Back to School Art: Spirit and Form

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
Back to School Art Exhibit Image

"Vinculum," mixed media, by Nick Reszetar

Back to school art exhibits at Truckee Meadows Community College are an odyssey of the spirit; illustrating the topics of identity, the human form, and wealth.

Artists include students, faculty and community members who are exhibiting in four galleries at TMCC. The opening reception is Sept. 20.

  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5–7 p.m.
  • Where: Red Mountain Gallery, Third Floor, Red Mountain Building, 7000 Dandini Blvd., in Reno

At 5:30 p.m., there will be an art performance “Chicken Dance” by Joan Giannecchini and Stan Kaplan. Refreshments will be served. Reception and exhibits are free and open to the public.

"Identity: A Wedge-Outside-The-Box Exhibition"

The Red Mountain Gallery will feature “Identity: A Wedge-Outside-The-Box Exhibition.” Artists have been asked to connect to the theme “Identity.” Factors and conditions that we are born with, or experiences we have faced can alter how we see ourselves and how others perceive us. Our identities influence our decisions. Curator Marti Bein asked the artists to envision what identity means to them, and to illustrate their own identities, that of another individual, or an entire group of people.

Artists include: Diana Adams, Leilani Albin, Joan Arrizabalaga, Marti Bein, Robert Boisson, Jon Carpenter, Candace Garlock, Joan Giannecchini, Stephanie Hogan, Bren Hubbard, Richard Jackson, Elaine Jason, Stan Kaplan, Donna Jean Koepp, Katrina Lasko, Kim Musser, Elaine Parks, Edw Martinez, Lynne Pierce, Gail Rappa, Angela Scharff, Catherine Schmid-Maybach, Viviane Schupbach, Beth Stoker, Erin Shearin, Penelope Smerdon, Sutter Stremmel, Beth Stoker, Sidne Teske, and Cullen Wegman.

41st Annual TMCC Art Faculty Show

The TMCC Main Art Gallery will feature the 41st Annual TMCC Art Faculty Show. Artists include Nicole Bommarito, Dean Burton, J. Damron, Kerra Kinion, Candace Garlock, Mahsan Ghazianzad, Wes Lee, Nick Reszetar, Micaela Rubalcava, Erin Shearin, Peter Whittenberger and Konah Zebert.


The Red Mountain Student Gallery will feature “Prosperity,” paintings by Lydia Ziolkowski, a TMCC and UNR student working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Art, and Secondary Education—Art, B.A. in Education.

Ziolkowski’s favorite artistic mediums are drawing, painting, and digital illustration. She prefers to paint with acrylics, and often paints non-objective abstracts and single subjects with soft, ethereal textures. This series of work is dedicated to her significant other.

“I wanted to create for him a collection of symbols that would increase his luck and bring more wealth and stability into his life,” she said. “He lives on the other side of the country, so the paintings needed to be big in order for the messages to reach him. I researched and chose symbols of prosperity from both Eastern and Western cultures and designed them in my own style while still keeping their forms true to their origins. Gold was the optimal color to paint these images, since gold itself symbolizes wealth. I hope each painting can serve as an attractor for prosperity.”


The Erik Lauritzen Gallery will feature “Lightmosphere,” photographs by Stephanie Hogen. Stephanie Hogen is a Reno fine-art photographer with volumes of highly respected work. In a career spanning 30 years, Hogen has immersed herself in the intricacies of black and white photography, exploring and embracing its inherently limitless nature.

Hogen’s silver gelatin and platinum prints were included in “The Body Collection” at the Musée du Louvre in 2015, along with a book accompanying the exhibit. From New York City, to Southern California, and across Nevada, her work is in permanent collections and publications, including the Churchill Arts Council’s “Sierra Great Basin Collection,” and in TMCC’s “The Meadow.” Hogan is a grant recipient of the Sierra Arts Foundation, the Ultimate Eye Foundation, and the Nevada Arts Council. Her work is slated to appear in the October 2017 issue of Black & White magazine.

“Hogen travels along the boundaries between timely and timeless,” said Candace Garlock, TMCC Art Galleries curator and instructor. “Her photographs are produced in a wide range of stunning modes—from black and white, to hand-tinted, to sensuous platinum-on-watercolor-paper, and digital. She brings out nuances in creative, sometimes abstract designs, really transcending the ordinary.” For more information about her work, please visit

For information about the back to school art exhibits at TMCC, please call 775-674-7698 or visit the TMCC Galleries.