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  • Arts Benicia 991 Tyler St # 114 Benicia, CA 94510 USA (map)

The exhibition will showcase a tapestry of the visual imagery, science, and rich cultural elements of the range and its notable features, examining the past, celebrating the present, and looking to the future of the Sierra Nevada. This unique mountain range defines the landscape of inner California, dictates its watershed, and encompasses numerous features that significantly contribute to the Golden State's appearance, climate, land use, economy, and culture.

Artists are invited to submit their original paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, hand-pulled prints, digital art, textile art, fiber art, book and map art, sound art, music, installation, and video. Uplift will celebrate the Sierra Nevada's legacy and influence: artistic topics are potentially vast, and may include physical features such as Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Mammoth, Mono Lake, and Devils Postpile; relationship concepts such as its interface with Death Valley, the Gold Rush, or John Muir; or may delve deep into the Sierra Nevada's social issues, climate and orography (rain shadow), recreation, land management, relevant specialized economies and historial trades, natural history, political issues, conservation, archeology, and geophysical sciences.

Jeanne Lorenz’s familiarity with the Sierra Nevada includes a 5-month thru-hike of the Pacific Coast Trail. She holds an MFA from Yale University, a BFA from CCAC, and is currently a professor at Solano College where she has taught painting, color theory, design, murals, and printmaking. Her own artwork focuses on the concepts, events, and spaces in which humans collaborate with natural systems.