Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sheppard Gallery | William L. Fox lecture

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

Closing Lecture for the Walker & Walker exhibition ill heard, ill seen:

William L. Fox
Thursday, April 3, 2008
5:30 - 6:30pm

William L. Fox
is a writer, independent scholar, and poet whose work is a sustained inquiry into how human cognition transforms land into landscape. His numerous nonfiction books rely upon fieldwork with artists and scientists in extreme environments to provide the narratives through which he conducts his investigations. Fox was born in San Diego and attended Claremont McKenna College . He has edited several literary magazines and presses, among them the West Coast Poetry Review, and worked as a consulting editor for university presses, as well as being the former director of the poetry program at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

In the visual arts, Fox has exhibited text works in more than two dozen group and solo exhibitions in seven countries, served as the Associate Director of the Nevada Museum of Art, and then as the visual arts and architecture critic for the Reno Gazette-Journal newspaper. In late 1979 he went to work at the Nevada Arts Council, first as the Coordinator of the Artists-in-Residence Program, then Deputy Director, and in 1984 Executive Director, a post he held until leaving in 1993 to write full time.

Fox has published poems, articles, reviews, and essays in more than seventy magazines, has had fourteen collections of poetry published in three countries, and has written eight nonfiction books about the relationships among art, cognition, and landscape. He has taught rock-climbing at the University of Nevada , as well as led treks in the Himalaya . In 2001-02 he spent two-and-a-half months in the Antarctic with the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Program. Fox has also worked as a team member of NASA's Haughton-Mars Project, which tests methods of exploring Mars on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic. He was a visiting scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, has twice been a Lannan Foundation writer-in-residence, and has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

[nb: CCAI commissioned an essay by William L. Fox' in 2003 as part of the inaugural talk of our Nevada Neighbors series.]

[photo from William L. Fox' Web site]

Thursday, March 27, 2008

CCAI 'CAP' Project In Sweden!

Färgfabriken Norr
Östersund, Sweden

Opening 1-3 april 2008:

"Three minutes of Intimacy", a performance work by Elaine Tin Nyo that premiered as part of CCAI's 2006-2007 "CAP" Art in Public project, is included in the opening of a new art space in Sweden. Our heartfelt congratulations to Elaine!

Three Minutes

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

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Nevada Arts Council Grants

Nevada Arts Council



The Artist in Residence (AIE) Program provides students, teachers and communities with direct hands-on arts experiences through personal interaction with working artists. The Artist in Residence Roster features a juried selection of professional artists who have experience and/or training in this specialized arts domain. The AIR roster is comprised of artists that represent the disciplines of literary arts, dance, folk arts, music, theater, storytelling and visual arts. The AIR roster includes Nevada and out-of-state artists.

Selection Process: Artists accepted for the AIR Program are placed on the two-year roster, and must re-apply for subsequent rosters.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2008

NAC Contact: Maryjane Dorofachuk
Arts Education Coordinator
702.486.3738 |

Artist in Residency Roster Guidelines and Application can be downloaded on NAC website at

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Annual grants to artists working in a wide variety of performing, visual and literary disciplines. The program seeks to recognize and reward outstanding individual artists who demonstrate excellence in their work. Annual Fellowship awards of $5,000 go to nine artists – three in each category – literary, performing and visual arts. Three $500 grants are also awarded to the top honorable mentions in each category.

Postmark Deadline: April 11, 2008

Eligible applicants must currently.

· be a practicing professional artist

· be a Nevada resident for 12 months prior to application date

· have U.S. citizenship or legal resident status

· be at least 21 years old, and not be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student

NAC Contact: Fran Morrow
Artist Services Coordinator
775.687.7106 |
Artist Fellowship Guidelines and Application can be downloaded on NAC website at

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Quarterly grants that provide funding up to $1,000 to eligible individual artists to support new and/or exemplary arts projects. Jackpots are also designed to support activities that help artists further their careers. Artists must have attained a certain level of proficiency as represented in the quality of work samples submitted with the applications.

Examples of eligible Jackpot projects include:

· Costs associated with attending workshops, conferences, seminars and master classes

· Preparing portfolios and work samples

· Presentation of work (performances, exhibitions, publications, etc.)

Postmark Deadlines:

May 15, 2008 (for projects July 1-Sept 30, 2008)
August 15, 2008 (for projects Oct 1-Dec 31, 2008)
November 17, 2008 (for projects Jan 1-March 31, 2009)
February 16, 2009 (for projects April 1– June 30, 2009)

Eligible applicants must currently:

· be a practicing professional artist

· be a Nevada resident for 12 months prior to application date

· have U.S. citizenship or legal resident status

· be at least 21 years old, and not be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student

NAC Contact: Mary Vargas

Grants Coordinator
775.687.7102 |

Jackpot Grant Guidelines and Application can be downloaded on NAC website at

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[Information forwarded by Fran at NAC. Graphic from a google image search for 'grants']

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Holland Kids | Studio on 4th

Holland Kids
Studio on 4th

432 East 4th Street
Reno, Nevada

March Showcase!
Friday, March 21, 7-10 pm

Holland kids present the first in a series of monthly local music showcases, featuring: Sea Legs, Yavin Four, The Rebel Diamonds and Missing Organs. Tix are $5 and half the proceeds will be donated to the Great Basin Food Co-op!

[image from press release]

Friday, March 14, 2008

CCAI Art Tour - Destination: Planet X Pottery, Gerlach Nevada, April 26!

Destination: Planet X Pottery in Gerlach Nevada, April 26!

We invite you to join CCAI as we spend a gorgeous spring day driving through the Great Basin to one of Nevada's most renown art destinations: Planet X Pottery! John and Rachel Bogard will give us a tour of their desert oasis, showcase the famed pottery, and share tales of life off the grid.

"Once a blank spot on the map, Planet X has become a destination for Nevadans out exploring the desert & for tourists from all over the world. Stop by to see the display of fine porcelain, stoneware & Raku, have lunch under the ancient cottonwoods & enjoy the quiet solitude of one of the last unspoiled areas in the West."

Tour details:
• date: Saturday, April 26
• departure: van will at depart 8:30am from the
Meadowood Mall parking lot in Reno.
• cost: $120. per person, includes a $60. donation to CCAI. CCAI gratefully accepts checks or cash.
• food: CCAI will provide snacks and drinks on the bus, and lunch in Gerlach.
• return: 6pm return time to the Meadowood Mall
parking lot.
• reservations: contact Linda Bellegray,
775.721.4477,, asap!

Space is limited; please make your reservation early!

[image from Nevada Commisson on Tourisam Web site.]

Monday, March 03, 2008

Morrison | Scronce: Brent Foster Jones essay

CCAI is pleased to announce the online publication of an essay by Bay Area arts writer Brent Foster Jones on the fall 2007 Courthouse Gallery exhibition by UNR Art Department Sculpture faculty Robert Morrison and Tamara Scronce.

Our thanks again to the artists, and to Brent for his brilliant contribution to CCAIs 2007-2008 programs!

read the essay

[photo: view of exhibition opening reception.]