“The success of the SNU art department is due, in large part, to the passion, talent and ambition of the instructors… Together they provide students the unique opportunity to participate in a contemporary art dialogue rarely available outside major cities.”
Chérie L. Turner, Tahoe Quarterly
Photography, New Genres
- BA, University of Oregon
- MFA, University of Arizona
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. Courses: New Genres, Contemporary Issues, Gallery Exhibition, Professional Practices, Photography, Sculpture.
- MA in Social Justice and Community Organizing, Prescott College
- BFA in Fine Arts – New Genres, BA in Psychology, Sierra Nevada College
Anza (they/them) teaches classes in Social Justice and Sustainability, Art History, and Psychology. They enjoy combining topics together to teach multidisciplinary courses that highlight inequalities in the world, and the power a single person holds to enact change.
Anza is an alum of Sierra Nevada University (when it was still Sierra Nevada College) and the 2013 Valedictorian. After graduating, they began working in community mental health as a crisis counselor. Anza transitioned to working in arts administration at a commercial art gallery and non-profit art museum before managing an internationally renowned artist residency on a remote mountain top. While working and living on-site, they learned the power of supporting artists, how to have hard conversations, and also how to relocate live rattlesnakes.
After returning to SNU in 2019 to manage the on-campus art galleries and associated programming, Anza also began teaching for various departments. They enjoy working across campus, and have held various roles in undergraduate Fine Arts, Humanities, the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, and Admissions. In summer 2020, Anza co-founded and currently co-chairs the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Faculty Committee.
- BA, New College of California, San Francisco
- MFA, University of California, Davis
Chris Lanier is an artist with a background in both traditional and digital media, and a demonstrated interest in hybrid forms, having worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. His animation has screened at Sundance and won awards at several international festivals, including the Grand Prize for Internet Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His graphic novel “Combustion” was published by Fantagraphics Books, and his comics have appeared in a variety of venues, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Reader, Nickelodeon Magazine, and the Indiana Review. He is also an essayist and critic whose art criticism has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including The Believer, HiLobrow.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon Magazine, the Bay Guardian, and the Comics Journal. Most recently, he curated the exhibit “The Art of Howl,” featuring concept and animation art from the film “Howl,” which featured James Franco as the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. He also did storyboarding for the film. He is currently the Associate Professor of Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College.
Anything you can touch
- BFA, Stephen F. Austin State University
- MA University of Dallas
- MFA, University of Dallas
Rick’s artwork focuses on the effects of environmental pollutants on the body. He uses materials as metaphor to address the looming impact of a culture dependent on diminishing resources. Rick has served as Sculpture Program Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has taught at both the University of Dallas, and Colorado Mountain College. He has been a visiting artist at Colorado College, San Jose State University, University of Miami, and Arizona State University. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and was featured in a solo show in the Charles and Dorothy Clark Gallery at the University of Texas – Pan America. In 2007 Rick’s sculpture was the focus of an article in Sculpture magazine. He was recently published in the book Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic by Judith S. Schwartz and was featured in the documentary film “Questions of Art,” by Zach Jankovic.