Paul Baker Prindle: Museum Work: Increasing Creative Capital


Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Reception, 6:15pm
Talk, 7pm
at the Community Development Building
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City

Museum Work: Increasing Creative Capital
CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk by Paul Baker Prindle


On Tuesday, March 15, the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] will present a talk by artist and IMG_7047.JPGcurator Paul Baker Prindle. His illustrated talk, Museum Work: Increasing Creative Capital, is the next in CCAI’s Nevada Neighbors series. The talk will take place at 7pm at the Community Development building [formerly the BRIC], 108 E Proctor St, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Paul proceeding the event at 6:15pm. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

University Galleries director, Paul Baker Prindle will discuss how museums, including the University of Nevada, Reno’s [UNR] art museum, work to grow the creative capital of the regions they serve. In addition to reviewing some of the successful projects University Galleries has launched, Paul will preview upcoming collaborations, share his thoughts on how to grow creativity, and discuss how his own studio practice organizes his curatorial work. 

Paul is Director of University Galleries, UNR’s art museum. The breadth of his curatorial work includes specialized attention to contemporary photography, LGBT art practice, contemporary art made by Indigenous Americans, and Outsider art. Baker Prindle is a leading authority on the work of Ernest Hüpeden, an itinerant artist who worked in the Midwest in the early 1900s. He participates in numerous collaborative art initiatives including a recurring curatorial project at the Venice Biennale. He also contributed to an exhibition of photographs by Hoorace Poolaw currently on view at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Indian.  He is a regularly published visual arts critic.

As a member of the Department of Art, he facilitates the development of student exhibition practices, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and fosters connections between Nevada students and communities beyond campus. 

Paul is also a practicing artist. Work on his current series, Mementi Mori, has taken him to twenty-three states and the District of Columbia as he documents the haunting sites of homophobic murders. He has exhibited in numerous American cities and abroad. His work has been published by Out and,, Our Lives, and Männer, and has received mention in Art Forum Diary, Wisconsin Gazette, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and on Wisconsin Public Radio.  Baker Prindle is an alumnus of the graduate school of University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied arts administration and printmaking. He lives in Reno with his husband, two rescued Great Danes, and an ornery tabby cat.

As part of his CCAI visit, Paul will give his talk to art students at Dayton and Douglas high IMG_4131schools and at Sierra Nevada College about street photography: “photography that features the chance encounters and random accidents within public places”. [1] 

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community planning and building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, City of Carson City, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

[1] Wikipedia: street photography

[top image: Paul Baker Prindle, February 2015]
[center image: Paul talking with a Dayton High student following his talk, Art Work: Professional Life for Artists, 3/24/16]
[bottom image: CCAI Nevada Neighbors bookmark, spring 2016]

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