Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition

Carson City’s arts and cultural community captures the Carson City experience.  The Coalition, founded in 2001, is an informal group of Carson City artists and arts organizations that convene to support each other and advocate for arts and culture.  We recognize that a creative environment is essential to an energetic, engaged, and economically robust community.

The Coalition strives to strengthen the area’s arts and culture groups through funding, visibility initiatives, access to new resources, and political voice.  We provide umbrella support and advocacy for arts and culture entities within our community. With this intent and a vision to secure Carson City as the region’s hub for celebrating creative and cultural experiences, the Coalition moves forward.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

Henry David Thoreau
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Aristotle

ART GALLERIES



 Exhibit at the Court House

Writing from Mars
Exhibition at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

Reception: Friday, February 2, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: February 2 – May 23, 2018

at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery
885 E Musser Street, Carson City, Nevada

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its exhibition, Writing from Mars, by artist Rick Parsons at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. CCAI will host a reception for the artist on Friday, February 2, 5-7pm. The exhibit will be in the gallery from February 2 – May 23, 2018.

The Courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City. The reception and the exhibition are free and the public is cordially invited. The gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Parsons’ current work has been exploring automatic writing, jazz thinking, and three-dimensional forms while also addressing the environment. He was born and raised along the briny shores of Galveston Bay, Texas, where he found himself nestled between the salt marsh and chemical refineries. Parsons’ older work focused on the effect of environmental pollutants on the body using three materials as metaphor (clay, steel, salt). The concepts still live in the current work but have taken a turn. He has introduced the process of automatic writing to his work to help deconstruct his own thoughts and to break from a formulaic behavior. Automatic writing is the act of sitting and writing from the subconscious with no narrative directing the thought process and is the origin for the show’s title, “Writing from Mars”. For the artist, the practice of automatic writing is a place of reflection.

As another element for the exhibition, Parsons has used an old Physics lab book from 1922 that belonged to his grandmother to build a platform for this exhibition. Two lab tables sit in the center of the gallery with a large drip painting flanking the exterior. Elements of his older metaphors drift in and out of the work. Clay is the body and biology; saltwater heals, preserves and destroys; and steel is the social and spiritual structure that we build our lives around. The clay forms are first soaked in saltwater to absorb the salt as the body absorbs the chemicals in its surroundings. He then places the clay objects on to steel plates where the salt causes the steel to oxidize. Steel is a material that is perceived as having great strength yet can be weaken by a material as simple as salt. The irony of the sculpture is that the same material that is used as the healing agent is also the catalyst for destruction. In the center of the gallery between the two lab tables sits a large Buddha on a dining table. All these elements come together to create space that mimics the mind in a place of lucid contemplation.

Parsons said, “My ultimate goal as an artist and educator is to create art and environments that generates questioning and discovery, for within this framework of learning and expression, a shift in perception can take place, and a new understanding of life can be revealed.”

Parsons has been teaching at Sierra Nevada College for eight years and was named the 2012/2013 Faculty Member of the Year by the SNC student body and was awarded the Nazir and Mary Ansari 2014/2015 Excellence in Teaching Gold Metal Award. He has also served as Sculpture Program Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has taught at both the University of Dallas, and Colorado Mountain College. He was a visiting artist at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of North Carolina-Asheville, San Jose State University, Colorado College, University of Miami, and Arizona State University. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and was featured in a solo show Santa Clara University. The work was the focus of an article in Sculpture magazine and 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.

Parsons earned his BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1992 and an MFA in Sculptural Ceramics from the University of Dallas in 1996.

Artist and writer Chris Lanier has written the exhibition essay for Writing from Mars. He has a background in both traditional and digital media, and has worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. Mr. Lanier is also an essayist and critic whose art criticism has appeared in a variety of online and print publications. He is an Associate Professor of Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada. Lanier earned his M.F.A. in Studio Art at the University of California, Davis in 2007 and his B.A. in Art and Society at the New College of California, San Francisco in 1994. He lives in Reno with his family.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, City of Carson City, NV Energy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: work in progress, studio view, 2018; photo credit: Chris Lanier
center image: painting detail, house paint on board, 2018; photo credit: Chris Lanier
bottom image: Writing from Mars exhibition flier

Inside and Outside the Lines
Exhibition at the Sierra Room

Exhibition: November 13, 2017 – March 1, 2018
at the Sierra Room, Community Center
851 E William Street, Carson City, Nevada

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Inside and Outside the Lines, with artwork by artists Jonathan Farber and Susan Kotler at the city’s Sierra Room located in the Community Center, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The exhibition is available to the public from November 13, 2017 — March 1, 2018. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Wednesday, December 6, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room.

Kotler creates works using acrylics or watercolors that allow for spontaneous and direct expression. She finds inspiration for her art in natural phenomena, such as water, rocks, trees, light, and concepts from quantum physics and consciousness studies. In each work, she aims to inspire in the viewer an appreciation of the physical beauty and a sense of spirituality and mystery in the world around and within us.

Farber bases his drawings on a specific mark-making style. He uses patterns of redundant, diminutive marks that are evident on an individual basis and also combine with other marks to form a larger whole or image. He approaches his drawings as an intellectual amusement of the infinite, a meditation on time, space, and thought. His current artworks focus on abstraction, science, and cartography.

Kotler earned a MFA degree in Graphics/Printmaking at Claremont Graduate School and a BA in Fine Arts and Psychology at Pitzer College. She exhibits her work locally through Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery in Carson City and ArtIndeed! in Reno. The Nevada Arts Council awarded her a Jackpot Grant in 2009. Before moving to Nevada, Kotler taught printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and exhibited her work in Louisiana and Massachusetts. Kotler lives and works in Carson City.

Farber attended the University of Nevada, Reno earning a dual Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Art/Sculpture in 2006 and a BFA in studio art in 2009. He found a second calling as a Registered Nurse and currently works in ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno. He continues to actively make artwork for exhibitions across the country. When he is not in the studio or at the hospital, Farber spends his time hiking, fishing, skiing in the Sierra, and traveling the globe whenever possible. Farber lives and works in Reno.

The Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including every other Thursday 8am – 5pm, and most weeknights Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 8pm. For Sierra Room access, call 775.283.7421 or check meeting schedules online at www.carson.org/government/meetings-and-events

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and its online projects.

CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, City of Carson City, NV Energy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

 

top image: Susan Kotler, The Singularity, watercolor on paper, 16″x20″, 2017
center image: Jonathan Farber, Tahoe, ink on paper, 36”x28”, 2016
bottom image: Inside and Outside the Lines’ exhibition flier



 


                   ART from WNC
                       CCAI Student Exhibition at the Brick

Exhibition: January 15 – April 12, 2018
at the Community Development Building [the Brick]
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City, Nevada

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, ART from WNC, at the Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. Eleven student artists from Western Nevada College, Carson City, have work in the exhibit. The free exhibition is available to the public from January 15 – April 12, 2018; the building is open Monday – Friday, 8am – noon, 1-4pm.

ART from WNC includes a wide variety of art including graphic design, drawing, photography, and watercolor painting that show the diversity of the students’ creativity.

The exhibition presents poster designs by Professor Jayna Conkey’s Graphic Communications students including Neil Anderson, Christian Cooper, Jesus Fernandez Garcia, Robin Johnson, Michelle Keele, Suzanne Pipho, Stacia Woomer, and Amanda Yau. Steven Saylor’s student, Sharon Carter, submitted a large watercolor landscape for the show. Bailee Barber has two series of photographs in the exhibition; Barber is also Jayna Conkey’s student. Tracy Mendibles’ pencil drawing, Wild Rose, is also in the exhibition.

Sharon Rosse, CCAI Executive Director, said “CCAI is delighted to work with the college’s students and faculty to produce this exhibition. The students’ creativity is a strong asset in our community.”

The Graphic Design students responded creatively to Conkey’s assignments to design a poster about human rights or a global issue of their choice, to create an event poster, or draw a portrait of a famous person — all to use design tools and learn color theory. Strong examples of the students’ graphic work are in the show.

Sharon Carter painted a superb landscape watercolor of the “Lower Toroweap” in the Grand Canyon. Bailee Barber did two innovative photographic series: “Optical Eye” and “Gone.”

This exhibition is the eighth in CCAI’s series of student exhibitions in the Brick. CCAI will present a group exhibition of high school students’ work April – June.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and its online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, NV Energy Foundation, City of Carson City, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: Sharon Carter, Lower Toroweap, Grand Canyon – Parashant National Monument, watercolor on paper, 2017.
bottom image: ART from WNC exhibition flier


 

Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Arts Center.



                                           Nevada Artists Association

http://nevadaartists.org/

Nevada Artists Association Gallery

 Brewery Arts Center

Regular Members Show

New Years Show runs from January 14-February 16

Winter Show Runs from February 18-March 30

Spring Has Sprung show runs from April 1-May 4

Landscape Show runs from May 6-June 15

Photography Show runs in July

Autumn Show runs in August

Nevada Day Show runs in September-October-November

 

 

The NAA gallery is located at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center complex.  The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all art is for sale. Go to www.nevadaartists.org for more.




Nevada Arts Council OS X Gallery

Mementi Mori
Paul Baker Prindle, Photography

January 22 — March 9, 2018
Reception & Artist Talk:  Tuesday, February 20, 5:30-7:30 pm (Artist talk at 6:15 pm)

Nevada Arts Council

FREE

Kevin Clewer. Chicago, IL. “You saw the last breaths of life my Son took; life ended by your hand.” Polychrome archival print from colour negative. 25”x 20”.

Mementi Mori is a body of work that seeks to inform how people think about important current events and provoke conversations about the conventions of photography, photographic images and objects, and the ways in which photographs function as memory tools.

Photographer Paul Baker Prindle began this series nearly ten years ago and the images are set upon the everyday landscape of the United States. The banal documentary look of these representations belies the horrific events that have taken place at sites he visited from California to New York. These photographs are of locations where gay men, lesbians, and transgender individuals have been murdered.

He visited the sites well after the crimes had occurred and, from the images he captured, produced large-scale photographic prints.  According to Baker Prindle, “Viewers won’t find the bloody remains of violence or clues to who was murdered or why within these photographs. Human lives were forever ended in ignominious, plain places and I’ve purposely recorded these locales after years of growth and development have obscured any traces that once scarred the land. Even the infamous site of Matthew Shepard’s death at the foot of idyllic, snow-capped peaks is encircled by suburban sprawl. Each site I visited was an unsettling disappointment, bearing few if any clues to the value of the life that ended there. The photograph produced is a weak, but concrete, tie back to the criminal events that occurred at each site.”

In contrast to the banal images made, he creates gruesome titles for these photographs from content he uncovered in police reports, letters and statements from grieving parents, and news coverage.

Baker Prindle explains, “The mix of banal imagery and narratives of baroque violence forcefully shake the viewer out of calloused viewing and into rage, angst, and/or speechlessness. Successful images in this series lead the viewer to think about their place as a content maker, whose personal reading of the images is more important than the photograph. My hope is to help viewers recognize how central fantasy and imagination are to the photographic image. From fashion shoots to war images from Iraq, photographic images rely on the viewer to complete their meaning by drawing on conscious and unconscious biases, preferences, and worldviews.”

His images reference objects that engage memory and feelings of loss, including Jane Hammond’s “Fallen” and videos from the Fortunoff Archives of Holocaust Survivor testimonies. He is inspired by the written work of Hannah Arendt who comments on the banality of evil, as well as disturbing images of violence including “The Ecstasy of St. Teresa” and photographs made at the My Lai massacre.

Paul Baker Prindle (b. La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA) has exhibited in Austin, Baton Rouge, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Knoxville, Los Angeles, and Madison, Wisconsin. His work has been published by Out and Out.com, Advocate.com, Our Lives, and Männer, and has received mention in ArtForum Diary, Wisconsin Gazette, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Objects from his series, Mementi Mori are held by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Wisconsin Museum of Art. In 2018, Baker Prindle received an Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Nevada Arts Council. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

 

Kevin-Clewer-Chicago-website


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