By Jesse Bertel

Jeff Del Nero is one of two renowned contemporary artists with work on display at the Yavapai College (YC) Prescott Art Gallery, 1100 E. Sheldon St., this summer with his large panel drawings made to look like ruled notebook paper from junior high. Del Nero’s “Motivated History” exhibit will be on display alongside Italian artist Mario Loprete’s “In Cemento Veritas” through Aug. 4 as part of the gallery’s One Gallery, Two Exhibitions Series.

An opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, during Prescott’s popular Fourth Friday Artwalk event, will offer the chance to meet Del Nero and discuss his work. The exhibitions are free and open to the public at the Yavapai College Prescott Art Gallery. Across the Street spoke with Del Nero about his work. The following interview was edited for length and clarity.

What can people expect to see of your work at this exhibit?

I have 18 pieces in there. Of the 18, about three-quarters of them are based on the form factor of binder paper, college rule, three-hole binder paper. It’s sort of this format that I’ve been using as a way of like the historicity of just being an artist since I started out working on that kind of paper. There is one piece that’s actually on binder paper that’s seven and a half by ten and a half, but they scale all the way up to 48 by 60 in proportion to the original size. So, when viewed online or seen without the context, people have a hard time recognizing what size it is. So, it’s always fun to get the reaction of work that’s a surprisingly different size. You get these fun conversations with that and even more fun with the idea of people only consuming artwork, original artwork, only consuming it online. You don’t get the context of it. It’s kind of for me, a fun thing to hear what people thought. “Oh, I thought this was just a small piece of paper.”

What made you start with the binder paper-style artwork?

The thing that really got me going in that direction was just thinking about, at one point some years ago, I’ve been kind of working on these for maybe the last five or six years, was, you know, I’m old now and I started out with this paper, which is the only paper I had when I was a kid. I drew on it during class instead of probably keeping notes or whatever. So, “What would I do now?” That was my thought. “What would I do now if that’s all I had?” So there was one level of thought of bringing a lifetime of experience to this measly underwhelming piece of paper with blue lines and a three-hole punch. That was sort of that kind of got me thinking that way.

The YC Prescott Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about Jeff Del Nero’s work, visit

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