Human, Robot, Human Collaborative Exhibition

This summer the Tahoe Gallery is transformed into an experimental collaborative research residency. Artist Emily Ward Bivins from University of Tennessee and musician Joshua Reed from University of Nevada Reno have been paired together to research, create, collaborate, and perform. This collaboration is an exploration of the visual art and music. The Tahoe Gallery is activated as a research space, studio, collaboration lab, and ultimately an exhibition. The way this happens is dictated by Emily and Josh and the experimentation and research they are exploring together without presupposing the outcome. These collaborators have started to explore the ideas of place and space, the lake and the atmosphere, humans and animals, nature and technology, and accumulation versus contemplation. This space is experimental, and this program is designed to be flexible and interdisciplinary.

Josh D. Reed -Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Area coordinator of Jazz and Improvisational Music UNR

Josh Reed is a trumpeter and educator who holds degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder, the Eastman School of Music, and James Madison University.

As a performer, Reed has shared the stage with artists such as Dave Douglas, Brad Goode, Anat Cohen, Art Lande, Tommy Igoe, Greg Gisbert, Paquito D'Rivera, Rufus Reid and Darlene Love. He currently leads his own trio, quartet, and quintet.

As an educator, he has taught private lessons, ensembles and courses at Lagond Music School in New York, Metropolitan State University in Colorado, University of Colorado, and communities throughout the United States. Reed directed the jazz program at the University of Missouri in the spring of 2017 before directing the jazz program at Santa Clara University. He joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in fall 2019 as an assistant professor of jazz trumpet.

Reed recently released his first recording as a leader: "Leaping Forward" featuring Art Lande. He is also featured on Art Deco's "Free Range," Emily Takahashi's "Not Spoken," Omar Thomas's "I Am," Matt Smiley's "Quartet Art" and releases from Dillon Vado's "Never Weather" and The Tim Wendel Septet.

Emily Ward Bivens -Professors of time-Based Art and Cinema Studies and Director of Graduate

studies at University of Tennessee Knoxville

Emily Ward Bivens was raised in southern Louisiana. Her childhood bedroom was set apart from her family on the far side of an old house under which a large colony of armadillos would root and cavort all night. She studied biology later switching to art when she realized that there are limits to what science can explain. She has had exhibitions and performances in festivals, museums, galleries and washaterias.

Bivens is the recipient of the 2019 Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant and 2019 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. Individual work has been shown at Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA and DEMO project in Springfield, IL.  Her collaborative work with The Bridge Club has been presented at Press Street for Prospect 3+, New Orleans, LA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA, The Texas Biennial, San Antonio, TX, Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM and the Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX.   Bivens received her BFA from Colorado State University and her MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  She is a Professor of Time-Based Art and Cinema Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Check out Emily Ward Bivins work at

And Joshua Reed quartet

Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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