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‘While I Am Still’ photo exhibit opens April 14 in Carson City


Linda Alterwitz’s Untitled #47, from her photo exhibit, “While I Am Still,” is seen in this handout photo. The exhibit opens April 14 at the OXS Gallery in Carson City.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Bringing imagination to the logical mind, adding dimension to the creative mind and reflecting what lies beneath the surface is what Linda Alterwitz strives for in her new exhibit at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery in Carson City. “While I Am Still,” a show of the Las Vegas photographer’s work, will be on display April 14 to June 15 at the OXS Gallery, 716 N. Carson St. in Carson City. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

In “While I Am Still,” Alterwitz engages both the arts and sciences, incorporating medical images from her battle with illness. She chooses elements that originate as medical imagery, including radiographs, sonograms, PET scans and MRIs chosen for both their visual and scientific value. Selections from three of her series “In-Sight,” “Portrait” and “Remnants” document her work from 2010-13. She revisits records with alternate imaging cameras. Combining her personal experience and technical explorations, the finished work reveals information about a person’s body that is not visible without the aid of cutting-edge technology.

“Experiencing medical testing on my own body has led my mind to a dream state,” Alterwitz said. “While my physical body was engaged and still, my mind traveled. It is from this place the project ‘While I Am Still’ originates.”

Alterwitz received the Nevada Arts Council’s Visual Artist Fellowship in 2014 and her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Israel. Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., debuted her series “In-Sight.” She had a solo exhibition at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and The Donna Beam Gallery at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

OXS, Office eXhibition Series, is managed by the Artist Services Program of the NAC. Funding is provided by the Nevada State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The OXS gallery features artists who have been recognized by NAC through its Artist Fellowship Program and exhibits that are part of NAC’s Nevada Touring Initiative-Traveling Exhibition Program.

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing hundreds of grants to art-s and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state, the NAC coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high school-aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more information, please visit the department’s website, nac.nevadaculture.org


Chris Moran
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Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.