Experiences in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts

MFA Residency Events – Winter 2017

Come experience the artistry of the gifted faculty of Sierra Nevada College’s MFA programs in Interdisciplinary Arts.

All events listed are free and open to the public.

Interdisciplinary Arts Faculty

Wednesday January 4


Faculty Lecture with Julie Weitz
7pm | Holman Arts & Media Center

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


Faculty Lecture with Russell Dudley
8pm | Holman Arts & Media Center

ruseel_dudley_hat-on-stick-thRussell Dudley’s art is deeply informed by mountains, desert, rock-climbing, and being alone both in the land and in a more existential way.

He is a long time artist educator, and Creator and Director of Sierra Nevada College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program.


Friday January 6


Guest Lecture with Bill Fox from the Center for Art and Environment
11am | Holman Arts & Media Center

williamlfoxbooks-thWilliam 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.

Faculty Lecture with Jared Stanley and Guest Artist Gabie Strong
5pm | Garage Door Gallery, Holman Arts & Media Center

stanley-pushbuttonitcalls_thJared 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_agnes_bolt-thGabie 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 in the Garage Door Gallery at the Holman Arts & Media Center January 9th through February 17th.

Saturday January 7


Faculty Lecture with Maria Sykes
5pm | Tahoe Gallery, Prim Library
sykes-maria-thExhibition Opening and Dinner to follow at 6 pm

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, then sought 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 with colleagues from architecture school to co-found Epicenter, a non-profit organization focused on community and economic development through art 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


Faculty Lecture with Dan Ruby
5pm | Holman Arts & Media Center

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 - 5pm | Holman Arts & Media Center and the Demonstration Garden

The MFA-IA students will be installing their site-specific work on the campus of Sierra Nevada College and the Holman Media Arts Center. The public is invited to attend, view the work and enjoy food/refreshments.

Plane Wave with Daniel Robert Kelly
8pm | Holman Arts & Media Center

daniel_robert_kelly-thPlane 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.