FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
University of Nevada, Reno
Church Fine Arts Building, Main Floor
Art Dept. MS 224
Reno, NV 89557
Director, Marjorie Vecchio, PhD
Office Manager, Bailey Sharrocks
Preparator, Devin Hosselkus
I Like Winners: Sport and Selfhood
Curated by Marjorie Vecchio
Catalogue available, essay by Jesse Aron Green
Designed by Ellen Drewes
I Like Winners: Sport and Selfhood will survey how sports are used as subject matter, thematic material and form in contemporary art. The contention is that ideals around what it means to be a winner in all forms of physical competition expose the psychology of an individual as part of a larger cultural organization, whether as participant, spectator, or even hater of sports. While most exhibitions about sports center around masculinity, this exhibition will provide a much-needed broader look at how and where sports are utilized in the arts. Each of the twenty-four artists includes one to six pieces of artwork in the exhibition. The artists live all over the United States, including Reno, and are of very different careers levels and media, including video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. Some artists will make new work for the exhibition, and others have backgrounds as professional athletes. Over ten artists will be in town for the panel discussion on Thursday Jan. 22. We hope to see you there for this lively and unique event!
Artists include: Adam Taye, Arthur Gibbons, Ben Coonley, Caitlin Parker, Carlin Wing, Charles Fairbanks, Chris Carnel, David King, James Jaxxa, Jeffrey James Mohr, Jennifer Locke, Jim Finn, Jonathan VanDyke, Judy Linn, Lisa Young, Lucas Michael, Mara Bodis-Wollner, Marie Watt, Matthew Slaats, Project Moonshine, Rob Carter, Tad Beck, William Lamson, and Young Jang
Jan. 20 – Feb. 13, 2009: Exhibition run
Jan. 22, 2009 – Opening reception 5:30 – 6:30 lecture and panel, 6:30 – 8:30pm reception
Both events in gallery
Reception night performance by Matthew Slaats includes 11 runners from Reno
Gallery located in Church Fine Arts Building, North Virginia St, two buildings south of Lawlor Events Center
Gallery hours: Mon – Thur 11am – 5pm, Fri 11am – 2pm, and by appointment
Free parking in Whalen Parking Lot after 5pm, East side of North Virginia St, One building south of Lawlor Events Center. Gallery is not responsible for parking tickets regardless of circumstance.
Sheppard Gallery programming is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Liberal Arts, School of Art Visiting Artist Fund, Department of Art, and Friends of Sheppard Gallery.