July 21, 2012 BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS & KANEKO
Michael Jones McKean & Nathalie Miebach
Artists, students, educators, and members gathered in Omaha, NE on July 21st for a special full-day ISConnects event at the KANEKO arts space and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. The day began with a lecture by Michael Jones McKean describing the philosophy behind his current work at Bemis. The Rainbow project includes the construction of the largest rainwater collection reservoir in the Midwest, and the technology to pump this stored water through fountains on the roof of the building, resulting in a giant rainbow in the Omaha skyline. McKean and Bemis Chief Curator, Hesse McGraw, then led the audience on a tour of the project and the Bemis building, including the custom plumbing system. An afternoon Open House at KANEKO transitioned into a lecture by Nathalie Miebach, a former resident artist at Bemis and the winner of the 2006 ISC Outstanding Student Achievement Award. Miebach discussed her woven constructions based on scientific weather pattern data, as well as the musical scores she writes to further express such data. A lively Q & A session was followed by a reception at Bemis, and a sunset viewing of The Rainbow in sky.