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Annual Faculty Art Show Celebrates Creativity

artwork by Pedro Gomez
Rebecca A. Eckland

Every year, TMCC features the creativity of its faculty in the Annual Faculty Art Show.  In addition to featuring the work of faculty who have exhibited work in the show’s previous years, including Rossitza Todorova, Candace Garlock, Erin Shearin, Micaela Rubalcava, and Aimee Kelly, the show will also feature the work of part-time faculty Dayan Paul, Mahedi Anjuman, and Sonny Rosenberg.

Dayan Paul, part-time faculty in the Graphic Communications and Art departments, is helping his students to step outside the box and, in his words “...to look at animation as a career path.” Paul, who typically teaches advanced animation classes, has found himself teaching Art 100 (Visual Foundations) and Art 101 (Beginning Drawing) this semester—classes that teach skills that are essential to anyone who wants to produce visual art.  

Paul is one of several TMCC Faculty whose work will be featured in the Annual Faculty Art Show, which will be held in the Red Mountain Gallery, located on the third floor of the Red Mountain Building on the Dandini Campus.  Paul’s work explores the idea of evolution. “It’s a parody of early life forms,” he said. “I picked two life forms—whom I call ‘courageous crustaceans’— and put them into a prehistoric world that will eventually change.” 

TMCC part-time faculty Mahedi Anjuman will also have work in the show. A recent graduate of UNR’s MFA program, Anjuman is interested in expressing and understanding “self-existence.” Her art, which is partly inspired by Newton’s third law of motion explores how “actions and reactions” between human beings impact identity, turning each of us into mirrors of our external reality. “I am offering a journey for my viewers [so we can] start thinking about our authentic existence...and our connections with the systems of nature [...] to remind us of our core instincts.”  

Sonny Rosenberg, a TMCC part-time faculty who teaches ceramics, too, admits having a fascination with science, particularly “...insects, things that move, bicycles, clay, and animation.” His piece, called "Thousands Cheered", is a part of a series of active and inactive sculptures that express the various facets of communication. This particular piece explores the ideas of disingenuous communication and the erosion of truth. “Often my pieces are mechanical contraptions or interactive in some way,” said Rosenberg.  His other submission, "Max Planck discovered Hallucingenia", alludes to a narrative about science and evolution.

An artist’s reception for the show will be held on September 11 from 5–7 p.m. in the Red Mountain Gallery that is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

In addition to the Annual Faculty Art Show, the galleries on the Dandini Campus will feature new exhibitions for the fall semester. 

Red Mountain Gallery – "Suburban Primitive Manifesto"

Suburban Primitive art is concerned with the effect of life in the suburbs along with the timeless and universal nature of humanity. Artist Ron Walker’s work is autobiographical in nature with the recurring themes of flux, containment and a sense of mystery. Walker has been shown in more than 35 solo exhibitions as well as over 200 group shows. His work has been published in several magazines and books and his biography is in Who’s Who in American Art. Ron Walker holds a MFA in painting from the University of Kansas and a MA in painting from CMSU.

Erik Laurtizen Gallery – "Ghosts of Times Past"

The photography of Pedro Gomez focuses on the Nevada landscape, including this exhibit "Ghosts of Times Past". Both archival and artistic, this collection documents history before it disappears. Gomez’s nighttime images express a slow disappearance and the artificial light symbolize the ghosts and souls of those who once worked or lived inside the buildings his photography captures. Born in Spain, Gomez is a graduate of the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches undergraduate courses.

Red Mountain Student Gallery – "Rebirth"

"Rebirth" exhibits work created by TMCC students under the guidance of TMCC Art Instructor Rossitza Todorova. The exhibit, which examines the nature of change, has been previously shown at the Artemesia Studio in downtown Reno. 

For more information about art in the TMCC Galleries, please contact Aimee Kelly, Galleries Curator, at the Dandini Campus, RDMT 321 O/P or 775-673-7233.