Artist Profiles

Colin Ross

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Musician, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Performing Arts

Artist Colin Ross has 36 years of professional experience as a performer, band leader, writer, and composer. He began playing and performing on the piano at the age of five and has been playing professionally since 1977.

Diane Rugg

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Dancer, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Creative Movement, Somatics, Spoken Word, Beyond Technique

Diane Rugg was born in Santa Barbara, California with an imaginative soul and deep somatic knowing. She grew up in the idyllic, richly multicultural community of Riverside, Ca with politically active, musically enlightened parents and a grandmother who was a Ziegfeld Follies hoofer.

Danielle Rumbaugh

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Portrait Drawing

Born and raised in Carson City, Nevada, Danielle attended the Ashland Academy of Art and Atelier Maui with classical instruction in drawing and painting. Danielle composes a wide range of works and commission pieces from murals, landscapes, portraits, and concept design pieces.

Greg Sample

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Director
Specialization: Contemporary Dance Co. Director

Former Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil dancer, Greg Sample formed SampleDance, a contemporary dance company in early 2016.

David Sanchez Burr

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Visual Arts

David Sanchez Burr is a mixed-media artist, living in Las Vegas. Born in Madrid, Spain, David began his experimental sound and visual work in Richmond, Virginia while studying at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sharon Schafer

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Visual Arts

Young and old alike are invited to explore the beauty and grace of our planet’s wild lands with Nevada artist and wildlife biologist Sharon K. Schafer.

Eric Schauer

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Musician
Specialization: Music - Jazz

Eric’s father was a part-time professional drummer when Eric was growing up. At UNLV, he studied with Joe Malone and Dave Loeb (2002-2003). At CSN, he studied with Dr. D. Gause, Dr. Tom Ferguson, and Bob Bonora (2003-2006).

Sue Schroeder

Location: Decatur, Georgia
Category: Dancer
Specialization: Dancer, Education Through Dance

As an artist and dynamic participant in the community, Sue believes it is essential to approach, develop and nurture a meaningful connection to dance.

Eugene Shapiro

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Musician
Specialization: Jazz Guitarist, Bandleader of Shapiro Project Jazz Group, Composer, Arranger, Educator.

Eugene Shapiro is the bandleader and manager of the jazz group the Shapiro Project. The band has released two CDs and has played all over Las Vegas and beyond. Shapiro has won two NAC Artist Fellowships and an honorable mention in the Billboard Songwriting Contest.

Group: Shapiro Project

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Musician, Teaching Artist

Eugene Shapiro is the bandleader and manager of the jazz group the Shapiro Project. The band has released two CDs and has played all over Las Vegas and beyond. Shapiro has won two NAC Artist Fellowships and an honorable mention in the Billboard Songwriting Contest.

Rieko Shimbo

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Japanese Taiko Drumming

As a young girl growing up in Japan, Rieko Shimbo saw taiko music performed at many festivals. Her formal training commenced with participation in Araumaza, a professional taiko company based in Tokyo that performed folk music and dance in Japan.

Stephen Silberkraus

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Actor, Filmmaker, Photographer
Specialization: Polaroid Photographer

Coco Chanel famously said that “fashion is made to become unfashionable.” The same is true for technology, which is made to become obsolete. Most of us rush forward to acquire new inventions, leaving a trail of forgotten iPhones, tape decks and film cameras in our wake.

Fran Sillau

Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Category: Actor, Director, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Performing Arts

For past decade, Fran Sillau has served as a teacher, writer, director, actor, and producer. He has an extensive background in theatre for youth, working for both Lexington Children’s Theatre and the Omaha Theater Company.

Emily Silver

Location: Ferndale, California
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Painting, Drawing

Emily aims to balance intuitive and intellectual knowledge of paint, aesthetics, perception, and her relationship with the desert in her life, art, and teaching.

Jeanmarie Simpson

Location: Glendale, Arizona
Category: Actor, Filmmaker, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Performing Arts

Jeanmarie Simpson is a performer, playwright, director and educator.

Chakrapani Singh

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Musician, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Indian Classical Guitar (Kachappi Veena)

Reno-based Chakrapani Singh has been working to promote the music of India for the last 20 years.

Gretchen Skivington

Location: Spring Creek, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Oral Historian, Fiction Writer, Workshop Instructor

Gretchen Holbert Skivington has a M.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in Spanish/Basque/French.

Mike Smith

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for the Las Vegas Sun

Mike Smith has been the Las Vegas Sun’s editorial cartoonist since 1983. His work, which has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, is nationally syndicated by King Features Syndicate.

Martha Smith

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer, Singer
Specialization: Dance, Vocal Musician, Musical Theater

Martha Smith believes that "Life is experienced to the fullest when the arts have a place. Everyone is not going to be a Singer/Dancer/Actor/Painter and so on, they will on the other hand have relationships with people. The Arts develop and balance us emotionally.

jimiji smith

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Musician, Singer, Storyteller
Specialization: Performance ~ Poetry & TeachingArtist

Jim has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Hawaii & Europe. He has earned awards from Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, the Piioneer Center for Performing Arts and others over the past 20 years.

Paige Smith-Wyatt

Location: Sparks, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist

Paige Smith-Wyatt is an artist located in Fernley, Nevada. She has been an artist since she was a young child and received early recognition for her artistic talent.

Kate St Pierre

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Musician, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Performing Arts

Kate St. Pierre is a teaching artist for the prestigious Smith Center for the Performing Arts. She teaches the Disney Musicals in Schools program, encouraging, assisting and training at-risk and ESL elementary students and their teachers in building sustainable theatre programs in their schools.

Ralph Stalter, Jr

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Actor, Producer, Writer
Specialization: Consultant in the Arts and Social Entrepreneurship

Ralph Stalter, Jr., is a “Cultural Provocateur” with more than 40 years of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Service. His strength is in collaborating with leaders of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations – whether they serve on the Board, executive management group, or the creative team – to establish trust and consensus building, collaborative work habits, use of innovation and creativity to solve problems, the capacity to imagine change and the willingness to work for it.
As a recommended consultant with the Nevada Arts Council, local arts agencies, municipal entities and other nonprofit organizations can apply for funding to engage Ralph to address specific issues and/or challenges, such as: Cultural Planning, Board Development, Program Development and Strategic Planning.

Sarah Stevenson

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Photographer, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Photography and Mixed Media

sarah spent most of her professional life as a corporate interior designer in chicago, managing and designing large-scale projects for fortune 500 clients.

Brad Summerhill

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Essayist, Workshop Instructor

Brad Summerhill is the author of the novel Gambler’s Quartet (Virginia Avenue Press 2010). His short stories have appeared in Red Rock Review, The Nevada Review, Aethlon, South Dakota Review, Reno News & Review and elsewhere.

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