Art Galleries Visiting Artist Program

Matthew Rangel

Feb. 2017 – Matthew Rangel

Matthew Rangel is from the San Joaquin Valley of California, back-dropped by the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Here, Rangel grew up surrounded by world-renowned agricultural productivity amidst economically underserved valley communities challenged with significant cultural, ecological, and environmental concerns. This setting played a significant role in shaping Rangel’s creative inquiry of how human constructs of land shape his embodiment of place. Framed by the graphically encoded language of maps Rangel’s work is generated primarily using lithography along with a variety of other traditional and digital printmaking methods to incorporate observation-based drawing, photography, and historic inquiry, with topographic field research. This often involves adventurous field explorations along with discussion among experts from a variety of different disciplines.

Matthew Rangel received a MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta and a BFA in Drawing/Painting and Printmaking from California State University Long Beach. His work has been featured in numerous shows nationally, internationally, and are included in collections such as the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts, the White House in Washington D.C., the Urban Land Institute in Washington D.C., and at Mount Tai National Park in China.

Among notable publications that feature his work are Journeys beyond the Neatline: Expanding the boundaries of cartography, a monograph published by University of Alberta Libraries, Elephant Magazine, Print Magazine, and in an international graphic arts anthology titled A Map of the World: According to Illustrators and Storytellers, published by Gastalten, Berlin.

Matthew Rangel is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of New Mexico.

Matthew Rangel will present "Linear Referencing", a talk about his art and process on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Receptions and exhibits are free and open to the public.

Sue Latta

Feb. 2016 – Sue Latta

As an artist Sue is tireless, prolific, and accomplished. She is a consummate craftsman, working seamlessly across a variety of media including photography and video, metal fabrication, woodworking and casting everything from plastic to bronze. Sue is also an innovator. She developed an image transfer process, which allows the transfer of an inkjet print onto urethane resin thus transforming the photograph into a sculptural medium. Her current body of artwork proves that she won't settle into the tried and true, she is going to continue to push the boundaries of whatever material she's working with and create work that is unlike anything you've ever seen before.

Sue has been a working artist for over 15 years. She received her MFA in sculpture in 2007 from Boise State University. She has done a number of public projects and received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Boise City Arts Commission. Her work has been collected throughout the United States and Canada, and is included in the Permanent Collection at the University of Nevada Reno, Boise State University, the Boise Visual Chronicle and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and in numerous private collections.

Sue has served as a LiveStrong Artist in Residence at the Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center and is currently an adjunct professor of art at Boise State University. She also owns The Sculpture Studio, a private teaching studio where she teaches a variety of 3-dimensional disciplines.

Sue Latta talks about her work on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the V. James Eardley Student Center, Dandini Campus; the event is free and open to the public. In addition to the artist talk, Latta will also teach two resin casting workshops: Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13. Participants will learn basic resin casting materials and techniques. For more information, contact Candace Garlock.

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Dr. Jorge Victor Gavilondo

Oct. 2015 – Dr. Jorge Victor Gavilondo

Dr. Jorge Gavilondo lives in Havana, Cuba and has balanced his career as an artist and scientist for the last 30 years. Jorge has photographed natural and urban landscapes, out-of-studio portraiture, ballet and dance, architecture and events. Cuba and specifically Havana has been a favorite subject matter for him and his Cuba portfolios are now in two-dozen private collections in Cuba, USA, France, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Portugal, UK and Germany. He is a member of the Cuban Photographic Library and the Cuban Association of Social Communicators. He is also a permanent collaborator of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops School. An extensive sample of Jorge's photography work can be seen at his website.

Dr. Jorge Gavilondo will be presenting "Digital Photography: Technology Update" on October 5 (Monday), 9-11:30 a.m. in Red Mountain Building, Room 256. Presentation is free and open to the public.

Oct. 2014 – May Hariri Aboutaam

She says "when you live through civil war an inner voice inhabits you and becomes the narrator of condensed narrations." Her prints have been exhibited and included in collections at venues in The U.S.A, Paris, Estonia, China, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Bethlehem.

TMCC Art Galleries will host an Artists Reception on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m. in the Main Gallery (first floor, Dandini Campus). Refreshments will be served and the reception is free and open to the public.

May Aboutaam will be presenting her work at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center right outside of the Main Gallery.

Nov. 2013 – Lisa Cheney-Jorgensen

Lisa Cheney-Jorgensen grew up in Eastern Idaho, moved briefly to San Diego, CA, and now lives in Boise, Idaho. She currently freelances as a Graphic Designer/ Illustrator and teaches bookmaking and Art Journaling workshops throughout the Northwest. Her visual journals have been published in 1000 Artist Journal Pages, Art Journaling Magazine, 1000 Artists’ Books, and most recently An Illustrated Journey - Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers.

Fine details and textures intrigue me. Especially the luscious details from tiny, often overlooked, forms. When one truly sees an object for the first time, the beauty that is found is inspiring. I integrate this fascination into all areas of my work, be it printmaking, painting, drawing or my visual journals. My aspiration is to share these snippets of life with others in hopes that they also can enjoy the beauty of the seemingly mundane.

Here’s a short statement about her journal-making:

"A few years ago I yearned for balance in my creative endeavors, which resulted in me embracing what I love most: creating in multiple mediums. I adore the feel of pencil and ink moving across a page; the smell of oil paint and fresh ink; the velvety texture of cotton paper; the satisfaction of learning a new book binding technique; the sound of the letterpress as it embeds an image onto high-quality paper; and creating engaging designs with the aid of my Mac. About the same time I started a new sketchbook that incidentally turned into my first visual journal. My journals provide a safe space to play, find my voice, practice techniques, and document various aspects of my life. These journals have become some of my most prized possessions."

For more information, follow Lisa on her Blog:

Support for Ms. Cheney-Jorgenson's participation in this event was provided by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Feb. 2013 – Carolyn Buck Vosburgh

Carolyn Buck Vosburgh is a visual artist residing in Venice, California. Whether using a flat surface or three-dimensional space, Carolyn defines herself as a painter using personal symbols to allude to time and place within the human experience. Prior to receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from California State University, Long Beach, she was awarded a BA in Education from Arizona State University and a BA in Fine Art from CSULB, Fullerton. She has participated in artist residencies at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts in Indiana, Red Cinder on the Big Island of Hawaii, and at the Storefront Studio in Irvine, California.

Her art-related employment has included co-owning a private art school in Orange County, working as a decorative painter doing murals in homes and businesses, and teaching at the university and high school level. Her artwork has been shown both regionally and nationally.

Nov. 2012 – Melanie Yazzie

Melanie Yazzie was born in Ganado, Arizona in 1966. She grew up on the Navajo Reservation. She first studied art at the Westtown School in Pennsylvania. Yazzie earned a BFA at Arizona State University in 1990 and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993. Melanie Yazzie works a wide range of media that include printmaking, painting, sculpting, and ceramics, as well as installation art.

Her art is accessible to the public on many levels, while being witty and colorful. Her subject matter is significant because the serious undertones reference native post-colonial dilemmas. Her work often brings images of women from many indigenous cultures to the fore. Thus her work references matrilineal systems and points to the possibility of female leadership.