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MFA Residency Summer 2019

July 31 - August 9

All events listed are free and open to the public.

Creative Writing Faculty   Interdisciplinary Arts Faculty


Thursday, August 1st

Image of Walter Kitundu, a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on kinetic sculpture and sound installation

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Visiting Faculty Lecture: Walter Kitundu
6 – 8 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center

Walter Kitundu is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on kinetic sculpture and sound installation, composition, public art, and teaching. He builds (and performs on) extraordinary musical instruments, while researching and documenting the natural world. Kitundu has created hand-built record players driven by the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of ocean waves. In 2008 he received a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his art practice.


Friday, August 2nd

interior of the alibi ale taproom in Incline Village NV

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MFA Reading
7 pm | Incline Brewery and Taproom, 204 E. Enterprise St. Incline Village

Join us at at Alibi Ale for a reading by MFA in Creative Writing students and faculty.

Sound artist Gabie Strong sets up her equipment for a performance during Sierra Nevada Colleges MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts residency.

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Visiting Faculty Lecture: Gabie Strong
7 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center

Gabie Strong is a Southern California artist and musician who experiments with sound performance, radio broadcasting, environmental installation, and video. Her work is a feminist exploration of the effect of living in the spatial disorganization of everyday urban life. She often collaborates with other artists, musicians, and poets to create work that embodies the particulars of a specific lived experience. She has presented at venues including The Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Knowledges at Mount Wilson Observatory, High Desert Test Sites, and LACMA.


Saturday, August 3rd

Book cover of Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya, MFA in Creative Writing faculty at Sierra Nevada College

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Pablo Cartaya Book Launch
7 – 8:30 pm | Prim Library

MFA faculty Pablo Cartaya launches This Tiny Spark, his deeply moving middle grade novel about a daughter and father finding their way back to each other in the face of their changing family and community.

Silhouette logo in black on green for GreenGirls JP, a female experimental art group of female forms that are both hyper-visible and the anonymous. The group members are Katrine Burkitt, Gillian De Lear and Karen Krolak, students in Sierra Nevada College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts low-residency program.

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To Make A Salad : A Banal Act
Gillian De Lear’s Thesis Exhibition, performed By GreenGirls JP (Katrine Burkitt, Gillian De Lear and Karen Krolak)
7 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center

GreenGirls JP explores the processes of play and improvisation through anonymous identity. Female forms that are both hyper-visible and the anonymous are revealed as simultaneously alien and familiar, exposed and hidden. By documenting banal domestic acts done in unexpected ways, GreenGirls JP challenge the roles of femaleness and domesticity.

GreenGirls JP critiques the nature of separateness and connectedness within the self-schema of being female. The interior experience of being in a skin-tight green suit triggers fundamental body image issues for women. Stripping away the context of clothing, race and age begs us to ask: How does being female inform our sense of self? How does our gender affect our actions and behavior?


Sunday, August 4th

the logo for Sierra Nevada Colleges Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts program

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Summer 2019 MFA-IA Exhibition Opening
5 – 6 pm | Garage Door Gallery, Holman Arts & Media Center
Summer 2019 MFA-IA Graduation Ceremony
6 – 7 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center
Graduation Dinner + Celebration
7 – 9 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center


Monday, August 5th

image of the writer Guadalupe García McCall, writer of books for children and young adults
image of the poet Arianna Zwartjes
author Alan Heathcock, MFA in Creative Writing faculty at Sierra Nevada College

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Reading: Guadalupe García McCall, Arianne Zwartjes, Alan Heathcock
7 pm | Prim Library

“My name is Guadalupe Garcia McCall, but most people call me Loop. I like to sit on my porch, listen to the sounds of nature, and write stories about the complexities and magic of growing up. When I write, I think about how important and valuable life and all of its experiences are, so I try to write stories that give meaning to those experiences.”
author of Shame the Stars, Summer of the Mariposas, and under the mesquite
guadalupegarciamccall.com

“Arianne Zwartjes weaves an intriguing and deft tapestry of the interplay of medicine, trauma, wilderness, and modern life. Finding details and leveraging insights to plumb deeper meanings in what others would simply write off as random acts of individual violence, she conducts a beautiful exploration of how the body’s fragility is the basis of our being human.”
—Dr. N. Stuart Harris, Chief of the Division of Wilderness Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital on Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy
www.ariannezwartjes.com

“If the Coen Brothers filmed Flannery O’Connor’s stories using the ghost of Grant Wood as set and costume designer, the resulting film might resemble the tales in this career-launching collection from Alan Heathcock, a writer distinguished by his poetic treatment of the quotidian violence that underpins too much of American life.”
– Barnes and Noble review of VOLT
alanheathcock.com


Tuesday, August 6th

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Student Symposium Panels and Discussions
2 – 4 pm | Prim Library
Two Pines Redux Alumni Reading
7:30 – 8 pm | Prim Library
Open Mic
8:15 – 9:15 pm | Prim Library

The Whizs Queen Whiz, Furtips, and Ghost Whiz publish the collaborative zine "WHIZ WORLD"

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Visiting Artist Performance + Dinner: Whiz World
5 – 7 pm | Sagehen Field Research Station, 11616 Sage Hen Rd. Truckee

WHIZ WORLD is a quarterly zine founded by Queen Whiz, Furtips, and Ghost Whiz to highlight the lived experiences of women artists. The whizzes write from a speculative magical feminist perspective, and invite others to adopt and write from a whiz persona that encapsulates their essential power. WHIZ WORLD battles pervasive sexist oppression through the powerful mystique of the Whiz persona.


Wednesday, August 7th

Logo for SNC Tahoe's Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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Two Pines Reading
7 – 9 pm | Prim Library

Still image of a woman in the desert dressed as a clown superhero from the film Rituals of a Globalist by Julie Weitz, an experimental LA-based artist working in video, performance, and installation.

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Visiting Artist Lecture: Julie Weitz
7 pm | Sagehen Field Research Station, 11616 Sage Hen Rd. Truckee

Julie Weitz is an experimental LA-based artist working in video, performance, and installation. Her work considers the psychological and somatic impact of digital media on our sense of selfhood and social identity. Weitz is a contributing writer to Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles and has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, L.A. Confidential, Photograph Magazine, Hyperallergic and on KCRW.


Thursday, August 8th

Logo for SNC Tahoe's Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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Two Pines Reading
7 – 8:30 pm | Prim Library

Sculpture of conical screw forms encased in a glass tube from the Sierra Nevada College Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art Midway exhibit, at the Sagehen Field Research Station near Truckee California

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Midway Exhibition: Opening Reception + Dinner
4 – 8 pm | Sagehen Field Research Station, 11616 Sage Hen Rd. Truckee

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July 31
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