Wednesday January 4th
MFA-IA Visiting Faculty Lecture: Julie Weitz
7 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center, second floor
Julie Weitz is a visual artist based in Los Angeles. Her videos, installations and photographs examine the experience of embodiment in the digital realm. She uses physical props, often cast from her own body parts, and combines “anti-CGI” aesthetics to make work that blurs the boundaries between sensory perception and material reality. Weitz’s immersive video installation Touch Museum premiered at Young Projects in Los Angeles in November 2015 and received critical attention in Artforum, The L.A. Times and on KCRW. Recent solo exhibitions also include Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, CA (2016), Cunsthaus in Tampa, FL (2016), Agency in Los Angeles, CA (2014), and The Suburban in Oak Park, IL (2013).
Thursday January 5
MFA-IA Faculty Lecture: Russell Dudley
8 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center, second floor
Russell Dudley is a long time artist educator and serves as Creator and Director of Sierra Nevada College’s of the MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts program. A Nevada Fellowship of the Arts recipient, Dudley and his art are deeply informed by mountains, desert, rock-climbing, and being alone both in the land and in a more existential way. His photography, installation, sculpture, and video work has been exhibited in galleries, public collections, and alternative spaces, including Mindy Oh in Chicago, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the A.M. Project and Treehouse Galleries in Los Angeles, and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Exhibiting at times under the name of his alter ego Jimmy Jewel, he is a member of the art collaborative, d3ms, and his ongoing photographic collaborations with performance artist Joanna Frueh have resulted in portfolios published by UC Berkley, University of Nevada, and Nevada Museum of Art presses.
Friday January 6
Guest Lecture with Bill Fox from the Center for Art and Environment
11 am | Holman Arts & Media Center, second floor
William L. Fox is a writer 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. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.
Fox 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. Fox has published poems, articles, reviews, and essays in more than seventy magazines, has had fifteen collections of poetry published in three countries, and has written eleven nonfiction books about the relationships among art, cognition, and landscape. He has also authored essay for numerous exhibition catalogs and artists’ monographs.
Friday January 6
MFA-IA Artist Lecture: Faculty Jared Stanley with Visiting Artist Gabie Strong
5 pm |Holman Arts & Media Center, Garage Door Gallery
Jared Stanley is a poet, writer, and interdisciplinary artist. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest. Stanley has received Fellowships from the Center for Art + Environment and the Nevada Arts Council and teaches at Sierra Nevada College, where he co-directs the SNC Poetry Center. His collaborations with the public art group Unmanned Minerals and the Intermedia Artist Megan Berner include It Calls From the Creek and Surrender.
Gabie Strong is a California artist and musician exploring spatial constructions of degeneration, drone, and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Strong uses sound performance, radio broadcasting, environmental installation and video as a medium for experimentation.
Strong’s exhibition will be on display at the Holman Media Arts Center January 9th through February 17th in the Garage Door Gallery.
Saturday January 7
MFA-IA Visiting Faculty Lecture: Maria Sykes
5 pm | Tahoe Gallery, Prim Library
Maria Sykes found rural community development and arts administration by way of architecture and design. She graduated in 2008 from Auburn University, a program known for a focus on community-engaged rural design, with dual Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture degrees. After school, Maria sought after a community where her skills and passions could be utilized for good. Following a summer visit to the town of Green River (pop. 952) in beautiful southeastern Utah, she moved there to co-found Epicenter with colleagues from architecture school. Epicenter is a non-profit organization focused on community and economic development through arts and design.Sykes loves small town living, winter canyon hiking, front porch sitting, and summer river swimming. Sykes continues to co-direct Epicenter and has a contagious passion for working in the rural.
Monday January 9
MFA-IA Visiting Faculty Lecture: Dan Ruby
5 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center, second floor
Dan Ruby is the director of Fleischmann Planetarium in Reno, NV and active in ongoing planetary research involving extraterrestrial caves and Trans-Neptunian Objects. He is trained as a NASA ambassador in heliophysics and airborne infrared astronomy. Dan is also a practicing artist with a background in digital media, and is especially interested in the intersections and boundaries between art and science as explored through music and conceptual art.
Wednesday January 11
Open House and Midway MFA-IA Exhibition
1 – 5 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center and throughout Campus
The MFA-IA students will be installing their site-specific work on the campus of Sierra Nevada College the Holman Media Arts Center. The public is invited to attend, view the work and enjoy food/refreshments.
Holman Media Arts Center is located at 1008 Tahoe Blvd.
Screening: Plane Wave with Daniel Robert Kelly
8 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center
Plane Wave is a 16mm dual projection film. A series of digitally created lenses were transferred to 16mm film. The resulting film is projected out of focus, creating a lens system that includes the film plane itself. Exploiting the constructive interference of this extra lens, Plane Wave creates a dance of projections visualizing the projector lamp on the screen. The result is color from black and white as the chromatic aberrations create subtle tints of blue, yellow and red, as well as an illusion of depth of field in the flat screen space. An image of the lamp filaments becomes possible, dependent on the lens/lamp/film and screen distance.