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Group Exhibition: David LaChapelle, Erik Parker, Katsuyo Aoki, assume vivid astro focus, Stephanie Liner, and Claire Stigliani

When: April 24-June 27, 2014
Where: Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno
Reception: Thursday, April 24, 5-7pm

Sheppard Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of Possession, a group exhibition of work by internationally renowned artists who re-purpose and re-theorize aesthetic traditions as they address contemporary life, fantasy, and morality. With clear allusions to a variety of historical art movements and genres, the artworks in this exhibition explore themes of youthful frivolity, artifice, and pleasure while delighting the eye and mind. What lies beneath the provocative surfaces of these artworks, however, is powerful content that asks contemporary viewers to consider big questions about life and death, purpose, values, identity, and what, if anything, awaits us when our lives end. Possession opens April 24 in Sheppard Contemporary, the flagship art gallery at University of Nevada, Reno.


Story Generating Apparatus

Benjamin Poynter: Story Generating Apparatus

MFA Thesis Exhibition

When: April 28-May 23
Where: The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St. (Reno, NV)
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri, 3-6pm (I will be in at all possible hours.)

Part One : Lecture: 5:30-6:30pm -- Knowledge Center 124 (Wells Fargo Auditorium)
Part Two : The Show at Holland Project: 7:00-9:00pm after the lecture

About the Show:
Story Generating Apparatus : Gallery Edition is an exhibition which marks the culmination of two years of development, worldly travel, and experience gained towards producing a time intensive indie game project and all surrounding new and analog media. Story Generating Apparatus, the game, is a virtual reality project which hopes to tell an innovative, multi-faceted narrative utilizing the most common device of all: the self.

Chevy the Cosmic is a washed-up video game hero who has fallen from his glory days. The location his final arcade machine in existence resides in, Crossroads Outlet Mall in Oklahoma City, will soon be imploded rendering his mind and soul into but a memory. But Chevy is not ready to leave this world quite yet. And an audience will soon find personal things about him that are unexpected.

The exhibition contains, and is not limited to works involving video art, digital 3D modeling, game engine (Oculus 3D, Unity Pro), card game, graphic novel, painting, animation, illustration, and physical sculpture. In collaboration with Tip Top Amusement in Reno, NV, the artist hopes to immerse gallery goers into an arcade environment holistic to the narrative, rhetorically and physically. This game project follows In a Permanent Save State, a politically fueled mobile game nominated for Best Serious Game at the 2013 International Mobile Gaming Awards.


Colby Stephens: American Pantheon

MFA Thesis Exhibition

When: April 28-May 9
Where: Galleries South, Jot Travis Building
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 11-6pm || After hours appointments gladly available.
Lecture: April 29, 6pm -- Knowledge Center 124 (Wells Fargo Auditorium)
Reception: 7pm, reception and refreshments to follow in the gallery.
Check out the Facebook event page for updates!

This body of work employs allegorical mythology to delineate and critique the complex relationships between contemporary American political structures. This work seeks to situate a critique of the Federal Reserve amongst the relationships between both dominant political parties, news media, and institutions for national security.

You are cordially invited to visit the exhibition and join the conversation!


Clairissa Stephens: Interior West

MFA Thesis Exhibition

Clairissa Stephens' Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition responds to the uniqueness of the Northern Nevada landscape. The work engages issues such as memory, nostalgia and space through modes of art-making rooted in cartography.

When: April 14-24
Where: Galleries South, Jot Travis Building, University of Nevada, Reno View on map
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-4
After hours appointments gladly available.

Lecture & Reception:
When: April 17, Lecture at 6:30 PM
Where: Jot Travis Building Auditorium, Rm. 100
Reception & refreshments in the gallery at 7:30-9:30 PM

Location & Parking:
Galleries South is located on the ground floor of the Jot Travis Building, University of Nevada, Reno. Enter on the east side of N. Virginia and Artemesia.
Parking is available in the coin-operated lot across the street on the SE corner of 11th & Virginia, or on the top of the Whalen Parking Structure. (South of 15th & Virginia)

Check out the event page on Facebook for updates and pictures as the exhibition approaches:
Facebook event page


Erika Harrsch

Lecture: Thursday, February 6, 5:30-6:30pm
Knowledge Center 124 (Wells Fargo Auditorium)
Show: April 3, 2014-May 30, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5-7pm


Past Events: Spring 2014

Manipulated View
February 18- April 13, 2014
Reception: Thursday, February 27, 5-7pm
Lecture in Sheppard Contemporary


Valentine Benefit
February 4- February 14, 2014
Bid Online:
Reception: Friday, February 14, 5:30-8:30pm


Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War and the Holocaust
Prof. David Shneer, Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
Lecture in Sheppard Contemporary
7 p.m. Saturday, February 22


Art Space

Nancy Hom: Mandala Installation for the Lunar New Year

February 1- March 28, 2014

Reception: Thursday, Febuary 6, 2014, 7-9pm


Past Events: Fall 2013

Lost in Found - Heeseop Yoon
Dates: October 8-November 20, 2013
Reception: October 10, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: 5:30 pm @ Sheppard Contempoary
All events held at Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts Building

Sheppard Contemporary is pleased to announce a new exhibition of work by Heeseop Yoon. Titled Lost In Found, this exhibition is a site-specific art installation, made especially for the newly renovated Sheppard Contemporary. Yoon’s staggeringly complex wall drawings made from thousands of thin strips of black tape mesmerize viewers of all ages. Starting with photographs of clutter and mess, Yoon renders tape drawings inspired by the photographs and transforms the original images into a visual symphony of lines which grow to overtake the walls, floors, windows, and ceilings of the spaces in which she installs. The artist draws and re-draws through repeated application of tape strips and more tape strips, building up a record of her gestures which slowly transform from duplicative to creative. For this exhibition, Yoon began the drawings by photographing interiors such as basements, workshops, and storage spaces, and other places where everyday objects are jumbled, piled, and stacked. Both the finished drawings and the process of making them, encourage the viewer to think about memory, perception, gesturalism, and, most importantly, the qualities of space, what is contains, and how it is used. Yoon’s installations transform mundane public spaces like empty galleries, hallways, warehouses, and old factories into lyrical spaces with spirit.
In addition to the work on view, the first of a semi-annual public panel on contemporary art issues will take place on October 11. Following a morning of conversations among invited curators from across the region, University Galleries will host a public panel discussion focusing on art that transforms public space. As galleries and museums begin to think more and more about the role of the spectator in making art relevant and meaningful, engaging in conversations about how art in public spaces works, who it serves, and why it’s important seems particularly important.
With a diversity of efforts at play to elevate the quality of life in Reno, this assembly of artists and curators presents a perfect opportunity to gather as a community and talk with each other. Public art practitioners Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos, Lorna Jordan, and Heeseop Yoon will be joined by Karin Wolf, a public arts administrator from Madison, Wisconsin, for an hour long presentation on successful art interventions in the public sphere. Following the presentation, the audience and panelists will join together to address a central concern for many of us- the role of art in building a more meaningful community experience. With an audience populated by a variety of invested citizens, Sheppard Contemporary hopes to foster a fruitful conversation among the audience that will lead to strengthened partnerships, new friendships, and creative thinking.
Heeseop Yoon’s (NYC) large scale, transformative works have been installed in diverse venues including the Bronx Museum, Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center, lower Manhattan store-front windows, and John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She graduated with an MFA from City University of New York in 2004.

This: A Contemporary Situation - Erik Parra's exhibition
Dates: October 11 – October 18, 2013
Where: Art Space Gallery
Football Viewing Party / Art making: October 13 from 12:45-4pm

University Galleries is pleased to announce This: A Contemporary Situation, the newest exhibition to be offered at Artspace , located in West Street Market. This exhibition is the second in a series of programs at Artspace that reiterate themes being explored across University Galleries programming. Erik Parra’s This: A Contemporary Situation explores the transformation of space through art making and art experience while focusing on themes as diverse as urbanism/suburbanism, commerce, community, sports, spectatorship, and art practice.
The multiple entry points by which visitors to Artspace might first encounter Parra’s work reflect the complexity of dialogue surrounding a number of contemporary issues. Drawing parallels between the terms and conditions of painting and sports practice and also tackling issues of consumerism, urban flight, and suburban development and sprawl, Parra carefully encourages the viewer to consider provocative and thorny questions about contemporary life.
Using recognizable materials and images, Parra situates the conversation in the everyday. This installation includes a large stadium and immersive environment built out symbols and materials of commercial development including up-cycled shipping pallets and Tyvek. The elements Parra manipulates come together to create images that encourage the viewer to think about spectatorship, responsibility, and community.
Parra outlines terms common to art making and sports practice like belief, commitment, preparation, movement, skill, execution, and analysis in order to clarify how sports interest may not be so different from arts interest. With these similarities in mind, viewers might make the conceptual leap toward an informed interrogation that considers why so many economies focus on sports development and investment while neglecting arts investment. After all, if we can see that art making is similar to sports practice, and both beneficial and enriching, why not integrate arts into our communities as fully as we have sports? Just as visitors to sports venues engage in spectatorship, so to do visitors to galleries. Echoing themes in Heeseop Yoon’s exhibition in Sheppard Contemporary, This: A Contemporary Situation draws visitors into the construction of meaning. Parra will directly include viewers by asking visitors to the gallery during his residency to construct effigies of themselves to help populate the large stadium in the gallery. Visitors may drop-in or they may attend a Sunday football viewing party and art making event on October 13 from 1245-4pm.
Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the vibrant border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied painting and received a Bachelor of Fine Art. After graduation Erik moved to San Francisco, where he taught at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. One year later he was accepted into the graduate painting department of the University of Wisconsin—Madison on fellowship.
Upon completion of his MFA he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he maintained a studio, taught art and exhibited his artwork. In his relatively young career he has exhibited in numerous places, including New York, London, Berlin, Chicago and at the Museu de Arte de Brasilia. In the Bay Area, Erik’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, WE Artspace and most recently at Kala Art Institute. Additionally Erik has lectured at universities, given artist talks, garnered residencies and awards. For over nine years Erik has taught students of all ages, a variety of media from drawing to sculpture. He has taught at many different types of spaces & programs including teaching Color Theory as an adjunct lecturer at University of Wisconsin Madison. Erik currently collaborates with artist Jessica Laurent on art and curatorial projects as part of aptProject. Erik has recently moved his studio back to San Francisco in order to collaborate on Fivepoints Arthouse, an artist run alternative exhibition space.


3D Faculty Exhibition featuring recent work by Rebekah Bogard, Robert Morrison, Michael Sarich, Jeffrey Erickson, and Tamara Scronce

November 26, 2013- January 26, 2014
Reception: Thursday, December 12, 5-7pm

Elizabeth Ferrill: Detour

Recent print work by visiting professor, Elizabeth Ferrill.

November 21, 2013 - January 23, 2014
Reception: Thursday, November 21, 5-7pm
Lecture at 4:30pm
144 West Street
Reno, NV 89501