New Art Exhibits for Spring

"Urban Repetition" by Courtney Sennish.
Kyle Karrasch

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) Art Galleries are unveiling four new exhibitions, including three local artists and a visiting artist who lives and works in Emeryville, California. The exhibitions run Monday, Feb. 13–Thursday, March 16 at four locations on the Dandini Campus. There will be an opening artists’ reception and talk by artist Megan Berner on Wednesday, March 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the Student Center and Red Mountain Gallery on the 3rd floor in the Red Mountain Building on the Dandini Campus. Refreshments will be served, and the exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Art Is Harmony

The TMCC Main Art Gallery, located in the Red Mountain Building near the Student Center, features “Desert Ephemeral” by Megan Berner, who works with digital and experimental techniques such as instant film, digital transfers, and cyanotypes. She creates site-specific installations that incorporate video and sound, and constructs performative scenes that ultimately exist as photographs. "Desert Ephemeral," in particular, focuses on ideas of time and change—change that takes place over seasons, the cycle of a day, or even eons. Climate change is a topic that is front and center, and something she thinks about in relation to her work.

The Red Mountain Gallery, located on the third floor adjacent to Admissions, features “Urban Repetition” by Courtney Sennish, who lives and works in Emeryville, California. Sennish’s work process begins through isolating specific moments and details found in the urban landscape through photo-documented walks. The city’s concrete gridded layout, road signals, paint colors and built textures weave together a familiar pattern: an urban fabric from which she can pull apart the individual pieces.

Wildland firefighters training through firsthand experience in the field.

Southwest Landscapes by Gerald Franzen

The Erik Lauritzen Gallery, located on the third floor of the Red Mountain Building near office 321, features “Southwest Landscapes” by Gerald Franzen. Franzen works with the latest digital technology as well as maintaining his primary practice using film and silver-based materials. He emphasizes in his own work and in teaching–the importance of visual perception combined with craft as the basis of artmaking.

The Red Mountain Student Gallery, also located on the third floor, features “Winter Weavings” by Linda Pinching. Pinching’s life and art have been influenced and guided by Native American lore and the Medicine Wheel, a sacred symbol representing all knowledge in the universe; the four directions, races, elements, and seasons. This current series of work represents the acceptance and appreciation for her journey through the seasons and her place in the winter of her life. Pinching likens this series of paintings to a spiritual rebirth.

All art galleries are located at 7000 Dandini Boulevard, Red Mountain Building, Reno, NV and are open with building hours. For more information, contact Kyle Karrasch at 775-674-7681, or visit the art galleries website.