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CCAI Art Exhibit at WNC’s Bristlecone Gallery Features ‘Figure Studies’ by Phyllis Shafer | Carson City Nevada News

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Decades of demonstrations created while teaching classical life drawing classes include CCAI’s exhibit, “Phyllis Shafer: Figure Studies (Yes, that Phyllis Shafer)”, at Western Nevada College’s Bristlecone Gallery.

A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, February 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The free exhibit is open to the public until April 20, 2022, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the college’s Bristlecone building. 2201 West College Parkway, Carson City. The drawings will be on sale as part of a fundraiser for the Capital City Arts Initiative.

Although Shafer is known for her landscape paintings, this exhibit includes studies made while teaching. None of these works is considered, by the artist, as a finished work of art. Rather, they are studies that were made in the form of educational demonstrations in his classes. The careful study of the human form is a rigorous discipline and one that can enhance the observation skills of all artists.

What Shafer realized while exploring the realm of figure drawing and painting is that the landscape is truly one giant figure. Seeing the relationships between the gestures and shades of the figure relate very easily to the earth. There is also something very fresh and inviting about seeing an artist’s unfinished studies. It allows us to glimpse the working process of the artist. We hope this exhibition will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a realm of creative expression not normally seen in Shafer’s work.

American painter Phyllis Shafer lives and works in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin region. Although Shafer’s formative years as an artist were spent in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, over the past two decades she has worked primarily in the American West developing her own landscape painting style.

Shafer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam, NY in 1980; she spent the 1978–79 academic year living and studying in New York City through a program offered to SUNY students by Empire State College. From 1981 to 1985, Shafer lived and worked as an artist in New York’s East Village before moving to the West Coast in the mid-1980s. She earned her MFA at the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

Shafer moved to the small coastal community of Bolinas in northern California in 1991 and became active in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. She worked as an adjunct teacher at the Academy of Art College (now University), San Francisco; San Francisco State University; and Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, before accepting a full-time teaching position at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe in 1994. She served as department co-chair and gallery director at Lake Tahoe Community College for 27 years and has recently retired from this position. Shafer is currently represented by Stremmel Gallery in Reno, NV.

Chris Lanier, professor of digital art at the University of Sierra Nevada, wrote the exhibition essay for Phyllis Shafer: Figure Studies, which CCAI has released as a gallery document and online archive. Working in digital animation, web production and comics, Lanier said he enjoys producing hybrid forms. His animations screened at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Internet Animation Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His art criticism essays have appeared in numerous online and print publications, including The Believer, Comics Journal, HiLobrow, Furtherfield, Rhizome, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Carlos Ramirez, a student at Western Nevada College Latino Leadership Academy, provided a Spanish translation of the show’s wall text.

Western Nevada College is a component of the Nevada System of Higher Education with campuses in Carson City, Douglas County, and Fallon. CCAI is an artist-centered non-profit organization committed to community engagement in contemporary visual arts through exhibitions, illustrated lectures, arts education programs, artist residencies and online activities .

The initiative is funded by Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, John and Grace Nauman Foundation, Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, Kaplan Family Charitable Fund, US Bank Foundation, Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation, Steele & Associates LLC, and CCAI Sponsors and Members.

For more information, please visit the CCAI website at www.ccainv.org.