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MFA-IA Alumna Karen Krolak

Karen Krolak (’18) has forged an interdisciplinary practice rooted not just by her primary medium of dance, but through the community she builds with others by making work that addresses grief and trauma, building awareness of these feelings that oft aren’t celebrated. While the complexities of these emotions stem from her own experience through her work they take on new form—like choreography, a publishing project, and the occasional knitting pattern—to allow others to connect to themselves, to find space to find validation and modes of expression alongside the artist. That mutual exchange is at the heart of Krolak’s work, which is often collaborative, and extends into her roles as a mentor, board member of organizations, and founder of a dance space that lifts up the work of others.

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The time for strategic change is here.

Like many private colleges and universities, SNU has traditionally relied on tuition to support most of its operations. Because maintaining the necessary enrollment levels is a vulnerable long-term business model, the SNU Board of Trustees determined that SNU ‘s financial future was no longer sustainable based on this model. The board needed to make major strategic changes, both to serve the needs of current and future students and to preserve the Incline Village campus for higher education. Read More

MFA-IA Faculty Member Nina Elder

New Mexico-based artist and researcher Nina Elder joined the faculty of Sierra Nevada University’s MFA-IA program this January just in time to teach at her first residency. While New Mexico is in her roots, Elder’s projects take her all over the United States connecting with people, place, and environment.

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Winter 2022 Faculty and Visiting Artists

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.

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Winter 2021 Virtual Events

Our MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Winter Residency is being held virtually, so the program has put together a full bill of free online programming available to the public. We are thrilled to share visiting faculty and current student work with all of you! Catch an artist lecture, a conversation, art opening, project presentation, or the graduation ceremony! The following events are all free and open to the public, simply register online to receive a Zoom link for each event.

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Winter 2021 Residency Faculty and upcoming application deadline

SNU MFA-IA winter 2021 residency faculty: Ashley Stull Meyers / Ayanah Moor / Gabie Strong / Joseph DeLappe / Kara Q. Smith / Macon Reed

There are a few spots still available to start in Winter 2021. Please get in touch with Julia Schwadron immediately should you have an interest in attending this winter.

Priority deadline has been extended for summer 2021 residency! Apply by February 28, 2021. Apply here.

January 4–16, 2021 will mark the next winter session of the low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Sierra Nevada University. We are thrilled to welcome back visiting artists as faculty members to teach within our program.

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Remembering Matt Freedman

It is with deep sadness that we must acknowledge the passing of artist and teacher Matt Freedman this past Saturday, October 24th. Matt was integral in the construction of our MFA program and its interdisciplinary curriculum. Having taught as a visiting professor with us since our very first residency in the summer of 2015, the class that became “Matt’s class” is called simply “Interdisciplinary Practices”. Within it, he challenged our students to drop their preconceived notions of the expectations of a working artist in favor of a practice of asking questions. These questions would be radical and tricky, and all in the interest of what he called, “the messy process of opening up and questioning everything you hold dear.” As he reminded us in the course as well as outside of it, this is a big job, and time is precious so we have to get to work.

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Summer 2020 Virtual Events

Our MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Summer Residency is being held virtually, so the program has put together a full bill of free online programming available to the public. We are thrilled to share visiting faculty and current student work with all of you! Catch an artist lecture, a conversation, art opening, project presentation, or the graduation ceremony! The following events are all free and open to the public, simply register online to receive a Zoom link for each event.

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Summer 2020 Residency to Be Held Virtually

The MFA-IA Summer Residency 2020 will be held virtually, as SNU as an institution has decided on a continuation of a virtual format until mid-fall. The Tahoe region is known as a place to retreat, and it is already attracting more people from all over than usual, thus putting our MFA community at high risk for COVID-19 transmission. We are extending the dates of our residency, and those will now be August 7 – 21. This expansion from its original dates, guided by the voices of our community, will allow time for recovering energy, and hopefully allow more opportunity for points of contact that might have happened spontaneously in person, as well as more time to work on your individual practices. Additionally, we have decided to continue a series of Artist Lectures over the course of the fall semester, offered virtually, to allow additional ways to engage alumni voices as well. Read More

Black Lives Matter

We hear the outcries from the streets, from homes, from workplaces, and from our own mouths. Black Lives Matter. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Christian Cooper, Rayshard Brooks, and the names and lives of countless others beyond these most recent months will remain in and on our hearts as we speak and act against the systemic and fatal injustices perpetrated against Black bodies.

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SNU MFA-IA

Sierra Nevada University
Interdisciplinary Arts
Low-Residency MFA

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A small campus on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and online, wherever you are.

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Anza Jarschke
Assistant Program Director
ajarschke@sierranevada.edu
P: (775) 831-1314 ext. 7492

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