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ARTIST TALK: James Surls

past event

August 5, 2023

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$5 off Catalogue with Registration


Open to the public

Closing Program and Catalogue Release 

with James Surls

To celebrate the closing of the Nightshade & Red Bone exhibition and the release of James Surls’ Catalogue, KANEKO is hosting an artist talk and reception with artist James Surls. The start of the evening will be in the KANEKO Library, where KANEKO Members will have the opportunity to speak with James Surls, followed by the public Artist Talk given by world-renowned artist James Surls.

The James Surls: Nightshade and Red Bone Catalogue is a beautifully illustrated hardcover book published by KANEKO, with a foreword by Stephan Grot, KANEKO Executive Director, essays by New York Times bestselling author, Stephen Harrigan and contemporary art curator and historian, Paul Schimmel, and statement by award winning performer and Artistic Director for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Debbie Blunden-Diggs.  The catalogue is a reflective account of Surls’ collective journey, featuring fresh perspectives and showcasing new sculptures. James’ creative process is entrenched in nature and because of this profound relationship with the environment, he possesses a unique ability to capture natural forms in his work.

Register for the event and receive $5 off the regular purchase price of catalogue.


4:30 – 5:00 PM: Exclusive Reception for Members Only.
5:00 – 7:00 PM: General Public Artist Talk & Catalogue Release
Seating is available during the event.
KANEKO Galleries close at 9 PM this evening, providing you time to experience the exhibition after the conversation.

James Surls (b.1943) received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in Sculpture from The International Sculpture Center in recognition of an extraordinary career encompassing printmaking, drawing, and writing poetry. Acknowledged in the US as one of the most preeminent sculptors of his generation, Surls’ body of work has achieved international acclaim.

The timing coincides with the celebration of Surls’ work in the city of Omaha, which began in July 2022, when one of his large-scale sculptures was installed downtown as part of The Riverfront Revitalization Project and the Gene Leahy Mall.

View James Surls Exhibition List now on display at KANEKO

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