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Fall Exhibit - 2021

Art Exhibits on Display Nov. 12–Dec. 9, 2021

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is proud to present an exhibition of regional work in the form of Basque Arboglyphs compiled over 45 years by Jean and Philip Earl, as well as two shows featuring the work of outstanding students as well as a print exhibition based on the concept of fear. All will be on display Nov. 12 through Dec. 9, 2021. A reception will be held on Nov. 17 from 4–6 p.m. in the Red Mountain Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Red Mountain Building, as well as in the Main Gallery on the Dandini Campus. Refreshments will be served, and the exhibitions are free and open to the public.

TMCC Main Gallery: Mountain Picassos: Basque Arboglyphs of the Great Basin

The Mountain Picassos exhibition will present a large series of wax-on-muslin rubbings of images carved onto aspen trees in the high country and meadows of the Great Basin by Basque sheepherders in the early-to-mid 20th century. The rubbings were created by Jean and Phillip Earl of Reno to preserve aesthetic artifacts of early settlers in the area. Through a process which borrows techniques from brass rubbings and painstaking efforts to obtain a clear image because of natural degradation to the trees by environmental factors, the Earl’s works offer the viewer a glimpse into the imagery of both human and animal life in early Nevada.

Red Mountain Gallery: Liminal Landscapes by Lily Hargrave

Lily Hargrave is an experimental landscape photographer whose work expresses the beauty of desertscapes in Nevada. Her landscapes are surreal spaces one can enter through her use of framing within digital composites. Her works evoke a positive emotional reaction by placing the viewer directly in front of a passage from the city to the desert. Using a vibrant color palette, she offers unique visual interpretations of the local landscape not often apparent when quickly driving through the area. In creating these works she was inspired by the size of the desert and the freedom that comes with the vast space aims to inspire others to consider those spaces which lay directly outside of the metropolitan areas in new ways.

Originally from rural Ohio, Hargrave relocated to Reno, Nevada and was immediately inspired to document the ancient landscapes she saw through a contemporary aesthetic lens and the use of modern technologies. She is currently completing an Associate in Arts at Truckee TMCC, and has exhibited work locally at The Holland Project in Reno and the Depot Gallery in Sparks. Hargrave received Special Recognition and Honorable Mention awards during the Spring 2021 Student Exhibition at the TMCC.

Erik Lauritzen Gallery: “Fear Factor…Y: Technology and the Culture of Fear”, Selections from the TMCC Private Collection

This exhibition will feature works by over 20 artists that came together through a print portfolio exchange organized by Jim McCormick and Candace Nicol. While framed uniformly, the works themselves offer dramatically different explorations of mass-media imagery, with a particular nod to main-stream television shows that draw inspiration from the impact fear plays in exciting the viewer, as exemplified by the popularity of both real-life and fictionalized crime programs. These works were previously exhibited at the Southern Graphics Council Conference in 2006, then acquired by TMCC for the Private Collection, and are now being shown together at the college for the first time.

Red Mountain Student Gallery: Moving Forward by Greg Luippold

The work presented in Moving Forward is a depiction of Luippold’s personal struggle with one of life's harshest realities, loss. In particular, the loss of his mother, grandmother, and grandfather. Grief comes in stages with many emotions accompanying it and this show is a visual expression of his grieving process and their creation served as a coping mechanism which provided the opportunity to express feelings that he wasn’t comfortable discussing directly. His collages show a progression through the stages of grief on a personal level and create a narrative that presents fragments of his emotions to an audience, but not necessarily to the point of completion. By blocking out parts of multiple images his work creates a sense of unease and things that are “broken apart”, and thus not no longer “whole”.