KANEKO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bruce Carpenter Henry Davis Robert Duncan (Co-Chair) Deryl F. Hamann Frank Hayes (Treasurer) Larry Jobeun (Secretary) Ree and Jun Kaneko Vicki Krecek Karen Linder Marilyn and Carl Mammel Royce Maynard John P. Nelson (Vice Chairman) Zach Rawling Polina Schlott, MPA Robert Schlott (Co-Chair) Steve Seline Therman Statom
AMONG THE MANY APPROACHES TO CREATIVITY CELEBRATED BY KANEKO ARE THE PATHWAYS EXPLORED BY JUN KANEKO HIMSELF. OVER THE COURSE OF 50 YEARS SPENT WORKING IN BOTH HIS NATIVE JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES, JUN HAS USED CLAY AND OTHER MATERIALS AS A DOORWAY INTO THE VERY NATURE OF OBJECTS, ATTEMPTING TO UNDERSTAND HOW THEY OCCUPY SPACE IN OUR WORLD, HOW THEY RELATE TO ONE ANOTHER AND HOW THEY HELP US EXPERIENCE OUR HUMANITY IN A MEANINGFUL WAY
When one understands the trajectory of Jun Kaneko’s life, the inception of KANEKO in Omaha fits intuitively into his artistic journey and the Omaha creative community at large. Jun was born in Nagoya, Japan, in 1942, and studied painting with Satoshi Ogawa during his adolescence— working in his studio during the day and attending high school in the evening.
Jun came to the United States in 1963 to continue his studies at Chouinard Institute of Art, when his introduction to Fred Marer drew him to sculptural ceramics. He proceeded to study with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, and Jerry Rothman in California during the time now defined as the Contemporary Ceramics Movement in America. The following decade, Jun taught at some of the nation’s leading art schools, including Scripps College, Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art, before settling permanently in Omaha in 1986. 9
KANEKO was established in 1998 by Jun and his wife Ree, whose extensive experience with the Omaha arts community, nonprofit administration and collaboration have been an essential part of the organization’s development. KANEKO was imagined as an open space to explore and encourage the process of creativity, and how it impacts our lives. Ree and Jun wanted to expose audiences to how creativity manifests itself across a whole range of human activity—art, science, philosophy, business, urban planning, education—to cultivate creativity in our citizens and invest in a creative society.
CREATIVITY BEGINS WITH AN IDEA—SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY. OUR PURPOSE IS EXPLORING THE CREATIVE PROCESS—HOW AN NEW IDEA IS BORN INTO THE ARTS, SCIENCES AND PHILOSOPY. THERE IS NO RESTRICTION FOR CREATIVE ACTIVITY. IMAGINATION HAS COMPLETE FREEDOM.
SUPPORTING AND PROMOTING FREEDOM IN CREATIVITY IS KANEKO’S MISSION.
LOCATED IN THREE HISTORIC WAREHOUSE BUILDINGS, KANEKO’S PHYSICAL SPACE IS AS INSPIRING AS ITS ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING. IT IS A UNIQUE ARENA FOR THE EXPLORATION OF IDEAS, ART FORMS, TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES AND SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES, AND AN OPEN FORUM FOR DEBATE, DISCUSSION, CONTEMPLATION AND INNOVATION.
KANEKO is housed in the former home of the Fairmont Creamery Company, which was incorporated in 1884 in Fairmont, Nebraska. The company was founded for the production and sale of butter, eggs and poultry.
The Fairmont Creamery Company had a rapid expansion after the turn of the century. The general offices were moved from Fairmont, NE to Omaha, NE in 1907, which was a more convenient location. By 1930 the company had nearly 3,000 cream stations throughout the United States providing a market for their home-separated cream.
Ice cream was first manufactured at the Omaha plant in 1907. By 1934, ice cream was made at nearly all plants. In 1920 Fairmont created what is believed to have been the first refrigerated ice cream delivery truck in the United States. This truck, built by an Omaha mechanic, was used to service retail stores from the factory. 19
During the 1970s, Fairmont Foods closed and disposed of several of its original dairy and snack food operations and moved its headquarters from Omaha to Houston. The last ice cream processing plant, located in Omaha, was closed in December 1982 after being bought out by Circle K Corporation.
Jun acquired the first Old Market warehouse building in 1988, and subsequently purchased two adjacent buildings. By 2003, renovations began to present KANEKO to the public. Los Angeles architect Mark Mack was named the principal architect and designer, integrating the historic structures with contemporary design elements, balancing the duality of preservation and innovation. The first space in the KANEKO complex opened to the public in 2009 was the former 9,200 square-foot Ford Allied Van garage building. The renovations designed by Mack and implemented by Omaha architect William Stott. Now known as SPACE 1, the interior is free of columns or other vertical supports, making the uninterrupted space unusually versatile. Ideal for exhibitions, performances, seminars and large audiences, the SPACE 1 renovation was funded by Omaha philanthropist Richard D. Holland and its opening heralded the exciting future of KANEKO.
KANEKO COMPLETED RENOVATION OF ITS EXISTING SPACE IN 2013, CREATING MULTI-LEVEL EXHIBIT GALLERIES, CREATIVE PROGRAMMING SPACES AND MULTIMEDIA ROOMS ON BOTH THE LOWER AND UPPER LEVELS.
THESE RENOVATIONS TRIPLED THE USABLE SPACE FOR KANEKO AND ITS PARTNERS
A collaborative effort between KANEKO and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the KANEKOUNO Library opened its doors in 2009. This creativity library is a state-of-the-art facility of the future, a space that provides resources, stimuli and intellectual possibilities.
watercolor of Space 6, Mark Mack
watercolor of Space 5, Mark Mack
Wade Davis, Light at the Edge of the World, May 2008
OUR GOAL DURING KANEKO’S INITIAL PROGRAMMING PERIOD WAS TO CREATE DIALOGUE, SHARE CREATIVE CONCEPTS AND ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY.
The Great Minds lecture series, a forum for the world’s most advanced thinkers, began with the inaugural lecture presented by Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Subsequent speakers included Sir Ken Robinson, celebrated scholar on creativity and education; Dr. Kathy Schick and Dr. Nicholas Toth, archeologists at the Leakey Foundation; Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; and Sweeta Noori of Women for Women International. This high-caliber roster continued with Joan Acocello, acclaimed critic for The New Yorker magazine; Josh Cooley, Academy Awardwinning animator of the celebrated animated films Up and Ratatouille; and singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash. PORTALS, the collaborative contemporary project developed and realized by the Experimental Studio at KANEKO, was brought to audiences to witness the creation of exceptional art. A professional team made up of two musicians, a filmmaker, a poet and a dancer responded to a new work written especially for PORTALS by composer Phillip Glass. Violinist Timothy Fain and dancer/ choreographer Benjamin Millepied performed Glass’s six-movement suite based on Leonard Cohen’s Book of Longing, which premiered in New York City, traveled back to Omaha where it was created and performed at KANEKO and then moved on to Los Angelels, and continues to tour throughout the U.S. Just as the Experimental Studio encouraged freeform thinking at KANEKO, IDEA LAB is a programmatic umbrella that manifests the KANEKO concept in the community. IDEA LAB has built pivotal educational programs such as Seeing With New Eyes, a new way of teaching and learning for American Indian children and teens, which has been successfully adopted by the public school system. Steel sculptures by the renowned American abstract sculptor Fletcher Benton anchored an exhibit of his work at KANEKO, Folded Square Alphabets and Numericals. His pieces from this series served as a focal point for a season of programs and events. 35
Big Omaha, May 2014
Omaha Symphony, New Music Symposium, May 2012
ARCH 1, Mark Mack + Unrealized Projects, March 2013
PORTALS Experimental Studio, April 2011
Omaha Fashion Week, March 2012
Big Omaha, 2013
AS THE MOST PUBLIC FACE OF KANEKO, PROGRAMMING MANIFESTS AN EXPANSIVE DEFINITION OF CREATIVITY. KANEKO PRESENTS LECTURES, EXHIBITIONS AND READINGS BY VISUAL AND LITERARY ARTISTS; PERFORMANCES BY MUSICIANS, DANCERS, ACTORS AND CONCEPTUALISTS; AND LECTURES BY SCIENTISTS AND PHILOSOPHERS WHO ARE ACTIVELY CREATING OUR WORLD. SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND CAMPS INVITE THE CURIOUS TO BECOME PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN LEARNING ABOUT BOTH NEW AND FAMILIAR SUBJECTS.
Big Omaha, 2013
Big Omaha, 2013
National Cartoonists Society Conference, October 2010
INCREASED PROGRAMMING CONTINUES TO CONNECT KANEKO’S MISSION WITH THE COMMUNITY. KANEKO ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING—SUCH AS REIMAGINING LEADERSHIP, FEEDBACK, EKO NOVA AND THE GREAT MINDS SERIES—IS BEING EXPANDED AS KANEKO UTILIZES THE EXISTING SPACE RENOVATIONS AND THE ADDITION OF THE ATRIUM AND THE COLLECTION BUILDING. KANEKO ALSO CONTINUES TO HOST ANNUAL SUMMER CAMPS FOCUSING ON EXPLORING THE CREATIVE PROCESS IN ART, DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE AND BEYOND. SHARING IDEAS, SPACE AND CREATIVE ENERGY IS WHAT KANEKO IS ALL ABOUT. IN ADDITION TO RUNNING OUR OWN INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS, KANEKO ALSO PARTNERS WITH OTHERS WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE CREATIVE CULTURE IN THE OMAHA-METRO AREA.
Seeing With New Eyes, Summer 2012
KANEKO Camps, Architecture Camp, Summer 2013
Fletcher Benton, Folded Square Alphabets and Numericals, September 2010
Stanford Lipsey, Affinity of Form, April 2011
Big Omaha, 2014
KANEKO Camps, Architecture Camp, Summer 2014
EDUCATION IS IMPLICIT IN ALL KANEKO PROGRAMS, WHICH ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BECOME ACTIVE CONTRIBUTORS TO THE FABRIC OF KANEKO. WORKING WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS, KANEKO OFFERS INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES AND HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS TO ENGAGE AND EMPOWER THE COMMUNITY WITH THE CREATIVE PROCESS.
Omaha Under the Radar, Music For 18 Musicians, July 2014
Nicholas Kristof and Sonia Nazario, (Un)Covering Human Crises, November 2009
KANEKO Camps, Video Game Design Camp, Summer 2014
Reimagining Leadership, September 2013
Louder Than A Bomb, March 2014
Great Plains Theatre Conference, ĂŚtherplough performance, May 2014
Patrick Siler, brush workshop, June 2013
Truck-A-Tecture, Summer 2014
Off-Site, Summer 2014
No Strangers, Spring 2014
THE C A M PA I G N FOR K A N E KO
T H E C A M PA I G N F O R K A N E KO COLLECTION BUILDING OPENS
Pledged for Collection Building
Atrium Project Funded & Opens
2016 2015 2014
Interior Renovations Complete & New Spaces Open Interior Renovations Begin
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Bow Truss Opens & K-UNO Library Opens Bow Truss Renovations Early Interior Renovations
2011 2010 2009 2008 2003
7 6 5 4 3 2 1 MILLION
In creating a unified campus, visionary architect Mark Mack identifies his primary goal as integrating the historic structures with contemporary design elements. This duality of preservation and innovation is manifest in the zigzag roof profile of the steel and glass façade, presenting the regeneration of the original warehouse structures as a new aesthetic presence. The elegant, industrial veneer also unifies the disparate roof lines and volumes of the historic buildings. Inside, a dynamic series of wide stairways surround a central atrium space. As visitors proceed up the stairs, moving from the main entrance and first floor programming spaces to the second floor, they arrive at a large, light-filled, gallery space that anchors KANEKO as an open environment for contemplating, questioning, and learning. Staff offices, conference rooms, storage areas and other functional spaces are easily accessible from the public areas. Outside, distinctive black and white striped granite sidewalks delineate the campus, announcing KANEKO to the historic downtown district. The welcoming aesthetic of the new Atrium and a new area dedicated to view work from the growing KANEKO collection will be complemented by a new retail space showcasing program and mission-related merchandise. This space is projected to increase foot traffic and attendance numbers at KANEKO and will capitalize on the proximity the Old Market and its large public following.
The Atrium Project is the gateway to the final phase of the KANEKO Campus, the Collection Building, which will provide a permanent location for the massive KANEKO Collection. The Collection at KANEKO is the conceptual nucleus of the Campus. A contemporary exhibition area, archive and storage facility that is contiguous with the other KANEKO spaces, The Collection now comprises of works by Jun, artists and objects that have influenced him. Jun has promised more than 2000 works to The Collection, making it a premier resource for, study, research, programming and teaching. Guest curators, artists, art history students, and staff can interpret works from The Collection, tracing Kaneko’s artistic process and his aesthetic evolution. The Collection will also maintain an active lending program and an ongoing calendar of internationally travelling exhibitions. When elementary, middle and high school students tour The Collection they learn about the impetus for KANEKO, and that exposure to art of the highest quality can inspire them to experiment and be creative. The general audience sees the exceptional collection as a vivid introduction to KANEKO’s origins. As KANEKO evolves, The Collection will remain the heart of the campus, bringing all who enter back to the source of KANEKO. We request your support to complete the KANEKO Campus. Over seven years of increasingly comprehensive programming has laid a strong foundation of exploring the creative process, engaging the local community, and building an international presence. Realizing these projects will solidify KANEKO as a world-class center for creativity.
THE CONTINUED RENOVATION OF KANEKO BEGINS WITH THE ADDITION OF THE STEEL AND GLASS ATRIUM ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE KANEKO BUILDING. OUR NEW FRONT ENTRANCE—APPROXIMATELY ONE BLOCK LONG AND SPANNING FROM 11TH TO 12TH STREETS—IS SCHEDULED TO BREAK GROUND SOON. A BLACK AND WHITE GRANITE SIDEWALK INSTALLATION, DESIGNED BY JUN KANEKO, WILL SURROUND THE KANEKO CAMPUS, SETTING THE BUILDING APART FROM ANY BUILDING IN THE REGION AND CREATING A PLAZA-LIKE EFFECT ON JONES STREET.
THE WELCOMING AESTHETIC OF THE ATRIUM WILL BE COMPLEMENTED BY A NEW RETAIL SPACE SHOWCASING PROGRAM AND MISSIONRELATED MERCHANDISE, AS WELL AS PROVIDING ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES— ENHANCEMENTS THAT WILL PROMOTE AND SERVE THE MISSION OF KANEKO WELL INTO THE FUTURE.
THE COLLECTION BUILDING WILL SIT SOUTH OF SPACE 1. ALSO DESIGNED BY MARK MACK, KANEKO’S NEW COLLECTION BUILDING WILL HOUSE THE CORE COLLECTION OF WORKS AND ARCHIVAL RECORDS BY JUN KANEKO, PROVIDING EXAMPLES OF NOTES, SKETCHBOOKS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND WORKS CHRONICLING HIS IMPORTANT AND VARIED CAREER. THIS BUILDING WILL ALSO HOUSE ANTIQUITIES AND OTHER WORKS BY INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED ARTISTS IN THE KANEKO COLLECTION. THIS COLLECTION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY IN KEEPING WITH KANEKO’S MISSION.
STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN THE HISTORICAL FABRIC OF THE OLD MARKET AND A WORLD IN A STATE OF MOTION AND CHANGE, THE CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF COLLECTION BUILDING AIMS TO TO STAND AS A SYMBOL OF JUN KANEKO’S WORK IN CONTRAST TO THE EXISTING BRICK BUILDINGS ON THE KANEKO CAMPUS. RISING FROM THE BLACK AND WHITE GRANITE SIDEWALK INSTALLATION THAT SURROUNDS THE KANEKO CAMPUS, THE COLLECTION BUILDING WILL NOT ONLY CONNECT TO THE EXISTING SPACE 1, BUT WILL ALSO ALLOW FOR BOTH INDOOR EXHIBITION SPACE AND OUTDOOR SCULPTURE GARDENS FOR EVER-CHANGING EXHIBITIONS. THE LOCATION OF KANEKO, SURROUNDED BY DOWNTOWN HOUSING AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND THE EXPANSION OF THE KANEKO CAMPUS SOLIDIFY THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE OLD MARKET AND KANEKO AS A CENTER FOR CREATIVITY.
COLLECTION GALLERY STORAGE 1
RAMP DOWN TO PARKING
GALLERY A: 2,707 sq ft
A: 3,710 sq ft
A: 1,109 sq ft
KANEKO-UNO LIBRARY A: 3,446 sq ft
SPACE 1 A:9,200 sq ft
SPACE 2 A: 2,191 sq ft
SPACE 3 A: 3,275 sq ft
A: 908 sq ft
EDUCATIONAL CATERING W OFFICES A: 908 sq ft
SPACE 4 A: 4,224 sq ft
OPEN TO BELOW
second floor COLLECTION A: 3,987 sq ft +14'-0"
A: 4,989 sq ft +14'-2"
A: 4,771 sq ft
A: 1,105 sq ft
A: 390 sq ft
RAMP DOWN TO PARKING
REMOVABLE PANELS FOR LOADING
STEEL STAIR WITH GLASS RAILING
GALLERY A: 2,707 sq ft +6'-0"
STORAGE A: 3,710 sq ft
STAIR OR RAMP
OPEN TO BELOW
LOADING GATE ROLL-UP DOOR
ground floor LOBBY
A: 1,109 sq ft -2'-0"
REMOVABLE PANELS FOR LOADING
OPEN TO BELOW
OPEN TO BELOW
ROOF DECK 17
STEEL STAIR WITH GLASS RAILING
STEEL STAIR WITH GLASS RAILING
A: 4,000 sq ft
A: 3,715 sq ft
A: 2,246 sq ft
Thank you to our generous donors and partners 1,000,000+ Anonymous Karen and Robert Duncan Holland Family Foundation Richard Holland Ree and Jun Kaneko Marilyn and Carl Mammel $500,000—999,999 Karen and James Linder, M.D. Ichiro Okada Omaha Community Foundation
Alan and Marcia Baer Family Charitable Trust
Leisa and David Austin
Bentley Gallery, Inc.
Sandy Besser Susie Buffett
Clark Creative Group Distribution Fund Dorothy B. Davis Family Foundation Sandie Eskin Eskin Family Foundation Linda Esterling and Steve Wake Gallery Kasahara Gebert Contemporary
Polina and Bob Schlott
Ursula M. and Stephen J. Gebert
Lincoln Community Foundation
Susan and Michael Dell Peter Kiewit Foundation Sheila and Michael Rips Weitz Family Foundation $100,000— 249,999 Anonymous Robert B. Daugherty Foundation Henry A. Davis
Daryl Lillie and John Lillie Nicolaysen Art Museum Omaha World Herald Kathy and Troy Perry Eve and Fred Simon Vrana Construction Wake Charitable Foundation
Bullseye Glass Company Elaine and Sidney Cohen The Contemporary Museum Barbara and Eric Dobkin Dobkin Family Foundation Elaine Baker Gallery Frank Hayes Gail Severn Gallery Humanities Nebraska Imago Galleries Iowa West Foundation Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Vicki and David Krecek Elaine and Earl Liff Nebraska Community Foundation Sharee and Murray Newman Omaha Hotel Corporation Brian Pelowski Justin Perri
First National Bank of Omaha
Gerry and Bruce Lauritzen Kathy and Marc LeBaron Nebraska Arts Council Anne and John P. Nelson Sherwood Foundation Gail and Mike Yanney
Patricia and Earl Scudder Kippy Boulton Stroud Warren Distribution Woods Charitable Fund Donna Woods and Jon Hinrichs Kristae and Peter Zandbergen
Shirley and Michael Sorrell
Acklie Charitable Foundation
Ann and Gene Spence
John and Kelly Balistreri
Therman Statom University of Iowa
Rkachea and Bruce Carpenter ConAgra Foods (Research, Quality and Innovation) Alice Corning and Richard Massey Elaine Baker Gallery Carol Gendler Gerald Peters Gallery Carmen and John Gottschalk Jan E. Hailey Sidonie Haines HDR ilumin Larry A. Jobeun Locks Gallery Patricia and John MacDonald Nancy and Michael McCarthy Nana Smith and J.B. Milliken Mission Clay Products Montessori Co-op School Sandy and Jeffrey A. Passer, M.D. Perry V. Haines Foundation Peggy Reinecke and Dean Arkfeld Sherry Leedy Gallery Betiana and Todd Simon Annette and Paul Smith Lisa and Thomas Smith Smith Kramer Fine Art Services
University of Nebraska Foundation University of Wyoming
Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation
Turkey and Peter Stremmel
The Springcreek Foundation
Dr. Peter Suzuki Monté and Duane Thompson Ted Townsend
Valmont Industries, Inc.
Union Pacific Corporation
Dawn and Carl Von Bernuth
Lyn and C. Thomas White
Dorothy and Fred Weiss
Kate and Roger Weitz
William Traver Gallery
Dayton Visual Arts Center Marilyn and Terry Diamond Melissa and Patrick J. Duffy Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Angie and Dan Muhleisen Fredrick P. Ogren Paypal, Inc. RDO Truck Center
Anita and Ron Wornick
Dicobe Tapes, Inc. Shehzad Hasan Helen and Richard Kelley Lincoln Financial Foundation Maurine Littleton Locks Gallery Royce Maynard McCarthy Capital Corporation Morgan Stanley
Georgina and Thomas Russo
Nancy and Steven Oliver
Laura Russo Gallery
Jeanne and Bill Penry Louis G. Pol
Laura and Greg Schnackel
Mary and John Wilson
Chabad-Lubavich of Nebraska
Jane and Ky Rohman
Betty and Jack Schafer
Jan Buckingham and Lauren Ronald
Jewish Community Foundation (California)
Lou Ann and Del Weber
Bruce Frasier Architects
Claire M. Hubbard Foundation International Sculpture Center
University of Nebraska – Omaha
Cindy and Mogens C. Bay
Alice Corning and Richard Massey
Maureen and Richard Hunt
Union Bank and Trust
FVB Foundation, Inc.
Sue and Steve Seline
Rena Bransten Gallery Susan Schonlau
Thanks to our corporate partners for their ongoing support: First National Bank and SilverStone Group. Thanks to the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment for providing operating support, and the Peter Kiewit Foundation, Daugherty Foundation, Sherwood Foundation and Humanities Nebraska for supporting KANEKO programming.