Current Grads

Bahar Shahrabi Farahani

Bahar Shahrabi Farahani

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. Bahar’s painting is influenced by her experience and imagination. She is constantly thinking to discover and conceive her personal emotional space through her art work. Bahar has worked in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, illustrating, collage, photography and calligraphy. She received her Bachelor in visual communication in Tehran, where she also earned a minor in interior design. Currently Bahar is pursuing a new experience in MFA program at UNR.

Rafael Lopez

Claire Stephens

Blanco de San Roman
To always be challenging the environment… Even though I seek reality in my paintings in order to ‘breath’ on their own, I also look for the identity that defines us. Like water that fills many different glasses, we are shaped by our environment. Even if we desire, we cannot exist by ourselves. To live in a foreign country not only has transformed who I think I am, but it also has altered my purpose in painting. And even though a white canvas it is just that, a stretched piece of cloth, it always serves with the potential to be anything, even a masterpiece. To always be awake for the challenge…

Articles: Reno News&Reviews, Capital City Arts Initiative

Colby Stephens

MFA

Colby Stephens is a conceptual artist often addressing issues related to economic and political freedoms. Stephens synthesizes his research into aesthetic manifestations, using the material or process that most effectively embodies and communicates his ideas. He has worked with sculpture, woodcut prints, digital video, and photography as modes of expression. Stephens received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Southern Oregon University, with a focus in sculpture, a secondary emphasis in photography, and minored in Art History. He has a background in engineering, manufacturing, construction, and fabrication. He expects to receive his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in spring 2014.

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Article: Mail Tribune

 

 

Claire Stephens

Claire Stephens

Claire Stephens work is a response to her memories of experiencing a sense of wonder in the landscape. Through the process of re-tracing she protects her memories so they can be experienced continually. She works in a variety of materials to embody these ideas including painting, porcelain and fabric. Stephens earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Portland State University in Painting and Drawing with a secondary emphasis in photography. She is currently a Master of Fine Arts Candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno. Stephens work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions in Nevada, California and Oregon.

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Articles: RGJ, Daily Tidings

 

Ben Poynter

MFA

Benjamin Poynter's mother played Super Mario Bros. while he was months waiting in the womb and today he is a independent game maker and digital artist. He hails from one of the arteries of America that is Oklahoma City recieving his BFA in the media arts studying at the University of Oklahoma. Just like the feeling he felt growing up in a world of nothing around him, Ben considers work that deals with augmented existence and experimental narrative as a means of escaping that path.

Sword of choice : Indie games. The most notable thing about Ben is how concealed he is in intimate settings and unchained with one of his eccentric personas if a crowd is there for the taking. 

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T Vasquez

MFA

Hello, I’m a first year graduate student and what can I say about UNR’s Art department MFA program. WoW! They leave you alone here and let you create and do what you want to do. Yes, you have readings (a lot of books and resources, example “Ways of Seeing” by John Berger) and you have a lot of meetings with faculty, mostly studio visits to talk about your work. You get to know the faculty very quickly and they get to know you. The best part of being here is the three years is just enough time to focus in on your point of view (if you have one) or just create powerful work. About me, I have a BFA from Texas Woman’s University, Denton Texas. Also, I draw and I am combining both mediums with video and sound. I enjoy experimentation within photography and finding new ways of expression.
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Rory Laven

MFA

Rory Laven is originally from New Orleans but moved to Miami at an early age. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida with a focus in printmaking. Moving away from the traditional aspects of printmaking, which many consider to be a dying art form, Laven attempts to show that this medium can be viably incorporated into contemporary art. He recycles and makes his own paper on a large scale which brings awareness to environmental issues while using digital and photo based processes in an attempt to show there can be a balance between nature and technology. His prints and handmade paper are often used in sculpture and installation in addition to his large scale two dimensional work.

Priscilla Varner

Claire Stephens

Over 20 years ago, Priscilla picked up her first camera and started interpreting the world through her lens. Through the years she has developed a formal aesthetic utilizing compositional elements such as line, light and shadow to convey meaning. Photography is the device she employs to examine overlooked details bringing the old and sometimes forgotten a new life. In the series Vues de Paris, she continues to explore this method investigating form, texture and mood within the Parisian cityscape.

Priscilla earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been photographing professionally for the last 8 years.