Visual art and non-musical, interactive artistic performances have been a joint effort for many years between organizations like BFF and Tugboat Gallery, LC staff and volunteer artists from Nebraska.
BFF, Omaha’s advocacy arts nonprofit, has historically brought its communal Mayflower Mobile gallery to Lincoln Calling’s Night Market since 2016. The converted semi-trailer is used as a gallery for art exhibitions and experiences, live performances, and dance parties with live DJs. In addition to being a part of our festival programming, BFF curates special performances and gathers materials and facilitates free, live community art-making throughout the Night Market and is a crucial partner in the Lincoln Calling mural arts initiative. Projected and live-painting murals from local artists have also become a staple in our festival offerings, providing an interactive experience for festival goers to take in work-in-the-making.
Lakota artist Sarah Rowe confronts issues regarding self-identity and exploitation, and re-imagines traditional Native American symbology and dream images to fit the narrative of today’s cultural landscape. Drawing from skewed imagery in storybooks and history books, in conjunction with images from historical winter counts, Sarah projects her vision and experience into the mix with an offbeat enchantment. Rowe’s imagined landscapes are bold and vibrant, containing a shape shifting bestiary layered in tales both familiar and strange.