ODC Theater Presents This is Also the Art with Lauren Simpson
Thursday, April 29, 5:30 PM PT (virtual)
Meet the Artist. The Work. The Process.
Join a lively conversation between ODC Theater Resident Artist, Lauren Simpson, and collaborators Celeste Butler (Textile and Fiber Artist) and Nick Miller (Painter), Galen Rogers (Dancer), and Dereck Higgins (Musician) as they give a glimpse into the process of their works in the liminal times and spaces between performances.
ODC Theater Resident Artist Lauren Simpson created Moving Truck, a performance for the front lawns of Omaha residents during the Fall months of 2020; it was featured in the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America. From 2014-2019 she and Jenny Stulberg created a large body of work called Still Life Dances. Lauren is an artist in residence at ODC Theater and a recipient of the Drew Billings Grant through Amplify Arts, Omaha. Ed.M. Harvard University, M.F.A. University of Colorado-Boulder.
Lauren recently organized the gallery installation and performance project, Celestial Real Estate Agency. It investigated visual, felt, and sound-based interpretations of sunlight. Five artists responded to one another’s work in a cumulative sequence of prompts and responses. Celestial Real Estate deals in the proprietorship of intangible services such as ultraviolet, visible, and infrared portions of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum or the feeling of heat in your body.
About the Artists
- Lauren Simpson
Lauren Simpson is an Omaha-based choreographer. Her recent project Moving Truck was performed on front lawns throughout Omaha and featured in the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America program. From 2014-2019 she and collaborator Jenny Stulberg created Still Life Dances, a series of movement studies based on still life paintings. These works were nominated for two Izzie Awards in 2016 and received generous support from foundations and an award from San Francisco Arts Commission. Lauren is currently an artist in residence at ODC Theater in San Francisco through 2021 and a recipient of the 2020 Drew Billings Artist Support Grant through Amplify Arts. She held residencies at CounterPulse Theater, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company through its CHIME Program. Lauren danced for choreographers Liz Lerman and Risa Jaroslow. She was on faculty at Harvard College, University of San Francisco and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. She completed an M.F.A. at University of Colorado-Boulder, Ed.M. at Harvard University, B.A. at Carleton College.
- Celeste Butler
Celeste Butler is a fiber and textile artist, Quiltologist, and storyteller based in Omaha, NE. Butler has worked on several community engagement art projects, celebrating the pride and culture of North Omaha and collaborating with mothers who have lost their children to violence, developing set design for 2019 Union Fellow Liz Gre’s opera Whispered Like the Wind, and more. Butler has participated in in-school artist-in-residences, working with children at Nelson Mandela and Saratoga Elementary Schools, teaching the next generation the art of quilting and storytelling. Her work has been widely exhibited, including the 2020 Citylight Arts Project, the Durham Western Heritage Museum, the 2018-2019 Thread exhibition at the Museum of Nebraska Arts, and the Film Streams (Dundee, Omaha) permanent gallery collection. In 2018 Butler presented a solo quilt exhibition at the Burgwin Wright House Museum (Wilmington, North Carolina). Her work was featured in the group exhibitions Yours For Race and Country: Reflections on the Life of Colonel Charles Young (National Afro-American Museum, 2019) and Visioning Human Rights: Quilting in the New Millennium (Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 2018).
- Nick Miller
Nick Miller is an artist and educator working and teaching in Omaha, NE. Specializing in geometric abstraction, he is a painter, sculpture and installation artist who also has created dozens of murals across the United States —in Buffalo, San Francisco, Austin, Memphis, Philadelphia ,Kansas City and Omaha. With an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, and a BFA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 2006 and a year at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, Miller has exhibited his work at Burchfield Penney Art Center, Benjamin’s Gallery, Buffalo;; Artpark, Lewiston, NY; Tower Fine Art Gallery at SUNY Brockport; Cultural Center in Niagara Falls; Co-Lab Projects, Austin,TX; The Contemporary Austin; the Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco;Project Project Gallery, Omaha; University of Nebraska Gallery, Omaha. His work is permanently installed at the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery and in the collection of Fidelity Investments amongst others. He has received awards for his work including a Spark Award for DEC Program of the Year from ASI(Art Services Initiative) of Western NY in 2017 and Best New Public Art from Austin Monthly in 2013.
- Galen Rogers
Galen Rogers grew up in San Francisco studying taiko, aikido, capoeira, gamelan, and tablas. These forms provide the foundation of his physicality and musicality and cultivated curiosity, sensitivity, and an expansive vocabulary from an early age. At Oberlin College he earned his BA in ethnomusicology and founded Oberlin College Taiko. After graduating from Oberlin College in '12 he joined Jiten Daiko, a taiko ensemble based in San Francisco that focuses on pioneering new expressive territory for taiko arts. He has been the director of this ensemble since 2014. in 2013 he also began studying Gaga with James Graham. He performed professionally and toured with James Graham Dance Theater in 2016 and 2017, and has continued to dance professionally ever since. He also currently teaches taiko at Rosa Parks Elementary, John Muir Elementary, and Marin Academy, and he teaches taiko, capoeira, gamelan, and ethnomusicology at San Francisco Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
- Dereck Higgins
Dereck Higgins has been active in music since the 70's. He is known for his bass playing skills and diverse musical interests. He has played many styles from punk to jazz to blues to electronic to Cajun. Dereck's music projects include membership in the bands RAF and InDreama, as well as solo and guest appearances. Dereck is Omaha Entertainment and Arts' Artist of the Year for 2021.
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Generator space image by Joey Carter