Spring Exhibit - 2022

Art Exhibits on Display Feb. 18–Mar. 10, 2022

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is proud to present an exhibition of artworks in various media by Marti Bein, Candace Garlock, and Sidne Teske, as well as two shows featuring the photographic work of outstanding students as well as a traveling postcard exhibition organized by the Nevada Humanities organization. All will be on display February 18 through March 10, 2022. A reception and will be held on February 23 from 5–7 p.m. in the in the Main Gallery on the Dandini Campus, as well in the Red Mountain Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Red Mountain Building. Refreshments will be served, and the exhibitions are free and open to the public. There will also be an open free-form discussion with the artists exhibiting in the Main Gallery throughout the reception.

TMCC Main Gallery: Spaces Between: Marti Bein, Candace Garlock and Sidne Teske

Bein, Garlock and Teske share similar experiences after spending much of their lives in Rural Nevada. They have a deep connection to what others would consider the empty space of the Great Basin and this is reflected in their own individual art. In 2018, they decided to collaborate in a postcard exchange where they responded to each other’s marks and themes, each person adding a layer to previous layers. The postcards were sent back and forth through the mail. When the pandemic shut down in early 2020, each felt isolated and began to respond to that loneliness in their own art. They continued to send art to each other, and this exhibition is a reflection on the space between; the past, the transition, and the now. It is also a celebration of friendship and the power of collaboration.

Red Mountain Gallery: I Am Fem by Christopher Thigpen

This exhibition consists of a series of works each comprised of four photographs documenting the process of transformation of drag queens. They were shot during sessions the artist arranged with the models. During each session of Thigpen felt his spirit uplifted and free, because when each model let go and allowed him to capture their vulnerability, he was able to let go himself. The images were all shot in real time while the artist asked the subjects questions about their past, present, and future. As they shared their stories, he felt their pain, anxieties, and shame, but also witnessed their resilience and strength. The process became a journey that the artist and subject went on together, as Thigpen would share his own stories as well and he felt closer to each one of the subjects as the discussions moved on.

Erik Lauritzen Gallery: Nevada P.S. I Love You Postcard Project: Love Notes from Across the Silver State

Nevadans ages 5 to adult were invited to submit a handmade Nevada P.S. I Love You Postcard to the Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Las Vegas Book Festival. The postcard project and exhibition hope to connect urban and rural communities and people across the state sharing with each other the things we love about Nevada in art, poetry, and haiku.

Red Mountain Student Gallery: Illumination Isolation by Christian Doyle

In his new series of abstract photography, Doyle attempts to convey the idea that there is always a light at the end of a long tunnel. He became interested in this idea because of the several times we were told the Coronavirus Pandemic was going to end. As we approach another possible end to the isolation of the pandemic that has felt like a crushing force on the mental state of him and many others around him. He believes that as long as we are willing to endure the remaining harsh times, no matter how long they may be, there will always be a good outcome. The lights he uses as the subjects of the photographs are varied because they are intended to represent the many different possible ends to the isolation, and are those he uses in his other photographic works to light subjects. By making the lights themselves the subjects, their abstract glow represents the hope that can be found all around us.