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Our board is comprised of five dedicated trustees, each with diverse skillsets and experience that benefit St. Mary's Art Center and our mission.

Vanessa Stephens, President and Treasurer

Vanessa Stephens has been an active chairwoman since 2018, and Treasurer since 2015.  She joined our board as former Storey County Clerk and Treasurer, and Virginia City resident.  Vanessa enjoys participating in our arts classes, supporting events, driving fundraising, and traveling in her spare time.

Shoshana Zeldner, Vice President and Secretary


Jay Carmona, Storey County Commissioner

Don Bailey

Nolan Preece

Nolan Preece received his MFA in photography and printmaking from Utah State University in 1980. Working in a range of media including photography and intaglio printmaking over the past 40 years, Preece employs both traditional and experimental techniques, allowing for an exploration of new ideas through what he describes as the intuitive balance between process and concept. His portfolios include platinum, silver gelatin, chromogenic, digital and the chemigram, a process that combines an equal mix of painting, printmaking and photography.  


Preece’s work has appeared in more than 100 juried, invitational, and solo exhibitions throughout the country and he is in 37 permanent collections including those of the Utah Museum of Fine Art; Western Illinois University; The Nevada Museum of Art; The Snell and Wilmer Collection, Phoenix, AZ; The Print Club of Albany, NY; The Southern Graphics Council Archives, Oxford, MS and the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL.  Preece has toured the U.S. with solo chemigram exhibitions at numerous museums across the U.S.  He is represented by Stremmel Gallery in Reno, NV and by the Walter Wickiser Gallery in Chelsea, New York City.


Preece is an emeritus photography professor and gallery director at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV.  

Martin A. David

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