Experiences in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts

MFA Residency Events – Summer 2017

Come share the artistry of the gifted faculty and students of Sierra Nevada College’s MFA programs in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts

All events listed are free and open to the public.

Creative Writing Faculty   Interdisciplinary Arts Faculty


Monday July 31

Interdisciplinary Arts

Peter Rostovsky + Gabie Strong [Faculty Lecture]
7 pm | Holman Arts and Media Center, 2nd fl.

Peter Rostovsky's work in disciplines including painting, sculpture and installation attempts to bridge the gap between painting and conceptual art while remaining attentive to painting’s traditions and disruptions. His work has been shown widely both in the United States and abroad. He currently teaches at NYU, The New School, Lesley University's College of Art and Design, and SNC.

Gabie Strong is a California artist and musician exploring spatial constructions of degeneration, drone, and decay, experimenting with sound performance, radio broadcasting, environmental installation, photography and video. Her current work uses ritual acts and fetish collecting to expose constructions of feminity.


Tuesday August 1

Interdisciplinary Arts

Mary Donnelly + Sameer Farooq [Faculty Lecture]
7 pm | Holman Arts and Media Center, 2nd fl.

Mary Donnelly is a poet who has published in Boog City, The Brooklyn Rail, DMQ Review, Hunger Mountain, Indiana Review, and Iowa Review. She is former co-director of the "Reading Between A and B" poetry series in New York City and is now senior editor of failbetter.

The interdisciplinary practice of Sameer Farooq aims to re-imagine a material record of the present from community participation, incorporating photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and anthropology. He is currently working as a visual artist, educator, and designer, and directs documentaries as a member of the film collective Smoke Signal Projects.


Wednesday August 2

Interdisciplinary Arts

Blair Saxon-Hill [Guest Artist Lecture]
5 pm | Holman Arts and Media Center, 2nd fl.

Saxon-Hill, who began her career as an oil painter, brings together painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and borrowed modalities in her assemblages and collages. She is also the co-owner of Monograph Bookwerks in Portland OR, which specializes in rare art exhibition ephemera and modern and contemporary art books.


Thursday August 3

Creative Writing

Editing Panel
4:15 – 4:45 pm | Prim Library
with Anitra Budd, Benjamin Busch, and Pablo Cartaya. MC: Brian Turner


Evening Reading
8 – 10 pm | Prim Library
MFA Faculty Sampler


Interdisciplinary Arts

echo locator - the ritual [Performance]
7 pm | Garage Door Gallery
Echo locator is a ritual iteration of resonator, a collaborative and experimental piece that traveled through the United States from March to July 2017. Join multidisciplinary artist Aaron Czerny in activating his installation.


Friday August 4

Creative Writing

Performance: The Art of Reading
time | Prim Library
with Pablo Cartaya


Interdisciplinary Arts

MFA IA Graduation Ceremony
6 - 7 pm | Garage Door Gallery


FIRST [Opening Reception, MFA Thesis Exhibition]
7 - 9 pm | Garage Door Gallery

artists: Susan Bass, Aaron Czerny, Nicole Harper, Richard Petrucci, Mary Grace Tate, and Kelly Wallis.


Saturday August 5

Creative Writing

Evening Reading
7 – 8 pm | Prim Library
with Isabel Quintero, Natalie Baszile, Sunil Yapa


Sunday August 6

Creative Writing

Afternoon Reading and Conversation
2 – 2:45 pm | Prim Library
with Benjamin Busch


Interdisciplinary Arts

Piney Wood Atlas + Scott Oliver [Guest Artist Lectures]
7 pm | Sagehen Field Research Station

Piney Wood Atlas is a collaboration between Alicia Toldi and Carolina Porras to visit and catalog small and emerging artist residencies across the country. We are making an ongoing multimedia tour log of our travels and findings, to help connect artists with residencies.

Scott Oliver explores our tangled relationship with materiality through “poetic repurposing.” He has made in-home sculptural interventions, a symbiotic restaurant, a collection of discarded LPs, an elaborate parlor game, and a multi-faceted public project with an audio walking tour, interpretive signs and souvenirs, often incorporating social exchange into his process.


Monday August 7

Creative Writing

Generative Workshop: Writing for Children and Young Adults
2 – 5 pm | Prim 320
with Pablo Cartaya


Generative Workshop
2 – 5 pm | Prim Library
with Gailmarie Pahmeier


Evening Reading: Two Pines Redux
time | Prim Library
MFA alumni return to read. MC: Brian Turner


Tuesday August 8

Creative Writing
MFA in Creative Writing Graduation Ceremony
4 – 5 pm | Patterson Lawn


Two Pines Reading
6 – 7 pm | Prim Library
Our new graduates present their work.


Interdisciplinary Arts

Midway Exhibition
4 - 8 pm | Sagehen Creek Field Station
Site-specific projects by Sierra Nevada College's MFA - IA candidates throughout the Sagehen Creek Field Station, located at 11616 Sagehen Rd, Truckee, California 96160.
There will be a reception followed by an outdoor group dinner.
Directions and RSVP: https://attending.io/events/midway

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