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Creativity @ SNU
Studio Art, Creative Writing, & Communications
Our faculty are exhibiting artists, working journalists, and award-winning authors. You will build a portfolio of your work with their close mentorship, and gain the skills to survive in the challenging field that is creative work. Entrepreneurial thinking is nothing new in the creative and communication arts. Learn to make a living as a creative while you work in an environment that has inspired generations. Our galleries host internationally known artists, and our own BFA students' shows, side by side. Our Fine Arts, Journalism, and Creative Writing students and faculty win awards and top graduate school spots across the country.
Join us. Exhibit, publish, create and innovate in materials from metal to clay, ink to the internet, and on screens big and small.
Learn about Studio Art, Creative Writing, & Communications @ SNU
Meet Your Mentors
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.
- BS, Microbiology, Arizona State University
- PhD, Immunology, University of California, Berkeley
Suzanne Gollery is all about her students. Her focus is on problem-based learning that promotes understanding and application of biology facts and concepts, rather than lectures and memorization of an ever-growing body of details. Microbiology, which is easily accessible to undergraduate students, is her central research interest. She also has research experience in immunogenetics and human genetics.
As the cell biologist at SNU, Gollery teaches the general biology series and the upper-division ‘skin-and-in’ courses like anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry. She is the advisor and research mentor for most Biology majors. At SNU, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002, and the Distinguished Advising Award in 2012.
For fun, Gollery loves natural history, hiking, camping, and kayaking in the Eastern Sierra. She and her husband raised their children in Incline Village. The family also makes music together with the SNU college chorus, and with TOCCATA, a regional orchestra and chorus, in which Gollery plays flute and sings soprano.
- BA, Baldwin-Wallace College
- MFA, Kent State University
Mary is currently interested in creating works on paper which includes combining collage, printmaking, drawing and painting. These works on paper are explorations of media, idea and repetition. Many of the images she uses are borrowed from familiar printed material such as science textbooks, children’s books and parenting manuals. Mary has participated in numerous shows nationally and regionally, most recently a solo exhibition at the McKinley Arts Center in Reno, NV. Her prints are in the collection of Kent State University, Iowa State University, and Zygote Press among others. She is an associate professor at Sierra Nevada College teaching drawing, painting, printmaking and design.
Outdoor Leadership; Environmental & Social Sustainability
- BA, Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University
- MA, Environment and Community, Humboldt State University
Brennan is a passionate writer, educator, and mountain guide. His writing and guiding work has brought him to all seven of the world’s continents. He finds inspiration backcountry skiing, but is just as inspired facilitating open, honest, and dynamic classroom spaces. Not only does Brennan travel extensively to ski and guide, but he also presents and attends conferences ranging from the Teacher for Social Justice Conference to the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference enhancing his knowledge base and experience in the current field of sustainability.
His writing reflects a diversity of travel and a pursuit of life-long learning. He has been published as a travel, music, adventure, ski, and activist writer both domestically and also abroad. His work can be found in online media, newspapers, and magazines, and his master’s degree research is available in book form.
Brennan teaches Wilderness Survival at Truckee Meadows Community College in addition to teaching in the Interdisciplinary Studies and Environmental Science programs at Sierra Nevada College. His continued mission at SNC is to inspire his students to become aware, critical, and well-rounded liberal arts students. He hopes to use his knowledge to inspire and inform his students during their time at Sierra Nevada College – and beyond.
- 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.
- BFA, University of Colorado
- MFA, Claremont Graduate University
Sheri joined SNU in 1997. Several years ago she began organizing popular travel courses and workshops to Japan, in addition to her ceramics courses on campus. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Black Pearl and Other Saturated Metallic Glazes, and Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques, and included in both local and national exhibitions. She was one of NCECA’s 50 Women for their 50th anniversary exhibition.
- 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.
The areas of educational excellence at the Sierra Nevada College of Entrepreneurial Leadership are CREATIVITY (Studio Art, Creative Writing, & Communications), LEADERSHIP (Enterprise Creation and Management), and SUSTAINABILITY (the Environmental, Social, & Life Sciences).