Sunday, December 30, 2007

CCAI 2008 New Year's Greetings!

The Staff and Boards of CCAI send all of our friends and supporters heartfelt best wishes for a happy and healthy 2008. We look forward to another fantastic year filled with creative projects and possibilities!

[For a second year, we feature an image of the Sydney Opera House on New Year's Day. From a google image search for "happy new year."]

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

[From the Tiptina's Foundation Web site, a link to an mp3 recording of "Oh Holy Night" from a holiday episode of Aaron Sorkin's now cancelled "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." The recording features: Troy Andrews - Trumpet; Kirk Joseph - Sousaphone; Roderick Paulin - Saxophone; Frederick Shepherd - Saxophone; Stephen Walker - Trombone; Mervin "Kid Merv" Campbell - Trumpet.]


More: December 13, 2006 Times Picayune article

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Pursuit of Happiness

January 3, 2008 - 7 p.m.
Nevada Museum of Art

"NMA presents a dance performance inspired by Peter Goin’s photogram The Pursuit of Happiness (Mengejar Kebehagiaan). Join us as dancers Tara Rynder, Trannon Mosher, Cari Cunningham, and other local dancers bring Goin’s art to life through a performance of movement and contact improvisation. Prepare to be intrigued as dancing bodies intertwine to translate the photographer’s theatre in The Pursuit of Happiness.

Preceding the performance, an informal sampling of improvisational movement and dance will occur during First Thursday from 5 to 7 pm."

[image from NMA press mailing. Caption: " Peter Goin, Mengejar Kebehagiaan (The Pursuit of Happiness), detail, 2007, photogram panels. Collection of the artist."]

Monday, December 17, 2007

Seventy Selected Sorg Paintings Since 1996

Chad Sorg
"Sorg Sale"
A Retrospective Exhibition: Seventy Selected Paintings Since '96

December 17 – December 21
9am to 6pm

Bank of America Building
50 W. Liberty St.

Garage parking is free.

[image from press release. Caption: "Blue Vs. Cupidheads." Detail. Mixed Media Collage and Pencil on Wood, 2007]

Sunday, December 16, 2007

FYA - Screen Cleaner

[FYA, with thanks for the tip to KMcL of Flashcoders New York]

Screen Cleaner

alternative cleaner

[image: screengrab detail from Web site.]

Saturday, December 15, 2007

In a Nutshell

December 22 | 2:30 + 7:00 p.m.
Carson City Community Center
Sierra Nevada Ballet
Peanutcracker - the Story in a Nutshell

In collaboration with the Carson City Redevelopment Authority and the Brewery Arts Center.

Artistic Director: Rosine Bena

more information

[image from a google search for 'nutcracker.' Click on the image to display a full page drawing that can be printed out for coloring fun.]

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Joan Mitchell Foundation Award to Michael Sarich

[press release below from the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Art and Sheppard Gallery]

December 12, 2007

Mike Sarich awarded prestigious national award.

This morning Michael Sarich, associate professor of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1989, was informed via telephone by The Joan Mitchell Foundation (NY) that he is selected as one of twenty award recipients. The award is up to $25,000 and is awarded based first on nomination and then application for painters and sculptors.

Mike Sarich is in good company, as recent recipients include internationally renown artists Doh-ho Suh, Kara Walker, Mark Dion, Tom Friedman, Janine Antoini, and recent Sheppard Gallery exhibitors and visiting artists Polly Apfelbaum and Chakaia Booker.

Joan Mitchell, born in 1925, is an important and deeply established American painter who died in northern France in 1992. Even though an expatriate since the '50's, Mitchell was considered a crucial artist of the New York School of second-generation abstract expressionism, affecting artists around the world.

In January 2008, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno will install a mid-career traveling retrospective exhibition and catalogue of Sarich's paintings, drawings, prints and ceramic sculptures. UNR students, alumnae, faculty and staff continue to be wholly inspired by Mike's intelligence, generosity and humor, from which his artwork and teaching is the conduit. It's with great affection and appreciation that we share his success and wish him the best of congratulations and thank him for his continuing inspiration. The University of Nevada, Reno is privileged to regard such an excellent artist and professor amongst their own.

[painting by Michael Sarich from Austin Peay State University Department of Art Web site.]

Monday, December 10, 2007

NAC Artist Talk 12.20

Nevada Arts Council
716 North Carson St., Suite A
Carson City, NV 89701
Telephone - (775) 687-6680

December 20, 2007 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Nolan Preece

"The Nevada Arts Council presents an exhibit of Nolan Preece’s photographs. “Simple Systems” investigates the overlapping areas between conceptual, minimal and fine art photography. His photographs will be on display at the Carson City office from December 10, 2007 – January 25, 2008 as part of the Council’s Office eXhibition Series (OXS). An artist talk and reception will be held in the OXS gallery on Thursday, December 20 at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m."


[artwork by Nolan Preece from NAC Web site.]

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Bill Cowee Poetry Collection

"Local poet Bill Cowee gives WNC library 1,000 volumes, a majority of which features Northern Nevada writers."

click here to read article in the Nevada Appeal

[photo: Amy Lisenbe/Nevada Appeal]

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Wolf Kahn

Stremmel Gallery
1400 S. Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada

Gallery hours: Monday through Friday | 9:00 am — 5:30 pm,
Saturday | 10 am — 3 pm.

On Thursday, December 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Stremmel Gallery will host an opening reception for an exhibition of new works by New York artist Wolf Kahn.

Kahn's use of color "has placed him at the forefront of American representational Art, and has made him one of the most highly regarded colorists working in America today." Turning 80 years old this year, Kahn continues to focus on the landscape as his subject, simplifying and creating planes of color to form abstracted images. Kahn views his landscapes as "meditations on the world in which color relates light with subject, and in which horizons, nature's dividing lines, are seamless fusions between sky and land."

Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, and escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 at the age of 12. He moved to the United States, where he attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City. After his discharge from the Navy, he studied with Hans Hoffmann in New York and Provincetown, becoming Hoffmann's studio assistant. In 1951 he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, completing his degree in just one year. He has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, at the Cooper Union Art School, and at Dartmouth College. His works are in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. In September 1996, a comprehensive monograph on Kahn's paintings was published, followed in 2000 by a second, this time on his pastels. Both were published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

The show will continue through January 5.

[Image from gallery Web site. Caption:
In a Park
oil on canvas
52 x 72 inches]

Monday, December 03, 2007

Patsy Cline, Christmas and More`

Brewery Arts Center

Saturday, December 8
7:30 pm

BAC Performance Hall

$25 preferred seating
$22 balcony
$3 off BAC members, seniors, & students

Joni Morris is well-known for her own special tribute to the queen of country music, Patsy Cline, and has been playing to sold out crowds across the country. This is a show that will truly delight country music fans, and the show will truly bring in the Christmas spirit!

[graphic from BAC Web site.]

Saturday, December 01, 2007

A Life Worth Living

Sunday, December 2, 2007
4 & 7pm
First United Methodist Church
209 W. 1st Street
Downtown Reno [map]

A Life Worth Living

A Rainbow Place
will present A Life Worth Living, a one-act play exploring the lives of Nevadans living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in collaboration with First United Methodist Church.

[graphic from Teen AIDS Web site.]

Thursday, November 29, 2007

CCAI Holiday Party Saturday, December 1

You're Invited!

CCAI will host its first ever holiday party this Saturday, December 1 from one to five at CCAI Downtown!, our temporary exhibition|project space at the corner of 3rd and Curry Streets in Carson City's historic downtown.

From the new edition of the Flash: "The party will feature door prizes, rockin' music [courtesy of our in-house iPod DJ Christina Bruce!], treats, and surprises. It will also provide a great opportunity to purchase artworks by participating local Carson 5 artists Carol Brown, Michael Gilbert, Nanette Oleson, Ralph Phillips and James Simpson, books from Box Sled Publishing and Radical Fashion Designer Kodi Fuji. What better way to support local artists and CCAI? [a portion of the proceeds will go to support CCAI's programs.]

Free and open to the public. We hope to see you all there!

[image from google search for 'holiday party.']

Katherine Bennett

Artist Lecture
Katherine Bennett
Sheppard Gallery

Tuesday, December 4, 2007
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno

The Curatorial Studies class is honored to present a lecture by artist Katherine Bennett, to correspond with her concurrent exhibition, Antenna Clouds, in the McNamara Gallery.

Ms. Bennett did her graduate studies at the School of The Art School Institute of Chicago. She is interested in memories and social spaces. She often creates interactive environments involving light and sound.

[image from a google search for 'Antenna Clouds']

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christopher Miles

The University of Nevada, Reno Art Department Visiting Critic Lecture Series

Christopher Miles

Thursday. Dec. 6 | 5:30 - 6:30pm
Church Fine Arts Building
Room 153

"Christopher Miles is Associate Professor of Art Theory and Criticism at California State University, Long Beach, where he is Graduate Advisor and Associate Chair of the Art Department. He also has taught at Art Center College of Design, the Claremont Graduate University, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and the University of Southern California. He is recipient of a 2004 Penny McCall Award for his work as a writer/curator, and presently writes for Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Flaunt, Frieze and the Los Angeles Times."


[image from a google search for 'Long Beach']

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"Fragments of Latin America" at WNC Closes Thursday!

Western Nevada College Main Gallery
Carson City Campus
Fragments of Latin America

through Thursday, November 29

"Fragments of Latin America
Photographs by Western Nevada College Graphic Communications instructor Jayna Conkey,

Photography from Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.


[photo from WNC Web site. Caption: “Cuzco, Peru” by Jayna Conkey, 2007.]

Monday, November 26, 2007

SNC Choir at St. Patrick's

Sierra Nevada College Choir Winter Concert
November 29 - 7:30 pm
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
341 Village Boulevard
Incline Village, Nevada

Under the direction of Donna Axton, the Winter Concert will feature a number of seasonal favorites including Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and carols & lullabies from the Southwest.
Tickets: $12/advanced sales, $15 at the door, $10 for all students and seniors. Outlets for advance purchase: The Potlatch or SNC Bookstore (Incline)

Contact: Donna Axton 775-831-1314 ext. 7586

[image from google search for 'choir,' found on the Encyclopeadia Britannica Web site Caption: Detail of carvings on the wall of the choir, Amiens Cathedral, France. © 1997; AISA, Archivo Iconográfico, Barcelona, España.]

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Front Door Gallery
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno

November 29, 2007 (Opening Reception) - December 12, 2007

Curated by Rob Brown, Rebecca Holmstrom, Aby Henry, Emily Guillen

"a show dealing with the concepts of space; both figurative and literal explorations by local Reno artists. Not just a show about space ships- it's about the interaction with the existence of the intangible."

Anthony Arevalo
Melanie Berner
Evan Dent
Nick Larsen
Candace Nicol
Nolan Preece
Rossitza Todorova

[graphic from a google image search for 'ether']

Saturday, November 17, 2007

C5 at CCAI Downtown!

THANKS to the 200+ in attendance last night at the opening for the "Carson 5" exhibition at CCAI Downtown! It was a night to remember and we were thrilled to see such a great turn-out to celebrate the creative efforts of five of the area's finest artists!

Below, a team picture of the Carson 5 with CCAI staff. [l-r: Michael Gilbert, Ralph Phillips, Nanette Oleson, Sharon Rosse [CCAI Executive Director, Christina Bruce [CCAI Assistant Program Diector], James Simpson, and Carol Brown]. [hint: click on the pictures to enlarge.]

AND We hope you'll join us for our first ever CCAI Holiday Party at CCAI Downtown! on Saturday, December 1 from one to five p.m. Everyone cordially invited!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Robert Morrison | Tamara Scronce CCAI exhibition

Reminder: Robert Morrison | Tamara Scronce at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery continues through December 14.


[photograph of opening by CCAI Assistant Program Director Christina Bruce. Tamara Scronce's installation is in the center of this overhead view of the exhibition. Robert Morrison's work lines the walls. The photograph to the right is a detail of Tamara's installation.]

Eunkang Koh Exhibition

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno

Nov. 19 - Dec. 14, 2007
exhibition: Eunkang Koh

Nov. 29 - Opening lecture and reception

Sheppard Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition that will feature the artwork of new University of Nevada, Reno Art Department faculty member Eunkang Koh. A brochure catalog will also be available. Ms. Koh was hired in 2006 to revive the Department’s printmaking area. Her prints and books include various methods: traditional and digital printmaking as well as non-toxic processes. Fascinated with human nature and heavily influenced by her upbringing in Buddhism, Confucianism and Korean belief, Ms. Koh’s narrative prints center on human/animal combinations of fantastical new creatures, participating in a world where “they exist without knowing who and how they are,” as Ms. Koh writes in her artist statement. Ms. Koh holds a BA and MA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea and a MFA from California State University, Long Beach.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

CCAI Downtown!: Carson 5

Opening Reception!
Friday, November 16 | 5=7 p.m.
Carson 5
Visual arts exhibition featuring artists Carol Brown, Michael Gilbert, Nanette Oleson, Ralph Phillips and James Simpson

November 16, 2007 –January 18, 2008
CCAI Downtown!
Corner 3rd and Curry Streets | Carson City

Gallery hours: Saturdays 1:00 am to 5:00 pm

Note: gallery closed: November 24, December 22, December 29

Save the date!
Holiday party | Art and Book Sale: Saturday, December 1, 2007

Free. Open to the Public

[image: "Extremes" by CCAI Carson 5 artist Ralph Phillips. Digital photograph.]

Anthony Alston: Inertia Displaced

November 12- December 21, 2007
26 Cheney Street

"Focusing on disrupted patterns and sporadic actions, the exhibition itself functions as an interruption—or acceleration—of a gallery's typical cycle; every two weeks of the exhibition, different work replaces the previous pieces. While visitors can expect to see works in video, sculpture, and sound, their experience will undoubtedly be different depending upon which phase is currently on display."

[image courtesy of Grayspace]

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

NVN XX - Adam Lerner - Art & Ideas

Save the Date!
Wednesday, November 14 - 7 pm
Carson City Library

Nevada Neighbors XX: "Experimenting with Art and Ideas"
Adam Lerner – Director, The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar

read the press release for details!

[graphic from google image search for 'ideas.' From a cover of the New York Times magazine.]

Courtenaye | Livezey | Shiroma

1400 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89502

Tel: (775) 786-0558

Catherine Courtenaye + Dale Livezey + Randall Shiroma

October 25 -November 17, 2007
reception: Thursday, October 25
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Catherine Courtenaye
's work is based on her exploration of 19th century penmanship. She states that "vestiges of elementary mark-making (alphabets, animals, equations) serve as counterpoints to my looser treatment of line, edge and space. These paintings navigate between the rigors of perfect lines from the past and my own
imperfect brushes, loaded with sensuous color."

Dale Livezey's paintings convey the colors and phenomenon of early morning or late afternoon light on the seemingly endless landscape in his native Montana.

Randall Shiroma is a sculptor who works in stone and terrazzo, creating sculpture that evokes the elements and forms of nature. His polished and patinated concrete sculptures seem to reflect the mountains, sky and water, creating their own sense of presence, revealing his search for the nature of being.

[image: Butte Over Willow Creek by Dale Livezey]

Sunday, October 14, 2007

NVN Reminder!

Wednesday, October 17 - 7pm | Nevada Neighbors-Jeff Kelley | China Now!

all about it!

[image from the Daily Mail from a google image search for "China"]

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sierra Nevada College Exhibition

[hint: click on image to enlarge]

Wheel of Life Sand Mandala

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno

Visiting Artist - The Venerable Losang Samten
The Wheel of Life Sand Mandala Creation

October 15th - 25th
Monday - Friday 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm
2nd Floor Ansari Business Building

Dismantle Ceremony of the Sand Mandala
October 25

As a part of the Sheppard Gallery exhibition, Whole Fragment, Mr. Samten be working in the Ansari Business Building creating a sand mandala. Visitors are invited to watch and interact with the artist.

For information call the gallery at 775-784-6658

[image from Web site of Dr. John Osborne. Caption: The Mandala Man, The Venerable Losang Samten]

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

CCAI Radical Fashion Benefit Event!

Radical Fashion Radical Fashion Benefit Fashion Show and Dinner
Saturday Evening, October 13

Station Grille
tickets: 775.843-4903

Read all about it! - and see post below Radical Fashion exhibition

[photo caption: CCAI Radical Fashion Designer Kodi Fujii. Featured in October 13 Benefit Fashion Show.]

Radical Fashion

Radical Fashion
Milan del Vecchio | Claire Ponn | Lindsey Jackson | Kodi Fujii

Exhibition through October 11 at Classy Seconds
411 Hot Springs Road | Carson City

Press Release

[photo caption: sketchbook page by Milan del Vecchio, one of four featured fashion designers in "Radical Fashion."]

Monday, September 24, 2007

Nevada Neighbors XIX: Jeff Kelley | China

Save the Date!

Wednesday, October 17 - 7 pm
Carson City Library [map]
Nevada Neighbors
China Now: New Horizons in Chinese Contemporary Art
Arts Writer|Curator Jeff Kelley

press release

[photo caption: Curator|Arts Writer Jeff Kelley — and former Nevada Arts Council staffer and UNR visiting faculty.]

Sunday, September 23, 2007

CCAI Courthouse Gallery Exhibition

Robert Morrison|Tamara Scronce, CCAI's new exhibition at our gallery at the Carson City Courthouse, is now open to the public. We invite you all to drop by to see the work of two of northern Nevada's preeminent sculptors.

Details in the press release, linked below.

press release

[Photograph by Christina Bruce: detail of Robert Morrison installation.]

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sleepy Time Collective

26 Cheney Street
Sleepy Time Collective.

Using the elephant as a symbolic touchstone and source of inspiration, the five-person Sleepy Time Collective presents a new series of works, each designed to engage the audience through one of the five senses. As a collective, the members of Sleepy Time found a connection between the tight-knit herds common in elephant culture and the community they strive to build. The works in this show draw from--and subtly refer to--this connection without making literal or overt references. Memory and nostalgia, individual identity within a group, inside jokes,
division of labor, and community allegiance are recurrent themes permeating the exhibition.

The Sleepy Time Collective is comprised of Antoinette Ortega, Anthony Alston, Rob Brown, Nick Larsen and Caedron Burchfield, all recent or
soon-to-be graduates of the University of Nevada, Reno.

September 27- October 26, 2007
Reception: Thursday, September 27, 5:30-8:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday: 12-3pm; Saturday: 11-2pm

[image from Grayspace press release]

Monday, September 17, 2007

Robert Morrison | Tamara Scronce at CCAI Courthouse Gallery!

CCAI Courthouse Gallery
Robert Morrison | Tamara Scronce

Opening this Thursday, September 20 - 5 - 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public!

press release

[photo by Dean Burton.]

Friday, September 14, 2007


Sierra Nevada College
Tahoe Gallery
Vern art

September 13-October 12, 2007

Behind Closed Doors
an exhibition of works by 12 artists from the Vern collective

The Gallery will be hosting an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5-7 p.m., with artists' lectures beginning at 5:30pm.

"The Vern collective was born as a response to an increasing compartmentalization and commodification of the international art world.

Vern, with roots in San Francisco, continues to produce a series of evolving exhibitions that display the fruits of members' ongoing work in a single forum. Through shows spread across North America and Europe, VERN seeks to expand the conversation among artists and the public by offering a new and developing perspective on contemporary art."


[image: exhibition announcement]

Friday, September 07, 2007


David Walker Named New NMA Executive Director

"The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of David B. Walker as Executive Director/CEO. Walker will assume the position on October 15, 2007. In his new role at the NMA, Walker will be responsible for overseeing the advancement of the NMA’s collections, exhibitions and educational programs. He will work with the Board of Trustees and staff to achieve the museum’s mission and to generate significant financial support for the NMA’s short and long-term strategic and development goals, as well as promote a culture of excellence and teamwork in all NMA activities."


[photo from NMA Web site.]

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Orion's Belt

Sheppard Art Gallery
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno

Orion's Belt
Curated by Marjorie Vecchio
Sept. 10 - Oct. 5, 2007

Thur. Sept. 13
Opening panel 5:30 - 6:30 pm in Room 153 Church Fine Arts, reception in Gallery 6:30 - 8:30 pm, musical performances at 7:15 and 8:15 pm

Thur. Oct. 4
Closing Keynote Speaker, Allucquére Rosanne Stone, PhD, 5:30 - 6:30 pm Location: TBA

Participating artists:
Deborah Aschheim and Lisa Mezzacappa
Sonya Clark
Joy Garnett
Merrill Garnett
and Bill Jones
Project Moonshine
Brian Knep
Lenore Malen and the New Society for Universal Harmony
Sabrina Raaf
Virgil Wong

"Sheppard Gallery is pleased to announce Orion's Belt. This exciting multi-media exhibition converges on the intersection of health, technology and mythology. The exhibition attempts to ask many questions: How do we tell the stories of our health in the age of technology? How do we attempt to bring the outside world (machines, medicine, etc) inside our bodies in order to understand and possibly heal ourselves? Where does science fiction and reality meet? How is health understood in different cultures represented in Reno? Is health a myth?"

[image harvested from a google image search for "Orion's Belt"]

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Erik Lauritzen

Erik M. Lauritzen 1953 - 2007

Truckee Meadows Community College Professor Emeritus Erik M. Lauritzen passed away Aug. 9, 2007.

Erik established the photography department and taught photography and fine art at TMCC from 1991 to 2004. He also managed the galleries at the college from 1991 to 1998.

Erik was a workshop assistant for Ansel Adams, Al Weber, Morley Baer, Oliver Gagliani and Pirkle Jones. He also printed "Portfolio One" for Ruth Bernard.

He exhibited in numerous regional, national and international exhibitions, received many grants and honors, and taught workshops nationwide.

Erik's photographs and writings are archived at UC Santa Cruz.

A ceremony is being planned to commemorate his life and work during the opening reception of an exhibition of his photographs in spring 2008 at the Nevada Museum of Art.

biographical notes

[photograph from UCSC Web site]

Sunday, August 19, 2007

What It Is: Sculpture from 3 Western Universities

[CCAI extends special congratulations to Jeff Erickson, alumnus of our 2005 exhibition "What Up?"]

Sheppard Gallery

University of Nevada, Reno
Church Fine Arts Building

Aug 13 - Sept. 6, 2007
Sept. 6: 5:00 -7:00 pm Closing reception
What It Is: Sculpture from 3 Western Universities

"Sheppard Gallery is pleased to be the first venue to premier the traveling undergraduate and graduate student sculpture exhibition, What It Is. Professors and gallery directors from three university Art Departments in Nevada and Utah planned this exhibit to enrich the learning experience and inspire interest in sculpture as an area of study. The 'It' of the title refers to the broad scope of contemporary sculpture encompassing objects, multi-dimensional environments and spatial installations. Presenting sculpture in this context provides greater appreciation of the characteristics unique to this artform.

Participating schools include Utah State University, University of Utah, and UNR."

Participating UNR artists include:

Jeff Erickson
Jonathan Farber
Richard Jackson
Dominique Palladino
Joleen Palmer

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

New CCAI News Flash!

The Vol. 5 no. 7 edition of the Flash! is now online. Click here to read it, and we encourage you to subscribe as well.

The Flash! provides up to date information on CCAI's programs.

Monday, August 06, 2007

This is What I See (near, yet far away)

Sierra Arts
Northwest Reno Library Gallery
Carol Brown: This is What I See (near, yet far away)

"... a collection of prints from sketches made aboard an airplane during a flight over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The exhibition also features a collection of collagraphs, monotypes and Japanese woodblock prints celebrating the orchid, inspired by a show at the New York City Botanical Gardens. "Creating delicate orchid prints from images carved in wood is a challenge," says Brown. "Japanese woodblock printing, for me, is to capture the 'essence' of an image."

Carol Brown is a member of Printmakers' Conspiracy of Northern Nevada, a group of local printmakers seeking to expand the audience for fine art printmaking by increasing public awareness of the historical traditions and contemporary techniques of the art. The prints being exhibited result from funding provided by a pair of Jackpot art grants from the Nevada Arts Council."

[image from Sierra Arts Web site]

Sunday, August 05, 2007

New Orleans Update

[The Tipitina's Foundation, which we've long been proud to highlight on the CCAI Web site–see bottom row of splash page, is the focus of an in depth article on New Orleans' musicians in today's New York Times. Reprinted in its entirety below.]

August 5, 2007
The Katrina Effect, Measured in Gigs

By Andrew Park

New Orleans

ON a recent sultry afternoon here, Tipitina’s — arguably the most famous musical haunt in a city famous for its music — is eerily quiet. This ramshackle, two-story yellow joint at the corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas won’t start jumping until after dark, when Ivan Neville and his band, Dumpstaphunk, take center stage.

But upstairs, past balconies smelling of stale beer and cigarettes, past walls plastered with yellowed concert posters, musicians are working. Some edit concert fliers, tweak Web sites or research overseas jazz festivals; others get legal advice or mix audio and video; others simply chatter about who has found gigs and who is still struggling.

Since late 2005, just a few months after Hurricane Katrina tore through this city, more than 1,000 New Orleans musicians have become members of Tipitina’s three cooperative music offices. “I go in sometimes and all I’m doing is checking my e-mails,” says Margie Perez, an effervescent blues singer.

For Ms. Perez and others trying to rebuild fragile livelihoods as artists, grass-roots efforts like the co-ops have been a boon, helping them to replace lost or damaged instruments and sound equipment, arranging and subsidizing gigs and providing transportation, health care and housing. The Tipitina’s Foundation, the club’s charitable arm, has distributed about $1.5 million in aid; in all, Tipitina’s and other nonprofit groups have marshaled tens of millions of dollars in relief from around the world to help bolster the music business here.

But it remains to be seen how long a loose-knit band of charities can stand in for coordinated economic development in one of New Orleans’s most important business sectors. Although New Orleans is one of the country’s most culturally distinct cities, a large-scale recording industry never took root here, even before Katrina. Yet the informal music sector, the kind visitors find in clubs and bars, and large-scale musical events like Jazz Fest, is a mainstay of the city’s tourism business.

In fact, local authorities say, music and cuisine are the twin pillars of the tourism industry here; the leisure and hospitality businesses account for almost 63,000 jobs in the city and for about 35 percent of the sales taxes. Both of those figures are larger than those of any other business sector, including the energy industry.

Still, nearly two years after Katrina, there are fewer restaurants and bars offering live music, and the ones that do are paying less, musicians say. As the reality of the slow recovery has set in, fewer locals feel that they can afford cover charges or even tips, so clubs that used to have live music four or five nights a week have cut back to two or three.

Conventions, typically a strong source of music gigs, are running at 70 percent of 2004 levels, but leisure travel remains far below pre-Katrina levels, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. Over all, visitors generated $2.9 billion in spending in 2006, down from $4.9 billion in 2004, according to the bureau. About 3.7 million people visited the city in 2006, compared with more than 10 million in 2004.

Compounding the music scene’s slow revival is the challenge of tracking musicians — who are typically paid in cash and often hold down other jobs — in order to get them financial support. Habitat for Humanity, which is building what it describes as a “musicians’ village” in the Ninth Ward, initially struggled to find creditworthy applicants — just one instance of relief for artists failing to meet its mark.

“It’s kind of like the Heisenberg uncertainty principle,” says Roland von Kurnatowski, who owns Tipitina’s with his wife, Mary. “New Orleans musicians are unique and if you try to mess with what makes them unique too much, it’s not a good thing. What they need is revenue opportunities.”

Economic development leaders for the city and the state of Louisiana praise the efforts of Tipitina’s at a time when governmental resources are strained. “With the demise of the venues and the lack of tourism, we’ve got to find a way to get people back to work,” says Lynn Ourso, executive director of the Louisiana Music Commission. “They’re putting these musicians to work on computers, showing how they can globally transmit and distribute — they’re teaching job skills.”

MR. KURNATOWSKI, 56, is an unlikely anchor of the local music business. A New Orleans native and Tulane graduate, he says he had never heard of Tipitina’s until he was asked to invest in the club in 1995. By then it was a beloved venue known for rollicking performances by locals like Dr. John and the Meters as well as touring acts like James Brown and Widespread Panic, but it had a spotty financial history. It was started by friends of the influential New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair as a place for him to play late in his career, but struggled under novice management and closed for a year in the mid-1980s.

Mr. Kurnatowski, a real estate investor who owns about 35 apartment complexes in the Gulf Coast region, had begun marketing storage units in a converted hotel as rehearsal space and thought that having a connection with Tipitina’s might lure musicians into renting. But the deteriorating club, facing new competition from the House of Blues, needed a new sound system and air-conditioning system. Mr. Kurnatowski agreed to make an equity investment; within a year he bought it outright for about $500,000.

He soon realized that he had neither the expertise nor the time to run Tipitina’s properly — especially because he was a morning person. “It’s a different routine,” he says. “It’s working nights, and it just wasn’t very practical.”

Intrigued by the club’s history and its intense following, he couldn’t bring himself to sell it. He also says that his other real estate investments gave him enough financial breathing room to think creatively about what to do with Tipitina’s. So, in 1997, he and his wife formed the Tipitina’s Foundation, which would begin to use the club, still for-profit, to serve the nonprofit mission of helping musicians. The move provided a rationale for holding on to Tipitina’s, even if it only broke even, and marked a return to the club’s early purpose of supporting the local music scene.

Its projects included an internship program for children wanting to get into the music business and a fund-raiser to buy instruments for local school bands. The first of its co-ops, a collaboration between the foundation and the city, opened in 2003. (Branches in Shreveport and Alexandria, La., opened later.)

The foundation could have easily fallen victim to Katrina’s devastation. Many of the city’s cultural organizations suffered extensive damage to facilities and had to cut their payrolls. Tipitina’s suffered only limited wind damage, and the foundation’s services were in demand. Many musicians lived in devastated neighborhoods like Gentilly and the Ninth Ward; those in other parts of town still lost instruments, amplifiers and CD collections to the flooding. Bands were scattered around the country, and some meager savings accounts were obliterated.

After Katrina struck in August 2005, Mr. Kurnatowski and the executive director, Bill Taylor, decided to try to reconstitute the foundation’s work. By late October, they had reopened the club and the co-op, both of which quickly became hubs of activity for musicians returning to town. A legal clinic that provided musicians with free help with contracts, copyright issues and licensing agreements became a popular service.

“Even if they lost everything, they still had their intellectual property,” says Ashlye M. Keaton, a lawyer who runs the clinic. “You could see the look in people’s eyes: ‘This is all I have, this is my career, and I’m going to do everything I can to protect it.’ ”

For his part, Mr. Kurnatowski pledged to plow all profits from Tipitina’s, which scaled back its staff and eliminated guaranteed payouts to musicians, into the foundation. The club has cut its number of shows to four nights a week from six, but has seen total attendance and bar sales stay steady. Even so, Mr. Kurnatowski says, Tipitina’s operates on razor-thin margins: he says the club earned about $40,000 last year on revenue of about $500,000.

Other organizations also tried to put some financial muscle behind the local music business. The New Orleans Musicians Clinic paid musicians to play at the airport and offered $100 guarantees to musicians who could find gigs for themselves elsewhere. The Jazz Foundation of America also subsidized performances. The New Orleans Musician’s Relief Fund, a charity started by the former dB’s bassist Jeff Beninato, offered a temporary apartment to musicians. Renew Our Music, another relief fund, gave financial grants to musicians, while funds from Gibson Guitar and MusiCares, a charitable organization affiliated with the Recording Academy, helped buy scores of new instruments.

For artists dependent on support, such backing was invaluable.

Margie Perez, a former travel agent, had arrived in New Orleans just eight months before the storm. She returned to town in January 2006 to discover that her apartment in the Broadmoor neighborhood had been badly flooded. Determined to stay, she found other housing — for twice what she paid pre-Katrina — went to work cleaning damaged houses and started visiting the Tipitina’s co-op. She picked up work in different bands and this last spring was invited to sing with the pianist and producer Allen Toussaint at Jazz Fest.

Ms. Perez, 42, also has a part-time job at a clothing boutique and is training to be a tour guide; the music business here is still too anemic for her to depend on it for her livelihood. “You just get into as many projects as you can,” Ms. Perez says. “I’m in, like, five different bands and that’s kind of the case with a lot of musicians in town.”

Indeed, even as crowds come back, littering Bourbon Street with beer cans and daiquiri cups, musicians say they’re not seeing their incomes rebound. Wil Kennedy, a guitarist and singer who plays for passers-by in Jackson Square, says the situation is still “as bad as it was after 9/11,” with his tips down as much as 75 percent from the peak period before 9/11. In the clubs, guarantees of a minimum payout are now less common; many clubs offer musicians just the take at the door or a percentage of drink sales.

“They’ve kind of gotten used to getting the music cheap when people were so desperate they’d play for a sandwich and a $20 bill,” says Kim Foreman, secretary and treasurer of a local branch of the American Federation of Musicians, which has lost about 120 of its 800 dues-paying members. Poverty keeps many musicians living with substandard housing and health care, Mr. Foreman says.

Katrina left as many as half of the city’s roughly 5,000 working musicians marooned elsewhere, says Jordan Hirsch, executive director of Sweet Home New Orleans, an organization that provides financial support to musicians.

“A lot of people in Texas and Georgia and around the country want to be back, feel that their best economic opportunities are here, but just can’t get from A to B,” Mr. Hirsch says.

Others are scared off by the rampant crime and lack of basic services here, despite an economic need to be back in the Big Easy’s cultural stew. “Right now, New Orleans is not fit for my family,” says the Hot 8 Brass Band trombonist Jerome Jones, who has relocated to Houston with his wife and four of his five children. Mr. Jones, whose bandmate Dinerral Shavers was murdered here last December, says he plans to commute to New Orleans for gigs and band business.

IT’S an article of faith among New Orleanians that the music scene is an indelible part of the city’s appeal. But the city and state historically haven’t recognized the role that musicians and other creative workers play in driving tourism and improving the quality of life, advocates say. As a result, they say, the city and state have underinvested in the cultural sector of the economy.

“People don’t think of artists as a category of workers,” says Maria-Rosario Jackson, director of the Urban Institute’s Culture, Creativity, and Communities Program, which found that the city’s infrastructure for “cultural vitality” even before Katrina rated in the bottom half of the country’s metropolitan areas.

Figuring how “to translate that authenticity to economic development has been the challenge for all these years,” says Scott Aiges, who headed the city’s music office before Katrina and is now director of marketing and communications for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, which owns Jazz Fest.

Just weeks before the storm, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu unveiled a new strategy for developing what was described as the “cultural economy.” Since then, the state has pushed through tax breaks for arts districts, musical and theatrical productions and sound recordings and made sure that events like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, which provide work for many musicians, survived.

But a separate individual tax break for artistic earnings failed in the State Legislature because of concerns that it wasn’t fair to other working people, and other large-scale attempts have languished because of a lack of financing. In May 2006, the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, which was formed by Mayor C. Ray Nagin, recommended plowing $648 million into the cultural sector to create jobs, rebuild damaged facilities and open a national jazz center. But those ideas were shelved with the rest of the commission’s work, and subsequent, scaled-back proposals still await financing.

New Orleans “needs some anchors around which the economy can begin to rebuild, and arts and culture are an obvious one,” says Holly Sidford, a principal at AEA Consulting in New York, which developed the recommendations for the commission’s cultural subcommittee at the request of the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. “But without investment, really deliberate and coherent investment, that won’t happen.”

Ernest Collins, the city’s executive director for arts and entertainment, says of the commission’s recommendations, which Mr. Nagin endorsed: “That was a very large price tag. And needless to say, we don’t have that money.”

Leaders of nonprofit groups and organizations like Tipitina’s say they are resigned to filling the void left by the public and private sectors as long as they can. Mr. Aiges, whose group owns Jazz Fest, is using receipts from the event to add new festivals, build an Internet-based system that will allow musicians to connect with talent coordinators and potential licensees, and put on a networking event for musicians during next year’s festival. Sweet Home New Orleans is compiling the first database of local musicians, which should help it to distribute relief faster and more effectively, and hopes to get part-time work for them in other businesses.

Next month, the Tipitina’s Foundation will release a new CD honoring Fats Domino, with proceeds from it earmarked for resurrecting his music publishing company and opening a co-op near the singer’s home in the Lower Ninth Ward.

But musicians say they wonder if New Orleans will ever nurture their careers the way it once did. The Hot 8 Brass Band, which was featured prominently in Spike Lee’s documentary film “When the Levees Broke,” is concentrating on touring elsewhere in the United States and abroad — even if that might mean missing Mardi Gras — so it can play for outsiders. Outsiders, say band members, seem to value them more than their hometown.

“They make you feel how valuable you are to New Orleans,” says Raymond Williams, a trumpeter for the band. “I feel like maybe the city should treat musicians in the same way.”

[image, an 1878 plan of New Orleans, from the Maps from the Library of Congress and the University of Alabama Web site.]

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Reminder: every first Wednesday of the month, CCAI sponsors FWAC! [First Wednesdays Arts Coffee] at Westside Ink [710 N. Curry St just south of Washington Street in Carson City's historic downtown area] - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All invited. Hope to see you there!

[image from a google image search for 'coffee cup']

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Radical Fashion Design Studio Update!

[As promised in an earlier post, below is an update on the first of four CCAI programs focusing on the intersection of art and fashion. Check the link to the press release for details and more pictures.]

Radical Fashion Design Studio
CCAI Downtown!
Saturdays, July 21, July 28
+ August 4 * 1 pm-5 pm

Hands-on DIY Fashion Workshop
Snacks + Materials Provided!

details | press release

[photo of Design Studio presenter Kodi Fujii in one of her creations.]

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


[From the UNR Sheppard Gallery:]
"If you were planning on going to the Sheppard in Sheppard opening reception on July 12, the you are in for a nice surprise. During the reception, around 6:30-ish, exhibition curator Bob Blesse and artist/former UNR faculty Jim McCormick* will give a walk-around conversation about the artworks in the show and offer stories of their friendship with the Craig Sheppard. You can ask questions, tell your own stories, or just listen and enjoy the dialogue!"

SHEPPARD IN SHEPPARD: An Exhibition of the Work of J. Craig Sheppard
From the Permanent Collection of the Department of Art
Opening Reception July 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno
Church Fine Arts Building
Parking: Free on top floor after 5pm in adjacent parking lot.

* Jim McCormick was the founding president of CCAI, an inaugural CCAI "CAP" awardee, and continues to serve on "BrAG," CCAI's Brilliant Advisory Group.

See June 20 post for details.

[image from UNR Web site. Craig Sheppard,"Cowboy Portrait." Watercolor.]

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Radical Fashion I

Saturday, July 21 | Saturday July 28 + Saturday August 4 * 1-5pm
CCAI Downtown!

northeast corner of 3rd and Curry Streets

Radical Fashion Design Studio

Hands-on DIY Fashion Workshop
Snacks + Materials Provided!

Details upcoming!

[photograph: designer Milan delVecchio, {right}, modeling one of her creations. Milan, a Carson High School graduate, is one of the participating artists in CCAI's Radical Fashion project.]

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bill Fox in the High Altitude

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

William L. Fox / “Aerial Photography and the Unmapping of the World
Thursday, June 28 – 7 pm to 9 pm

'Author and independent scholar William L. Fox has spent three decades studying and writing about the ways in which humans understand where they are in landscapes, often focusing on art, mapping, and cognitive science. Join Fox for this talk, which will focus on images on view in David Maisel: Black Maps.

Following Fox’s talk, please join us for a roundtable discussion about the intersections of art and environment with photographer David Maisel; writer Geoff Manaugh, creator of BLDGBLOG, and William L. Fox, author of, Making Time: Essays on the Nature of Los Angeles, The Void, the Grid & the Sign: Traversing The Great Basin and In the Desert of Desire: Las Vegas and the Culture of Spectacle.

This program is presented as part of the NMA’s Art + Environment program series, an initiative that brings community, artists, and scholars together to explore the interaction between people and their environments."

[image from NMA Web site]

Monday, June 25, 2007

Jackson Pollock Interactive

[with thanks to GC in CC for the great pointer!]

Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas, original design by Stamen. Move your mouse inside the browser window to start. Click the mouse to change colors.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Dada Motel

[The information below is quoted an article by Kat Kerlin in the May 31 Reno News & Review]

Dada Motel

"For three nights, June 28-30, dozens of independent artists are renting motel rooms in downtown Reno and turning them into art galleries.

Dianna Sion-Callender is wallpapering an entire room—bed and all—in collage. Chad Sorg is locking himself in a glass room and drawing on pallets. Bernie Beauchamp promises to “rip the lid off you childhood notions of puppetry.” Other visual artists include sculptor Greg Adams, printmaker Candace Nicol, painter Jim Zlokovich, muralist Erik Burke, and photographers Dean Burton, David Muskin and (RN&R contributor) Kris Vagner. San Francisco singer-songwriter Sonny Smith performs at the El Cortez’s Trocadero Room, as do local poets and actors. Artist Erik Holland, who ran against Reno mayor Bob Cashell in November’s election, is mayor of this three-day community. He’ll be giving a literal Stamp of Dada approval on the events and making speeches.

Most of the art will take place at the El Cortez. Other participating motels include the Townhouse, the El Rey and the Star of Reno. Downtown businesses, including a number of venues along First, Second and Fourth streets are also getting in on Dada, opening their spaces to visual and performance artists.

Free for spectators, the artists are doing it on their own dime—no sponsors, no promotion other than their own and a listing on the DaMM (Dada Motel Map). As Callender says, “It’s art for art’s sake.”

About six months ago, neon artist Jeff Johnson got the harebrained idea for this art show about everything and nothing.

“There was a whole bunch of art that wasn’t being represented at all,” he says. “Modern art and art that is on the living edge of time ... art that was alive and being spontaneously created, rather than the same old thing you know you can make money off.”

To keep this sense of spontaneity, Dada Motel doesn’t intend to become an annual event. “Annual event” is inherently not spontaneous.

Sorg, a Dada organizer and artist, says Dada Motel is about taking artistic expression into one’s own hands.

“I think artists are sitting around waiting for things to happen—waiting for another gallery to open up or waiting for someone to like their slides, and we think everybody should just be doing it,” he says.

“It’s all just for us so that no one can say somebody else ruined it for them because they didn’t share our vision,” says Johnson. “It’s foolproof. … At Dada Motel, you get to do it on your own initiative.”

DaMMs will be distributed around Reno and printed in Sierra Arts magazine.

[image from a google image search for 'dada,' from the Wikimedia Commons entry "Dada-1920." Caption: "1920 - le mouvement dadaïste. Auric, Picabia, Ribemont-Dessaignes, G.Everling, Casella et Tzara."]