Ends on November 2, 2018

$15.00 USD


Work In Progress or WIP is a year-long program that provides a platform to artists of all disciplines working actively to develop and maintain a critically engaged practice. Curators, critics, and educators working actively in their field serve as program facilitators to encourage discussion, give feedback, and help connect participants to potential opportunities. 

Participants receive monthly studio visits, are introduced to guest critics during monthly group critiques or workshops, produce critical writing centered in their work, participate in a year-end exhibition, and have vital input in determining the direction of future iterations of the program. 

By encouraging artists to deepen their respective practices through critical engagement, WIP supports inquiry driven approaches to artmaking, interdisciplinary experimentation, collaboration, and the active exploration of issues and ideas tied to contemporary visual, literary, and performance artmaking practices.  




WIP emphasizes two integral components of building critical frameworks: studio visits and group critique or workshops. 

Studio Visits: 

During monthly studio visits, each participant has one-on-one time with an individual facilitator to discuss ideas, describe their working practice in detail, and illicit valuable feedback. These visits may happen in a formal ‘studio’ setting but may also take place at other mutually agreed upon locations where participants can most effectively describe and discuss their work. Facilitators and participants will work together to set dates and times for monthly studio visits that accommodate both of their schedules.

Group Critique / Workshops:

Group critique or workshops will take place at OCI, or an alternate location, the last Wednesday of each month. Participants will bring unfinished work or work in progress to present and discuss with fellow artists, program facilitators, and a guest critic. Guest critics will be professionals in the field and artists, writers, or performers either from the region, or living and working in Omaha temporarily as artists-in-residence or fellows. 

Monthly group critiques / workshops are designed to expand peer networks, generate critical feedback, cultivate potential collaborations, and encourage participants defend or reassess the aesthetic and conceptual evolution of their work. WIP is intentionally limited to 5 participants to maximize individual attention and build substantive relationships. 


WIP is geared toward artists of all disciplines working to expand the parameters of visual, literary, performance, or sound art in their respective practices. Participants who are accepted into the program can expect to be challenged through critical discussions of process and content, cultivate substantive relationships and the potential for collaboration, and develop new bodies of work that expand the boundaries of their existing practice in new and innovative ways. 

Each participant will be expected to attend and actively participate in monthly studio visits, group critiques / workshops, and a curated group exhibition to mark the end of the program. Toward the end of the program, participants will also be expected to produce a substantial piece of critical writing centered in their practice ready for review and possibly publication.


WIP is facilitated by curators, critics, and educators actively engaged in critical research within their respective fields. They help steer the program, guide participants, and provide essential feedback to help participants push their practices in new and meaningful directions. They serve as a conduit to industry experience and potential opportunities. One set of facilitators will work with participants during the first half of this year-long program and a second set will facilitate the last half to increase participants’ exposure to professionals in the field and emphasize relationship building. 

2019 WIP Facilitators:

Diana Martinez:

Diana Martinez is currently the Education Director of Film Streams. She received her PhD in film and media studies from the University of Oregon, where she studied women  filmmakers and gender inequality in Hollywood. Diana’s writing has been featured in Slate, The Atlantic, and Indiewire, among others. She is also the creator and host of the podcast Hollywood in Color, about the history of people of color in the entertainment industry.

Carolina Hotchandani: 

Carolina Hotchandani received her B.A. from Brown University, her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State University, and her Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. Her poetry manuscript-in-progress, Songs of the Isolationist, explores various registers of isolationism—from a pregnant woman’s fear of the baby’s invasion of her body to a naturalized citizen’s fear of living in a country where her outsider status seems not to be remediated through citizenship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Prairie Schooner, and others. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Morningside College and the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Karin Campbell:

Karin Campbell joined Joslyn Art Museum in 2012 as the Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art. At Joslyn, Campbell has curated several major temporary exhibitions, including Word/Play: Prints, Photographs, and Paintings by Ed Ruscha and the traveling survey Sheila Hicks: Material Voices. In addition to overseeing the Museum’s collection of postwar and contemporary art, Campbell is the principal curator for Joslyn’s Karen and Doug Riley Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, the first space in the museum’s history dedicated specifically to living artists.

Alex Cardon:

Alexandra M. Cardon is an Eighteenth Century Art Historian. Her focus is on French Academic art at the turn of the eighteenth century. She currently teaches at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the Art and Art History Department and is working on her Ph.D thesis at the Graduate Center, CUNY, in New York City. She holds an MA in Art History and International Relations from the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, and an MA in Modern and Contemporary History of Art from the University College of London, England. She previously worked in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and taught at the Memphis College of Art.


A $200 tuition fee is required to participate in WIP, which will help cover program costs. If participants are unable to pay due to financial constraints, scholarships may be available. 


January - May 2019

Facilitators: Diana Martinez and Carolina Hotchandani

Studio visits: Monthly at a time mutually agreed upon by participant and facilitator

Group critique / workshop: The last Wednesday of each month; 7:00pm

Break: June 2019

July - November 2019

Facilitators: Karin Campbell and Alex Cardon

Studio visits: Monthly at a time mutually agreed upon by participant and facilitator

Group critique / workshop: The last Wednesday of each month; 7:00pm

Final exhibition and completion of a significant piece of critical writing: December 2019


Any artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa is eligible to apply.  An undergraduate or graduate degree in Fine Arts is not required to apply to WIP. Artists of all disciplines with an active, critically engaged creative practice are encouraged to apply.

Work In Progress is open to artists of all disciplines regardless of race, national origin, religious background, differing abilities, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

For collaborative groups:

Artist collectives, collaborative groups, and duos, are eligible if:

  • All members of the group meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
  • The primary creative output of each member of the group is generated within the group, not as an individual.
  • Members of the group are committed to working on a deeply collaborative level to advance the goals of the group, rather than those of the individuals within the group.


  • Strength of existing artistic work
  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding the parameters of traditional visual, literary, performance, or sound art practice in new and innovative ways
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering contemporary discourse in any of the above disciplines


A panel of local arts professionals and community members will review the applications and select WIP participants by December 1, 2018.