Lisa Stamanis: Lucky to be Alive (The Healing Room)
January 2018 to February 16, 2018
Winchester Cultural Center Gallery
3130 McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Reception January 18 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Artist Talk January 27 – 11:30am
The exhibition, LUCKY TO BE ALIVE, was inspired by a tramatic health scare experienced by the artist and her story of survival. The installation emerged out of the desire to somehow reconcile a life-changing experience. From the medicated, post brain surgery nightmare, to the current day to day reality of creating a new life focused upon getting well and art making.
"LUCKY TO BE ALIVE is a morphine dream I am able to orchestrate and the funeral-wake I narrowly dodged." – Lisa Stamanis
Lisa Stamanis moved to Las Vegas from Southern California in 1974 and attended Clark High School. She was one of the first DeVos Scholarship high school recipients in 1976. She earned a BFA in fine art at UNLV in 1993 and also a Master of Public Administration in 2011, while working full-time. Lisa is proud to have been one of the founding members of the Contemporary Arts Collective - an artist run, non-profit arts organization.
Lisa worked in arts administration in both the gallery and public art programs for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs from 1994 until her sudden retirement in 2014 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. During her 20-plus years in public service, she continued to make and exhibit her artwork. Once a skilled draftsman, Lisa is now exploring her "new normal" and new forms of artistic expression.
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