Friday, June 27, 2008

Radical Fashion Alumna Update

[Christina Bruce, CCAI's Associate Program Director, traveled to Los Angeles last month to see Fall 2007 CCAI Radical Fashion Designer Lindsey Jackson's MFA show.

Her new work integrates fashion, sculpture and performance. Our congratulations and best wishes to Lindsey on her continuing, trail-blazing adventures in fashion!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Nada Motel

Nada Motel
June 26-29, 2008
El Cortez Hotel, Reno Nevada


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ghost Town Blues: Gregory Crosby essay online

[CCAI is delighted to announce the online publication of an essay by Gregory Crosby, commissioned in tandem with "Orphic Excavations," Anthony Alston's exhibition at St. Mary's Art Center.


[documenation photography by Anthony Alston. Click on image to enlarge.]

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Post Petroleum

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

Post-Petroleum: Envisioning the Future of Suburban Space in America
Curator: Christine Pinney Karkow

July 1 - July 31, 2008
Closing Reception: Thursday July 31, 2008 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Curator Lecture begins at 5:30pm in the gallery
Summer Hours: Tue, Wed, Thur. 11am - 1pm and by appointment

Meg Aubrey
Cynthia Back
Jacob Bluestone
Jennilie Brewster
Jason Burch
Kim Jackson DeBord
Jeff Gillette
Matt Grover
Mike McDearmon
David Packer
Tyler Robbins
Meagan Shein
Sofia Silvia
Michael Seltzer

"Post-Petroleum explores the ramifications of the automobile-scaled, sprawling suburban spaces that make up the edge towns and suburban rings of American cities in an age when the very foundation of this way of life - - inexpensive gasoline - - has been severely undermined. The artwork, which includes all media such as painting, video and sculpture, investigates these types of spaces as they exist today, as well as also suggest a narrative of a future society forced to navigate and live in these sprawling spaces with considerably limited access to fossil fuels."

[graphic from a google image search for 'post petroleum.' Click on image to enlarge]

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Nosotros por Nosotros Wall Text

[For those who haven't were unable to attend Friday's opening, above a panoramic view of the exhibition and some of the ninety plus in attendance. Below is the wall text accompanying the exhibition. Click on image to enlarge.]


Latinos in Nevada Tell Their History

In an effort to promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness, the Latino Research Center of the University of Nevada, Reno, recently distributed five hundred disposable cameras to Nevada’s Latino communities, asking them to tell their stories using photographs. Second-grade soccer players, middle-aged casino workers, and seasoned professionals captured their daily experiences, creating a rich and diverse language of imagery. Nosotros por Nosotros features a selection of these photographs and investigates the traditions and transitions experienced by Nevada’s Latino community.

The essence of the phrase “Nosotros por Nosotros” cannot be translated, but even its literal Spanish meaning—“us by us”—implies a strong sense of personal identity and community. The project was envisioned as a way to empower Latinos to create, rather than adopt, their own cultural identities—ones untainted by stereotypical labels placed upon them by others. At the same time, the images provide non-Latino populations with an opportunity to dispel their misperceptions about Hispanic cultures.

This exhibition is presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration that runs from September 15 to October 14, 2007. As a part of the Nosotros por Nosotros project, the Latino Research Center will create a publication and accompanying CD with additional images and oral histories. These materials will be distributed to every library in the state of Nevada. In this way, the Latino Research Center hopes to sustain the message of the Nosotros por Nosotros project: to capture and reveal the interwoven voices of Nevada’s Latino population.

The Nosotros por Nosotros project is generously funded by the Hart Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Liberal Arts.


Los Latinos de Nevada Cuentan su Historia

El Centro de Investigación Latino de la Universidad de Nevada en Reno busca promover el conocimiento y entendimiento entre las diferentes culturas. Con ese fin, hace poco tiempo distribuyó 500 máquinas fotográficas desechables entre los miembros de las comunidades latinas de Nevada y les pidió que contaran sus historias por medio de fotografías. Desde jugadores de fútbol (soccer) de segundo grado hasta empleados de casino de mediana edad o profesionales experimentados, todos captaron sus experiencias diarias, creando un lenguaje rico y diverso en imágenes. Nosotros por Nosotros presenta una selección de estas fotografías e investiga las tradiciones y transiciones que ha experimentado la comunidad de origen latino de Nevada.

La frase “Nosotros por Nosotros” nos habla de un profundo sentido de identidad personal y de comunidad. La intención de este proyecto fue que las personas de origen latino tuvieron herramientas para crear sus propias identidades culturales—libres de las etiquetas estereotipadas impuestas desde afuera— en lugar de simplemente adoptar otras culturas. Al mismo tiempo, estas imágenes permiten que las personas que no son de origen latino aclaren sus preconceptos sobre las culturas hispanas.

Esta exhibición se presenta en honor al Mes de la Hispanidad, una celebración anual que comenzó el 15 de setiembre y finalizará el 14 de octubre de 2007. Como parte del proyecto Nosotros por Nosotros, el Centro de Investigación Latino preparará una publicación y un CD anexo con más imágenes y relatos orales. Estos materiales se entregarán a todas las bibliotecas del estado de Nevada. De este modo el Centro de Investigación Latino espera poder apoyar el mensaje del proyecto Nosotros por Nosotros: capturar y revelar las voces entrelazadas de la población latina de Nevada.

El proyecto Nosotros por Nosotros fue generosamente patrocinado por la Hart Foundation y el Cellege of Lliberal Arts de la Universidad de Nevada en Reno.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

CCAI Album: Nos at Nosotros por Nosotros!

[With congratulations to the participating Carson High School Echo Club artists, the first of selected snapshots from the June 20 CCAI Courthouse Gallery opening.]

[l-r: CCAI staff Sharon Rosse, Christina Bruce; Erasmo "Mo" Cosio; Nevada Hispanic Services–Carson City Raquel Knecht; Jeanette Gonzalez; Echo Advisor Evelyn Wakeling; and Teresa Anaya.]

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Minden Arts Festival

Artisans International
2nd Annual Historic Minden Arts Festival

June 20-21
Civic Hall

June 20 6-9 pm Artists Reception*

*"net proceeds from the reception will be donated to the Carson Valley Arts Council"

[click on graphic to enlarge]

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Nevada H.O.G. Rally

2008 State H.O.G.Rally

"Ladies and Gentlemen! you're invited to experience the "H.O.G. Wild Carnival" in Carson City , where all the action takes place at the MIDWAY, conveniently located at Carson City Harley-Davidson, in the form of food, fun, and games galore. And if you're not the carny sort, you can still have a blast on the scenic rally rides named The Whip, Tilt-A-Whirl, Twister and Screamer, as they lead through the High Sierra Nevada Mountains, around Lake Tahoe, and across the beautiful Nevada desert. After this rally, you won't wonder why Carson Valley is know to local H.O.G. members as the "gateway to great riding!""

2008 Nevada H.O.G. Rally Web site

[graphic from event Web site.]

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Stop the Car | Erik Lauritzen

[Work by northern Nevada photographer Erik Lauritzen, who passed away last year, is featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art]

Stop the Car, Dad: Erik Lauritzen
June 28 – September 21, 2008

Stop the Car, Dad! consists of selections from Erik Lauritzen’s most recent series of color photographs taken during his automobile journeys throughout the Great Basin of the American West. From images of abandoned military installations in Nevada to roadside vernacular architecture in Utah, Lauritzen’s photographs remind us that even mundane places can be awe-inspiring and otherworldly. Although Lauritzen has yet to receive the broad recognition that he deserves, he has earned the respect of fellow photographers such as Morley Baer, who praised Lauritzen’s photographs for their “ephemeral and emotional spontaneity.”

[photo from NMA web site. Caption: "Erik Lauritzen, DJ’s Miniature Golf, Weed, Nevada, from the series Stop the Car, Dad, 1999, inkjet print."]

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tourists and Travelers Advisor

[with congratulations and best wishes to UNR Faculty Joe Delappe!]

540 W. 21st St. New York, NY

Tourists and Travelers:
New commissioned works by Taeyoon Choi and Joseph DeLappe

June 21 - July 19, 2008
Opening reception: 6pm, June 21

"As many New Yorkers ready for the annual ritual of summer travel, Eyebeam presents Tourists and Travelers, an art exhibition resulting from Taeyoon Choi and Joseph DeLappe's 2007-08 residencies at Eyebeam. The show features an unlikely pair of projects that reflect the artists' interests in journeys across real and virtual spaces: a Second Life avatar modeled on Mahatma Gandhi and a tourist-chasing, robotic duck. Choi, from Seoul , Korea , and DeLappe, from Reno , Nevada , both traveled to New York City for their residencies as recipients of Eyebeam's inaugural Commission for Resident Artists.

Taeyoon Choi's electro-mechanical bird Camerautomata Charlie: Image Digesting Robotic Duck is unleashed in tourist-heavy habitats, such as New York City 's Central Park , to roam and snap-and then defecate-photos of its own. Born of a hacked digital camera, printer and vacuum cleaner, Camerautomata Charlie and its flock will be on display at Eyebeam alongside digital prints, drawings, and video documentation of interventions in public spaces.

Joseph DeLappe will present documentation, artifacts and new works derived from The Salt Satyagraha Online-Gandhi's Salt March in Second Life, his 240-mile reenactment of the walk in real life and in cyberspace. Over the course of 26 days in the spring of 2008, DeLappe walked the entire distance on a customized treadmill at Eyebeam, which was programmed to control his online Gandhi avatar in Second Life. A centerpiece of the Tourist and Travelers exhibition is a monumental cardboard replica-the same height, in fact, as Michelangelo's sculpture of David-created from a 3-D model of the Gandhi avatar. Large format prints, stop-action animations, and video from the performance piece will also be on view."


[graphic from Eyebeam press release]

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sierra Arts Foundation 2008 Grant Application Due June 13!

"Note that 4:00 pm Friday June 13th, 2008 is the deadline to apply, not a postmark date. Applications lacking materials or arriving late will not be accepted.

2008 Grant Application Information

The Sierra Arts Foundation has provided Endowment Fund Grants to artists working in the northern Nevada region since 1986. Intended to encourage personal artistic growth, the awards are merit-based and free of obligatory stipulations. Applicants displaying defined plans to pursue educational opportunities and create innovative work in visual, performing, and literary disciplines have an increased likelihood of receiving funding. The Sierra Arts Grants Committee reviews each grant application in detail, taking time to carefully assess the level of quality made evident by the artwork and performances under consideration.

Eligibility: Any individual artist residing within a 100 mile radius of Reno may submit an application."

Additional Details | Application Form

Ray Charles September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004

[To mark the fourth anniversary of the death of music giant Ray Charles, we feature a YouTube video of Mr. Charles performing "America The Beautiful."]

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Orphic Excavations in the News & Review

[Orphic Excavations, CCAI's exhibition at St. Mary's Art Center in Virginia City, is the subject of a review by Cheron Taylor in the June 7 edition of the Reno News & Review. Below is the first paragraph of the review, and a link to the full article.]

Olfactory Orpheus: Anthony Alston
By Cheron Taylor

"Unlike the moribund birds inhabiting some of his earlier work, Anthony Alston flies freely through airspace just below the radar, gathering and making liberal use of every resource and medium at his disposal. Sculpture and found objects, selected with politic care, occupy his spacial canvases."

read the full review

[photo from the Reno News & Review Web site. Caption: "Anthony Alston brings an odiferous underworld to the mountain dwellers of Virginia City. Photo by Nick Higman."]

Friday, June 06, 2008

Rock Paper Scissors

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

tel: (775) 786-0558


[click on image to enlarge. graphic from Stremmel Web site.]

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Cinnamon Theologies

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street
Reno, Nevada

Thursday June 19
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Sonnet Reading from Cinnamon Theologies
Steven Nightingale

"Join the NMA and the Black Rock Press in welcoming Steven Nightingale for a special reading from Cinnamon Theologies, his third book of sonnets. Nightingale’s newest writings are meant to explore the beauties and blessings available everywhere—in the elements of daily life, in woman and child, in art, and in the wild Great Basin. Published by the Black Rock Press, copies of Cinnamon Theologies will be available for purchase at the event. A reception and book-signing will follow the program.

Admission to this event is free. A ticket is required for guaranteed seating. Tickets are available on a “first come, first served” basis and are available for pick-up only beginning June 3 at the NMA admissions desk."

[graphic: detail of cover of Black Rock Press publication, Cinnamon Theologies. Bob Blesse, Designer.]

Sunday, June 01, 2008

CCAI Courthouse Gallery – Nosotros por Nosotros

CCAI Courthouse Gallery
Exhibition: "Nosotros por Nosotros: Latinos in Nevada Tell Their History"
Reception: Friday June 20, 2008 from 5 to 7 pm
Dates: June 9 – August 28, 2008
Location: Carson City Courthouse 885 East Musser Street in Carson City

Gallery Hours: M-F | 9 am – 5 pm

more | press release

[photographs above from the exhibition]