Inspired visual approaches to the nation’s homegrown topics of liberty, printing and American history are shown in the galleries at Truckee Meadows Community College from Feb. 1-Mar. 25.
A student artist’s innovative images of manga, or graphic novel, will also be on exhibit. All events and shows are free and open to the public.
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, Feb. 4
- 5 p.m. Reception with refreshments at Main Gallery, 1st floor in the Red Mountain Building on Dandini Campus
- 6 p.m. in Sierra Bldg. 108: Jennifer Graham, Main Gallery artist will present "The Blessings of Liberty" – an evolution of her work
The TMCC Main Art Gallery
"The Blessings of Liberty" by Jennifer Graham. Embracing the history of the sewing arts as a form of storytelling, recording family history, and sometimes propaganda, her work uses traditional embroidery and patchwork techniques to both reinvestigate American history and discuss current political and social issues.
Jennifer Graham received her Bachelor’s Degree in Photography and Art History from the University of Nevada, Reno. As dark rooms began to disappear and photography became primarily a digital medium, Jen began to explore other mediums that were more hands on. Inspired by her mother, who was an avid sewer and quilt maker, she began to experiment with fabric and sewing. Her first major fiber arts project involved embroidering a portrait of every past president of the United States.
She continues to work along this same path, using traditional embroidery and patchwork techniques to both reinvestigate American history and discuss current political and social issues.
The Red Mountain Gallery
"Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press", featuring 34 broadsides produced at the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno using the letterpress process with handset type and relief plates. The printing was done on a Vandercook cylinder proofing press. Letterpress broadsides are created for numerous reasons, frequently to honor a visiting writer at a campus event.
The Press has produced broadsides to honor university residencies by U.S. Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky and Billy Collins. Several broadsides were printed in conjunction with a national poetry broadside competition held in the 1990s; winning poets received cash awards and had their poems printed as broadsides.
In recent years, broadsides have been produced for the Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writers Award, presented annually by the university’s Reynolds School of Journalism. Broadside writers include:
- Marjorie Agosin
- Willis Barnstone
- Daniel Boorstin
- Andre Codrescu
- Billy Collins
- Hayden Curruth
- Carol V. Davis
- John Dofflemyer
- Joseph Duemer
- Gretel Ehrlich
- Martha Elizabeth
- Bartlett Giamatti
- Shaun T. Griffin
- James W. Hulse
- Linda Hussa
- Donna Johnson
- Robert Laxalt
- Wally McRae
- Joel Nelson
- Steven Nightingale
- Naomi Shahib Nye
- Gailmarie Pahmeier
- Robert Pinsky
- Kirk Robertson
- Gary Short
- Kevin Stevens
- Bill Stobb
- Michael White
- Terry Tempest Williams
- Paul Zarzyski
"Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press", is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nevada Humanities, and the Nevada State Legislature and an anonymous donor. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
The Red Mountain Student Gallery
"Curiosities from an Introspective Mind" by Tyler Flores. Tyler currently attends TMCC working towards an Associates Degree in Business. In summer of 2014, he graduated with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts. His recent work involves the investigation and creation of his own manga, or graphic novel.
The art pieces in his art exhibit represent the different characters that he is wanting to include in his manga. They each have their own background stories included in the exhibition. These images will be created using a variety of mediums, but will mostly consist of pen and ink along with digital painting/inking.
The Erik Lauritzen Gallery and Atrium Gallery
"Selections from U.S. History Portfolio I,II (1774-1844)" organized by Brandon Gardner. The History of the United States Portfolio is comprised of different printmaking techniques and mediums. It is an exploration of our country’s history year by year. Each participant has researched and created a work of art based upon a randomly assigned year and printed an edition of 40.
The Meadowood Center will feature "Under Pressure", Student Printmaking at TMCC.
The Veterans Upward Bound Gallery will feature "Veterans Art Project Show".
The TMCC Main Art Gallery, the Red Mountain Galleries, and Erik Lauritzen Gallery are located at 7000 Dandini Boulevard, in the Red Mountain Building.
The Meadowood Center Galleries and the Veterans Upward Bound Gallery are located at 5270 Neil Road, Reno, and are open according to building hours.