For Immediate Release
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno

Art Department, Mailstop 224
Reno, NV 89557
Director, Marjorie Vecchio, PhD
Asst. to Director, Kathy Wood

Whole Fragment    Oct. 15 - Nov. 9, 2007
Curated by Marjorie Vecchio - Catalogue available

Polly Apfelbaum
Chakaia Booker
Nina Bovasso
Jennilie Brewster
Arturo Herrera
Fawn Krieger
Losang Samten

Catalogue Contributors:
Joel Felix
Tim Griffin
Ann Lauterbach
Kirk Robertson

Catalogue design:
Design competition winner Michael Eric Scott

Whole Fragment is a theme inspired by American poet Ann Lauterbach's essay of the same name. In this 1999 essay, Lauterbach ends by exclaiming,

At the interstices of an environment of sameness and homogeneity (which purports to be variety and vitality) there is still the possibility of an organizing intelligence that must select one it/is over another. These selections or choices are what finally or eventually allow us to participate in the making of meaning, however flawed, however partial it is.

This exhibition includes art that uses combinations of pieces, accumulation and precariousness as a system to create and understand new forms. Amongst the artworks, this show includes a massive sculptural-object wall painting; a piece made up of eighty black and white photographs; and a floor mosaic made of hand-painted velvet. The catalogue includes an introduction by Kirk Robertson, a new essay by Ann Lauterbach, an email exchange between Tim Griffin and Ann Lauterbach, and poems by Joel Felix and Tim Griffin.

During installation the gallery will be open limited hours to the public and school groups while Ms. Brewster will utilize the help of art students to create a gigantic sculptural wall painting, while Losang Samten will also be in residence for two weeks to create his sand mandala in the Ansari Business Building. Please contact the gallery for location directions and more information.

Oct. 16:     Poetry reading by Ann Lauterbach. In gallery 5:30 - 6:30 with reception afterwards
Oct.18:      Opening panel with artists, moderated by Professor Brett Van Hoesen, Room 153
Church Fine Arts Building, 5:30 - 6:30pm and reception 6:30 - 8:30pm in gallery
Oct. 15-25: Sand mandala creation by Losang Samten. Free and open to public,     
     Ansari Business Building, UNR Campus, 10am - 12:30 and 1:30 - 4:30 M-F
Oct. 25:     Dismantle Ceremony of sand mandala. Ansari Building, 12pm.


Gallery located in Church Fine Arts Building, North Virginia St, two buildings south of Lawlor Events Center

Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday11am - 5pm, Friday 11am - 2pm
Free parking in Whalen Parking Lot after 5pm, East side of North Virginia St, One building south of Lawlor Events Center

Sheppard Gallery programming is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities, Hilliard Endowment, Nevada Arts Council, City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, University of Nevada, Reno's Office of the Dean of Humanities, School of the Arts, Department of Art, Friends of Sheppard Gallery and the Department of English's Public Occasions Committee.