Art Exhibits on Display Nov. 14–Dec. 8, 2022
Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) art galleries are exhibiting four new exhibitions including two local artists, a curated show by Professor Rossitza Todorova’s Galleries Practice class, and the Art 299 Advanced Photo Group Show instructed by Professor Dean Burton, Nov. 14–Dec. 8 at four locations on the Dandini Campus. There will be an opening artists’ reception on Nov. 16 from 5–7 p.m. at the Red Mountain Gallery on the 3rd floor in the Red Mountain Building on the Dandini Campus. Refreshments will be served, and the exhibitions are free and open to the public.
The Red Mountain Gallery: Anomalous Behaviour of Helium at Absolute Zero and Other Ways to Win at Black Jack by Nicole Bernstein
This exhibit features Nicole Bernstein who is a resident of Reno and holds a BFA in fine arts with a minor in art history from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Her work has been shown in the Ohio region, most notably at the Columbus International Airport and the Lancaster art and music festival in Lancaster, Ohio. Her work focuses on the human figure and its interactions with its immediate environment. Her work depicts our response to our surroundings as humans and how we simultaneously reflect and create our collective reality. This is the directing influence she uses while creating her work.
This Exhibit features Nathaniel Benjamin who is a printmaker whose work examines the interaction between self and other. Raised mostly in the Midwest, his religious childhood inspired him to study mysticism and mythology, subjects that inform the mood of his work as well as its imagery. He uses his art practice as a means to uncover where we find meaning and a sense of self in the context of digital technology. Our perception of our bodies, of each other, and of the surrounding world, shift as the devices we interface with evolve. Depicting this through grotesque interactions between biological bodies and technological devices, he questions the effect the digital world has on our experience. He earned his BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Nevada, Reno. Recently, he has expanded his practice to include hand-printed apparel and mural painting. He is a founding member of Laika Press, a community printmaking space operating in Reno.
The Red Mountain Student Gallery: Pain & Pleasure a curated show by Professor Rossitza Todorova’s Galleries Practices Class
This exhibit showcases how pleasure and pain are inherently connected. The same chemical, dopamine, is released when we experience both. This poses the question, “what is the difference?” Are they only separated by our perspective? The exhibition strives to depict and express many individuals’ views on pleasure and pain and where the two overlap. It is organized and curated by the students of the Fall 2022 Art 209 Gallery Practices class: Mads Hambleton, Ryan Hartman, Austen Loftus, Maxwell Neidhold, and Linda Pinching. The exhibition includes current students, alumni, and Reno/Sparks art community members.
TMCC Main Art Gallery: Art 299 LAND by Professor Dean Burton’s Advanced Photography Class
This is a collection of Northern Nevada artists with a shared interest in photography that work together at TMCC. They have monthly critiques in which new work is presented with lively discussion and moral support. They work on post-production together, share techniques learned, and exhibit together in places like the Reno Arts Collective in downtown Reno, Sierra Arts Gallery, St. Mary's Art Center, Washoe County Library and most recently at the Reno Tahoe International Art Show. Individually, the members have shown their work with the City of Reno Art Galleries, the Nevada Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, and Black and White Magazine. Burton’s class is motivated to make landscape photographs for many reasons. It is a challenging genre that requires patience and persistence. It takes planning and preparation that is often upset by weather or natural disasters. It ultimately involves a certain amount of luck, or at least being in the right place at the right time. It is a form of exercise that is both physical and mental. Land is something that contains us. We move through it. Photography allows us to shrink it down, take it home, and look at it later.
Red Mountain Gallery
Erik Lauritzen Gallery
Red Mountain Student Gallery