Friday, February 26, 2010

Jen Klein Road Trip!

Sierra Arts Gallery
17 South Virginia Street

Jen Klein | "Road Trip"

"Jen Klein spent her youth visiting old western movie sets in Hollywood and exploring the vistas which inspired those magical backdrops. In the back of a rambler station wagon, she could only see a portion of the neon passing by but it captivated her nonetheless. As an adult, Klein became a sign painter who is, in her words, 'intrigued with the patina of age and disrepair.'"

Through March 4

Gallery Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 5pm

[Text from Reno News & Review calendar. Installation view of exhibition courtesy of Sierra Arts. Special thanks to AS! Click on image to enlarge.]

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Reminder! "Electronic Vistas" at the Carson City Library!

REMINDER! Thursday evening!
Thursday, February 25 | 7 pm
Carson City Library

Nevada Neighbors Public Talk
New Media artist | UNR Professor Joe DeLappe
"Electronic Vistas"

Informal reception preceding the talk at 6:15 p.m.

[Graphic: "Documentation of "The Salt Satyagraha Online: Gandhi's March to Dandi in Second Life". Joseph DeLappe's 2008 durational performance coinciding with the 78th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's seminal act of non-violent resistance, The Salt March to Dandi. Click on image to englarge.]

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

World Trade Center Artifacts Dedication

The Atomic Testing Museum
755 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Saturday, February 27 • 1 pm
World Trade Center Artifacts Dedication

Join Mayor Oscar Goodman, and the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation [NTSHF] Membership & Board of Trustees in marking the 5th anniversary of the Atomic Testing Museum with the dedication of two artifacts from the World Trade Center to the museum’s permanent collection.

Mr. Lee Ielpi and Mr. Fred Sager of the World Trade Center Tribute Foundation will give a multi-media presentation on the events of September 11, 2001. This will be followed by a presentation by Sgt Maj. Tony Rose, who survived the attack on the Pentagon and rescued several of his fellow soldiers. The lecture portion of the event will be open to the public and donations can be made at the door.

Following the ceremony, a reception will be held to celebrate the addition of two World Trade Center artifacts to the Museum collection and to recognize the continuing role and the many ways in which Nevada plays an important role in the War on Terrorism.

The Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 88 will be operating the BBQ and local caterer, At Your Service will provide drinks and desserts. The NTS Honor Guard will present the colors, and a bagpiper and the Honor Guard will perform the Bell Ringing ceremony.

The two artifacts, an I-beam section and a fragment of tubular sheet metal from the World Trade Center were obtained from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The sheet metal artifact will be permanently displayed next to the piece of the Berlin Wall. The I-beamartifact will go on permanent display in the Museum in a manner that allows visitors to both touch and photograph the exhibit.

[Text from Museum website. Graphic from Google image search for 'World Trade Center I-Beam.']

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Electronic Vistas | Joseph DeLappe Feb 25!

Thursday, February 25 - 7 pm
Capital City Arts Initiative
Nevada Neighbors

"Electronic Vistas"
Presentation by Joseph DeLappe

Carson City Library
900 N Roop Street
Carson City

Joseph DeLappe is an Associate Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program. Working with electronic and New Media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance and electro-mechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad, including exhibitions and performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Peru, China and the Netherlands.

Joseph–aka 'Joe'– created and directs the "" project, an ongoing call for artists to create proposals for memorials to the many thousands of civilian casualties in the Iraq war. The Project is currently featured at the UNR Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery through March 12.

Joe will present documentation of his recent projects and discuss them as durational works of experimental online and real world performance.

Informal reception
preceding Joe's talk at the library at 6:15 p.m.

Facebook Invitation

[The Library public presentation is part of "Nevada Neighbors," CCAI's program of visiting–and local!–curators, artists and scholars. Joseph will also be visiting area schools and colleges to meet with students. Electronic flier by CCAI staff. Click on image to enlarge.]

Friday, February 19, 2010

Nevada Humanities Grants Workshops North & South

Nevada Humanities

Wednesday - February 24
4-5 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School

401 South Fourth Street
Las Vegas

Friday, February 26 | 3-4 pm
McKinley Park Arts & Culture Center

925 Riverside Drive

The hour-long workshops are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about applying for project grant funding from Nevada Humanities.

Nevada Humanities offers grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations and government entities, such as libraries and schools, to fund public programs and educational programs in the humanities. Mini-grant requests of up to $1,000 may be submitted at any time. Information about Nevada Humanities and its grant program can be found online.

Nevada Humanities is especially interested in funding projects that promote community through various forms of engagement and projects that encourage conversation. This may be through face-to-face dialogue, such as lectures, forums, and round-table discussions, but also through programs that stimulate thought and reflection, such as media productions, film screenings, exhibitions, local history projects, and projects that explore local culture and Nevada's diverse heritage and unique places.

NB!: Next deadline for proposals: March 10

Contact: 775.784-6587

[Information from NV Humanities press release. Graphic by Janet Trembley Design from Google image search for 'humanities.']

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Odd Couple in Minden!

February 19 - 28

1602 Esmeralda Avenue
Minden [map]

The Dakota Organization presents:
"The Odd Couple"

The hilarious antics of the mismatched duo of bachelors Oscar and Felix.

February 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7:30 pm | February 21 & 28 at 2 pm.

Tickets: $15.
general admission | $10. seniors and students

Tickets | More Information: 775-265-2942 | The Dakota Organization

[Information and graphic from organization website. Click on image to enlarge.]

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Las Vegas Perspective

City Hall Bridge Gallery
400 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas

Las Vegas Perspective: Reflections of the African-American Artist

Abraham Abebe
Dayo Adelaja
Harold Bradford
Sylvester Collier
Lolita Develay
Vicki Richardson
Lance Smith
Mario Smith
Joseph Watson

Through April 23

additional information: 702.229-1012

[Text and graphic from City of Las Vegas. Caption: "'Hope' by Joseph Watson." Click on image to enlarge. Special thanks to Jeanne Voltura.]

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Get Bent for Lent!

[Arguably celebrating since their beloved Saints' NFC Championship win sending the team to the Super Bowl, New Orleanians' biggest party begins today. Below is a video by Michael DeMocker from the Times Picayune's capturing some of the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras 2010.]

Orpheus Rolls Down Uptown Parade Route

index of all Times Picayune Mardi Gras videos.

[nb: The CCAI Blog goes back to work tomorrow!]

Sunday, February 14, 2010

"Love is in the Air"

[CCAI wishes one and all a very happy and sweet Valentine's Day, and invite you to be our Valentine!]

Sunday, February 14 | 5 pm
Krewe of Bacchus Parade
New Orleans, Louisiana

"With more than 1,350 members and 33 animated super-floats, the Krewe of Bacchus is revered as one of the most spectacular Krewes in Carnival history."

Superbowl XLIV Champions New Orleans Saints quaterback Drew Brees will reign as King of the Krewe of Bacchus.

The theme of this year's parade is "Love is in the air."

parade route

Mardi Gras 2010 Parade Schedule

[Text and graphic from Krewe website.]

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Trophy Hunter

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

February 20 - May 9
Hawkins Contemporary Gallery

Bryan Christiansen Trophy Hunter

"Bryan Christiansen's life-sized contemporary sculptures challenge conventional notions about rural life, home, the rituals of the hunting tradition, and the innocence of childhood. Using discarded household furniture that he finds in neglected urban areas, Christiansen crafts assemblages that stand in for the trophies, antler mounts, and pelts so often prized by hunters.

Raised in a small log cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Christiansen experienced all the requisite activities of a rural childhood: absorbing nature, communing with wildlife, and learning to hunt. But at the same time, he also grappled with the complicated and tumultuous happenings of his family's domestic life. When Christiansen arrived as a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, he turned to art as a way of wrestling with the conflicting realities of his past.

Christiansen's sculptures recall the work of 1950s assemblage artists Bruce Conner and Ed Kienholz, who used gritty discarded objects to probe such issues as the passage of time, death, and decay. Unlike the work of these artists, however, Christiansen's reconstructions are exquisitely crafted, featuring exposed hand-stitchery and floral fabrics that have more to do with making sense of life than they do with dwelling on death. As trophies, they represent Christiansen's own triumph of the present over the past and his strength to confront some of life's most challenging contradictions."


Bryan was featured in two recent CCAI exhibitions, "Recycled Seconds" and "Grad Night." CCAI extends congratulations and best wishes to Bryan and the Museum. He is also a member of "TEAM AIE," CCAI's Artist In Education program.

[Text and graphics from Museum press release. Captions: "Bryan Christiansen, Stag, 2009. Wood, metal, and foam from dismantled furniture. Courtesy of the artist; Bryan Christiansen, La-Z- Boy, 2008. Leather upholstery from discarded furniture. Courtesy of the artist." Click on images to enlarge.]

Friday, February 12, 2010

Artist Reception Tonight!

Friday, February 12 | 5 - 7 pm
CCAI Courthouse Gallery

885 East Musser Street
Carson City [map]

Artist Reception for Jim McCormick's
"Work Bench Project"

Free. Open to the public. All invited to attend this community celebration of UNR Emeritus Art Professor McCormick's site-specific exhibition!

Nevada Appeal article

[Screen grab from Nevada Appeal website. CCAI thanks the Appeal for its converage of arts and culture in the area! Click on graphic to enlarge.]

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010

Rocky Votolato | True Devotion

Holland Project

Saturday, February 13 | 7- 10pm
Rainshadow Community Charter High School

434 Washington Street

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato returns to Reno to debut his latest offering on Barsuk Records, True Devotion.

Also on the bill: Reno's own My Flag is on Fire and the Bindle Stiffs.

Tickets: $10. [at the door]
Advance tickets: $8 on the Holland Project website

[information and graphic from Holland Project. Click on image to enlarge.]

Saturday, February 06, 2010

NAC | Oasis 2010

Nevada Arts Council

"As the focus on developing a green energy industry for our state continues—an agenda we fully support—OASIS declares that Nevada already boasts an existing source of energy—its creative industry. Our infrastructure is in place, our workforce is innovative, our services and programs animate communities large and small, and our business is a critical element for Nevada’s economic recovery.

Join in an exchange of ideas with your colleagues at OASIS 2010 and collectively approach the issues facing our state in the way we know best—through creative thinking and action. Professional Development Grants are available to attend OASIS 2010 for those living outside Las Vegas on a first-come, first-served basis."


[text and graphic from NAC website. To download a flier with additional information , click here.]

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Artist Reception Friday February 12!

Friday, January 12 | 5 - 7 pm
CCAI Courthouse Gallery

885 East Musser Street
Carson City

Jim McCormick
Site-specific exhibition: "Work Bench Project"

From the press release:
"Jim has played a central role in the development of contemporary art in northern Nevada for fifty years. His irrepressible spirit of creative discovery, combined with his generous dedication to promoting the work of his students and peers have been critical to the cultural life of the area. In Work Bench Project, he encourages us to imagine new ways to think about place, participation and both personal and civic life."


Gallery Hours: M-F | 9 am – 5 pm

through May 7

[graphic from CCAI show announcement. Special thanks to Simpson Creative.]

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

February FWAC! on the Road!

irst Wednesday Arts Coffee

Wednesday, February 3 4:30-6pm

Tim Stevenson's Studio
3658 Cindys Trail * [map]
Carson City

This special edition of FWAC! goes on the road to the studio of stained glass artist Tim Stevenson. All invited for coffee and conversation at this spirited, caffeinated, CCAI trademark event, with special thanks to our host.

[Graphic, enhanced, from Google image search for 'coffee to go .']

* directions: from Jacks Valley Road, go north on Cherokee Drive, then left on to Cindys Trail. Tim's studio is on the left. [map]

Monday, February 01, 2010

Gee's Bend Quilts

Stremmel Gallery
1400 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89502

February 11- March 13
Gee’s Bend + John Randall Nelson | American Curios

Reception: Thursday, February 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Praised by the New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced,” the abstract quilts from the tiny, isolated African-American community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, prompted a rethinking of commonly accepted artistic categories. Throughout much of the twentieth century, making quilts was considered a domestic responsibility for the African-American women in Gee’s Bend, an area of Rehoboth and Boykin, Alabama. As young girls, many of the women trained or apprenticed in their craft with their mothers, female relatives, or friends. The town’s women developed a distinctive, bold, and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American (and African American) quilts, but with a geometric simplicity reminiscent of Amish quilts and modern art. In 1937 and '38, the federal government commissioned two series of photographs of Gee's Bend. The images have since become some of the most famous images of Depression-era American life.

This exhibition of the Gee’s Bend quilts is in correlation with the exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, which will be on display February 6- April 11.

Living in Tempe Arizona, John Randall Nelson has synthesized his illustration and sculptural experience into a unique body of work that combines painting, drawing, video, sculpture, and text. He is known for taking simple, yet bold, instantly recognized images of everyday symbols that function like words in a sentence. By manipulating the relationship between form and symbolism, Nelson encourages viewers to create connections, to assert their own ideas and interpretations. He emphasizes primitive and simplified images, exploring the art historical styles of imagism, tribal and folk art.

[Text from Gallery press release. Graphic from Google image search for 'Gee's Bend quilts.']