This past August featured the MFA-IA program’s first residency at Sierra Nevada College. With 7 students hailing from 6 states, three visiting artists from NYC, plus contributions from local SNC Fine Arts faculty and the surrounding arts community, we built the foundation for a rich and complex set of conversations.

In addition to the course work, MFA-IA students and faculty recieved a tour of Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment, attended a lecture by Eames Demetrios at Sierra Arts, listened to a headlamp-lit reading by writer Mary Donnelly, as well as spent the night at Sagehen Creek Field Station, where they were able to learn more about the local terrain and relevant environmental issues.

The Visiting Artist Faculty were: Matt Freedman, Christine Heindl and Peter Rostovsky. Other guests to the residency included Christina Barr of Nevada Humanities,  as well as Gallery Artist-in-Residence, Mary Rothlisberger.


Here are some images of the residency in action:


Matt & Kelly

Matt Freedman and MFA-IA candidate Kelly Wallis



Image & Text with Christine Heindl


Class at Sagehen

Class at Sagehen Creek Field Station



“Staying Power” Mary Rothlisberger in the Ron & Maureen Ashley Community Gallery



Final Critique in the Garage Door Gallery