Creativity begins with an idea — seeing things differently.

Our purpose is exploring the creative process — how a new idea is born into the arts, sciences, and philosophy. There is no restriction for creative activity. Imagination has complete freedom. Supporting and promoting freedom in creativity is KANEKO’s mission.

in 1998
Kaneko History

Our History

Established in 1998 by international artist Jun Kaneko and his wife Ree, KANEKO is headquartered in three turn-of-the-century warehouses in the Old Market District of Omaha, Nebraska. KANEKO is an institution with a vision to celebrate creativity and is committed to fostering it as the overriding mission with four major programming themes: Design, Ideas, Performance, and Innovation.

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Jun Kaneko

Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan, in 1942. He studied painting with Satoshi Ogawa during his adolescence. He 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, Kaneko taught at some of the nation’s leading art schools, including Scripps College, Rhode Island School of Design, and Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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Jun Kaneko

Collection Building Campaign

KANEKO is embarking on a Capital Campaign focused on constructing the Collection Building that will house the artwork and artifacts in the Jun Kaneko Collection in perpetuity. This $30 million campaign will complete the KANEKO campus and be integrated into current KANEKO programming.

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Located in Old Market

Located in the Old Market

KANEKO is located in three turn-of-the-century warehouses in the historic Old Market District in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Public street, meter, and garage parking is available on the blocks surrounding KANEKO and throughout the Old Market.

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Can I have my wedding at KANEKO?

KANEKO’s policy on space rentals is guided by our belief that we belong to the larger Omaha community; therefore, KANEKO reserves its space for community organizations, educational institutions, and civic and business events and does not provide space for personal events such as weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, or private parties.

What exhibit do you have going on right now?


December 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018

light at KANEKO is an interactive and visual art experience that explores art and science. light will host a variety of performances, lectures, youth education, and hands-on creative experiences to connect visitors with their own creativity.

What exhibit will be next?

KANEKO’s upcoming exhibition will be Reality.

Exhibition runs from May 25, 2018 – September 2, 2018.

Experience a new kind of reality at KANEKO this summer.

The notion of truth, history, and the presentation of what is “real” will be dissected within the Reality programming season at KANEKO. A collaborative, interdisciplinary exhibition will investigate art, science, and technology that create, alter, and reflect upon our sense of the real. Performances, lectures, and educational offerings will further explore the concept of reality through various perspectives of art and science.

Do you have interactive exhibits for kids?

As an organization that values creativity, we welcome all ages to our facility. Each exhibit is accompanied by digital activities and scavenger hunts to keep your young learners busy. Ask the front desk to learn more! We also have a dedicated space in the KANEKO-UNO Library that includes reading materials and activities inspired by the exhibition. For more questions and ways to get your kids involved at KANEKO, contact our Education Director at or 402.341.3800.

Where should I park?

Public street, meter, and garage parking is available on the blocks surrounding KANEKO and throughout the Old Market.

What are your hours?

Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 8PM
Saturday: 11AM – 5PM
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays

What is KANEKO’s relationship with UNO and the Criss Library?

The KANEKO-UNO creativity library opened in 2009 as a partnership between KANEKO and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Built for the 21st century, the KANEKO-UNO Library incorporates traditional library materials with state-of-the-art electronic technology and is specially designed to encourage creative exploration and endeavor, to facilitate the understanding and expression of creativity in a myriad of ways.

How much is a membership?

Student // $30
Individual // $60
Dual // $100

Collaborator // $250 – $499
Facilitator // $500 – $999
Connector // $1,000 – $2,499

Patron // $2,500 – $4,999
Benefactor // $5,000 – $9,999
Insider // $10,000 +

I am an artist/performer. How do I have my work featured at KANEKO?

KANEKO exhibits and programs are curated by a Creative Council composed of national leaders in the arts, sciences, business, and technology and a committee of local community leaders. If you are interested in proposing an idea or sharing your work, please email Due to the large volume of proposals we receive, we are not able to reply to all inquiries.

I would like to contact Jun Kaneko’s studio. How do I go about doing that?

Phone 402.341.4523
Fax 402.341.0309

Does KANEKO give tours?

We would love to show you around! KANEKO offers free public tours on Tuesday and Friday.

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We welcome tour groups regularly from regional schools, community organizations, and more. If you would like to make a reservation for your group, please contact KANEKO’s gallery manager at or 402.341.3800.

Can I take photos inside KANEKO?

We welcome photography inside KANEKO for non commercial use only. Please respect the art and the artist by turning off the flash. We do not allow professional DSLR cameras. For questions concerning commercial photography, please contact KANEKO’s Marketing & Communications Manager, at or 402.341.3800