A sequel to last summer’s “Post-war Bohemians in Northern Nevada,” the exhibit by the university libraries’ Special Collections Department highlights the next generation of leading-edge visual artists who flourished in and around the university’s art community during a time of experimentation and diversity in cultural expression.
“Far Out” features a wide selection of two- and three-dimensional works and related materials, such as photographs, exhibit catalogs and posters, celebrating the accomplishments of the university art community. It has been co-curated by well-known local artists Jim McCormick, emeritus professor of art at the university, and Walter McNamara, retired director of the Sheppard Fine Art Gallery. Works by McCormick and McNamara are also featured in the exhibit. They recall the area’s art community in the ‘60s and ‘70s as a lively, tight-knit group.
The works of about three dozen artists are featured in the exhibit, and a free, 70-page booklet that includes profiles and art from the artists will be available. Sunday’s reception and open house will feature meet-and-greet opportunities with some of the artists, guided tours and refreshments, along with live music from Sopwith Camel. The band is best known for being the second San Francisco band to be signed by a major record company — right after Jefferson Airplane and before The Grateful Dead — and the first to have a Top-40 hit. Band member Peter Kraemer has close ties to the northern Nevada art scene, having been raised and influenced by his mother, artist Zoray Andrus, in Virginia City.
The exhibit is sponsored and supported by the Special Collections Department of University Libraries, with additional funding provided by Nevada Humanities. It is part of Reno’s Artown celebration of the arts. For more information, contact the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections Department by calling 682-5665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.