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By Gabriel Escalera

OEAA Honors Local Talent

January 27th, 2023

In Omaha, there is an opportunity to honor the most talented artist that live in the metro area.

Since it was founded in 2006, the Omaha entertainment and arts award, or OEAA, recognizes artists in the visual, performing, and music fields.

John Rogers, Executive Director for the Roberta and Bob Rogers Gallery (RBR Gallery) hosts a showcase for the artists of the visual arts category. John invites all artists to exhibit their art two weeks before the awards ceremony and stays on display an additional week after.

Formerly, the RBR gallery was called “Gallery 72,” and was managed by John’s father, who always tried to show his support for local artists. The awards ceremony has taken place in different venues throughout Omaha. The last two were virtual, however, this year the ceremony will be held at Pottawattamie Arts Culture and Entertainment (PACE) in Council Bluffs, IA.

Adam Van Osdel, who regularly comes to KVNO to inform us of PACE events, is also an artist and he was nominated this time. Hannah Clark is the Community Engagement Manager for American Midwest Ballet, and she is also the stage assistant for OEAA this weekend.

The awards will be given for released, performed, or exhibited work from September 2021 to August 2022. The nominations have included all kinds of artists from the Omaha Metro area, and the categories are from many disciplines.

Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards doors open at 5 p.m. this Sunday.