Scott MacLeod: Bay Area Contemporary Art

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Reception, 6:15pm
Talk, 7pm
at the Carson City Library Auditorium
900 N Roop Street, Carson City

Bay Area Contemporary Art
CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk by Scott MacLeod

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is delighted to present a public event with visiting artist Scott MacLeod. His illustrated talk, Bay Area Contemporary Art is the latest installment of Nevada Neighbors, CCAI’s ongoing series of illustrated public talks. The talk will take place on Wednesday, March 27 at 7pm at the Carson City Library. There will be an informal reception for Mr. MacLeod preceding the event at 6:15pm. The Carson City Library is located at 900 N Roop Street in Carson City. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

macleod-photoScott MacLeod will speak about the current trend towards “hybrid” art spaces and events taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area. This trend includes the artists and organizations finding different ways of engaging with commerce, community, and collaboration. He will discuss the older “traditional” alternative art spaces like Southern Exposure, Intersection, and The Lab as they continually reinvent themselves. He will also talk about newer organizations like Marion & Rose’s Workshop, Bayvan, Smokey’s Tangle, Frankenartmart, and We Are Will Brown, organizations that blur the boundaries between retail commerce, art project, living space & art exhibition. He will present the varied strategies undertaken by several art studio collectives such as The Compound, Swarm, and The Hive.

Writer and artist Scott MacLeod has been presenting live, time-based, media, conceptual and static work in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally since 1979. His installations and paintings have been widely exhibited in the Bay Area at venues including Southern Exposure, The Lab, George Lawson Gallery and SFMOMA, and internationally in the Czech Republic, Belgium, England, Italy and Germany. Visual arts awards include the San Francisco Art Institute’s Adaline Kent Award (2000) and a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Visual Arts Award (2001).

His fiction, poetry, theater and critical writings have been widely published in the USA and, in translation, in Russia, Yugoslavia and the Czech Republic. Conceptual/literary projects include The Imagined Gallery, The North Oakland Temporary Museum and The Institute for Study & Application, Kohoutenberg.

He has presented over 100 performances in 13 countries and co-produced several IMG_0964_2international cultural exchange projects between USA, France, Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. In 1990 MacLeod was one of the first American artists to present performance art in East Germany, Poland and other Eastern European countries.

His work is archived at the Avant Writing Collection of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of Ohio State University, Columbus and the Experimental Writing Collection of University at Buffalo, New York, and is collected by The Contemporary Museum, Hawai’I, The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, and many private collectors.

As part of his Nevada Neighbors visit, Mr. MacLeod will give his talk to art students and faculty at Dayton High School in Dayton, Nevada and at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada.

IMG_0966_2The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Carson City Library co-sponsors the Nevada Neighbors series with CCAI. The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Arts Council, City of Carson City, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

[top image: Scott MacLeod]
[second image: Scott speaking at Sierra Nevada College]
[third image: Sierra Nevada College students at the talk]
[bottom image: Nevada Neighbors flier for spring 2013]

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