Today is Jim McCormick’s birthday. The long-revered artist, UNR art professor, and founding member of the Nevada Arts Council was born in Chicago in 1936 and died in Reno in 2017. Jim’s daughter-in-law, Quest Lakes, shared some photos of his 2013 exhibition “All Terrain Vehicles” at Western Nevada College. His son Theo McCormick shot the photos.
I remember Jim as a warm and encouraging person who made it his mission to welcome people—myself included—into the art world. He was a mentor to generations of Northern Nevada artists. (Here’s a remembrance I wrote for the Reno News & Review in 2017.)