Site Specific Award: Nevada Printmaking Founder


Jim McCormick was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1936.  He attended the University of Tulsa where he received a bachelor’s degree in art in 1958, and a master’s degree in painting and printmaking in 1960.  McCormick joined the art faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno in 1960.  He offered instruction in a variety of disciplines including printmaking, drawing, visual foundations and papermaking prior to his retirement in 1992.  In 1989 McCormick was honored with the University of Nevada, Reno Distinguished Teacher Award and in 1998, he was the recipient of the UNR Distinguished Faculty Award.

He served on the Nevada State Council of the Arts (now Nevada Arts Council) from 1963 to 1970 and from 1980 to 1989.  In 1990, McCormick received the Governor’s Art Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Prints, drawings and mixed media works by McCormick have been featured in solo exhibitions at a number of institutions including Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa; Davidson College, North Carolina and University of Maine, Orno.  He has been accepted to numerous group exhibitions including Pratt Graphics Center, New York; San Francisco Museum of Art; Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana and Dallas Museum of Art.  His works hang in a number of private and public collections including U.S. Bank, City of Reno, Renown Health Systems and Comstock Bank.

In the early 1970’s, McCormick lived in Silver city, Nevada, where he built a comples of geodesic domes and participated in various activities around the community; volunteer fire department, city park development, and the town board, among them.

McCormick has illustrated several books of poetry and co-authored Brushwork Diary, published by the University of Nevada Press, and An Elegant Line: The Art of the Sheppard Family, published by the Nevada Museum of Art.