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BCU's Clausen Art Gallery Hosts Omaha Artist

March 1, 2019 | by Kyle Chinen

The Clausen Art gallery on the campus of Briar Cliff university is home to “Constructs (A+A)” by Thomas Prinz. The Omaha artist’s work is on exhibit every day from 9:00am to 6:00pm starting January 25 to March 15 in the Clausen Art gallery.

“We don’t have a lot of experiences where we bring in outside artists,” said Art Professor Jeff Baldus, “So to see an actual professional working artist and to see their body of work will be important for students.”

Baldus says that his students have a unique chance to actually see art in person as opposed to just seeing it on a projector screen. He plans to take some of his classes into the exhibit and encourages other students go to experience Prinz’s work.

“I got a chance to see the exhibit and I think that it’s going to be an awesome thing, not just for art students but everyone at the cliff.” said Junior Art Major Ricardo Toriz.

Prinz was an architect for seventeen years, he then discovered that he wanted to use his skills and create art. Since 2005, Prinz has put together multiple shows and exhibits using his experience with architecture. His process is to tear paper models and other architecture mock ups apart and put it back together to create works of abstract art.

“It’s the idea of possibilities and about accidental nature of things,” said Prinz, “things being non-precious, and at the same time being whole and rigor, that notion of duality.”

Although this particular exhibit only took Prinz a year to complete and get ready to time it’s taken him decades to get it to the Clausen Art gallery. He says that an art’s work is never really done and all of the experiences and life moments are the key inspirations that helps his work evolve over time.

“it takes a lifetime to get to this point,” said Prinz.

Prinz does not outright tell you what the meaning is of one of his works and that’s the point. He says that to truly enjoy the art, you must leave the definition to the eye of the beholder.

Thomas Prinz takes over the Clausen Art Gallery with Abstract Exhibit.

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