This week Sara Frantz will be speaking with USF museum studies students about her work at Nevada Museum of Art‘s innovative Center for Art + Environment. She’ll be joined by her former intern, USF student Ryan Pinter. Earlier this summer, Ryan sent this report about his work there.
“I built two archives for the Museum. I also assisted the Director of the Center for Art + Environment (CA+E) in fabricating and installing three exhibitions. The first was North Dakota Oil Boom: Elizabeth Farnsworth and Terry Evans, a photo exposé in which Farnsworth and Evans documented the social, economic and environmental complications that arose from the oil boom in the Williston Basin. The second exhibition was for the VENUE project, which consisted of the findings, data, and ephemera collected by Columbia University’s Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley during their 16-month trek across the United States to document often overlooked yet fascinating sites through the eyes of the innovators, trendsetters, entrepreneurs, and designers at the forefront of ideas today. It was exciting to witness and take part in the project’s transformation from a box of objects in manila folders into a full-scale exhibition. The third exhibition was The Paruku Project, consisting of Aboriginal artwork created by artists living in the desert community of Paruku, Australia,
a region that has become severely stressed by famine, disease, a rapidly decreasing population, and a loss of cultural identity. The Paruku Project was developed by Australian artist Mandy Martin in order to bring attention to the region, and to create a visual narrative of the conditions faced by the remaining 150 Walmajari people. I am thoroughly enjoying my new professional networking relationships with the amazing staff at the Nevada Museum of Art!”