Come explore the exciting work of our gifted faculty, students, and visiting artists at public readings, lectures, and performances.
Summer 2018 MFA Residency Events
The bi-annual residencies for Sierra Nevada College’s MFA programs in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts include many public readings, lectures, and performances. Come explore the work of our gifted faculty, students, and visiting artists.
All Creative Writing events are held on campus in Prim Library. Interdisciplinary Arts events are held in the Holman Arts & Media Center on Tahoe Blvd. from July 31 through August 4. On August 5 the IA program moves to the Sagehen Creek Field Station, north of the town of Truckee at 11616 Sagehen Rd, Truckee CA 96160. IA events August 6, 7, and 8 are at Sagehen Creek.
All events listed are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, July 31
Matt Freedman — Visiting Faculty Lecture
7 - 8 pm | Holman Arts & Media CenterMatt Freedman is a sculptor, graphic artist, performer, writer, and curator, with a background in cartooning and anthropology. His current work explores what happens when DIY versions of modern spectacles revive half-remembered cultural myths. Locations for his solo shows, performances, and curated projects include PS1 MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen (NY), Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn), Brooklyn Academy of Music at FiveMyles, Sculpture Center (NY), and the Long Island University Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. He is the author of the graphic journal Relatively Indolent but Relentless.
Thursday, August 2
Ashley Stull Meyers & Rob Reynolds — Visiting Faculty Lectures
7 - 9 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center
Ashley Stull Meyers is a writer, editor, and curator. She has curated exhibitions and public programming for arts institutions up and down the west coast, including in San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and Portland. She is currently the northwest editor for Art Practical, and has contributed writing to Bomb Magazine, Rhizome, Arts.Black and SFAQ/NYAQ. In 2017, Stull Meyers was named Director and Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University.
Rob Reynolds is a Los Angeles based conceptual artist. His practice includes painting, photography, sound recording and performance, functional sculpture serving archival interests, teaching, and the open exchange of ideas. Rob’s most recent installation projects have been concerned with land use, perception and historical memory. Just Add Water (2013-2015), commissioned by the Natural History Museum of LA County, explored repressed histories of water in L.A. It included ten monumental watercolors and 13 hand screened banners with the names of nearly eight thousand people who built, fought, or were displaced or destroyed by the construction of the L.A. Aqueduct.
Friday, August 3
4:15 - 4:45 pm | Prim Library
MFA-Creative Writing Faculty Sampler
6 - 8 pm | Prim Library
Llane Alexis — Visiting Faculty Lectures
7 - 8 pm | Holman Arts & Media CenterLlane Alexis is a multidisciplinary textile artist originally from Cuba. He began painting to cope with personal and political strife in his Havana barrio. Ten years ago, inspired by the never-ending waste he witnessed in the fashion industry, he began using discarded fabrics and mundane objects to make one-of-a-kind art objects from unwanted materials. He braids, stitches, and wraps the fabrics in a process of free creation that breathes life and an element of humanity into everyday, inanimate objects.
Karen Krolak — Illuminating the Dictionary of Negative Space
8 - 9pm | Holman Arts & Media Center, Garage Door GalleryJoin MFA Candidate Karen Krolak as she discusses, digresses, and likely dances about her "Dictionary of Negative Space: an interdisciplinary lament." Do not despair. This is not the dusty dictionary of your youth. Inspired by a car accident that killed her mother, father, and older brother in 2012, the Dictionary of Negative Space examines the lacy spaces within the English language: the vast chasms of unnamed ideas related to mourning, trauma, and repair.
Saturday, August 4
Lingua Franca — MFA Thesis Exhibition Reception and Graduation
7 - 9 pm | Holman Arts & Media Center, Garage Door GalleryArtists: Karen Krolak, Sarah Lillegard, Chelsea Mandell, Sam Shear
Curator: Ashley Stull Meyers
The works in Lingua Franca consider alternatives to language where traditional conversation fails. The four artists situate this negotiation amidst human gestures, images and forms in search of animation, and criticism for the fraught nature of easy words. They grapple with the possibilities of the language of materials, attempting to form a vocabulary that is yet to exist and call out the shortcomings of existing terminologies. The end result is an incomplete archive of strategies for counting what is absent.
Sunday, August 5
Visiting Artists Reading
with Brendan Basham, Arianne Zwartjes, and Camille Dungy
7 - 8 pm | Prim LibraryBrendan Basham is Diné, born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Santa Fe Literary Review, Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, Juked, and Sheepshead Review. He is visiting from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is currently finishing his first novel.
Arianne Zwartjes grew up in mid-coast Maine, and is an essayist, poet, and wilderness EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). Her most recent book is Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy, which explores in vivid, sometimes graphic detail the many types of wounds from which the human body and spirit may suffer—and heal. She is also the author of (Stitched) A Surface Opens, disem body : a tracing, and Surfacing of Excess.
Camille T. Dungy is the author of the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History and of four collections of poetry; Trophic Cascade, Smith Blue, Suck on the Marrow, and the sonnet collection What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. Responding to the lack of African American poets in anthologies of nature poetry, Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry.
Monday, August 6
Two Pines Redux
Alumni Reading Series
6 - 7 pm | Prim Library
Jared Stanley & Julie Weitz — Visiting Faculty Lectures
7 - 9 pm | Sagehen Creek Field Station*
Jared Stanley was born in Arizona, grew up in Northern California, and lives in Reno, Nevada. He is the author of three collections of poetry, EARS, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest. His collaborations with the public art group Unmanned Minerals and the Intermedia Artist Megan Berner include It Calls From the Creek and Surrender. Stanley has received Fellowships from the Center for Art + Environment and the Nevada Arts Council.
Julie Weitz is a visual artist, writer and educator based in Los Angeles. Her videos and photographs consider the psychological, physiological and social dimensions of virtual experience, and her installations examine our bodily relationship to the screen and moving image. Weitz’s work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, L.A. Confidential, Photograph Magazine, Hyperallergic and on KCRW's Art Talk. She is a regular contributor at Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles.
Tuesday, August 7
Reading, Conversation & Book Signing
with Steven Church
4 - 5 pm | Prim LibrarySteven Church's latest book, I'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Part: On Work, Fear, and Fatherhood, was just released from Outpost19. He is also the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, Ultrasonic: Essays and One with the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters between Humans and Animals.
Two Pines Reading
Graduates Reading Series
7 - 8 pm | Prim Library
Macon Reed & Roman De Salvo — Visiting Faculty Lectures
7 - 9 pm | Sagehen Creek Field Station*
Macon Reed works in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, and participatory projects. Her work has shown at many venues including PULSE NYC, BRIC Media Arts, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Roots & Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ICA Baltimore, and the Athens Museum of Queer Arts in Greece. Reed studied Radio Documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and Physical Theater at the Dah International School in Belgrade.
Roman De Salvo is an American conceptual artist whose sculpture and installations utilize everyday objects and materials in inventive and unexpected ways. His work combines his interest in craft, technology, language, and materials with wit and play. De Salvo’s work has been featured in the 2000 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Giverny Garden Projects at the Musée d’Art Américain, (France); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CN); and American Idyll for the Public Art Fund in Brooklyn, NY.
Wednesday, August 8
4 - 5 pm | Patterson Lawn
MFAIA Open House
5 - 9 pm | Sagehen Creek Field Station*
Meet our students and faculty, see their work on location, have a snack, and experience a sound performance by visiting faculty Gabie Strong.
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 urban, everyday life. She often collaborates with other artists, musicians, and poets to create work that embodies the particulars of a specific lived experience. Her work has been presented at many 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.
Two Pines Reading
Graduates Reading Series
7 - 8 pm | Prim Library
* Sagehen Creek Field Station is located at 11616 Sagehen Rd, Truckee, California 96160
Sierra Nevada College's Master's of Fine Arts programs guide creative students through a uniquely practical process in crafting work which is both thrilling and marketable. Our low-residency schedules in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts are designed for working adults. Students work closely with accomplished faculty mentors during distance-learning semesters. Then twice a year, students, faculty, and visiting artists all come together at the college for a week of creative synergy.