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The Nevada Arts Council presents “Firewalls,” a series of collagraphs and screenprints by Sparks artist, Candace Nicol. “Firewalls” explores several aspects of the human condition – the psychological constraints we assign ourselves and others, the ideologies that shape our viewpoints, and the complexities of multicultural relationships.

Irresolvable Tension by Candace Nicol”Firewalls”is on display through December 29 as part of the Arts Council’s Office eXhibition Series (OXS). On Thursday, November 13, the Arts Council will host an artist’s talk and reception with Candace Nicol from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Candace Nicol’s work is a fusion of printmaking, painting and digital photography. Her multilayered compositions present a fresh viewpoint on relationships, social identities and societal issues.

Nicol works out of her studio in Sparks and is a co-founder of the Northern Nevada Printmakers’ Conspiracy. Nicol’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is in the permanent collections of the Boise Art Museum, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper at Rutgers University, Southern Graphics Council Archives, The Kinsey Institute, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Painting and Sculpture Museum Association, Istanbul, Turkey.

Candace Nicol, “irresolvable tension between boundary and hospitality”, mixed media, 2008

A Nevada Arts Council’s 2009 Visual Arts Fellowship recipient, Nicol has also received a 2008 Artist Grant from the Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, an honorable mention in Printmaking Today, a review of fine art printmaking produced by the Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art and the Castle of Castiglione Museum, Abruzzo, Italy.

The OXS gallery is located in Nevada Arts Council office at 716 N. Carson Street (intersection of Washington Street), Suite A, in Carson City and is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 775-687-6680 for details.

The Nevada Arts Council was founded in 1967 as a state agency charged with developing and promoting the arts in Nevada. Statewide programs include Artist Services, Arts in Education, Community Arts Development, Folklife and Grants. The Arts Council supports the work of Nevada artists, arts organizations and institutions and is funded by the Nevada State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and other public and private sources.

The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, preservation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the Division of Museums and History, State Historic Preservation Office, State Library and Archives, Comstock Historic District Commission, Literacy Coalition, and the Commission for Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit the department’s website at

November 10, 2008
Contact: Fran Morrow (775) 687-7106
Kathy Wood (775) 687-7108