Exhibit Dates:  Dec. 1, 2016 - Dec. 22, 2016
Artist Reception:  Thursday December 15, 6-8 pm

About The Exhibit

A group exhibition of Sierra Arts Foundation teaching artists. Featuring literary, performing and visual art works by Sierra Arts Foundation teaching-artists and their students demonstrating the Power of Arts Education. In partnership with The Kennedy Arts Center for the Performing Arts and the Washoe County School District.

ARTS INTEGRATION is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connectsan art form another subject area and meets evolving objectives
in both.

About The Artist

Pan Pantoja: Pan Pantoja has been teaching drama and creative arts at Rainshadow Charter High School since 2005. Under his coaching, his students have won at the state level and competed at the national level three times in the National Poetry Out Loud Competition. Also, Pan worked as an Artist-in-Residence for Sierra Arts from 2005-2012. During his residency, he created several programs, which benefited at-risk youth throughout the community, especially juveniles at the Jan Evans Correctional Facility. He is also on the Nevada Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Roster. In the past four years, Pan has produced five original plays and one independent film, including productions at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
He was the co-founder of Reno Art Works and is currently the Artistic Director of The Potentialist Workshop, a multi use art warehouse on west Second St.

In addition, Pan has been honored with several awards. Most notably, in 2012 he was awarded the Kristine Nagy-Johnson award for teaching and serving at-risk youth. Also, in 2008, he was included in Art Buzz, an international publication. Recently, he designed and painted a large-scale mural on the Keystone Bridge, as well as a mural on Wedekind. Both murals were funded by the Public Arts Commission and benefited at-risk youth.


Privileged Mixed Media on Canvas 2016

Peter Whittenberger: Peter Whittenberger is an interdisciplinary artist whose work uses a variety of digital media to explore quotidian phenomena and the power of everyday interactions. Whittenberger was born in St. Louis, MO, but grew up in Billings, MT. After receiving a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Montana, Whittenberger moved to Salem, OR before making his home in Reno, NV. Holding an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Nevada, Reno, Whittenberger has shown his work in a variety of exhibitions, screenings, and festivals across North America, Africa, South America, and Europe. Whittenberger is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College and a Resident Teaching Artist for Washoe County Schools through the Sierra Arts Foundation.

“I explore my ideas using a variety of digital media: video, net art, animation, gaming software, or other media as dictated by the intentions or potential of each artwork. Digital media’s flexible formats and ease of accessibility to the viewer lend well to the exploration of the everyday. Contemporary familiarity of technology allows for the creation of an artistic context that is reflective, and sometimes interactive or participatory, in its communication. The link between all my work is a desire to discover genuine connections with other inhabitants of our shared world – both physical and virtual.”


Latest Majority by Peter Whittenberger

Eve Allen: Eve Allen is a dancer, dance educator and choreographer in Reno, NV.  She received her MFA in ballet from the University of Utah and BS in business administration with a dance minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. Allen is the founder and director of the Downtown Dance Collective (DDC). DDC is a collaborative dance organization that aims to bring together local talent and present accessible performances to our community. Allen performs locally with A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, Belle Contemporary Dance Company, and Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance. She has choreographed for Municipal Ballet Co. in Salt Lake City, the Nevada Opera, Sierra Nevada Ballet, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Allen is a Ballet Lecturer the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is an active member of the Royal Academy of Dance and teaches syllabus classes for all levels at The Conservatory of Movement.  Allen is a registered teaching artist for the Nevada Arts Council and the Sierra Arts Foundation and utilizes the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration in her classes at Lincoln Park Elementary School in Sparks, NV.


Photo by Josie Luciano

Erik Holland: Reno artist Erik Holland is a full time fine artist and art teacher, selling his work through galleries and events like Nada Dada Motel, always the third weekend of June. He is the “Dada Mayor De Esprawlius”, of the Nada Dada Motel event. He has lived in the Artist’s Lofts in downtown Reno since 2000, coming to Nevada from Alaska. He shows his fine art paintings at Ryrie’s Art and Home and the Co-op Gallery in Reno, Art and Soul in Markleeville, CA, Vigil’s Collection in Nevada City, CA, Bread and Cocoa in San Francisco, CA, Duncan Little Creek in Elko, NV, and The Bank gallery in Ely, NV. He frequently participates in-group shows at Sierra Arts in Reno.  He had three paintings in the indie movie the Motel Life.  Holland is part of the Reno Open Studios event, during which 40 of the area’s finest artists open their doors to the public in September. He is a member of the Dusty Roads Artists Group (DRA) sponsored by the St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City. Holland has had three successful shows at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, two at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, CA, among many one-man shows.


Antelope Valley – Acrylic on Canvas – 2016

Elizabeth Clark Brooks: 

Elizabeth Brooks originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Art Education from Maryville University and her Masters of Arts from Webster University. She has presented on integrating visual art with science, social studies, and math at the 2009 Missouri Art Educators Association Spring and the 2011 Nevada Arts Council OASIS Conference. Her artwork has been shown at the Krueger Pottery gallery and the Morton J. May Gallery in St. Louis. Though she has been working as a Teaching Artist in Reno since 2010 and currently teaches at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. She lives near downtown Reno with her handsome husband and adorable baby boy.


Ripple Bowls by Elizabeth Clark Brooks, Elephant and Snowman Student Work, Terracotta Sculpture Mesopotamia Relic

Katie Jean Dahlaw: I am a dance artist, creating modern dance work based on the exploration of who we are, as humans; as a more-than-human community, peculiar to the Great Basin bioregion, the Great Basin Movement Project, the dance project I am directing, is an inter-disciplinary and collaborative dance project.


Ray Valdez: Ray teaches for Sierra Arts Foundation within the Northern Nevada Community, founded the Art Program at Coral Academy Science and continues to work with Native American Tribal groups in out-reach programs. His strong leadership is influencing many adolescent lives to be creative in the arts, as well as life. Valdez has produced acrylic murals for the city of Lompoc, California and various locations in Reno, Nevada.


Peoples III by Ray Valdez