Tribal Member Brandy Shaw Takes First Place in Student Art Contest

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) announced recently that Brandy Shaw earned first place at the 43rd Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition for her painting called “Lost Bear.”

A member of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and a sophomore fine arts major at TMCC, Shaw said that through her art, she wants to teach others, Native and non-Native, about tribalism and to inspire others.

Shaw painted “Lost Bear,” on an 8’x4’ panel board for a class assignment, and then entered the painting into the contest.

“The Paiute/Sioux designs in the piece are my sister Kelly, and the rest of my family,” Shaw said. “They are my inspiration.”

The public can view Shaw’s painting at the TMCC Main Art Gallery in the Red Mountain Building Student Center on the Dandini Campus. The gallery is open from on weekdays, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Currently, “Lost Bear” is part of the TMCC permanent collection and will eventually be moved over to the Edison Site according to Candace Garlock, the art galleries curator.