Winter Residency 2017 – Recap
MFA-IA Exhibition Space Winter 2017

One of three exhibition tents for 2017 Winter Residency. Photo: Logan Lape

Our students completed their Winter 2017 residency on January 13th, 2017. The 10-day residency began in Incline Village with the arrival of 13 students and 9 Visiting Faculty. The roster for this residency included Julie Weitz, Rob Reynolds, Dan Ruby, Bill Fox, Maria Sykes, Jared Stanley, and Russell Dudley.

For this year’s Midway Exhibition, in the midst of an intense Pacific storm system, the program created threeMFA-IA winter residency 2017 outdoor spaces for students at the half-way mark to install their work outside. Large canvas exhibition tents allowed students to create public venues in conversation with the environment of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and, as luck would have it, an incredible mountain snowstorm. The intensity of the winter weather, issues of the natural environment of the Tahoe Region collided with a diverse set of studio and social practices present among faculty and students alike. The result created a wide-ranging exhibition with conversations between artists and spaces running the gamut of performance and practice. The work as a whole succeeded in building tensions between expectations of place, the politics of extinction, and our stormy landscapes — personal, actual and political.

Jean Brennan and Kelly WallisJulie Weitz engaged residency artists in lakeside performance amidst storm winds and snowfall on the beach. Rob Reynolds strong theoretical guidance brought current politics to the foreground, involving Midway artists in site-specific works that examined pseudo-science alongside simple spatial constructions that left exhibition participants to question their perception of location itself. In ten short days, fourteen artists lived, worked and created together, creating a wide-ranging public installation of completed work. During this blizzard of artistic and meteorological activity, Dan Ruby introduced the dome and planetarium as a site for artists toGabie Strong Performance and Exhibit engage the public in ways not found often in traditional art-making programs. Maria Sykes presented the curatorial work of Green River, Utah’s Epicenter, and its ongoing artists’ residencies. Jared Stanley and Gabie Strong deconstructed performance in the context of Strong’s gallery-based practice, following her powerful in-exhibit performance.

All our residency artists found themselves engaging with one another in new practices, creating new forms, and exhibiting in new spaces, in the brilliant mix of the social and practical that is the hallmark of the SNC MFA-IA program. The program concluded with the passing of a historic storm in both metaphoric and actual terms, as our first cohort completed their final residency critique on the path to graduation. More to come: stay tuned!

Dan Ruby exhibits student work and planetarium work for Winter 2017 Residency

Second annual Lupita’s Artist Project Grant announced

Sierra Nevada College’s MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts Program is pleased to announce the second iteration of the Lupita’s Artist Project Grant, consisting of $1000 to help fund the creation of new artist projects. The grant is the second in an ongoing series of Artist Grants, which will be made available through SNC’s MFA-IA program in the interest of helping to support artist communities both locally and internationally.Read More

Great Basin Pottery

If you work in one place long enough, do you become wedded to it? Does the work you make evoke the place or is the place speaking through the work? It’s hard not wonder who is seducing who– which ear is to the ground.

Thirty-six miles north of Reno, Nevada off of Highway 395 is Great Basin Pottery. The location serves many purposes, but at the heart of them is the woodfire kiln. The Anagama kiln was designed and built in 1999/2000 by Paul Herman and Joe Winters using firebricks from Northern California. The kiln is fired twice a year (fall and spring) for 3 days and 3 nights. My March visit coincided with the 33rd firing.

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The Plain Sense of Things

Co-curated by Jared Stanley and Sarah Lillegard, the exhibition will span the Sierra Nevada College campus in the Garage Door Gallery, Tahoe Gallery and Poetry Center. The Plain Sense of Things will be on display for investigations and interactions from Dec. 14, 2015 – Jan. 29, 2016. A curator talk will be held Wed. Jan. 6, 7-9pm and the closing reception will be Thur. Jan. 28, 2016 5-7pm both in the Holman Arts & Media Center.

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MFA-IA Winter Residency Events

The MFA-IA Winter Residency will be held January 3-12, 2016. Throughout the residency, we will offer a series of public talks and lectures featuring our new visiting artist faculty plus artists and curators from the region.

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Sierra Nevada College
Interdisciplinary Arts
Low Residency MFA


1008 Tahoe Blvd
Incline Village, NV 89451


Julia Schwadron
Assistant Program Director
P: (775) 831-1314 ext. 7492