The Plain Sense of Things

The Plain Sense of Things

Sierra Nevada University (SNU)

Photo: Jared Stanley.
November 10, 2015
The Plain Sense of Things

December 14, 2015–January 29, 2016

Closing reception: Thursday, January 28, 5–8pm
MFA-IA application deadline: December 7

Sierra Nevada College
Holman Arts & Media Center
1008 Tahoe Blvd
Incline Village, NV

The Plain Sense of Things
Curated by Sarah Lillegard and Jared Stanley

The human landscape is teeming with language. Directions, instructions, recommendations, and advertising shape the way we move through the world. But what does a body do when it reads language embedded in places, and how does language affect how our bodies move through a place? This exhibition presents encounters with language, featuring work by writers, readers, and visual artists, each of whom consider the ways reading transforms perceptions of space into experiences of place, exploring how the unstable medium of language works as a sextant, and guiding the human reader through a landscape, a library, or a gallery.

Co-curated by Jared Stanley and Sarah Lillegard, the exhibition will span the Sierra Nevada College campus in the Garage Door Gallery, Tahoe Gallery, and Poetry Center. The Plain Sense of Things will be on display for investigations and interactions from December 14–January 29, with a closing reception Thursday January 28, 5–8pm, in the Holman Arts & Media Center. Additional programming will include a gallery tour, curator talk and streaming podcast, all occurring during the MFA-IA winter 2016 residency.

The Plain Sense of Things will include work by: William L. Fox, Matthew Hebert, Nate Joski, Lara Mimosa Montes, Felicia Perez, Julia Schwadron, Stanley St. John, Nick Valdez, and Alli Warren.

SNC’s MFA-IA winter final deadline is quickly approaching. January 3–12 will mark the second residency of our new Low Residency MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College. With open enrollment already begun, we are excited to invite prospective students to join our growing community of artists and thinkers. As SNC allows for rolling admissions, regardless of the semester in which students enter, they will complete their MFA in five consecutive residencies. The Visiting Faculty members for the Winter Residency 2016 will be: Beth Campbell, Sameer Farooq, Jared Stanley, and Roman DeSalvo. The final two nights of the residency will be spent working and installing at the historic St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City, NV.

The new low-res MFA-IA consists of two intensive, 10-day on-campus residencies during summer and winter sessions over the course of 2.5 years. During the fall and spring semesters, students will work in their home studios and continue relationships with faculty mentors and fellow colleagues via online communication modes such as email exchange, online seminars, blog contributions, and other social media.

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Questions? Contact Sarah Lillegard: [email protected]


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