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Michael Bail
ACE Committee Chairman
Great Basin College, HTC 130


"The mission of the Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Committee is to organize programs and events that expose our communities to new experiences, cultures, and viewpoints. ACE provides access to the arts and fosters a spirit of inquiry, creativity, and reflection at Great Basin College."

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Experience the Unexpected!

The annual GBC Film Festival and other artistic ACE projects are funded, in part, by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the WESTAF TourWest grant program. The ACE Committee is also responsible for the Argentum literary magazine. Visit the Argentum web page and learn how you can contribute your own literary and artistic talents.

Have an idea for new events? Want to help? Contact Michael Bail at 775-753-2241 for more information!

Current and Upcoming Events

Culturally Diverse Independent Films Highlight February GBC Film Festival

2016 Film Festival graphicFor the eleventh year in a row Great Basin College brings several independent films to town for moviegoers who enjoy something out of the ordinary. All films begin at 7 p.m. with tickets ($7 for the general public and $6.50 for students and senior citizens) available for purchase 45 minutes before the film starts. The only exception is the Feb. 11 showing of short films where tickets go on sale Jan. 11 at Duncan Little Creek and will also be sold at the door prior to the movie. As in past years, local culinary sponsors offer appetizers prior to the movie. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. at GBC and tables for appetizers will be set up in the solarium adjacent to the theater.
Films, culinary hosts and sponsors follow:

  • Thursday, Feb. 11 -- “2016 Academy Award Nominated Live Action Short Films” (Not rated) – the best five short films from around the world. Movie sponsored by Duncan Little Creek Gallery. Drinks will be available at the bar. Due to limited seating, tickets ($7 per person) go on sale on January 11 at DLC. No discounts. Tickets available at the door the evening of the performance if not sold out.
  • Friday, Feb. 12 – “Ex Machina” (Rated R) – a sci-fi study in artificial intelligence and what makes humans “human.” Appetizers by Pizza Barn. Movie sponsored by Matties.
  • Saturday, Feb. 13 – “Pride” (Rated R) -- an extraordinary story of two different communities (miners and LGBT activists) who form a surprising and triumphant partnership. Appetizers and dessert by The Merrie Chef. Post-movie wine tasting by Blach Distributing. Movie sponsored by Nevins Family Medicine.
  • Friday, Feb. 19 – “Room” (Rated R) – amazing story of a young mother’s determination to protect and nurture her 5-year-old child as they are both held captive in one small room. Appetizers by Blue Moon. Movie sponsored by Steven D. Glaser, DDS.
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 – “The End of the Tour” (Rated R) – the story of a five-day interview with the acclaimed author of groundbreaking novel “Infinite Jest.” Movie sponsored by GBC’s Department of Arts and Letters. For this movie, a “Battle of the Food Trucks” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the GBC Theater parking lot. Culinary sponsors will offer “tastes” off their menus, but moviegoers can also purchase dinner items and enjoy their meal at tables in the GBC solarium adjacent to the theater. Featured trucks include Guerilla Craft Eats, Las Brisas and Tony’s Tacos

The GBC Film Committee welcomes all independent film lovers interested in selecting next year’s films to contact committee chair Russ Minter at 775-777-6093.

“Our goal is to bring great films to Elko that have not appeared in local theaters for all film fans to enjoy,” notes Minter.

The Film Festival is just one of several cultural events sponsored by the GBC Arts and Cultural Enrichment Committee.

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2016 Brushwork graphicGreat Basin College's Art Gallery is Pleased to Announce A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard

The Great Basin College's Art Gallery presents A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard. A native of southwestern Oklahoma and former bronco rider in Madison Square Garden, Craig Sheppard was remembered as a prime mover in northern Nevada’s cultural community in the years following World War II. He arrived at the University of Nevada in 1947 with the savvy of a seasoned cowboy and the experience necessary to teach most all courses in the art department he had been charged with rebuilding.

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  • Exhibition Run: January 18 until March 11, 2016
  • Exhibition Location: The Leonard Center for Student Life on Great Basin College's Elko Campus.
  • Gallery Hours: Gallery is open from 8 am until 5pm daily Monday through Friday and will be open Saturday, Jaunary 30 from 8 am - 5 pm.
  • Tickets: Admission is FREE and the gallery is open to the public!
  • Exhibit Reception: January 21, 2016 4-6 pm, Art Gallery in the Leonard Center for Student Life - GBC Elko Campus 1500 College Parkway.

Rather than proposing A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard, as a cross-section of the artist’s career, the co-curators, Jim McCormick and Fred Reid have designed an exhibition that focuses on Sheppard’s abiding fascination with horses.

Sheppard was not a one-dimensional painter; throughout his long career, the artist constantly reinvented himself. However, the one constant subject he returned to—even when he worked in France, Norway or other parts of Europe— was the horse and rider and variations on that theme. A Brushwork Roundup features works that reveal Sheppard’s indebtedness to Picasso and the Surrealists. His late night painting marathons while living in Norway produced hundreds of sumi drawings of horses and riders, images that were more eastern than western. His “Yellow Slicker” series employs transparent watercolor wash at its most sublime, glowing passages of white paper speaking volumes against his equestrian subjects. And there are large abstract canvases, surfaces that are charged with passages of raw contrasting colors and uncharacteristic impasto.

Viewers can expect to be challenged by Sheppard’s variations on the theme of horse and rider. The artist reached back to earlier times in Nevada when it was the least urban of all the states. Today the exhibit will resonate with those who venture beyond urban limits and encounter still existent ranches, cowboys and wild horses on Nevada’s rangeland.

ABOUT: Co-curated by Jim McCormick and Fred Reid and organized by the Nevada Arts Council, A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Presented by Great Basin College and the GBC Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Committee!

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For More Information Contact

Michael Bail
ACE Committee Chairman
Great Basin College, HTC 130

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