— Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

The Rainbow was curated by Hesse McGraw, Bemis Center's former chief curator of exhibitions and projects.

In 2013, McGraw was appointed vice president for exhibitions and public programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to joining the Bemis Center in 2008, Hesse was associate director at Max Protetch in New York City. From 2002 through 2005 he served as the founding director and curator of Paragraph, a Charlotte Street Foundation initiative in Kansas City, Missouri, where he also served as senior editor of Review. McGraw holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and completed graduate research at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He lectures widely and is a frequent visiting curator and critic for art and architecture programs throughout the United States. His writing is regularly published internationally in exhibition catalogues and arts and culture publications.

Recent recognition includes an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship, an inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, an ArtPlace America award, an NEA Our Town grant, and a Harpo Foundation Grant. He was a 2011 fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute. He serves on the boards of Whoop Dee Doo and design alliance OMAHA.

Critical support for The Rainbow is provided by Alex Priest, Bemis Center's exhibition assistant. Alex provides crucial logistical support for the Bemis Center's innovative exhibition projects. He supports the exhibitions program by coordinating daily administrative, organizational and research-related activities. His responsibilities include implementation of the Bemis Gardens project, overseeing the Bemis Center's Research Library, and maintaining the Visiting Artist Studio.

Chief Preparator / Facility Manager, Matt Lowe oversees the Bemis Center's 100,000 square-foot-facility, which includes maintaining all equipment and installing exhibitions. Matt also instructs resident artists on the use of the Center's industrial equipment. Matt's extensive background in fabrication and construction additionally enables him to build and maintain the Center's eight live/work studios, its four galleries and the 10,000 square-foot-Okada Sculpture Facility.

A recipient of both the University of Iowa Arts Fellowship and the Wilhelm and Jane Bodine Fellowship, Matt received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Iowa in 2000, where he also taught through the teaching assistantship program. Following graduation, he focused primarily on bronze casting, and he also worked as Assistant Preparator for the Joslyn Art Museum.

The Bemis Center's staff and Board of Directors' biographies are here.

— Lindsay Corporation

Engineering, rainwater harvesting

Principals: Dirk Lenie, Jochen Pfrenger, Tom Korus

— Watertronics

Filtration and pump systems

Mike Warren is the Product Manager of SkyHarvester Water Conservation Systems at Watertronics Inc. With his 10 years experience in the water distribution, filtration and control business, Mike has engineered over 1,800 water control systems and over 300 water harvesting systems. Specializing in large scale commercial systems, Mike collaborates with architects, engineers, consultants and building owners providing education and engineering support for Watertronics' SkyHarvester systems. His systems have been published in Building Design & Construction Magazine and Water Efficiency Magazine. Mike has served on advisory committees for Greenroofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments (ASBE), and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems of America (ARCSA). He is also a contributing author for the International Facilities Managers Association Foundation (IFMA) Water Guide and is a Milwaukee Water Council member.

— Snyder Industries, Inc.

Water storage

Principals: Michael Spurrier, Darrell Oltman

— Rybin Plumbing & Heating


Principal: Jay Rybin
Team: Jarred Smith, Rich Rybin, Mike Kracher

— Davis Erection and Crane Rental & Rigging

Structural engineering, rigging and hoisting

Jeff Green provided critical support to The Rainbow throughout design and installation phases of the project. Jeff is currently the owner and CEO of Topping Out Inc. He began his career in 1981 after receiving a BSME from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the following year, Green graduated from the Navy Nuclear Submarine program. Green also received a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Engineer Certification in 1985. He served onboard an attack submarine in the Pacific fleet and remains active in the Naval Reserves. In 1989 Green received his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has since been involved in many major projects. He was the project manager for a large southern California residential real estate construction firm and has held various executive management roles with a field environmental remediation company, regional wireless network construction, and a leading industrial/construction equipment rental firm. Green has also managed manufacturing programs associated with introducing new product development for Cisco Systems.

Mike Naccarato provided structural engineering expertise during the design and implementation phases of The Rainbow. Mike is the Chief Corporate Engineer and Director of Training/Standards of Topping Out Inc. He earned his BSAE from Pennsylvania State University and is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer for Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa. He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Concrete Institute, the American Welding Society, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Naccarato also served as the President and Member of the Board of Directors for the Stuctural Engineering Association of Nebraska from 2006-2007. Naccarato was the Structural Engineer at Leo A. Daly from 1981-1999. He has since been the Structural Engineer of Davis Erection Company. During his career, Naccarato has been involved with the construction of the First National Bank of Omaha Tower, the Holland Center for Performing Arts, the North Stadium at Memorial Field, the Omaha Water Treatment Plant, the commercial Federal Headquarters, and the Manawa Power Plant.

— Joseph A. Zehnder, professor and chair, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, Creighton University

Atmospheric Science

Joseph A. Zehnder, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience in performing state-of-the-art meteorological and numerical model studies of phenomena primarily related to the semi-arid southwest and tropical East Pacific. Dr. Zehnder's areas of expertise include large and mesoscale tropical meteorology, observations and modeling of moist convection, and urban meteorological modeling. Dr. Zehnder served as the Director of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, which was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to engage in applied environmental research related to the US/Mexico border while at ASU. He has earned B.S. and M.S degrees in Physics from the University of Illinois in Chicago and a PhD. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago. Dr. Zehnder has also held a post-doctoral appointment at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for Atmospheres.

— Mobile Roadie

Mobile app development

Principal: Brock Batten

— Education Power | Advance Electric Solutions


Robert Webber provided all electrical consulting and installation services for The Rainbow. Bob is an electrical contractor licensed in five states. He is an electrical inspector general for IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors), an electrical consultant, code instructor (teaching courses in arc flash, photo-voltaic solar, grounding & bonding, hazardous location and electrical safety) and provides 3rd party inspections for specification compliance, along with short circuit studies and arc flash analysis studies and labeling. Bob also teaches classes at Metro Community College in Omaha as an independent Instructor. Bob would thank his wife Monica, who writes about recycling and environmental stewardship under the name Grandma M, for her patience and personal sacrifice, which allowed Bob the time to be a part of The Rainbow.

— North Sea Films, Inc.


Chartered in 1994, North Sea Films, Inc., is an entertainment development corporation. It is lead by president and founder, Dana Altman, grandson of legendary filmmaker Robert Altman. Dana's award winning company has produced five feature films, three network television specials, seven documentaries and numerous commercials, corporate videos, and image campaigns.

— Project Projects

Website design and development

Principals: Rob Giampetro, Simon Lagneaux

Project Projects is a design studio focusing on print, identity, exhibition, and interactive work with clients in art and architecture. The studio was founded in 2004 by Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels; Rob Giampietro joined as a principal in 2010. Project Project's clients include the Berkeley Art Museum, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Bernard Tschumi Architects, BOZAR Brussels, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Field Operations, Guggenheim Museum, Harvard GSD, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Museo Tamayo, The Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of China, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Phaidon, Princeton Architectural Press, SALT (Istanbul), Steven Holl Architects, Tablet magazine, Vera List Center for Art & Politics, Whitney Museum of American Art, WORKac, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

The studio has been a Finalist twice in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards (2009 & 2011) and has received numerous distinctions including the ADC Bronze Medal, I.D. magazine's 2007 Design Distinction Award, the Art Directors Club Young Guns 5 Award, several Society of Publication Designers merit awards, and the AIGA 365 Award. In addition to client-based work, the studio initiates and produces independent curatorial and publishing projects.

— Tyler Austin

3D modeling

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