unique North-South Artist Collaboration, Print Exhibit at Nevada Historical Society PDF Print


Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground, featuring 16 Nevada printmakers, is on display through June 9 at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno. Eight printmakers from Northern Nevada partnered with eight from Southern Nevada to collaborate on a print portfolio exchange that visually explores the geographic, cultural and aesthetic differences and similarities of Nevada’s two major regions.

tapestryPaired artists produced two prints from each collaboration. Each artist partially completed a traditional printing plate and sent it to their partner, who then worked on the same plate. The plate was then returned to the originating printmaker, who completed the plate image and printed a limited edition of the piece.

Collaborating artists include: Maria Arango, Las Vegas and partner Lynn Schmidt, Reno; Erik Beehn, Las Vegas and Nolan Preece, Reno; Bobbie Ann Howell, Las Vegas and Galen Brown, Carson City; Daryl DePry, Las Vegas and Sharon Tetly, Carson City; Keith Conley, Las Vegas and Sidne Teske, Tuscarora; Anne M. Hoff, Las Vegas and Vicki LoSasso, Reno; Jeanne Voltura, Las Vegas and Candace Nicol, Reno; and Juan D.Varela, Las Vegas and Ashlea Clark, Reno.

The exhibit was organized by the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature.

The exhibit and the Historical Society are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday at 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno. Free parking permits are available. Call (775)688-1190 for details.

The Nevada Arts Council is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada.  In addition to providing hundreds of grants to arts and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state, the Arts Council coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high-school aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more information, please visit the department’s website at www.nevadaculture.org.