The Summer Flower Show

Richard Allen Wells

June 26-30, 2017

About the Exhibition

A Pop-Up experience with exotic floral portraits. Vibrant color, texture and the juxtaposition of disparate elements.

About the Artist

Richard Allen Wells has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. His work is heavily influenced by the explosion of color seen in local landscapes, costumes and architecture.

He has created bodies of work in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, collage, pastel, sculpture and assemblage. This is his first series of flowers.

Wells became interested in Fine Arts while attending school in Colorado and continued specialized training in scenic design at Mesa College, Grand Junction, CO.

Selected Exhibitions:

The Museum of Arts and Science, Grand Junction, CO; The Western Colorado Arts Center, Grand Junction, CO; Ashgrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Curious George, Aspen, CO; The Fort Christian Gallery, St. Thomas, USVI; The Nebraska Galleries, Lincoln, NE; The Tillet Gallery, St. Thomas, USVI; Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV; Liberty Fine Arts, Reno, NV and St. Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, NV.

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My Body Your Body
Group Exhibition

Tamara Scronce, Candace Garlock, Russell Dudley, Mary Kenny, Paul Baker Prindle, Chris Lanier, Bahar Farahini, AB Gorham, Dean Burton, Mahsan Ghazianzad, Sheri Leigh O'Connor, Miya Hannan, Julia Schwardon, Erin Shearin and Rick Parsons.

June 1-22, 2017

About the Exhibition

A contemporary look at a national conversation through personal, introspective and creative process.

About the Artists

Tamara Scronce

Object of My Affection: Foot Bath
(After Beuys)
Bee’s wax and steel basin

Object of My Affection is a body of work that includes both objects and images. It started with a playful manipulation of a photograph, a kind of reinventing history that suggests a relationship between me and Joseph Beuys. He is of course an art hero; an icon that left a mark on the world with his art works and his personal mythology. Placing myself in a photograph with him excited me; more than I expected it to. I couldn’t get over it. I couldn’t stop looking at it, thinking about it, thinking about him and how much I clearly needed him.
I realized that what I was seeking was a champion and guide. I longed to have a mentor. I sensed that I had lost my bearings; I was looking for direction, striving to find a course for my art making.
The manipulated photograph led to more art work and one work led to another, led to another, led to another… I soon recognized that this body of work had evolved into an overtly romantic gesture. Object of My Affection romanticizes art and personal history. It idealizes the influence of important figures, and emphasizes materials and objects for their physicality, sensuality and meaning.
Generally I shy away from explicit idealism; it is so often trite. But this time, I gave in. I gave myself permission to feel sentimental and affectionate and to indulge unapologetically in the pleasures of concept, aesthetics, materials and process.
By using Joseph Beuys as my muse I run the risk of being misunderstood and dismissed as artlessly derivative. What I know is that Object of My Affection is not a simplistic appropriation of another artist’s work. It is romantic idolization and idealization – I needed a champion and a mentor and I wittingly followed my instincts in pursuit of meaningful connections.

Tamara Scronce’s major areas of interest are sculpture, installation art, and video. Catherine Angel, fine arts photographer, professor, and curator writes, “Tamara’s studio endeavors produce innovative, beautifully crafted objects imbued with vulnerability and sensitivity. Her sculpture and installation work, although always beautiful, cannot be dismissed as merely nice to look at – her work is equally intelligent and challenging both in concept and content.”
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Tamara attended graduate school at the University of Illinois, Chicago and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1997 and moved home to join the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2000.
Tamara earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Art in 2006-07. She directs the John Ben Snow Sculpture Center and also directs the Master of Fine Arts graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was awarded the University’s Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award in 2016, and she has been honored with two College of Liberal Arts teaching excellence awards, one in 2007 and again in 2016. This year Tamara was awarded the University’s F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teaching Award. She teaches all levels of sculpture in addition to MFA and BFA studio and critique practice courses.
Tamara has exhibited her artwork in solo, group, and juried exhibitions, and participated in a number of collaborative projects. She has been honored with awards in juried exhibitions and has received several artists’ grants in support of
her work, including the distinguished Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, and the Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Grant. Tamara was awarded two substantial University of Nevada, Reno faculty research/creative activity grants in support of her work in video and sculpture installation.

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Candace Nicol Garlock

For “My Body, Your Body” exhibition, I began a series of drawings and paintings inspired by a piece I created in 2015 titled “Future.” The work visually probes the emotive power of desire – not sexual desire, but the desire of attachment. Humans have an instinct not to trust, to look upon another with a lens of self-preservation. But, at the same time, we seek understanding, connection and love. There is a beauty – a vulnerability within each of us and there is always hope that we can each find the relationship that we most desire.

Candace Nicol Garlock is an artist, educator and galleries curator at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada. She also sits on the board at Doral Academy of Northern Nevada and Rocky Mountain Print Alliance. Candace’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and occupies such prestigious permanent collections as the Boise Art Museum, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper at Rutgers University, Southern Graphics Council Archives, The Kinsey Institute, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Painting and Sculpture Museum Association, Istanbul, Turkey. She has been awarded the distinguished Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship in 2009 and the 2017 Nevada Regent’s Creative Activities award. She also has been awarded an honorable mention in Printmaking Today, a review of fine art printmaking at the Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, and the Castle of Castiglione Museum, Abruzzo, Italy. Nicol’s work can also be seen in 100 Artists of the Male Figure by E.Gibbons.
A Native Nevadan, Candace uses the male figure as a means of formulating a response to her experiences in Nevada’s often contradictory landscapes of desire. Her work has been described as a fusion between printmaking, painting, and digital photography. As a result, Candace’s multilayered compositions posit engaging questions to viewers regarding relationships, social identities, and societal issues surrounding the female gaze.

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Russell Dudley

A Nevada Fellowship of the Arts recipient, Dudley and his art are deeply informed by mountains, desert, rock-climbing, and being alone both in the land and in a more existential way. His photography, installation, sculpture, and video work has been exhibited in galleries, public collections, and alternative spaces, including Mindy Oh in Chicago, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the A.M. Project and Treehouse Galleries in Los Angeles, and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Exhibiting at times under the name of his alter ego Jimmy Jewel, he is a member of the art collaborative, d3ms, and his ongoing photographic collaborations with performance artist Joanna Frueh have resulted in portfolios published by UC Berkley, University of Nevada, and Nevada Museum of Art presses. Courses: New Genres, Contemporary Issues, Gallery Exhibition, Professional Practices, Photography, Sculpture.

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Mary Kenny

Raised in Ohio, Mary received a BA in studio arts from Baldwin Wallace University and a MFA in printmaking from Kent State University. In 2016, she completed a residency in Ireland at Cow House Studios where she focused on her collage and drawing practice. Mary has participated in numerous shows nationally and regionally. She is an associate professor at Sierra Nevada College teaching a variety of courses within two-dimensional practices.
For My Body, Your Body, I created Wild Weeds Spread with no Regard, which addresses my mother’s cancer, and my own cancer diagnosis. We were diagnosed with different cancers a month apart. While I was going through treatment and getting better my mother was not responding to her treatment and ultimately died from complications of cancer. The tumors that were being removed from my body were multiplying in her body. I can’t explain those short, nine months that we had together at the end of her life so I made this piece instead.
My interests lie in the experimental process of constructing a narrative through hand-cut collaged works. I begin my explorations from creating hand-cut collages, piecing together various images and finding new ways to arrange them. I consider these preparatory collages a sketchbook of sorts and revisit the ‘sketches’ in order to use them as a starting point for my final works. The collages then become mixed media works; each element of the work is realized in a form a graphite drawing, prints, and recently sequins, felted forms.

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Paul Baker Prindle

Paul Baker Prindle’s images build on the traditions of portraiture, but confound those traditions by using index, vernacular conventions, and the landscape to evoke impressions of the body that go beyond what is visually represented. This work reflects a number of strategies for engaging The Real, Gay and Queer identities, memory, and the practice of portrait making from various emotional positions including loss, isolation, trauma, and melancholia.

Paul Baker Prindle (b. La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA) has exhibition in Austin, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles. Photographs from his series documenting the sites of homo- and transphobic hate crimes are collected by several museums in the United States. His work has been published by Out and Out.com, Adovcate.com, Our Lives, and Männer, and has received mention in ArtForum Diary, Wisconsin Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Reno News and Review, and National Public Radio.
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Chris Lanier
Chris Lanier is an artist with a background in both traditional and digital media, and a demonstrated interest in hybrid forms, having worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. His animation has screened at Sundance and won awards at several international festivals, including the Grand Prize for Internet Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. A constant in his work has been a fascination with visual communication – the way visual information constitutes a language of its own, one that can both clarify and distort reality. He is currently the Associate Professor of Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College.

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Bahareh Shahrabi Farahani
Bahareh Shahrabi Farahani is a visual artist working primarily in painting, drawing and installation art. She earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the University of Nevada, Reno. Farahani received her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with minors in interior design, photography, and children book illustration and an advanced degree in Persian calligraphy from her country of origin Iran. Her works have been featured in solo, group and juried exhibitions
throughout Iran, the Middle East and the United States. Farahani lives and works in Reno, NV.
My artwork explores ideas of memory. I use my memories, memories of my home, and the events of my life. I am fascinated with the imageries encased in my memory, and how these memories are formed and eroded by the personal, cultural, and historical layers. Notwithstanding that my work begins in personal experience, it intends to go further and communicate with more souls. Themes in my work include ideas of longing for “home”, notions of “personal identity”, and “self-exploration”.
To realize the physical and visual qualities of my artwork, I collect and look at forms and patterns, and material qualities that inspire and engage me in the creative act of recalling and reimagining memory. The images and materials I use function as intentional metaphors to develop layers of content and trace the connections between my ideas and aesthetic. I employ specific materials such as resin, wax, handmade paper, translucent paper and acrylic paint. The imageries communicate as forms and patterns that anyone could engage with. Specifically, these are geometric forms and organic patterns in my works that are melted and formed in the container of the history and culture; my history and culture. However, the piece is not only pictures my memories and my feelings, but
also create a space to share experience: a moment to feel and to think; for the viewer.

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AB Gorham
AB Gorham is a book artist and writer, originally hailing from Montana. She holds an MFA in Book Arts (2014) from The University of Alabama, where she also received her MFA in Poetry (2012). She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, their daughter, and their three beasts, is the Press Manager at Black Rock Press, and teaches book arts at The University of Nevada, Reno. Her artist’s books are represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, LLC and Abecedarian Gallery. For inquiries about books, contact AB Gorham at gorhamab@gmail.com.

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Dean Burton
This series is a combination of elements from artists that I studied while learning photography. It is loosely based on Duane Michals’ “Take One and See Mt. Fujiyama.” Formally, it follows John Pfahl’s “Altered Landscapes”, which used perspective and the privileged viewpoint of the camera to create interactions with the landscape. To create the compositional relationship between the cactus and the mountain I had to position the camera with precision in terms of height, angle, and distance. Obstacles in the desert often made this task impossible. The title is a metaphor for navigating any difficult or precarious situation.

Dean Burton attended the University of Arizona from 1989-1994, majoring in Studio Art and working at the Center for Creative Photography. He lived to the west of the Saguaro National Monument and drove through the park on a daily basis. Discouraged from presenting photographs of cacti in critiques at U of A, this series was done long after graduation during trips from Nevada to Arizona.

Dean moved to Northern Nevada in 1998 and is now Professor of Art/Photography at Truckee Meadows Community College. His current practice involves returning to the use of analog photography and creating hybrid analog/digital processes. His artworks are included in the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art. Recently, his work was featured in an exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

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Mahsan Ghazianzad

Through this work, I wanted to explore the notion of connectedness and universality that I believe that exists at the very bottom and foundation of existence. I believe that we are all one infinite consciousness and our individuality is the subjective manifestation of the infinite and eternal consciousness. As such, if we do good to others, we are in effect doing ourselves a favor as we are part of the same whole that encompasses everything that exists.

Mahsan Ghazianzad was born in Tehran, the capital city of Iran. She pursued her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Nevada, Reno on May, 2016. Since then she has been teaching drawing at Truckee Meadow Community College, Reno-Nevada.
Primarily interested in works that convey personal meaning, Mahsan works to capture the essence of her experiences through her paintings. She uses color, line, and shape in harmonies and abstract compositions to express emotions, thoughts, and sensations. A wide variety of sources influence Mahsan’s artwork including personal history, poetry, philosophy, music, and also the works of artists that she admires.
Mahsan has participated in numerous exhibitions in Iran, Canada and the United States. Since emigrating to the US six years ago, her works has been exhibited at the National Law Immigration Center Los Angles; Folsom History Museum, California; California Museum, Sacramento; Women’s Muse World Conference, Oregon; University of Nevada-Reno; the City of Reno Art Blast; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Lake Tahoe Community College; American River College, Sacramento; Sierra College,Rocklin-California; Truckee Meadow Community College, Reno; CCAI Courthouse gallery, Carson City; Metro Gallery at City Hall, Reno and others.

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Sheri Leigh O’Connor
Sheri Leigh was born in Memphis, TN in 1962. She earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied with Betty Woodman, and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University studying with Paul Soldner. She has taught ceramics since 1988, at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, and in 1997, began teaching at Sierra Nevada College, at Lake Tahoe. Currently she chairs the Fine Arts Department at SNC Tahoe, and directs the Summer Visiting Artist Workshops. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Black Pearl and Other Saturated Metallic Glazes, by John Conrad, and Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques, American Ceramics Society. Her work has been included in local and national exhibitions. She created “A New Decade of Clay: 2010”, a national ceramics exhibition juried by Richard Shaw, and curated “The Soldner Society” exhibition at NCECA, the national ceramics conference, in Tampa, FL. For the past few years, Sheri Leigh has been organizing travel courses and public travel workshops to Japan.
This piece was made for the theme of this exhibition, “My Body, Your Body”. My body, is the 1967 VW bug auto body. The tank is Trump’s body, and his militaristic mentality. I am very much a pacifist, and I fear for the world’s future with someone in office who cares solely for money; not for the arts, not for our environment, and not for peace.

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Miya Hannan

“All creatures in the world are connected, and they all have a common ancestor.”

–Charles Darwin

Our society values youth more than age and progress more than tradition, resulting in death being treated as taboo. The source of my art practice goes back to my experiences working within the medical field in Japan. Interacting with patients during my seven years as a medical professional, I was left with many unanswered questions about the connections between birth and death. Over time, I came to view the world as layers and linkages. My work, influenced by archaeology and Buddhist
philosophy, as well as my scientific knowledge, represents my understanding of the importance of accepting death on a larger level.
The focus of my latest body of work derives from my understanding of the histories that are etched, trapped, and stratified in the soil of the Earth. I developed the prospective that our world is made with the linkages of accumulated histories which is what I mean by layers and linkages. Millions of creatures and human beings have come and gone over time, becoming a part of the layers of the land. Scientists believe that all the stratums are linked telling us the stories of who we are and where we are from. It is this belief that makes the chain of our histories complete. I am interested in this relationship between humanity and how information is trapped in nature.
Root 1 is from the body of artwork, “Layers and Missing Links.” It includes my view that our history evolved with nature and is etched into it. In my work, I employ repetitions of anatomical, figurative, and genetic references, along with people’s names taken from phone books to suggest the cycles of human lives and histories. Bones and amber represent what carries or traps the information of the past. By layering, repeating, and combining, I construct my view of this world in my artwork.
Japanese people believe that the souls from the dead keep living, the spirits of nature exist, and land retains its destiny. People inherit the histories of the land where they live. In order for their families to have healthy and happy lives, they respect vengeful souls and worship the spirits. Growing up in the Japanese culture, these superstitions flash through my mind whenever I see the earth of my backyard.
I wonder what happened, what kinds of people lived here, and what things are buried underneath my feet.
I was a scientist in a country with many superstitions, giving me the ability to perceive the world from two contrasting perspectives. In my artwork, I am interested in creating the unity of opposites that constitutes our world. Scientific and nonscientific, silent and communicative, still and active—these are the dichotomies that inform my work. I present my view of death as another form of being alive.

Miya Hannan’s sculptures, installations, and drawings show her view of the world that is constructed by the layers and linkages of human lives and histories that are etched, trapped, and stratified in the soil of the Earth. Her practice is influenced by Asian philosophy and rituals, as well as by her scientific education. Hannan’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. In 2012, she was commissioned by TEDxSan Diego to create an installation for their meeting. She also received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Mesa College, San Diego.
Hannan was awarded an M.F.A. Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute where she received her M.F.A. in 2007. Before coming to the United States, she received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the school of health sciences, Kyushu University and worked for a hospital for seven years in her native country, Japan. She is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Julia Schwadron
Julia Schwadron has shown her artwork across the country as well as internationally. She has had recent solo exhibitions at HGallery Project Space in Bangkok, and at The Farnham Galleries at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Schwadron was a Visiting Professor of Painting and Artist in Residence at Chiang Mai University from 2010 – 2011, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Iowa from 2007-2009. She was a founding member of the “Matzo Files,” an artist flat file project inside Streit’s Matzo store on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2004. As a Jacob Javits Fellow from 2002-2004, she facilitated an exchange in conjunction with the Transmedia Postgraduate Program in Art and Design in Brussels, Belgium. In 2006, Schwadron was awarded a Joan Mitchell Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT, and a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Schwadron received her BA in Studio Art from UC San Diego in 1998 and her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art in 2004. She currently lives and works in South Lake Tahoe, and she is an Instructor of Painting, as well as Assistant Director for the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College.
These works are a part of a series of 6 paintings, all oil on linen, white paint on a black ground, and evoke the photographic negative, a photogram, or an x-ray. However, unlike any of these comparisons, the paintings are made by hand, in direct response to an object itself, in this case, a bouquet of dead flowers. Each painting in the series measures 54in x 90in, enforcing a relation to a human scale. The white paint on the black surface is transparent in parts, and the brushstrokes are present as evidence of potential life left inside what is already dead.

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Rick Parsons

Rick’s artwork focuses on the effects of environmental pollutants on the body. He uses materials as metaphor to address the looming impact of a culture dependent on diminishing resources. Rick has served as Sculpture Program Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has taught at both the University of Dallas, and Colorado Mountain College. He has been a visiting artist at Colorado College, San Jose State University, University of Miami, and Arizona State University. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and was featured in a solo show in the Charles and Dorothy Clark Gallery at the University of Texas – Pan America. In 2007 Rick’s sculpture was the focus of an article in Sculpture magazine. He was recently published in the book Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic by Judith S. Schwartz and was featured in the documentary film “Questions of Art,” by Zach Jankovic.

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Katy Ann Fox

Still Movement

May 2-28, 2017

About the Exhibition

Katy Ann Fox is constantly moving, through her travels and painting, Fox is able to illustrate the stunning scenery and imagery within the American West. “Through oil paint on panel I celebrate the scenes that cause the corners of my mouth to curve up and my movement to still.” Her series Still Movement illustrates just the places that have caused her to take a moment and appreciate the world around her.

About the Artists

Based in Jackson Hole Wyoming, Fox has painted for such galleries as Teton ArtLab and Escalante, her work can also be viewed on the Jackson Hole Still Works Great Grey Gin label.  Before moving to Jackson Hole, Wyoming Fox received a bachelor’s from the University of Idaho and a Masters of Fine art: painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.

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Glynn Cartledge

Prisoners to Paper Dolls

April 4-28, 2017

About the Exhibition

She wore the moniker “felon” as she walked up the steps to her halfway house. It was on the outskirts of her former neighborhood. She now had no right to vote. No right to decent employment. No protection from usurious fines. She wasn’t a citizen anymore; she was a leper. Subjugated by the criminal justice industrial complex, she was going to be segregated again by her neighbors.

The amplitude of restrictions and demands placed on the formerly incarcerated burdens them with a new construct of punishment. Amiri Baraka said, “A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.” A prisoner’s release is a false promise of liberty. Instead of societal re-integration, the mass incarceration continuum extends its system of punishment and restrictions to those who have arrived back home. A ride on its conveyor belt of re-incarceration. Convict to ex-convict to convict. And so it goes.

About the Artists

Glynn Cartledge, an artist who spent twenty-five years as a criminal defense lawyer, documents the otherness of the formerly incarcerated. Her series P2P, Prisoners to Paper dolls, denounces Draconian shackles of punishment that are placed upon ex-convicts. Glynn presents the formerly incarcerated as a paper doll to disturb and interpret the stylistic doll into a perplexing conundrum of human value in society. One pose, many costumes. Disrupting the incarceration continuum. Her work consists of oil portraits and fabric outfits designed for each doll. Videos of ex-prisoners and archival documentation provides context.

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Karen Rips & Paula Chung

A View Within

March 2-29, 2017

About the Exhibition

The advent of sonograms, MRIs, and other advanced forms of body imaging have transformed modern medicine and the way in which people view their bodies. These non-invasive renderings provide doctors with critical information about personal health, and, yet, when faced with uncertainty about a diagnosis, these medical images can provoke fear and confusion. They give a powerful glimpse into the complex systems of the bodily existence, marking growth and deterioration.

The artists’ command of material and technique inspires an important dialogue about people’s interpretations, responses, and relationships to these medical images. A View Within inspires us to open up about our own experiences with life and death, allowing us to discuss subjects—like illness and disease—that are otherwise unpalatable. At the heart of this exhibition, Karen Rips’ and Paula Chung’s textiles expose viewers to the inner beauty found within their own bodies, challenging them to embrace change and find common ground.

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About the Artists

Paula Chung lives in Zephyr Cove, Nevada where she studies nature and maintains her fiber art practice. Chung began her career in fiber art as a quilter. She has exhibited her work internationally and she has received several awards of merit, including the 2008 Silver and Bronze awards at the 9th Quilt Nihon Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Chung has contributed to several publications including the Surface Design Journal (Summer 2012) and Quilting Arts Magazine (April/May, Oct./Nov. 2011).

Living in Thousand Oaks, California, Karen Rips is pursuing a career as a fiber artist after retiring from neonatal nursing. With over 30 years of quilting experience, Rips continues to experiment with dye techniques and enjoys the process of “mark-making.” She has exhibited internationally in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia as part of the Twelve by Twelve International Exhibition. Her work can be found in the collections of the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Panorama City Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and at the Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center, in Burbank, CA.

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La Cultura de los Tatuajes: Group Exhibition

Exhibition: La Cultura de los Tatuajes

Feb. 1 - 24, 2017

About the Exhibition

Three out of every ten Americans have willingly allowed an individual to utilize a rotary tattoo machine to pierce their skin repeatedly in the ancient act of tattooing. This act creates the most personal form of artwork that exists, an artificial cutaneous pigmentation that subsists within the dermis of an individual. Unlike art that lives within a frame, tattoos walk away from their creator and live within our society. La Culture De Los Tatuajes explores the cultural implications that appear in this ancient art form through the work of local tattoo artists featuring many from the Hispanic community.

About the Artists

Brian Chambers Brian Chambers is an award winning and published artist. Born and raised in Sonora CA, relocating to Reno NV. Brian’s been tattooing since 2009. He specializes in realistic and illustrative color tattooing, but also loves doing Japanese and black & grey. He enjoys tattooing nature/animal related subject matter.

Ramon Moncho Lopez “I was 2 years old when I came to Reno from Mexico. I’ve been drawing my whole life but never really thought I could make something out of it until about 6 years ago. Since then, what can I say, I can’t complain about the direction it’s heading into.”

Mike Curatello Originally from Long Island, NY, and living in Reno for the past 10 plus years. Mike started tattooing at the age of 18 and has been painting/drawing since he was a wee lad. Heavily influenced by pop culture, comic books, sci/fantasy, nature, and video games. “I have always loved artists like, DaVinci, Raphael, Bernini, Dali, Alphonse Mucha, and more modern artists like Banksy, Mark Ryden, James Jean, and Jeremy Geddes.”

 Albert (L’Bert) Rivas Born in Ocotlan Jalisco, Mexico. Raised in Los Angeles, CA. Currently living/tattooing in Reno, NV at A Toda Madre Tattoos, showcasing watercolor (tattoo flash) paintings with a Hispanic theme.

Shaun Hanna Born and raised in California, Shaun took a strong interest in illustrative art and cartooning early on. Creativity became an outlet and a way of life as he navigated the pathways of youth. As an adult this interest, coupled with a love for the California punk rock scene, turned into a fascination of Tattoos.  Shaun moved to Reno, NV to pursue tattooing in 2009 where he began to apply the vast history of tattooing to his own artistic styles. Since 2009, Shaun has focused on the fundamentals of tattooing and the simplicity traditional Americana tattoo art. BOLD, BRIGHT, NEAT, and CLEAN!

Jay Gonzalez (SYPES) 22 years old, born and raised in Reno NV. Established tattoo artist at 1465 S Wells Avenue. (A Toda Madre Tattoos) Specializing in black and grey Chicano style, color realism, as well as custom lettering.

Jorge Pintor A 28-year-old artist born in Watsonville California. “I’ve been into drawing since I was a kid and fell in love with the idea of tattooing in my teens. I knew then that’s what I wanted to pursue. I started tattooing in 2010 and love tattooing American and Japanese traditional styles as well as black and grey.”

Mathew Fernando Carrol Madrid (Smokey) This exhibition is in memory of our good friend/fellow artist Smokey.  Matthew Fernando Carrol Madrid was 35 years old. Born in Loma Linda, California and raised in Barstow, California. He moved to Reno after being in prison in Las Vegas NV. He learned the art of tattoo in prison, where other Chicano artists inspired him. He practiced body art and illustration using ballpoint pen and paper. Smokey spent countless hours to produce his art and shared it with us. We would like to pay our friend and fellow artist homage by sharing it with you.

Jonnie Evil Blood Money Tattooer, Arte Vida Familia, AV BM Reno, Resident artist at Lasting Dose Tattoo & Art Collective.

Canyon Webb “My name is Canyon Webb; I’m from Reno Nevada. I’ve had the pleasure of tattooing for 10 years. Growing up I was inspired by comic books and cartoons which led me to practicing different illustrative tattooing styles ultimately leading me to a timeless look of patterns, mandalas, dot work and black work. This style makes my tattoos longer lasting and more relevant in the future.”

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Exhibit: Somewhere in the Desert
There's a Forest

January 2nd through January 20th, 2017

About the Exhibit

The Sierra Arts Gallery is excited to host the only solo exhibition for Lisa Kurt in 2017. Lisa has become known for her distinctive illustrative characters full of whimsy and innocence with a hint of sadness between the lines.

About the Artist

Lisa Kurt is an artist and illustrator living and working in Reno, NV since 2008. She grew up and lived in the Boston area, receiving her BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art.

Lisa works primarily with acrylics and mixed media on canvas or wood panels; her work integrates maps and other ephemera within her paintings. Through her work, she explores stories that involve people, animals, and creatures in mysterious settings, often incorporating nature and the unexpected. Her work entails traces of nostalgia, melancholy, and whimsical facets that allow a bit of mystery to remain. Lisa’s work focuses on themes surrounding childhood, nature, memory, stories, mythologies, allegory, and dreams.

Lisa has recently illustrated a new children’s book, Sarla in the Sky, published by Bharat Babies: https://bharatbabies.com/products/sarla-in-the-sky

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Conduit to Creativity

Conduit To Creativity: The Power of ARTS EDUCATION

December 1 - December 15, 2016

About the Exhibit

A group exhibition of Sierra Arts Foundation teaching artists. Featuring literary, performing and visual art works by Sierra Arts Foundation teaching-artists and their students demonstrating the Power of Arts Education. In partnership with The Kennedy Arts Center for the Performing Arts and the Washoe County School District.

ARTS INTEGRATION is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connectsan art form another subject area and meets evolving objectives
in both.

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Pan Pantoja

Pan Pantoja has been teaching drama and creative arts at Rainshadow Charter High School since 2005. Under his coaching, his students have won at the state level and competed at the national level three times in the National Poetry Out Loud Competition. Also, Pan worked as an Artist-in-Residence for Sierra Arts from 2005-2012. During his residency, he created several programs, which benefited at-risk youth throughout the community, especially juveniles at the Jan Evans Correctional Facility. He is also on the Nevada Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Roster. In the past four years, Pan has produced five original plays and one independent film, including productions at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
He was the co-founder of Reno Art Works and is currently the Artistic Director of The Potentialist Workshop, a multi use art warehouse on west Second St.

In addition, Pan has been honored with several awards. Most notably, in 2012 he was awarded the Kristine Nagy-Johnson award for teaching and serving at-risk youth. Also, in 2008, he was included in Art Buzz, an international publication. Recently, he designed and painted a large-scale mural on the Keystone Bridge, as well as a mural on Wedekind. Both murals were funded by the Public Arts Commission and benefited at-risk youth.

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Privileged: Mixed Media on Canvas 2016

Ray Valdez

Ray teaches for Sierra Arts Foundation within the Northern Nevada Community, founded the Art Program at Coral Academy Science and continues to work with Native American Tribal groups in out-reach programs. His strong leadership is influencing many adolescent lives to be creative in the arts, as well as life. Valdez has produced acrylic murals for the city of Lompoc, California and various locations in Reno, Nevada.

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Peoples III: Ray Valdez

Peter Whittenberger

Peter Whittenberger is an interdisciplinary artist whose work uses a variety of digital media to explore quotidian phenomena and the power of everyday interactions. Whittenberger was born in St. Louis, MO, but grew up in Billings, MT. After receiving a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Montana, Whittenberger moved to Salem, OR before making his home in Reno, NV. Holding an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Nevada, Reno, Whittenberger has shown his work in a variety of exhibitions, screenings, and festivals across North America, Africa, South America, and Europe. Whittenberger is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College and a Resident Teaching Artist for Washoe County Schools through the Sierra Arts Foundation.

“I explore my ideas using a variety of digital media: video, net art, animation, gaming software, or other media as dictated by the intentions or potential of each artwork. Digital media’s flexible formats and ease of accessibility to the viewer lend well to the exploration of the everyday. Contemporary familiarity of technology allows for the creation of an artistic context that is reflective, and sometimes interactive or participatory, in its communication. The link between all my work is a desire to discover genuine connections with other inhabitants of our shared world – both physical and virtual.”

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Eve Allen

Eve Allen is a dancer, dance educator and choreographer in Reno, NV.  She received her MFA in ballet from the University of Utah and BS in business administration with a dance minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. Allen is the founder and director of the Downtown Dance Collective (DDC). DDC is a collaborative dance organization that aims to bring together local talent and present accessible performances to our community. Allen performs locally with A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, Belle Contemporary Dance Company, and Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance. She has choreographed for Municipal Ballet Co. in Salt Lake City, the Nevada Opera, Sierra Nevada Ballet, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Allen is a Ballet Lecturer the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is an active member of the Royal Academy of Dance and teaches syllabus classes for all levels at The Conservatory of Movement.  Allen is a registered teaching artist for the Nevada Arts Council and the Sierra Arts Foundation and utilizes the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration in her classes at Lincoln Park Elementary School in Sparks, NV.

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Erik Holland

Reno artist Erik Holland is a full time fine artist and art teacher, selling his work through galleries and events like Nada Dada Motel, always the third weekend of June. He is the “Dada Mayor De Esprawlius”, of the Nada Dada Motel event. He has lived in the Artist’s Lofts in downtown Reno since 2000, coming to Nevada from Alaska. He shows his fine art paintings at Ryrie’s Art and Home and the Co-op Gallery in Reno, Art and Soul in Markleeville, CA, Vigil’s Collection in Nevada City, CA, Bread and Cocoa in San Francisco, CA, Duncan Little Creek in Elko, NV, and The Bank gallery in Ely, NV. He frequently participates in-group shows at Sierra Arts in Reno.  He had three paintings in the indie movie the Motel Life.  Holland is part of the Reno Open Studios event, during which 40 of the area’s finest artists open their doors to the public in September. He is a member of the Dusty Roads Artists Group (DRA) sponsored by the St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City. Holland has had three successful shows at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, two at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, CA, among many one-man shows.

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Elizabeth Clark Brooks

Elizabeth Brooks originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Art Education from Maryville University and her Masters of Arts from Webster University. She has presented on integrating visual art with science, social studies, and math at the 2009 Missouri Art Educators Association Spring and the 2011 Nevada Arts Council OASIS Conference. Her artwork has been shown at the Krueger Pottery gallery and the Morton J. May Gallery in St. Louis. Though she has been working as a Teaching Artist in Reno since 2010 and currently teaches at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. She lives near downtown Reno with her handsome husband and adorable baby boy.

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Ripple Bowls by Elizabeth Clark Brooks,
Elephant and Snowman Student Work,
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Katie Jean Dahlaw

Katie is a dance artist, creating modern dance work based on the exploration of who we are, as humans; as a more-than-human community, peculiar to the Great Basin bioregion, the Great Basin Movement Project, the dance project I am directing, is an inter-disciplinary and collaborative dance project.

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My Body Your Body
Group Exhibition

Tamara Scronce, Candace Garlock, Russell Dudley, Mary Kenny, Paul Baker Prindle, Chris Lanier, Bahar Farahini, AB Gorham, Dean Burton, Mahsan Ghazianzad, Sheri Leigh O'Connor, Miya Hannan, Julia Schwardon, Erin Shearin and Rick Parsons.

June 1-22, 2017

About the Exhibition

A contemporary look at a national conversation through personal, introspective and creative process.

About the Artists

Tamara Scronce

Object of My Affection: Foot Bath
(After Beuys)
Bee’s wax and steel basin

Object of My Affection is a body of work that includes both objects and images. It started with a playful manipulation of a photograph, a kind of reinventing history that suggests a relationship between me and Joseph Beuys. He is of course an art hero; an icon that left a mark on the world with his art works and his personal mythology. Placing myself in a photograph with him excited me; more than I expected it to. I couldn’t get over it. I couldn’t stop looking at it, thinking about it, thinking about him and how much I clearly needed him.
I realized that what I was seeking was a champion and guide. I longed to have a mentor. I sensed that I had lost my bearings; I was looking for direction, striving to find a course for my art making.
The manipulated photograph led to more art work and one work led to another, led to another, led to another… I soon recognized that this body of work had evolved into an overtly romantic gesture. Object of My Affection romanticizes art and personal history. It idealizes the influence of important figures, and emphasizes materials and objects for their physicality, sensuality and meaning.
Generally I shy away from explicit idealism; it is so often trite. But this time, I gave in. I gave myself permission to feel sentimental and affectionate and to indulge unapologetically in the pleasures of concept, aesthetics, materials and process.
By using Joseph Beuys as my muse I run the risk of being misunderstood and dismissed as artlessly derivative. What I know is that Object of My Affection is not a simplistic appropriation of another artist’s work. It is romantic idolization and idealization – I needed a champion and a mentor and I wittingly followed my instincts in pursuit of meaningful connections.

Tamara Scronce’s major areas of interest are sculpture, installation art, and video. Catherine Angel, fine arts photographer, professor, and curator writes, “Tamara’s studio endeavors produce innovative, beautifully crafted objects imbued with vulnerability and sensitivity. Her sculpture and installation work, although always beautiful, cannot be dismissed as merely nice to look at – her work is equally intelligent and challenging both in concept and content.”
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Tamara attended graduate school at the University of Illinois, Chicago and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1997 and moved home to join the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2000.
Tamara earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Art in 2006-07. She directs the John Ben Snow Sculpture Center and also directs the Master of Fine Arts graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was awarded the University’s Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award in 2016, and she has been honored with two College of Liberal Arts teaching excellence awards, one in 2007 and again in 2016. This year Tamara was awarded the University’s F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teaching Award. She teaches all levels of sculpture in addition to MFA and BFA studio and critique practice courses.
Tamara has exhibited her artwork in solo, group, and juried exhibitions, and participated in a number of collaborative projects. She has been honored with awards in juried exhibitions and has received several artists’ grants in support of
her work, including the distinguished Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, and the Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Grant. Tamara was awarded two substantial University of Nevada, Reno faculty research/creative activity grants in support of her work in video and sculpture installation.

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Candace Nicol Garlock

For “My Body, Your Body” exhibition, I began a series of drawings and paintings inspired by a piece I created in 2015 titled “Future.” The work visually probes the emotive power of desire – not sexual desire, but the desire of attachment. Humans have an instinct not to trust, to look upon another with a lens of self-preservation. But, at the same time, we seek understanding, connection and love. There is a beauty – a vulnerability within each of us and there is always hope that we can each find the relationship that we most desire.

Candace Nicol Garlock is an artist, educator and galleries curator at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada. She also sits on the board at Doral Academy of Northern Nevada and Rocky Mountain Print Alliance. Candace’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and occupies such prestigious permanent collections as the Boise Art Museum, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper at Rutgers University, Southern Graphics Council Archives, The Kinsey Institute, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Painting and Sculpture Museum Association, Istanbul, Turkey. She has been awarded the distinguished Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship in 2009 and the 2017 Nevada Regent’s Creative Activities award. She also has been awarded an honorable mention in Printmaking Today, a review of fine art printmaking at the Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, and the Castle of Castiglione Museum, Abruzzo, Italy. Nicol’s work can also be seen in 100 Artists of the Male Figure by E.Gibbons.
A Native Nevadan, Candace uses the male figure as a means of formulating a response to her experiences in Nevada’s often contradictory landscapes of desire. Her work has been described as a fusion between printmaking, painting, and digital photography. As a result, Candace’s multilayered compositions posit engaging questions to viewers regarding relationships, social identities, and societal issues surrounding the female gaze.

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Russell Dudley

A Nevada Fellowship of the Arts recipient, Dudley and his art are deeply informed by mountains, desert, rock-climbing, and being alone both in the land and in a more existential way. His photography, installation, sculpture, and video work has been exhibited in galleries, public collections, and alternative spaces, including Mindy Oh in Chicago, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the A.M. Project and Treehouse Galleries in Los Angeles, and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Exhibiting at times under the name of his alter ego Jimmy Jewel, he is a member of the art collaborative, d3ms, and his ongoing photographic collaborations with performance artist Joanna Frueh have resulted in portfolios published by UC Berkley, University of Nevada, and Nevada Museum of Art presses. Courses: New Genres, Contemporary Issues, Gallery Exhibition, Professional Practices, Photography, Sculpture.

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Mary Kenny

Raised in Ohio, Mary received a BA in studio arts from Baldwin Wallace University and a MFA in printmaking from Kent State University. In 2016, she completed a residency in Ireland at Cow House Studios where she focused on her collage and drawing practice. Mary has participated in numerous shows nationally and regionally. She is an associate professor at Sierra Nevada College teaching a variety of courses within two-dimensional practices.
For My Body, Your Body, I created Wild Weeds Spread with no Regard, which addresses my mother’s cancer, and my own cancer diagnosis. We were diagnosed with different cancers a month apart. While I was going through treatment and getting better my mother was not responding to her treatment and ultimately died from complications of cancer. The tumors that were being removed from my body were multiplying in her body. I can’t explain those short, nine months that we had together at the end of her life so I made this piece instead.
My interests lie in the experimental process of constructing a narrative through hand-cut collaged works. I begin my explorations from creating hand-cut collages, piecing together various images and finding new ways to arrange them. I consider these preparatory collages a sketchbook of sorts and revisit the ‘sketches’ in order to use them as a starting point for my final works. The collages then become mixed media works; each element of the work is realized in a form a graphite drawing, prints, and recently sequins, felted forms.

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Paul Baker Prindle

Paul Baker Prindle’s images build on the traditions of portraiture, but confound those traditions by using index, vernacular conventions, and the landscape to evoke impressions of the body that go beyond what is visually represented. This work reflects a number of strategies for engaging The Real, Gay and Queer identities, memory, and the practice of portrait making from various emotional positions including loss, isolation, trauma, and melancholia.

Paul Baker Prindle (b. La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA) has exhibition in Austin, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles. Photographs from his series documenting the sites of homo- and transphobic hate crimes are collected by several museums in the United States. His work has been published by Out and Out.com, Adovcate.com, Our Lives, and Männer, and has received mention in ArtForum Diary, Wisconsin Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Reno News and Review, and National Public Radio.
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Chris Lanier
Chris Lanier is an artist with a background in both traditional and digital media, and a demonstrated interest in hybrid forms, having worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. His animation has screened at Sundance and won awards at several international festivals, including the Grand Prize for Internet Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. A constant in his work has been a fascination with visual communication – the way visual information constitutes a language of its own, one that can both clarify and distort reality. He is currently the Associate Professor of Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College.

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Bahareh Shahrabi Farahani
Bahareh Shahrabi Farahani is a visual artist working primarily in painting, drawing and installation art. She earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from the University of Nevada, Reno. Farahani received her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with minors in interior design, photography, and children book illustration and an advanced degree in Persian calligraphy from her country of origin Iran. Her works have been featured in solo, group and juried exhibitions
throughout Iran, the Middle East and the United States. Farahani lives and works in Reno, NV.
My artwork explores ideas of memory. I use my memories, memories of my home, and the events of my life. I am fascinated with the imageries encased in my memory, and how these memories are formed and eroded by the personal, cultural, and historical layers. Notwithstanding that my work begins in personal experience, it intends to go further and communicate with more souls. Themes in my work include ideas of longing for “home”, notions of “personal identity”, and “self-exploration”.
To realize the physical and visual qualities of my artwork, I collect and look at forms and patterns, and material qualities that inspire and engage me in the creative act of recalling and reimagining memory. The images and materials I use function as intentional metaphors to develop layers of content and trace the connections between my ideas and aesthetic. I employ specific materials such as resin, wax, handmade paper, translucent paper and acrylic paint. The imageries communicate as forms and patterns that anyone could engage with. Specifically, these are geometric forms and organic patterns in my works that are melted and formed in the container of the history and culture; my history and culture. However, the piece is not only pictures my memories and my feelings, but
also create a space to share experience: a moment to feel and to think; for the viewer.

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AB Gorham
AB Gorham is a book artist and writer, originally hailing from Montana. She holds an MFA in Book Arts (2014) from The University of Alabama, where she also received her MFA in Poetry (2012). She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, their daughter, and their three beasts, is the Press Manager at Black Rock Press, and teaches book arts at The University of Nevada, Reno. Her artist’s books are represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, LLC and Abecedarian Gallery. For inquiries about books, contact AB Gorham at gorhamab@gmail.com.

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Dean Burton
This series is a combination of elements from artists that I studied while learning photography. It is loosely based on Duane Michals’ “Take One and See Mt. Fujiyama.” Formally, it follows John Pfahl’s “Altered Landscapes”, which used perspective and the privileged viewpoint of the camera to create interactions with the landscape. To create the compositional relationship between the cactus and the mountain I had to position the camera with precision in terms of height, angle, and distance. Obstacles in the desert often made this task impossible. The title is a metaphor for navigating any difficult or precarious situation.

Dean Burton attended the University of Arizona from 1989-1994, majoring in Studio Art and working at the Center for Creative Photography. He lived to the west of the Saguaro National Monument and drove through the park on a daily basis. Discouraged from presenting photographs of cacti in critiques at U of A, this series was done long after graduation during trips from Nevada to Arizona.

Dean moved to Northern Nevada in 1998 and is now Professor of Art/Photography at Truckee Meadows Community College. His current practice involves returning to the use of analog photography and creating hybrid analog/digital processes. His artworks are included in the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art. Recently, his work was featured in an exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

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Mahsan Ghazianzad

Through this work, I wanted to explore the notion of connectedness and universality that I believe that exists at the very bottom and foundation of existence. I believe that we are all one infinite consciousness and our individuality is the subjective manifestation of the infinite and eternal consciousness. As such, if we do good to others, we are in effect doing ourselves a favor as we are part of the same whole that encompasses everything that exists.

Mahsan Ghazianzad was born in Tehran, the capital city of Iran. She pursued her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Nevada, Reno on May, 2016. Since then she has been teaching drawing at Truckee Meadow Community College, Reno-Nevada.
Primarily interested in works that convey personal meaning, Mahsan works to capture the essence of her experiences through her paintings. She uses color, line, and shape in harmonies and abstract compositions to express emotions, thoughts, and sensations. A wide variety of sources influence Mahsan’s artwork including personal history, poetry, philosophy, music, and also the works of artists that she admires.
Mahsan has participated in numerous exhibitions in Iran, Canada and the United States. Since emigrating to the US six years ago, her works has been exhibited at the National Law Immigration Center Los Angles; Folsom History Museum, California; California Museum, Sacramento; Women’s Muse World Conference, Oregon; University of Nevada-Reno; the City of Reno Art Blast; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Lake Tahoe Community College; American River College, Sacramento; Sierra College,Rocklin-California; Truckee Meadow Community College, Reno; CCAI Courthouse gallery, Carson City; Metro Gallery at City Hall, Reno and others.

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Sheri Leigh O’Connor
Sheri Leigh was born in Memphis, TN in 1962. She earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied with Betty Woodman, and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University studying with Paul Soldner. She has taught ceramics since 1988, at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, and in 1997, began teaching at Sierra Nevada College, at Lake Tahoe. Currently she chairs the Fine Arts Department at SNC Tahoe, and directs the Summer Visiting Artist Workshops. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Black Pearl and Other Saturated Metallic Glazes, by John Conrad, and Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques, American Ceramics Society. Her work has been included in local and national exhibitions. She created “A New Decade of Clay: 2010”, a national ceramics exhibition juried by Richard Shaw, and curated “The Soldner Society” exhibition at NCECA, the national ceramics conference, in Tampa, FL. For the past few years, Sheri Leigh has been organizing travel courses and public travel workshops to Japan.
This piece was made for the theme of this exhibition, “My Body, Your Body”. My body, is the 1967 VW bug auto body. The tank is Trump’s body, and his militaristic mentality. I am very much a pacifist, and I fear for the world’s future with someone in office who cares solely for money; not for the arts, not for our environment, and not for peace.

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Miya Hannan

“All creatures in the world are connected, and they all have a common ancestor.”

–Charles Darwin

Our society values youth more than age and progress more than tradition, resulting in death being treated as taboo. The source of my art practice goes back to my experiences working within the medical field in Japan. Interacting with patients during my seven years as a medical professional, I was left with many unanswered questions about the connections between birth and death. Over time, I came to view the world as layers and linkages. My work, influenced by archaeology and Buddhist
philosophy, as well as my scientific knowledge, represents my understanding of the importance of accepting death on a larger level.
The focus of my latest body of work derives from my understanding of the histories that are etched, trapped, and stratified in the soil of the Earth. I developed the prospective that our world is made with the linkages of accumulated histories which is what I mean by layers and linkages. Millions of creatures and human beings have come and gone over time, becoming a part of the layers of the land. Scientists believe that all the stratums are linked telling us the stories of who we are and where we are from. It is this belief that makes the chain of our histories complete. I am interested in this relationship between humanity and how information is trapped in nature.
Root 1 is from the body of artwork, “Layers and Missing Links.” It includes my view that our history evolved with nature and is etched into it. In my work, I employ repetitions of anatomical, figurative, and genetic references, along with people’s names taken from phone books to suggest the cycles of human lives and histories. Bones and amber represent what carries or traps the information of the past. By layering, repeating, and combining, I construct my view of this world in my artwork.
Japanese people believe that the souls from the dead keep living, the spirits of nature exist, and land retains its destiny. People inherit the histories of the land where they live. In order for their families to have healthy and happy lives, they respect vengeful souls and worship the spirits. Growing up in the Japanese culture, these superstitions flash through my mind whenever I see the earth of my backyard.
I wonder what happened, what kinds of people lived here, and what things are buried underneath my feet.
I was a scientist in a country with many superstitions, giving me the ability to perceive the world from two contrasting perspectives. In my artwork, I am interested in creating the unity of opposites that constitutes our world. Scientific and nonscientific, silent and communicative, still and active—these are the dichotomies that inform my work. I present my view of death as another form of being alive.

Miya Hannan’s sculptures, installations, and drawings show her view of the world that is constructed by the layers and linkages of human lives and histories that are etched, trapped, and stratified in the soil of the Earth. Her practice is influenced by Asian philosophy and rituals, as well as by her scientific education. Hannan’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. In 2012, she was commissioned by TEDxSan Diego to create an installation for their meeting. She also received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Mesa College, San Diego.
Hannan was awarded an M.F.A. Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute where she received her M.F.A. in 2007. Before coming to the United States, she received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the school of health sciences, Kyushu University and worked for a hospital for seven years in her native country, Japan. She is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Julia Schwadron
Julia Schwadron has shown her artwork across the country as well as internationally. She has had recent solo exhibitions at HGallery Project Space in Bangkok, and at The Farnham Galleries at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Schwadron was a Visiting Professor of Painting and Artist in Residence at Chiang Mai University from 2010 – 2011, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Iowa from 2007-2009. She was a founding member of the “Matzo Files,” an artist flat file project inside Streit’s Matzo store on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2004. As a Jacob Javits Fellow from 2002-2004, she facilitated an exchange in conjunction with the Transmedia Postgraduate Program in Art and Design in Brussels, Belgium. In 2006, Schwadron was awarded a Joan Mitchell Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT, and a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Schwadron received her BA in Studio Art from UC San Diego in 1998 and her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art in 2004. She currently lives and works in South Lake Tahoe, and she is an Instructor of Painting, as well as Assistant Director for the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College.
These works are a part of a series of 6 paintings, all oil on linen, white paint on a black ground, and evoke the photographic negative, a photogram, or an x-ray. However, unlike any of these comparisons, the paintings are made by hand, in direct response to an object itself, in this case, a bouquet of dead flowers. Each painting in the series measures 54in x 90in, enforcing a relation to a human scale. The white paint on the black surface is transparent in parts, and the brushstrokes are present as evidence of potential life left inside what is already dead.

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Rick Parsons

Rick’s artwork focuses on the effects of environmental pollutants on the body. He uses materials as metaphor to address the looming impact of a culture dependent on diminishing resources. Rick has served as Sculpture Program Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has taught at both the University of Dallas, and Colorado Mountain College. He has been a visiting artist at Colorado College, San Jose State University, University of Miami, and Arizona State University. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and was featured in a solo show in the Charles and Dorothy Clark Gallery at the University of Texas – Pan America. In 2007 Rick’s sculpture was the focus of an article in Sculpture magazine. He was recently published in the book Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic by Judith S. Schwartz and was featured in the documentary film “Questions of Art,” by Zach Jankovic.

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Katy Ann Fox

Still Movement

May 2-28, 2017

About the Exhibition

Katy Ann Fox is constantly moving, through her travels and painting, Fox is able to illustrate the stunning scenery and imagery within the American West. “Through oil paint on panel I celebrate the scenes that cause the corners of my mouth to curve up and my movement to still.” Her series Still Movement illustrates just the places that have caused her to take a moment and appreciate the world around her.

About the Artists

Based in Jackson Hole Wyoming, Fox has painted for such galleries as Teton ArtLab and Escalante, her work can also be viewed on the Jackson Hole Still Works Great Grey Gin label.  Before moving to Jackson Hole, Wyoming Fox received a bachelor’s from the University of Idaho and a Masters of Fine art: painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.

http://www.katyfoxart.com/

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Glynn Cartledge

Prisoners to Paper Dolls

April 4-28, 2017

About the Exhibition

She wore the moniker “felon” as she walked up the steps to her halfway house. It was on the outskirts of her former neighborhood. She now had no right to vote. No right to decent employment. No protection from usurious fines. She wasn’t a citizen anymore; she was a leper. Subjugated by the criminal justice industrial complex, she was going to be segregated again by her neighbors.

The amplitude of restrictions and demands placed on the formerly incarcerated burdens them with a new construct of punishment. Amiri Baraka said, “A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.” A prisoner’s release is a false promise of liberty. Instead of societal re-integration, the mass incarceration continuum extends its system of punishment and restrictions to those who have arrived back home. A ride on its conveyor belt of re-incarceration. Convict to ex-convict to convict. And so it goes.

About the Artists

Glynn Cartledge, an artist who spent twenty-five years as a criminal defense lawyer, documents the otherness of the formerly incarcerated. Her series P2P, Prisoners to Paper dolls, denounces Draconian shackles of punishment that are placed upon ex-convicts. Glynn presents the formerly incarcerated as a paper doll to disturb and interpret the stylistic doll into a perplexing conundrum of human value in society. One pose, many costumes. Disrupting the incarceration continuum. Her work consists of oil portraits and fabric outfits designed for each doll. Videos of ex-prisoners and archival documentation provides context.

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Karen Rips & Paula Chung

A View Within

March 2-29, 2017

About the Exhibition

The advent of sonograms, MRIs, and other advanced forms of body imaging have transformed modern medicine and the way in which people view their bodies. These non-invasive renderings provide doctors with critical information about personal health, and, yet, when faced with uncertainty about a diagnosis, these medical images can provoke fear and confusion. They give a powerful glimpse into the complex systems of the bodily existence, marking growth and deterioration.

The artists’ command of material and technique inspires an important dialogue about people’s interpretations, responses, and relationships to these medical images. A View Within inspires us to open up about our own experiences with life and death, allowing us to discuss subjects—like illness and disease—that are otherwise unpalatable. At the heart of this exhibition, Karen Rips’ and Paula Chung’s textiles expose viewers to the inner beauty found within their own bodies, challenging them to embrace change and find common ground.

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About the Artists

Paula Chung lives in Zephyr Cove, Nevada where she studies nature and maintains her fiber art practice. Chung began her career in fiber art as a quilter. She has exhibited her work internationally and she has received several awards of merit, including the 2008 Silver and Bronze awards at the 9th Quilt Nihon Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Chung has contributed to several publications including the Surface Design Journal (Summer 2012) and Quilting Arts Magazine (April/May, Oct./Nov. 2011).

Living in Thousand Oaks, California, Karen Rips is pursuing a career as a fiber artist after retiring from neonatal nursing. With over 30 years of quilting experience, Rips continues to experiment with dye techniques and enjoys the process of “mark-making.” She has exhibited internationally in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia as part of the Twelve by Twelve International Exhibition. Her work can be found in the collections of the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Panorama City Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and at the Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center, in Burbank, CA.

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La Cultura de los Tatuajes: Group Exhibition

Exhibition: La Cultura de los Tatuajes

Feb. 1 - 24, 2017

About the Exhibition

Three out of every ten Americans have willingly allowed an individual to utilize a rotary tattoo machine to pierce their skin repeatedly in the ancient act of tattooing. This act creates the most personal form of artwork that exists, an artificial cutaneous pigmentation that subsists within the dermis of an individual. Unlike art that lives within a frame, tattoos walk away from their creator and live within our society. La Culture De Los Tatuajes explores the cultural implications that appear in this ancient art form through the work of local tattoo artists featuring many from the Hispanic community.

About the Artists

Brian Chambers Brian Chambers is an award winning and published artist. Born and raised in Sonora CA, relocating to Reno NV. Brian’s been tattooing since 2009. He specializes in realistic and illustrative color tattooing, but also loves doing Japanese and black & grey. He enjoys tattooing nature/animal related subject matter.

Ramon Moncho Lopez “I was 2 years old when I came to Reno from Mexico. I’ve been drawing my whole life but never really thought I could make something out of it until about 6 years ago. Since then, what can I say, I can’t complain about the direction it’s heading into.”

Mike Curatello Originally from Long Island, NY, and living in Reno for the past 10 plus years. Mike started tattooing at the age of 18 and has been painting/drawing since he was a wee lad. Heavily influenced by pop culture, comic books, sci/fantasy, nature, and video games. “I have always loved artists like, DaVinci, Raphael, Bernini, Dali, Alphonse Mucha, and more modern artists like Banksy, Mark Ryden, James Jean, and Jeremy Geddes.”

 Albert (L’Bert) Rivas Born in Ocotlan Jalisco, Mexico. Raised in Los Angeles, CA. Currently living/tattooing in Reno, NV at A Toda Madre Tattoos, showcasing watercolor (tattoo flash) paintings with a Hispanic theme.

Shaun Hanna Born and raised in California, Shaun took a strong interest in illustrative art and cartooning early on. Creativity became an outlet and a way of life as he navigated the pathways of youth. As an adult this interest, coupled with a love for the California punk rock scene, turned into a fascination of Tattoos.  Shaun moved to Reno, NV to pursue tattooing in 2009 where he began to apply the vast history of tattooing to his own artistic styles. Since 2009, Shaun has focused on the fundamentals of tattooing and the simplicity traditional Americana tattoo art. BOLD, BRIGHT, NEAT, and CLEAN!

Jay Gonzalez (SYPES) 22 years old, born and raised in Reno NV. Established tattoo artist at 1465 S Wells Avenue. (A Toda Madre Tattoos) Specializing in black and grey Chicano style, color realism, as well as custom lettering.

Jorge Pintor A 28-year-old artist born in Watsonville California. “I’ve been into drawing since I was a kid and fell in love with the idea of tattooing in my teens. I knew then that’s what I wanted to pursue. I started tattooing in 2010 and love tattooing American and Japanese traditional styles as well as black and grey.”

Mathew Fernando Carrol Madrid (Smokey) This exhibition is in memory of our good friend/fellow artist Smokey.  Matthew Fernando Carrol Madrid was 35 years old. Born in Loma Linda, California and raised in Barstow, California. He moved to Reno after being in prison in Las Vegas NV. He learned the art of tattoo in prison, where other Chicano artists inspired him. He practiced body art and illustration using ballpoint pen and paper. Smokey spent countless hours to produce his art and shared it with us. We would like to pay our friend and fellow artist homage by sharing it with you.

Jonnie Evil Blood Money Tattooer, Arte Vida Familia, AV BM Reno, Resident artist at Lasting Dose Tattoo & Art Collective.

Canyon Webb “My name is Canyon Webb; I’m from Reno Nevada. I’ve had the pleasure of tattooing for 10 years. Growing up I was inspired by comic books and cartoons which led me to practicing different illustrative tattooing styles ultimately leading me to a timeless look of patterns, mandalas, dot work and black work. This style makes my tattoos longer lasting and more relevant in the future.”

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Exhibit: Somewhere in the Desert
There's a Forest

January 2nd through January 20th, 2017

About the Exhibit

The Sierra Arts Gallery is excited to host the only solo exhibition for Lisa Kurt in 2017. Lisa has become known for her distinctive illustrative characters full of whimsy and innocence with a hint of sadness between the lines.

About the Artist

Lisa Kurt is an artist and illustrator living and working in Reno, NV since 2008. She grew up and lived in the Boston area, receiving her BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art.

Lisa works primarily with acrylics and mixed media on canvas or wood panels; her work integrates maps and other ephemera within her paintings. Through her work, she explores stories that involve people, animals, and creatures in mysterious settings, often incorporating nature and the unexpected. Her work entails traces of nostalgia, melancholy, and whimsical facets that allow a bit of mystery to remain. Lisa’s work focuses on themes surrounding childhood, nature, memory, stories, mythologies, allegory, and dreams.

Lisa has recently illustrated a new children’s book, Sarla in the Sky, published by Bharat Babies: https://bharatbabies.com/products/sarla-in-the-sky

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Conduit to Creativity

Conduit To Creativity: The Power of ARTS EDUCATION

December 1 - December 15, 2016

About the Exhibit

A group exhibition of Sierra Arts Foundation teaching artists. Featuring literary, performing and visual art works by Sierra Arts Foundation teaching-artists and their students demonstrating the Power of Arts Education. In partnership with The Kennedy Arts Center for the Performing Arts and the Washoe County School District.

ARTS INTEGRATION is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connectsan art form another subject area and meets evolving objectives
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Pan Pantoja

Pan Pantoja has been teaching drama and creative arts at Rainshadow Charter High School since 2005. Under his coaching, his students have won at the state level and competed at the national level three times in the National Poetry Out Loud Competition. Also, Pan worked as an Artist-in-Residence for Sierra Arts from 2005-2012. During his residency, he created several programs, which benefited at-risk youth throughout the community, especially juveniles at the Jan Evans Correctional Facility. He is also on the Nevada Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Roster. In the past four years, Pan has produced five original plays and one independent film, including productions at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
He was the co-founder of Reno Art Works and is currently the Artistic Director of The Potentialist Workshop, a multi use art warehouse on west Second St.

In addition, Pan has been honored with several awards. Most notably, in 2012 he was awarded the Kristine Nagy-Johnson award for teaching and serving at-risk youth. Also, in 2008, he was included in Art Buzz, an international publication. Recently, he designed and painted a large-scale mural on the Keystone Bridge, as well as a mural on Wedekind. Both murals were funded by the Public Arts Commission and benefited at-risk youth.

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Ray Valdez

Ray teaches for Sierra Arts Foundation within the Northern Nevada Community, founded the Art Program at Coral Academy Science and continues to work with Native American Tribal groups in out-reach programs. His strong leadership is influencing many adolescent lives to be creative in the arts, as well as life. Valdez has produced acrylic murals for the city of Lompoc, California and various locations in Reno, Nevada.

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Peter Whittenberger

Peter Whittenberger is an interdisciplinary artist whose work uses a variety of digital media to explore quotidian phenomena and the power of everyday interactions. Whittenberger was born in St. Louis, MO, but grew up in Billings, MT. After receiving a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Montana, Whittenberger moved to Salem, OR before making his home in Reno, NV. Holding an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Nevada, Reno, Whittenberger has shown his work in a variety of exhibitions, screenings, and festivals across North America, Africa, South America, and Europe. Whittenberger is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College and a Resident Teaching Artist for Washoe County Schools through the Sierra Arts Foundation.

“I explore my ideas using a variety of digital media: video, net art, animation, gaming software, or other media as dictated by the intentions or potential of each artwork. Digital media’s flexible formats and ease of accessibility to the viewer lend well to the exploration of the everyday. Contemporary familiarity of technology allows for the creation of an artistic context that is reflective, and sometimes interactive or participatory, in its communication. The link between all my work is a desire to discover genuine connections with other inhabitants of our shared world – both physical and virtual.”

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Eve Allen

Eve Allen is a dancer, dance educator and choreographer in Reno, NV.  She received her MFA in ballet from the University of Utah and BS in business administration with a dance minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. Allen is the founder and director of the Downtown Dance Collective (DDC). DDC is a collaborative dance organization that aims to bring together local talent and present accessible performances to our community. Allen performs locally with A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, Belle Contemporary Dance Company, and Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance. She has choreographed for Municipal Ballet Co. in Salt Lake City, the Nevada Opera, Sierra Nevada Ballet, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Allen is a Ballet Lecturer the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is an active member of the Royal Academy of Dance and teaches syllabus classes for all levels at The Conservatory of Movement.  Allen is a registered teaching artist for the Nevada Arts Council and the Sierra Arts Foundation and utilizes the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration in her classes at Lincoln Park Elementary School in Sparks, NV.

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Erik Holland

Reno artist Erik Holland is a full time fine artist and art teacher, selling his work through galleries and events like Nada Dada Motel, always the third weekend of June. He is the “Dada Mayor De Esprawlius”, of the Nada Dada Motel event. He has lived in the Artist’s Lofts in downtown Reno since 2000, coming to Nevada from Alaska. He shows his fine art paintings at Ryrie’s Art and Home and the Co-op Gallery in Reno, Art and Soul in Markleeville, CA, Vigil’s Collection in Nevada City, CA, Bread and Cocoa in San Francisco, CA, Duncan Little Creek in Elko, NV, and The Bank gallery in Ely, NV. He frequently participates in-group shows at Sierra Arts in Reno.  He had three paintings in the indie movie the Motel Life.  Holland is part of the Reno Open Studios event, during which 40 of the area’s finest artists open their doors to the public in September. He is a member of the Dusty Roads Artists Group (DRA) sponsored by the St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City. Holland has had three successful shows at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, two at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, CA, among many one-man shows.

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Elizabeth Clark Brooks

Elizabeth Brooks originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Art Education from Maryville University and her Masters of Arts from Webster University. She has presented on integrating visual art with science, social studies, and math at the 2009 Missouri Art Educators Association Spring and the 2011 Nevada Arts Council OASIS Conference. Her artwork has been shown at the Krueger Pottery gallery and the Morton J. May Gallery in St. Louis. Though she has been working as a Teaching Artist in Reno since 2010 and currently teaches at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. She lives near downtown Reno with her handsome husband and adorable baby boy.

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Katie Jean Dahlaw

Katie is a dance artist, creating modern dance work based on the exploration of who we are, as humans; as a more-than-human community, peculiar to the Great Basin bioregion, the Great Basin Movement Project, the dance project I am directing, is an inter-disciplinary and collaborative dance project.

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David Calvert

David Calvert: My Reno Aces: Minor League Baseball in the Biggest Little City

November 2 - November 23, 2016

About the Exhibit

Reno Aces team photographer since the club’s inception, David has photographed nearly 300 baseball games. Inspired by the sport and its surroundings, it has shaped the way he sees. This show is a collection of his photographs from the club’s eight seasons.

From Melville’s pen to Rockwell’s brush, the relationship between baseball and art is celebrated by many of America’s most popular artists. But it’s more than a muse, it’s also a mentor.

In the 1920s, in an effort to save money, Branch Rickey and the St. Louis Cardinals invented the farm system. In addition to providing the club with more affordable talent, it created a pipeline for prospects. By controlling a player’s instruction and development, the organization could better gauge a player’s major-league ability. Talent like Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter, emerged—homegrown—from the system.

With Rickey focusing on development, the Cardinals won five National League pennants and two World Series titles.

David too, has developed—and not just as a photographer—at the ballpark.

Like many young children, David grew up with a glove—covered in oil and bound with a band—under his bed.

Baseball taught him to fail: even the best ballplayers—and he wasn’t—strike out frequently. In a creative endeavor like photography, failure is experience. And through that experience an artist is able to find their voice.

His photographs serve as the club’s visual record. They voice stories—big and small—that show what makes baseball an enduring pastime. They capture joy and defeat, the sensory details of the game and the knowing moment when an athlete’s minor-league dream becomes and big-league reality.

The photos in this show were chosen for their significance to club and its history, their aesthetic use of light and composition and because they represent something, that to David, is greater than art or sport, growth.

About the Artist

David Calvert is a corporate and editorial photojournalist in Reno, Nev. A failed junior varsity athlete, he someday hopes to throw a knuckleball.

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DENALI LOWDER

DENALI LOWDER: CRUX

September 23 - September 30, 2016

About the Exhibit

CRUX is a multi-media exploration into the full-bodied expression of the aftermath of youth, young love, combined with the testament to one’s core sense of self-concept. The work uses the frame of  intimate photographs, collage work, and personal narratives drawn from music and celebrity culture to paint an image of the uneasy feelings and struggles of the “in-between”. CRUX has shown to be a sort of looking-glass for my inner-most self, a body of work to look back and scrutinize myself and my efforts, in ways that i have not found elsewhere.

About the Artist

Denali Gray Lowder is a mixed-media artist from Reno, Nevada, primarily working in film photography and darkroom techniques. Her artistic process began as a child, when she got her first camera, a purple, fixed-focus 35mm. Her primary source of inspiration is intimate moments, introspection, and love of dogs Rusty and Joe.

2016 Grants to Artists Exhibit

2016 Grants to Artists Exhibit

September 6 - September 22, 2016

Sierra Arts is pleased to announce the 2016 Grants to Artists recipients.

Literary: Gailmarie Pahmeier

Performing Art: Erika Paul

Visual Art: Jaime Lynn Shafer & Katie Lewis

Student: Nathaniel Benjamin

A celebration of their accomplishments was held in the gallery on Thursday Sept. 15, 5-7 p.m. Refreshments were generously provided by Wild River Grille.

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KATIE LEWIS

Katie Lewis was born in 1977 in Reno, Nevada. She received her BA from Colorado College and her MFA from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues such the Museum of Modern Art Luxembourg, Museum Rijswijk – The Netherlands, Stanford University, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco State University, and the Patricia Sweetow Gallery. In 2010 she was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. She has also been included the publications The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography and Cartographies of Time both published by Princeton Architectural Press.

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JAIME LYNN SHAFER

Jaime Lynn Shafer is a 2014 Corcoran College of Art + Design MA Art & the Book graduate. A native of Pennsylvania, Shafer graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts/Ceramics and a certification in art education. She spent thirteen years teaching art in the Pennsylvania public school system and traveled internationally with her students, offering them an opportunity to experience the global community. Shafer’s work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, and UCLA Biomedical Library among many others. Shafer is the 2014-2016 recipient of the Nell J. Redfield Fellowship in Book Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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GAILMARIE PAHMEIER

Gailmarie Pahmeier has been a Nevadan for over 30 years. She teaches creative writing and contemporary literature courses at the University of Nevada, where she has been honored with the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award. She is also on the faculty of the low residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.

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NATHANIEL BENJAMIN

“Printmaking allows me to spend extended time sitting, contemplating, working the chaotic unconscious into a coherent composition. Through a process of sketching, photographing, drawing, transferring, redrawing, and then carving, the composition evolves into a flowing, expressionistic story. The images are of myself and my loved ones, stripped and placed in abstracted space. They reveal their relationships through body language and the interactions which develop between them and the personas of the psyche. They vibrantly pursue the tipping point between self and other. By representing this search, I interpret the world around me. My hope is that these images illuminate our dependence on one another and revive the mystical aspect of every particle we see.”

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Meg Regelous

Meg Regelous - Haunted

August 6 - August 22, 2016