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photograph by Noah Buscher

Showing Now

March 6th 2018
7-10PM
116 N 14th. Lincoln, NE.
Above Gomez Art Supply
Closing Apr.28

Tugboat Proudly Presents:
“A Second Guess”

A group show featuring work by Madison Svendgard, Kendall Johnson, and Chadric Devin

“A Second Guess” is a story about understanding and exploring our imperfections using discarded prints, gouache, journal pages, washi, and collage.

Madison Svendgard:
creates gouache paintings on paper. Her work is primarily figurative and narrative based.

Kendall Johnson:
Pieced together with old prints from my stint as a printmaker, bits and bops from watercolor sheets, scraps of journal pages written in a drunken stupor and obsessive mark making all come together to form these collages. Using my own personal iconography I navigate my fears, anxiety and introspection.

Chadric Devin:
The objects and materials in my work depict the struggle I have with my body and my obsessive desire to manipulate and reshape it. This installation is reflection on a space where I saw first understood my body as imperfect: the gym.


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March 2nd. 2018
7-10PM
116 N 14th. Lincoln, NE.
Above Gomez Art Supply
Closing Mar.30

Tugboat Proudly Presents:
“Thick as Thieves”

A group show featuring work by Rachel Buse, Jennifer Leatherby, and Tiffany Sinnott.

“Thick as Thieves” radically formed from the uprising of three friends: Rachel Buse, Jennifer Leatherby and Tiffany Sinnott. Each artist works in mixed media installations and speaks to the realities, abstractions and infrastructures of their life.

Rachel Buse: originally of Lincoln, is a sculptor in Des Moines, Iowa. Her large-scale fabric works emphasize the physical weight of emotions by playing with proportion, scale and touch. She was awarded a 2015 Iowa Artist Fellowship from the State of Iowa and held residency at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum in their 2015 Tough Art Program. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008.

Jennifer Leatherby: is a painter, illustrator, installation and performance artist living and working in Des Moines, IA. She studied art and design at Humboldt State University in Northern California. She has shown in California, Iowa, and Manchester, England. Jennifer’s work often references femininity, oppression, space, and how we exist inside of it.

Tiffany Sinnott: is a multi-media artist with both a certificate in animation and an MFA in studio art. Her residencies and fellowships include La Pocha Notra in Santa Fe, NM, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI and Vermont Studio Center in Johnston VT. Sinnott’s video-installation and sculptural works deal with the poetics of space, action and ethics. Thick as Thieves is her first show in Lincoln, NE.


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February 2nd. 2017
7-10PM
116 N 14th. Lincoln, NE.
Above Gomez Art Supply
Closing Feb.24

Tugboat Proudly Presents:
“Pathways”

A group show featuring work by Megan McClintic, Nadia Shinkunas, and Shawn Teseo Ballarin.

“Pathways” brings together three artists whose approach to space takes three very different styles, yet whose dedication to environment and precision remains.

Nadia Shinkunas: I live for the shadows, negative space, and details perceived as insignificant, but couldn’t be farther from that. We absorb a massive amount of visual information daily, but do we really comprehend what we see? In this fast paced world, I focus on how seemingly minuscule variables, light, shadow, location; constantly alter our perceptions without us even noticing.

Megan McClintic: Currently, I ask others for objects to paint. I request the object has importance to them but allow them to interpret what that means. For example, the importance might be the struggle for a better life for a daughter or remembering a loved one. Gathering objects from people began as a self-healing method and became a project that touches the lives of others.

After experiencing trauma, moving forward is difficult. The comfort of knowing what to expect can be easier than facing the fear of the unknown. Past trauma misled me into believing I could not form meaningful connections with others. My work challenges this thought. I reach out to others and learn important details of their lives. I celebrate their accomplishments and offer comfort for pain. In return, I receive gratitude and triumph over trauma.

The #metoo Movement influences the way I approach my work. #metoo became a battle cry for awareness and change. Although #metoo has made positive strides, it is not entirely conducive for survivors’ healing. Survivors stand in different places in their path towards hope. Tarana Burke started ‘Me too’ as a subtle way for survivors to share comfort between one another. While the need for bold change persists, so does urgency for a softer, compassionate form of healing. Although I do not strictly ask survivors for objects, my work demonstrates the idea of tenderness in social change.

Shawn Teseo Ballarin: My paintings explore the themes of travel, isolation and change through simple, sometimes primal subject matter. The rhythmic use of pattern and expressive brushstrokes are intended to give the paintings a soothing, comforting quality that I hope reflects the human tendency to find peace or even beauty when faced with struggle or pain. I am interested in straddling the line between abstraction and representation. I hope the layers in my paintings, particularly the deepest ones that are often barely visible, inspire viewers to look carefully at the work and to reflect on what else might lie underneath.


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January 5th. 2017
7-10PM
116 N 14th. Lincoln, NE.
Above Gomez Art Supply

Tugboat Proudly Presents:
“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”

“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” portrays what Live Yes Studios aims to accomplish on a daily basis: local artists encouraging clients to express themselves in an environment free of judgment. Together, they’ve created collaborative pieces ranging from paintings to embroidery and other mixed media. Each work utilizes combined interests between client and staff which include animals, old cars, tattoo art, outer space, and more!

Live Yes Studiosis a nonprofit art and music studio in Lincoln, Nebraska which supports adults with disabilities. Through the arts, the artists learn life skills to better enrich their lives and fulfill their potential. They seek to break down societal barriers and celebrate the unique abilities each person brings to this open and creative environment. Live Yes Studios is a program of Resources for Human Development. More information can be found at liveyesstudio.com or on Instagram (@liveyesstudios) and Facebook.


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October 6th 2017
7-10PM
16 N 14th. Lincoln, NE.
Above Gomez Art Supply
Closing October 28th

Tugboat Proudly Presents:
“Deep Base”

“Deep Base” is not your Grandma’s ceramic butter dish, it is a vibrant explosion of ceramics and non-traditional material used in a contemporary exciting way. These 3 artists will make you look close and than closer at their work that is meant not to shock but to create dialog.

Larry creates ceramic objects that explore issues of sexual identity, the phallus, and fetish objects. These highly ornamented and kitschy works masquerade as items that one might typically find in a domestic setting. However, upon closer inspection, the viewer will discover a more subversive intention. In 2016, his work was exhibited as part of the national juried student show at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual convention in Kansas City (NCECA). He has also shown work at Doane College in Crete and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. A native of Nebraska, Larry earned his Bachelors in Fine Arts and Masters in Education from the University of Nebraska. He taught ceramics at the high school level before pursuing his Masters in Fine Arts.

Wansoo Kim is pursuing his Master of Fine Art degree in Ceramics from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seoul National University of Science and Technology. Through creating sculpture, he explores overlooked dichotomies, such as ignorance and awareness, inside and outside, above and below, and what we have seen or not seen.

Rosana Ybarra is a queer interdisciplinary artist from Portland, OR with a current focus on sculpture/painting hybrids and performance. She is a Master of Fine Arts candidate and
Instructor of Record at University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her work has most recently exhibited at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Project Project in Omaha, NE, Pure Surface in Portland, OR, the Arts & Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI, and III of Cups in Lincoln, NE. Rosana’s art is an index of her own self-exorcism. Her work offers an invitation to examine the psychosocial nuances of indoctrination through object-body experiences.


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