An incredible number of people were involved in the realization of The Rainbow. What follows below is by no means an exhaustive list of all the individuals that dedicated their time, effort, and expertise in support of the project.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Snyder Industries, Inc.
Rybin Plumbing & Heating
Davis Erection and Crane Rental & Rigging
Joseph A. Zehnder, professor and chair, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, Creighton University
Education Power | Advance Electric Solutions
North Sea Films, Inc.
— Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
The Rainbow was curated by Hesse McGraw. McGraw is currently Vice President of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) where he directs the Walter and McBean Galleries and oversees SFAI’s public programs, visiting artists series, and community education programs for youth and adults. From 2008 to 2013 McGraw served as Chief Curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, where he developed an exhibition program focused on site-specific, immersive, cross-disciplinary, and socially engaged projects, including major projects with artists Theaster Gates and Michael Jones McKean.
McGraw was formerly associate director of Max Protetch gallery in New York, and was the founding director and curator of Paragraph, which operated under the non-profit Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. He lectures widely and his writing has been published in Afterall, Art Papers, Outpost, and diverse exhibition catalogues. Recent grants include an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship, an ArtPlace America grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, and an NEA Our Town grant. McGraw holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and completed graduate research at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Critical support for The Rainbow was provided by Alex Priest, the Bemis Center's Exhibition Manager, as well as Chief Preparator and Facilities Manager, Matt Lowe who oversaw the Bemis Center's 100,000 square-foot facility and maintained all equipment.
In realizing a project of this scale and complexity it is also necessary to acknowledge and thank the extensive efforts of its board of directors and Bemis’ staff including special thanks to Todd Simon, Vice President of the Bemis Center and fundraising chair who was instrumental in helping to realize the project; Logan Seacrest, Communications and Events Manager: Andrew Hershey, Media Director; Christina Vogel, Development Manager; Kenny Adkins, Brad Crabtree and Joel Elia Damon, Facilities; and Mark Masuoka, Executive Director of The Bemis Center (2004 - 2012) and current Executive Director of the Akron Art Museum.
In addition to the board and staff, many Bemis Center interns worked tirelessly on this project. They were Keegan Baker, Kathleen Franco, Rebecca Harrison, Ashley Knott, Claire Landolt, Steven Schmiedeskamp, and Lillie Strudthoff.
Moreover, it’s important to acknowledge the current staff and board of The Bemis Center who continue to help support the project into the future.
— Lindsay Corporation
Engineering, rainwater harvesting
Principals: Dirk Lenie, Jochen Pfrenger, Tom Korus
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.
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
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
A mobile app was developed for the project which could be freely downloaded for use on Apple and Android devices. The app allowed users to see when the next rainbow event was scheduled, along with the location of where the rainbow could be best seen.
— 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