upcoming event

October 22, 2021

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Soiree General Admission

This year, KANEKO Soiree celebrates something very special.

Each year, Omaha looks forward to KANEKO’s Soiree, the celebration of a year of creative and inspirational programming and exhibition. Like all KANEKO programs, Soiree offers a great atmosphere, a fresh exhibition, and a chance to discover a new and exciting way to look at things. This year, Soiree celebrates something very special. 

After a year of distance and challenges, we invite you to come together to honor resilience and connection, and to celebrate our co-founder, Jun Kaneko, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center. This award ceremony will take place the night before Soiree, in Omaha, and represents the culmination of a lifetime of groundbreaking international artistry. In honor of this award, KANEKO is installing an exhibit of some of Jun’s largest ceramic pieces in our Bow Truss Gallery to feature at Soiree.  

For this year’s Soiree, KANEKO has partnered closely with the International Sculpture Center and, in addition to Jun being featured in their publication, Sculpture Magazine, KANEKO will exhibit their annual littleSculpture Auction in our upstairs galleries as part of the event exhibition.  Also featured will be our new education space, now dedicating a third of our galleries to generative and educational programming. For Soiree, this space will exhibit art and design by our 2021 Summer Camp participants, among other bright and inspired youth. 

Please join us by purchasing your ticket while they are still available. As always, the evening will include food, drinks and entertainment by some of Omaha’s most innovative and exciting artists (as well as KANEKO partners). You can support all the great programming and exhibitions KANEKO provides by purchasing a ticket today, or, find more information about how to become a KANEKO Soiree Sponsor. We’re excited to see you at this unforgettable event!

Honorary Chairs
Sue & David Morris

Dusty & Marlina Davidson
Craig & Emily Moody

Soiree Features & Events

International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award

The night before Soiree, in a private ceremony in Omaha, our co-founder, Jun Kaneko will receive the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The ISC’s Board of Trustees established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 to recognize individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture. LEARN MORE

Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner & Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, October 21st ISC will present the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jun Kaneko at an exclusive dinner celebration. Limited tickets are available. LEARN MORE

International Sculpture Center Cultural Tour/Vip Trip Nebraska 

Join the ISC this October 20-23, 2021, for an art-filled weekend in Omaha and Lincoln, including an exclusive studio visit and dinner with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Jun Kaneko; ticket(s) to Kaneko Soiree; art collection tours; curator-led museum tours; and more! LEARN MORE

littleSculpture Auction with International Sculpture Center 

In honor of this award, representing the culmination of a lifetime of groundbreaking international artistry, a special exhibition will be installed for Soiree. This exhibition will be curated by Jun and feature some of his largest ceramic pieces in the Bow Truss Gallery, as well as the installation of the ISC’s annual littleSculpture Auction, in the upper-level gallery spaces. LEARN MORE

Sculpture Magazine and Jun Kaneko 

Send your congratulations to Jun Kaneko, recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and support the International Sculpture Center with a unique sponsorship opportunity! A publication of the International Sculpture Center, Sculpture magazine is the essential source of information and dialogue on all forms of contemporary sculpture internationally. Jun Kaneko will be featured in the September/October edition of Sculpture to commemorate his Lifetime Achievement Award and promote the ISC/KANEKO Soiree partnership. LEARN MORE


Events FAQ

Do I need to purchase tickets for each event?

If you are attending the ISC Cultural Tour, your registration includes the Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation Dinner, Kaneko Soiree, and other amazing activities in the cities of Omaha and Lincoln, NE. If you are not attending the ISC Cultural tour, you may purchase tickets to the Award Dinner and/or Soiree separately.

How do I become an ISC professional member to participate as an exhibiting artist in the littleSculpture Show/Auction?

If you are a current ISC member and need to upgrade to a professional level, please contact If you are new to ISC and wish to join so you may participate in the littleSCULPTURE show, please contact


We need to have record-breaking results to achieve our future goals and we ask you to join us in supporting KANEKO’s mission to serve the Omaha community through sponsorship or purchase of tickets to our annual fundraiser.

COVID Contingency Plan: If we feel that there are significant health and safety concerns, we reserve the right to postpone (ideally) or cancel (unfortunately) any event. If we have to postpone or cancel, all ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible and provided with a new date. We will be emailing participants with information closer to the date of the event.

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