celebrating the variegated palette of nature and the creatures’ attitudes and actions within it. Nov. 2 through Dec. 2, Haney will unveil new work in an exhibition titled Ascend/Descend at the Lied Art Gallery at Creighton University. The exhibition features prints of birds, including a series on birds of destruction that has been several years in the making.

“I enjoy the personalities that come across with a bird’s postures, gestures, colors and shapes,” Haney said. “Birds are interesting because everyone has a story or connection to birds in nature, as an icon or spiritually. I’m drawn to birds because of their unattainability and their adaptability. These beautiful creatures are out of our reach. They circle in our skies and watch us from above. They observe, taking in situations, environments and relationships by being in the moment. In this sense, I feel very connected to them. I develop a dialog between my audience and the birds by utilizing color, composition and, at times, sarcasm. Who is the observer and who is observed?”

Printmaking, Haney says, is the process by which a drawing is created on a matrix of such materials as wood, stone or metal. Then, with a printing press, the matrix is run, under increasing pressure, to create multiple original and distinct prints.

“I enjoy the technical processes, complicated planning and meditative repetitiveness found in printmaking,” Haney said. “The steps taken to create each individual print involve methodical and economical procedures to develop a cohesive edition of prints or ideas. This is when the mediation, for me, creeps in.”

An instructor in art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Haney has taught studio classes in the Omaha area and her work is found in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and in private collections in the San Francisco Bay area and the Microsoft Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling College of Art and Design, a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a master's degree in art history from Prescott College.

Haney’s exhibition opens Nov. 2 with a gallery reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will run Nov. 2 through Dec. 2 during regular gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. The Lied Art Gallery will be closed during Creighton’s Thanksgiving break, Nov. 21 to 25.

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