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Rebekah Bogard

September 20, 2024 - March 2, 2025 Admission

Rebekah Bogard received her MFA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2003. She received a BFA from the University of Wyoming in Laramie in 2000. She is currently an Associate Professor in Ceramics at the University of Nevada Reno, as well as a studio artist. She has received numerous awards including being named an “Emerging Artist” by both the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and Ceramics Monthly Magazine. She has been awarded a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. In addition, she is a two-time recipient of the Nevada Fine Arts Council Fellowship, as well as receiving the “Best of Show” in several national art competitions. Her work has been shown in several solo and group exhibitions nationwide. Moreover, her work has been reviewed in publications such as Art in America, LA Times, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Clay Times Magazine, and Artweek.

Bogard employs fictional animals in her artwork to explore the narrative of her life and personal history, as they can disarm expectations. She utilizes animals because they are beautiful and mysterious creatures, vulnerable to relations with humans. This susceptibility gives them a sense of benevolence that is often lacking in human interactions. The fictional creatures juxtaposed with non-fictional animals are there to turn the world upside-down and to leave the viewer off balance. By changing the rules of engagement, fantasies become realities and dreams become actuality. Concrete gender roles no longer exist. Females can be more like males and males can be more like females.

As a female artist, Bogard is interested in gender and how specific gender roles are assigned to both girls and women. She exploits normative female iconography such as flowers, butterflies, and curving sensuous lines as well as “feminine” color combinations such as pinks, purples and pastel blues. She embraces female sexuality, vulnerability, and romance not as the stereotypical taboo, but as an empowered re-contextualization. Through these creatures, She embraces, reclaims and redefines female stereotypes; powerful messages relevant to today’s world.