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Exhibitions

Focusing primarily on progressive, emerging artists … the galleries at Sierra Nevada College provide a rich visual and intellectual environment not reliant on sales for support. This allows us to exhibit a wide array of artists whose work ranges from traditional practices to new media, installation, site-specific, and performance art.

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This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

“This Place: Selections from the Frontier”

January 7 - March 2

Tahoe Gallery

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ArtistFrontier Fellows

The town of Green River lies within the lunar landscape of eastern Utah: rock cliffs reveal striations of sediment with boulders clustered below fracturing buttes. Green River is a place where the land is plentiful and the red dust, burnt cliffs, and lonely sky lie just beyond the end of its roads. Prismatic sunsets give way to stars that shine bold and close. If you’ve never seen monolithic terraces under an oceanic sky, Green River is the seeing place.

The only town of consequence and place to ford its mighty namesake for many miles, Green River has been a welcomed sight to travelers for well over a century. Uranium mining, the construction of a missile base, and other economic booms led to times of prosperity that proved short-lived. As jobs disappeared and the newly built Interstate 70 routed travelers around rather than through the town, businesses closed shop, buildings fell into disrepair, and the town’s population dwindled to its current size of 952. During the recent recession, Epicenter, an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization, began partnering with the city and residents to reverse Green River’s economic misfortunes and strengthen the community.

Epicenter’s visiting artists, Frontier Fellows, prove an integral part of this revitalization by discerning and celebrating Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. This Place: Selections from the Frontier features work from the first five years of Frontier Fellows, visiting artists who have each spent a month in residence in Green River generating place-based work alongside the community.

Reception: Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 7 @ 6-8pm, Closing Reception Thur. Mar. 2 @5-7pm
Artist Talk: Thur Mar. 2 @ 5:30 PL 320

artist website: ruralandproud.org

Exhibition – “Overhead, a raven”

January 9 - February 17

Garage Door Gallery

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ArtistGabie Strong 

Reception: Thur. Feb. 2 @ 5-7 pm
Artist Talk: 5:30 pm HAMC

artist website: www.gabiestrong.com

The title of this exhibition refers to the ancient belief that the raven is a messenger between the spirit and mortal worlds. As it soars overhead, clicking and squawking, it communicates back to the gods about the plight of human existence. The title is also a dry, ironic reference to the human-subsidized predatory bird which thrives on excess consumption. It observes with scrutiny, reporting back to the patriarchy whilst pursuing garbage. In some cultures, when the raven flies overhead, it signifies good fortune; in others, it predicts death. Thus the raven can either guide or impair the weary traveler as she negotiates the land.

This exhibition asks the viewer to consider a subjective human relationship between the animal, the land, and self. The work depicts Southern California’s urban ecology and the ongoing severe drought through photographs, audio recordings and video created by the artist whilst hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, urban parks, city streets, and greater Mojave region. Dead urban plants were collected and saved, brought back to the studio, and washed, dried, and painted as a sequence of burial rites. The presentation of this work is an improvised, experimental sequence of tactics used to create new associations of meaning through self-reflection and analysis.


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

“Library of Approximate Locations”

March 2 - March 10
Garage Door Gallery
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Artist: Charlie Macquarie
Reception: Wed Mar. 8, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: 5:30 HAMC
artist website: charliemacquarie.com

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