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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Contemporary Arts Center Presents "Reign of Glass" the art of Erin Stellmon...

Well I normally do not put an entire press release up but there is so much good information on this show I just had to put the whole document up. In addition I have to tell you I love Erin's work. I had the pleasure of working with her on a collaborate show that I curated for the Las Vegas News Bureau in 2007 at the Contemporary Arts Center. She was a pleasure to work with and this time around I had the honor to work with her again. Well over a month ago Erin asked me and dozens of other artists to create small pencil drawings for her upcoming show. I was so moved by the invitation that I created a small drawing of my memories growing up in Las Vegas. In either case I am looking forward to see what wonderful show Erin has come up with!

Collaborative piece entitled “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now” featured in critical examination of MGM Mirage CityCenter June 3, 2010 to July 24, 2010.

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is pleased to present Erin Stellmon’s Reign of Glass, the newest installation in the gallery’s rotating selection of exhibits beginning on June 3, 2010 through July 24, 2010.

“Erin Stellmon's work has always been particularly relevant within the context of Las Vegas, as it emerges directly from our culture of neon signage, suburban landscapes, the history of the atomic test-site, implosions of classic landmark casinos and her most recent explorations into CityCenter”, said Wendy Kveck, Director of the CAC.  “However, the iconography of her work carries not only historical weight, but also becomes symbolic of the broader psychic landscape, exploring American value systems and our notions of home, security and community.  The CAC found her proposal compelling and thought provoking with the potential to engage the community in a meaningful dialogue about these very important issues.”

“Putting together thoughts and ideas about CityCenter has been nothing if not daunting”, said Erin Stellmon about the creation of this exhibit.  “It is estimated to have cost over 11 billion dollars; as well as, 6 workers lives, but out of that overwhelming expense there is a want and a need for the outcome to be successful, similar to a long fought war.  If I criticize, will I be rallying against the people that have those new 12,000 jobs it created?  I certainly didn’t want that.  If everything seems too big to fail, could it also in turn be too small to not be seen?  Reign of Glass is about this process of breaking down these overwhelming issues of economy and greed into pieces for discussion on power and community.  Size does matter, and we are bigger than we think.”

What:   Reign of Glass, photo and mixed medium installation by artist Erin Stellmon.  Stellmon plans to address issues within the largest privately funded construction project in US history, the MGM Mirage CityCenter.  During the exhibition, Stellmon will feature an installation entitled “If you lived here you’d be home by now” which is a collective of drawings by artists and friends based on a personal memory of Las Vegas.  Sales of these drawings will be either donated to the CAC or returned to the artist based on their preference.

Who:    Erin Stellmon is a visual artist that employs multiple mediums in her work including collage, photography, drawing and sculpture.  Her featured work deals with themes of shelter and transition through images of decay, construction and technology.  She is interested in exploring how we are affected by the economic and emotional structures of comfort and the efforts we are willing to go through to feel that we have finally come, or are going, to that place called home.

Where: Contemporary Arts Center, 107 East Charleston Boulevard, Suite 120, Las Vegas, NV  89104

When:  June 3, 2010 to July 24, 2010

About the Contemporary Arts Center
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 art organization dedicated to presenting new, high quality, visual, and performing art, while striving to build, educate, and sustain audiences for contemporary art. The CAC strives to provide a place where artists can learn about best practices, test new ideas in the public arena, and connect with fellow artists within and beyond our own community. 

The Contemporary Arts Center was voted winner “Best of Las Vegas 2010” Art Gallery, by the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Contemporary Arts Center recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and is a recipient of the 30th annual Governor's Arts Award for Leadership in Organizations. The Nevada Arts Council and the Governor's Office presented these honors in March 2010 for outstanding and enduring contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement and service to the arts.

Gallery Hours and Admission: Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm and by appointment.  First Friday of each month 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Admission is free and donations to the Contemporary Arts Center are accepted.

General Information: The Contemporary Arts Center is located in The Arts Factory at 107 East Charleston Boulevard, Suite 120.  For information on the CAC and it’s programming, please visit the website www.lasvegascac.org or contact via telephone at 702-382-3886 or via e-mail at info@lasvegascac.org.

About the Artist
Erin Stellmon holds a BFA in fine art from Parsons School of Design in New York and an MFA in visual arts from University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Nevada and New York City and group exhibitions in California and Texas.  Awards include residency fellowships at Hall Farm Center for Arts and Education in 2001 and 2003 and UNLV's Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2007. Recent projects include 2009's Atomic Passage, a collaboration with artists Danielle Kelly, Adam Morrey and Aaron Sheppard for the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission to create the first public art project where artists' concepts were integrated into the engineering infrastructure of a Public Works streetscape; Clark County, Nevada's ZAP!, completed in 2006, in which selected artists painted utility boxes throughout the community; and Discover Las Vegas, completed in 2005, a mural painted at The Lied Discovery Children’s Museum as part of the City of 100 Murals project.
Her work has been reviewed in the national publication “Art in America.”

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she currently lives and works in Las Vegas, NV.  Stellmon is employed as the Media Coordinator for The Las Vegas Neon Museum and Boneyard.

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