RENO, NV – Local artist Erik Holland and the ACLU of Nevada announce a call for entries for the upcoming “(Un)Civil Liberties Art Show,” to be held at Rainshadow Charter High School on Thursday, October 25th.

“Art brings people together,” said artist and Rainshadow art teacher Erik Holland. “By showcasing the work of local artists, we hope to raise a cohesive voice about the importance of civil liberties. We specifically want to bring awareness to our broader community about the urgent need to fight against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).”

On the last day of 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This act codified indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The 2013 NDAA is currently under consideration in the United States Congress - it passed the House in May and will be voted on by the Senate soon.

“This law is completely at odds with American values and violates the Constitution – we do not detain people indefinitely based on suspicion alone without charge or trial,” Dane Claussen, Executive Director at the ACLU of Nevada, stated. “Congress created the problems caused by the NDAA detention provisions, and Congress should clean up the mess it made, by passing the Udall/Smith legislation. The Nevada legislature can encourage Congress to do the right thing by passing a state resolution.”

Submission deadline is Sunday, October 14, 2012. Each artist may submit work from different mediums, including but not limited to: Painting, Graphic Arts, Photography, Literature, and Performance Art. Entries will depict civil rights/human rights struggles worldwide; however, each artist must submit and/or display at least one piece lamenting the National Defense Authorization Act – the inspiration for the “(Un)Civil Liberties Art Show.”

Exhibiting artists include recent transplant from London, Zoe Bray, as well as local artists James Dilworth, Erik Holland, Ryan Ostler, Craig Smyers, and Chad Sorg among others.

Artists will receive 70% of the proceeds from sales of art pieces, with remaining proceeds going to Rainshadow Charter High School.

  • Event Date: Thursday, October 25th – 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Rainshadow Charter High School, 121 Vesta Street, Reno, Nevada
  • Admission: Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.