Known for his tremendous discipline, work ethic and sense of humor, Sergeant Jason “Tye” Pratt began serving the Omaha community as a rookie police officer in 1996 – and later joined the SWAT unit.
A devoted husband and father of two, Sergeant Pratt was shot by a man who had fled the scene after a traffic stop. Sergeant Pratt was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where he remained in a coma until his death one week later. He served with the Omaha Police Department for eight years and was promoted to the rank of sergeant the day before he died.
Omaha Steaks, founded in 1917, is an Omaha, Nebraska-based, fifth-generation, family-owned company that markets and distributes a wide variety of the finest quality USDA-approved, grain fed beef and other gourmet foods including seafood, pork, poultry, side dishes, appetizers, complete meals and desserts. Today, Omaha Steaks is recognized as the nation’s largest direct response marketer of premium beef and gourmet foods, available to customers by calling 1-800-228-9055, online at www.OmahaSteaks.com or at more than 70 retail stores nationwide.
Ying Zhu was born in Lanzhou, China and graduated with an MFA from the Studio Art department of University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2010. Zhu’s work has always been tied to the self in the context of the world around us. In her site-specific installations, she methodically draws out the relationships between action and consequence. Her practice takes her from rural China to Omaha, Nebraska, where she currently lives and works.
A former artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Vermont Studio Center, 2013, and at Headland Center for the Arts, 2014, Zhu regularly collaborates with established organizations. Her recent work includes a mural crafted solely out of lego bricks for Project Harmony, a non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse. The University of Nebraska also invited Zhu to create a piece for their Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, resulting in an immersive installation constructed of tinted mirror shards. She participated in the Klein Sun Residency at Millers Falls Art Bridge in 2015.