CCAI Student Exhibition in the Brick

Sam Nichols, Conjoined, digital photo, 2021.

Sam Nichols, Conjoined, digital photo, 2021.

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Twelve Carson High School’s Advanced Photography students have their work in Photo Finished 2022 at the Brick. This exhibition presents their creative projects based on four years of studying with teacher Kara Ferrin.
Photo Finished 2022, a Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) show is in the Community Development Building (the Brick), 108 E Proctor St., through March 23.
The Brick is open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  
The exhibition video tour with artists’ interviews will be online soon.
Participating students include: Jennifer Acosta, Sam Dalton, Aubrey Glazner, Kianna Hettrick, Collin Hutson, Alanah Jackson, Emma NcNeace, Sam Nichols, Leslie Nunez, Bella Re, Amanda Salas-Perez, and Grace Turner.
In Social Justice, Kianna Hettrick presents black and white images portraying common American social issues: homelessness and racism. Grace Turner focused on the color wheel and used close up Macro images from nature to create a complete 12 part color wheel. Sam Nichols used black and white, high contrast digital art to explore a duality in a World of Horror. Jennifer Acosta staged images to explore common fears like the fear of heights.
Emma McNeace’s Neon Perspective used photos from nature enhanced with a gel colored flash. Amanda Salas-Perez’s images explored common use and types of fire. In Pretty Little Fears, Bella Re made common fears look a little more beautiful. Sam Dalton focused on places that look eerily familiar yet a bit unnerving in his Liminal Spaces.
Leslie's Story uses photographs portray core memories that have shaped who Leslie Nunez is today. Alanah Jackson’s Mental Health gave a physical manifestation of internal feelings. Aubrey Glazner’s Growing, classically explores the aging process. In Downtown, Collin Hutson presents high contrast images of familiar downtown locations.
 “The students' work, like in previous years, is a capstone cohesive body of conceptual work based on a topic of their choosing,” said faculty member Kara Ferrin. “The students are asked to create a 15-piece conceptual body of work in which all pieces must relate back to their central topic throughout the first semester. They are given few parameters, other than that work must be acceptable for a high school aged audience, must be cohesive, and must be printed to 11x14 format. Each student is given artistic license yet is guided through peer critique as well as assistance from me to ensure each photo is upholding the main idea of the portfolio as well as technical and artistic integrity. Students are asked to choose three to four of their 15 total pieces to enter the Photo Finished 2022 art show. The works are a collection from Advanced Photo III and Photo IV students.”
The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered not-for-profit organization committed to community engagement in contemporary visual arts through exhibitions, arts education programs, illustrated talks, artist residencies, and online activities
The Initiative is funded by the John and Grace Nauman Foundation, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Kaplan Family Charitable Fund, U.S. Bank Foundation, Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation, Steele & Associates LLC, and CCAI sponsors and members.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development provided additional support through its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant for 2021.
For additional information, visit CCAI’s website at


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