The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA-IA) at Sierra Nevada University is thrilled to hold the Winter 2022 residency in-person along the stunning shores of North Lake Tahoe, taking place January 3-12, 2022.
We welcome a new faculty member, Nina Elder, to teach a section of Focused Studio Practice. Focused Studio Practice is a special topics studio course designed to take advantage of a particular vision and expertise of the teaching Visiting Artist or Scholar, who expands our sense of community from the Tahoe Basin outward.
Nina Elder is an artist and researcher who creates projects that reveal humanity’s dependence on and interruption of the natural world. With a focus on changing cultures and ecologies, Nina advocates for collaboration, fostering relationships between institutions, artists, scientists, and diverse communities. Her work takes many forms, including drawings, performative lectures, pedagogy, critical writing, long-term community-based projects, and public art.
As part of each residency, we offer an artist lecture series where the public can join us in person or online to hear from a selection of our faculty and visiting artists. This residency, the MFA-IA program will host visiting artist L. Frank and Wei Keong Tan for public lectures. L. Frank is a Tongva, Ajachmem, and Rarámuri artist, writer, tribal scholar, cartoonist, and indigenous language activist. She lives and works in Santa Rosa, California. Tan Wei Keong is an animation filmmaker who explores his gay identity through personal storytelling and fantasy worlds. Wei Keong’s interest in new media art also led him to use animation in installations.