Thursday, April 30, 2009

History of Transportation

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street
Reno, Nevada

History of Transportation

In 1940 the WPA commissioned Helen Lundeberg to design a mural illustrating the history of the transportation era. Her highly-detailed and superbly-crafted study for the mural was eventually realized in full-scale near Centinela Park in Inglewood, California. The imagery includes references to Native American ways of life, Spanish-era exploration, the contributions of Asian laborers to railroad construction, the introduction of the automobile, and the popularization of public transportation.

Through December 6, 2009

[Image credit: Helen Lundeberg, History of Transportation (detail), 1940, Mixed media on illustration board 8 panels, 10 x 34 inches (each). Collection of Nevada Museum of Art.]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Save The Date! - Grad Night


CCAI Courthouse Gallery exhibition of work by the UNR and Sierra Nevada College BFA and MFA Class of 2009

Bryan Christiansen
Aimee Doran
Jeff Erickson
Jonathan Farber
Jonah Harjer
Ahren Hertel
Christina Lee
Jocelyn Meggait
James Nagel
Dominique Palladino
Melissa Swanson

The project also includes a catalog essay by UNR Art History professor Brett Van Hoesen.

Monday, April 27, 2009


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

April 27 - May 1
BFA Exhibition
Bryan Christiansen

artist reception: April 30 | 6–8 pm

"... Christiansen’s work is an amalgamation of male and female pastimes pressed into the deconstruction and recontextualization of discarded objects of the home."

Mr. Christiansen's work will be included in "Grad Night," CCAI's June exhibition of work by graduating UNR and Sierra Nevada College MFA and BFA students.

[text and graphic from UNR Sheppard Art Gallery press release. Click on image to enlarge.]

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Devin Hosselkus Benefit Art Auction

Art Auction to Benefit Devin Hosselkus

Auction information Ashley:
Marji: 787-6360

[click on flier to enlarge.]

Friday, April 24, 2009

In the beginning ...

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

April 27 - May 1
BFA Exhibition
Dominique Palladino
In the beginning...was a very female sea

artist reception: April 30 | 6–8 pm

"... In the beginning...was a very female sea questions the structure of our society by challenging the viewer to think about identity and gender outside of the cultural margins from which we live."

Ms. Palladino's work will be included in "Grad Night," CCAI's June exhibition of work by graduating UNR and Sierra Nevada College MFA and BFA students.

[Text from UNR press release. Graphic: still from video performance "Agnus Dei." 17:00 RT. 2009. Click on image to enlarge.]

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Call for Artists: The Art of Food

North Tahoe Arts
380 North Lake Blvd
P.O. Box 6354
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Call for Artists:
Celebrating Slow Food and The Seasonal Return of Farmers' Markets

"North Tahoe Arts is in the planning stages of “The Art of Food,” a month-long event to take place in June, and we’d like your help. We’re looking for themed artwork – food from farm to table ..."

Additional Info | Contact: Karen Ellis

[graphic from image search for 'slow food.']

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Lights Go Out in Las Vegas

[With thanks to GC in no_nv for the tip, below, follow-up to an earlier post on the CCAI Blog, a story from Agence France Presse on the closing of the Las Vegas Art Museum.]

Art-lovers despair as lights go out for Vegas museum

by Steve Friess

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) – Museums dedicated to neon, Liberace and pinball machines remain, but Las Vegas's more high-brow cultural scene has achieved a new nadir: Sin City is now the largest metropolitan area in the United States without a public art museum.

The 59-year-old Las Vegas Art Museum went broke and shut down, the latest in a string of bad news for the arts that also included the closure last year of a Guggenheim outpost in the Venetian Hotel-Casino and the decision in 2007 by Steve Wynn to convert a gallery at his Wynn Las Vegas resort into a Rolex shop.

"This is a community of two million people and it doesn't have a museum," said Libby Lumpkin, the LVAM's last executive director, who quit in January hoping to save the institution money.

"That's not a good thing. It's just really disappointing."


[graphic from image search for 'Las Vegas.']

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Smoke and Mirrors

[Below, link to a second review by Brad Bynum in the Reno News & Review of an artist featured in CCAI's upcoming June 2009 "Grad Night" exhibition project.]

Smoke and mirrors
Jeff Erickson

By Brad Bynum

"Just four days before the opening of his exhibit Western Star in the Sheppard Gallery, Jeff Erickson was still making decisions about his installation. This wasn’t indecision—it was part of the creative process. When artists who work in traditional media—like, say, oil paints—install their work in a gallery, their primary concern is to display their artwork in a representative manner. But for a site-specific artist like Erickson, the installation process is the artwork."


[Photo from Reno New & Review. Caption: "Jeff Erickson, with reflection, during the installation of Western Star." Photo by Brad Bynum."]

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Creative Writing Workshop

Nevada State Museum
600 N. Carson Street
Carson City

Tuesday, April 28
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Creative Writing Workshop: Shaun Griffin

A Tumblewords program of the Nevada Arts Council.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors. Free for members and persons under 18.

Information: Deborah Stevenson – 775.687.4810 ext.237

[Photograph from NAC website.]

Monday, April 13, 2009

Barbary Coast Fashion

Comstock History Center
20 North “E” Street
Virginia City
Hours: Thu–Sun | 11 am. - 4 pm
Admission is free.

Buttons, Buckles, and Beads: A Vignette of Virginia City Fashion

"... featuring a wide variety of clothing accessories and jewelry worn by people living on the Comstock Mining District during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

“Some of the more fascinating items include a decorative garter belt clasp, a small pendant with red glass beads, and a faux turquoise pendant with a filigree border,” said Sarah Heffner, who put together the exhibit using artifacts she helped excavate during the summer of 2008. Heffner is a graduate student in the Anthropology Department at UNR.

Ms. Heffner drew on the full range of excavations conducted by the State Historic Preservation Office, the Comstock Historic District Commission, and the University of Nevada , Reno since 1993. Most of the material for the exhibit came from excavations conducted in 2008 at the site of Maguire’s Opera House and at what was once a rough part of town on South C Street known as the Barbary Coast.

Virginia City celebrates its 150th anniversary this year as it commemorates the first strikes in 1859. The exhibit in the Comstock History Center is intended as part of a year-long celebration."

[The CCAI Blog notes with regret that the Comstock History Center is slated to be closed after June 30, 2009 due to budget cuts.]

[Thanks to Bert Bedeau at the Center for his help with this post. Text and image of Barbary Coast garter Clasp from Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs press release.]

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ahren Hertel Theory of evolution

[An exhibition by UNR MFA candidate Ahren Hertel, one of the artists to be featured in CCAI's June 2009 "Grad Night" exhibition project, is the subject of a review by Brad Bynum in the current Reno News & Review.]

Theory of evolution
With his MFA thesis exhibit, Ahren Hertel evolves
beyond pop surrealism

By Brad Bynum


[photo from Reno News & Review website. Caption: "Hertel’s style is evolving from pop surrealism to more realistic portraiture."]

Saturday, April 11, 2009

WNC 2009 Student Art Show

Western Nevada College
Bristlecone Building
Main Gallery

Carson, City

Annual Student Art Show 09
April 13 - May 8
Wednesday April 22, 4-7 pm

Work by WNC Students from the Carson and Douglas campuses in photography, drawing, graphic design, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

[graphic from WNC website. Click to enlarge.]

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Black & White at the Legislature

Legislative eXhibition Series
Deon Reynolds
Black and White Panoramas of Nevada

Legislative Building
401 South Carson Street
Carson City

April 6-24
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eureka artist Deon Reynolds uses a Kodak disposable panorama camera to create his photographs. The artist comments: "“The panoramas convey the space of Nevada so well. I like the ease and spontaneity of the disposable camera and, since the viewfinder isn’t very accurate, you’re never really sure what you are going to get on film. It’s kind of like Nevada , you are never sure what you are going to find!”

LXs is sponsored by the Nevada Arts Council.

[Photo from NAC press release. Caption: "Deon Reynolds, Ward Charcoal Ovens, photography, 16” x 7”. Click on image to enlarge.]

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Between Grass and Sky

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

BETWEEN GRASS AND SKY: Rhythms of a Cowboy Poem

Between Grass and Sky is a collaborative exhibition presented at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Western Folklife Center in Elko on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering held annually in northern Nevada. Working together, the two institutions created complementary exhibitions that are inspired by the widely-celebrated poem Grass, written by legendary Texas poet Buck Ramsey. The exhibitions will include a broad range of objects—from paintings and sculptures to intricately crafted gear—that illustrate a shared appreciation for the experience of life in the American West. The exhibition featured in Reno will include contemporary works by artists including Theodore Waddell and Scott Hudson, as well as an audiovisual component featuring the spoken voices of four renowned cowboy poets reciting Grass. The partner exhibition Between Grass and Sky: Trappings of a Ranch Life, presented in Elko, will include finely crafted leather saddles and silver engraved bits outfitted with rawhide reins and romels.

Through May 17. Presented as part of the Art + Environment series, an initiative of the Nevada Museum of Art that brings together community, artists and scholars to explore the interaction between people and their environments.

[text and graphic from NMA website. Caption: "Kota Ezawa, Cowboy, 2006, lightbox. Collection of Gregory and Anne Avis. Image courtesy of Haines Gallery / San Francisco."]

Sunday, April 05, 2009

CCAI in the News!

Article by Deana Hoover in the April 3 Carson City edition of the Reno Gazette Journal: "CCAI's 'Nevada Neighbors' features art in Croatia at library."

CCAI extends appreciations to the RGJ and Deana for their coverage of the arts in northern Nevada!


[screengrab from RGJ website.]

Friday, April 03, 2009


Churchill Arts Council
Oats Park Art Center

151 E. Park Street
Fallon, Nevada

Opening April 4:

large-scale abstract paintings by Harry Reese

Print Projects: Turkey Press|Edition Reese
Prints by Harry Reese and Sandra Liddell Reese

artists talk: 4 pm
reception: 5–7 pm

[graphic: screen grab from Churchill Arts Council website. Click on image to enlarge.]

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Western Star

[CCAI extends congratulations and best wishes to UNR graduating MFA candidate Jeff Erickson!]

[announcement from the artist.]

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Strings In Schools

Free Concert - Strings in the Schools Youth Orchestra

Thursday, April 2 | 7pm 
Plaza Conference Center
211 E. Ninth Street
Carson City

Strings in the Schools
, a program of the Carson City Symphony Association, was founded in 2005.

For more information: call instructor Sue Kitts. 775-450-5584.

[Photo from Google image search for 'Carson City Symphony Association.']