Kathryn Jill Johnson: Dissonance



2018-2019 CSN Art & Art History Faculty Exhibition


Threads, Folds, & Rabbit Holes: Complex Webs of Making


2018-2019 CSN Art & Art History Faculty Exhibition

ZAP 10 Pop-Up Art Show

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Bobbie Ann Howell “Silenced Snowstorm”


Leila Hernández: “La Visa Negra”


Elena Wherry: “Bleaching”

Artist State

Coral die-off is caused by a process known as bleaching. Dying coral look bland and lifeless, in contrast to the vivid rainbow hues of thriving coral. Using collage techniques, various papers and watermedia I visualize the beauty found under the water. I fuse abstraction and representation, vibrant colors and monotonous hues, living creatures and dying cells. My intention is show the great beauty and complexity of the coral, but allude to catastrophic climate change and pollution of the ocean.

People have referred to coral bleaching as “the most beautiful death”. The viewer must question is this is alive or deceased?


Elena Wherry (Pisnaya) was born in Russia in 1967. Art and creativity have been a part of her life as long as she can remember, having grown up with a father and grandfather who were both great musicians and artists. After moving to the United States in 2000, she began to study art in college and work professionally as an artist. She took Art History and almost all of studio art classes at the College of Southern Nevada and UNLV. After rediscovering watercolor and loving to work on paper surface, she began to take workshops with the best national and international watermedia artists.

Elena is constantly learning and searching for ways to keep her work exciting. She has accumulated numerous awards at the local and national juried exhibitions. In 2016 Elena was an artist in residence at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Her works were exhibited at the Barrick Museum, and her paintings are in the permanent collection of UNLV Student Union.



Elena Wherry Artist Homepage: http://elenawherry.com/
Elean Wherry Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elenawherry/
Review Journal “Las Vegas Art Galleries”: https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/arts-culture/las-vegas-art-galleries-6/

Shona Macdonald: “Overcast”

Artist State

These works form a series that investigates topsy-turvy, skewed, and disorienting views of the world as a metaphor for our enduring sense of displacement. Based on my encounters with the landscape as a mysterious and unpredictable place, the puddles depicted in the paintings, and their attendant reflected images, shrink and disappear, hinting at our transient and fragile hold on the earth. Literally, they reflect upon the environment by offering transparent water to gaze into and metaphorically, these pools of water are a mirrored surface that flattens and disconcerts us by casting back an image. The work acknowledges that reflections in water are a significant part of the history of painting yet rather than depict these as places that evoke elevated or sublime emotional states, I focus attention on the puddle’s intimacy and melancholia. At the heart of this work there is an uncanny ‘doubling’ embedded in the use of reflections that I purposefully employ to exaggerate our sense of dislocation and displacement as we move throughout the world.

Driving and walking around uncovers these arresting images by simply observing my surroundings.  Through repeated viewing, I become particularly interested in the shape of and reflected images created by the puddles. Images are initially recorded as photographs that are then developed over time using Photoshop and drawing. I also rely on memory to recall what I have seen. My process then entails an initial layer of acrylic paint, laid down as either a solid or very washy color which is then built upon by accumulated layers of oil paint.  The underpainting seeps through, creating a sense of depth.  ‘Ghosting’ occurs in the layering method I use, not only in the underpainting peeking through from underneath, but also, in how the materiality of the paint retains its ‘body’ and starts to produce seams, scars, and other dimensional marks. My physical treatment of the paint helps me wring out psychological content and further connects the viewer to the subject matter through the palpable presence of the human hand in constructing the images. Different scale choices allow me to experiment with space and not be constrained by habit or familiarity. For example, the physical size of the smaller works echoes small niches within the landscape they represent, while the larger canvases offer a more expansive and immersive experience for the viewer.



Shona Macdonald received her MFA in 1996 in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in 1992 from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She has had selected solo shows at the Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL, (2015), Gridspace, Brooklyn, NY, (2014), Ebersmoore, Chicago, (2012), the Roswell Art Museum, Roswell, NM, (2011), Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand, (2010), Proof Gallery, Boston, MA (2009), Reeves Contemporary, NY, NY (2008), Den Contemporary, LA, CA, (2007), Skestos-Gabriele, Chicago IL, (2005), Galerie Refugium, Berlin, Germany, (2002), and Fassbender Gallery, Chicago (1998 and 2000). Her work has been included in numerous group shows across the United States, UK, Australia, and Canada. Reviews of her work are included in Art in America, Art News, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Sacramento Bee, Boston Globe, Artscope, and New American Paintings. She has been a Visiting Artist at over forty institutions, including Wimbledon College of Art, London, (1998), Georgia State University, Atlanta, (2007), Cornell University (2006), the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary, Canada, (2002). Shona Macdonald was the recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY, (2009), a Fellow at Roswell Artist-in-Residence in Roswell, New Mexico, (2010-11), Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain, (2012), the Cromarty Arts Trust in Scotland and will be resident at Ballinglen in Ireland, summer of 2017. She is currently Professor of Studio Art and Graduate Program Director at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and formerly Associate Professor at Illinois State University, where she taught from 1998 until 2006.



Shona Macdonald Artist Homepage: https://www.shonamacdonald.com/
University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Page: https://www.umass.edu/art/people/shona
Garvey Simon Gallery, New York, NY: http://www.garveysimon.com/artists/shona-macdonald?view=slider

CSN 2018 Juried Student Exhibition & Salon de Refuses


Exhibition Information
Location: Fine Arts & Artspace Galleries on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus
Dates: Friday, May 11 – Saturday, June 23, 2018
Juror’s Talk, Awards Presentation & Artist Reception: Friday, May 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Press Release
The College of Southern Nevada Fine Arts Gallery will present its annual Juried Student Exhibition beginning Friday, May 11, 2018 and will run through Saturday, June 23, 2018. A reception with refreshments, awards ceremony, gallery talk, and Salon de Refusés will take place on Friday, May 11, from 6 – 8 p.m. This exhibition will feature student artwork made in connection with CSN Fine Arts Department, Art and Art History courses with media including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry and design.

This year’s exhibition will feature guest judges, the Latinos Who Lunch: Mr. Justin Favela (Favy Fav), Artist, BFA, University of Nevada Las Vegas and Dr. Emmanuel Ortega (Babelito), Curator, PhD, Ibero-American Colonial Art History, University of New Mexico.

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FavyFav is a Las Vegas native and an artist working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and performance. He is also a curator, food writer, and avid podcast listener. He has participated in exhibitions in Nevada and across the United States. Las Vegas venues include the Contemporary Arts Center and the Clark County Government Center. His work draws from art history, popular culture and his Guatemalan/Mexican heritage. Favy has curated many shows throughout southern Nevada, from UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art to El Porvenir Mini-Market in North Las Vegas.-1.jpg

Babelito is a Curator and earned his PhD in Ibero-America colonial art history from the University of New Mexico. He is a music lover, a Café Tacvba fan and a music festival junky. Since 2007 he has explored themes of violence, identity, race and class difference in colonial Latin American art. He has presented his work in the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 2012 and the College of Art Association and American Studies Association in 2015. He has curated art exhibitions for Museo de Arte Religioso Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla México, the Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas and for the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Currently, Babelito is finishing his Ph.D thesis work and is constantly contributing to the education programs of Arquetopia, Foundation for Development in Puebla and Oaxaca Mexico.


The CSN Art Galleries would like to thank its guest judges, FavyFav and Babelito and its outstanding community partner, Blick Art Materials for their generous support of this exhibition and our students.


And the Winners Are…


Christine Debacker-Guziak

10 Color Silkscreen Print
Nevada’s Cold War Consequence
Professor Anne Hoff, Serigraphy


Jozet Deras

Wood and Yarn Sculpture
Professor Christopher Bauder, Sculpture I


Jose De’Andre Rivera lll

A Quite Morning in Edo
Professor Alfonso Lirani, Watercolor I


Dan Hernandez

Oil Painting
Self Portrait: Outward Appearances
Professor Mark Brandvik, Painting I


Katlin Quezada

Colored Pencil and Ink on Paper
Stripes and Lights
Professor James Ogletree, Drawing II


Mason Rempfer

Charcoal on Paper
Saint Cardi
Professor Anne Hoff, Drawing II


Yaffa Cary

Love Box
Professor Robin Starks, Ceramics I


Maria Lozano Siciarz

Ink on Paper
Grid Pattern Portrait
Professor Kathleen Nathan’s 2D Design Fundamentals


Barbara Gerhardt

Sterling Silver Jewelry
Ying & Yang Earrings
Professor Emerita Joanne Vuillemot, Jewelry I


Nanci Clyde

Digital Painting
Professor Suzanne Acosta, Painting I

The CSN Fine Arts Gallery and all gallery events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery are located at the half circle drive near CSN’s main entrance, on the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one mile East of I-15 North.

For more information please call (702) 651-4146, email: artgallery@csn.edu or visit:https://www.csn.edu/artgallery