Photojournalism lecturer’s work displayed in fine arts exhibition
Photo by David Calvert/Reno Aces
David Calvert, Reynolds School of Journalism photojournalism instructor, will have his photography work displayed in fine art show at Sierra Arts Foundation. The show will open on Thursday, Nov. 17. Calvert has taught a variety of classes for the School since 2009 including but not limited to: photojournalism, advanced reporting and news studio. He is a member of the RSJ Class of 2012.
After capturing a multitude of moments at more than 300 Reno Aces games, official team photographer David Calvert and the northern Nevada minor league baseball team decided it was time to show some off in a gallery setting. Partnering with Sierra Arts Foundation (SAF), an exhibition of 15-20 photographs will be on display in the nonprofit organization’s downtown Reno gallery between Nov. 2-23, 2016.
A reception with baseball-themed food and beverages provided by Wild River Grille and a chance to speak with Calvert plus Reno Aces and SAF representatives will be held at the Sierra Arts Gallery at 17 So. Virginia St. on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5-7 p.m.
Since the Arizona Diamondback’s farm team was formed, Calvert has been the Reno Aces’ team photographer. A commercial and editorial photographer by trade, this collection is Calvert’s first fine arts exhibition, as well as a visual record of the club’s first eight seasons.
The images on display were chosen for their significance to the club and its history, their aesthetic use of light and composition and because they represent—to Calvert—something greater than art or sport: growth. They voice stories that show what makes baseball an enduring pastime, capturing joy and defeat, the sensory details of the game and the knowing moment when an athlete’s minor-league dream becomes a big-league reality.
“I grew up at the ballpark and learned a lot from it,” Calvert states. “Baseball taught me how to fail; even the best ballplayers—and I wasn’t—strike out frequently. In a creative endeavor like photography, making mistakes is how you learn and eventually find your artistic voice.”
This exhibition is another facet to the new partnership forged earlier in the year between the Reno Aces and SAF, and a continuation of the historical connection between art, photography and baseball that dates back to the 19th century.
In spring 2016, SAF worked with the Aces to commission two murals painted by local artists Erik Burke and Bryce Chisholm at Greater Nevada Field. The nonprofit arts organization also curated the installation of more than 100 pieces by 24 area artists in the ballpark’s luxury suites, and helped find 10 plein air painters that created works of art live before the crowd’s eyes during July games. Many of the plein air pieces will also be on display during Calvert’s exhibition.
“David Calvert is the true Reno Aces story teller. His photography brings to life the exciting environment of Greater Nevada Field, and the drive and passion Aces players bring to the field every game,” Reno Aces Director of Marketing Audrey Hill exudes. “Calvert sets the tone. We’re beyond excited to share that with the community and continue our partnership with the Sierra Arts Foundation.”