Carson City’s arts and cultural community captures the Carson City experience. The Coalition, founded in 2001, is an informal group of Carson City artists and arts organizations that convene to support each other and advocate for arts and culture. We recognize that a creative environment is essential to an energetic, engaged, and economically robust community.
The Coalition strives to strengthen the area’s arts and culture groups through funding, visibility initiatives, access to new resources, and political voice. We provide umbrella support and advocacy for arts and culture entities within our community. With this intent and a vision to secure Carson City as the region’s hub for celebrating creative and cultural experiences, the Coalition moves forward.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
Henry David Thoreau
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Pocket Ziggurat Exhibition
at CCAI Courthouse Gallery
The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] announces its exhibition, Pocket Ziggurat, by artist Chelsea Pegram at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery from October 7, 2016 – January 19, 2017. CCAI will host a reception for the artist on Friday, October 7, 5-7pm and will have an artist talk at 5:30pm. The Courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City. The reception and the exhibition are free and the public is cordially invited. The gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.
In her sculptures, Pegram explores materials, context, and collaboration through simple gestures and constructions, transforming common building materials into simple and elegant forms. For the exhibition, Pocket Ziggurat, Pegram imagined the gallery space as a desert vista with ancient religious structures emerging from the sand and dirt. The pedestals and shelving recede and hover off the walls and floor, and display small sculptures and gestures bringing art-making into even the grandest of designs or buildings.
The standard industrial building materials she used in the exhibition explore the built environment’s relationship between interior and exterior: concrete; basswood, an architectural model-making material; and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), a material used in constructing interiors and furniture. She enhanced these with hot glue – a craft adhesive, and then added nail polish, decorative sands, seashells, and an egg.
There were three exhibitions that Pegram saw when she was in her late teens and early twenties that she said, “exploded my preconceptions of art.” The first was an Ed Kienholz retrospective, and later two surveys, one of Arte Povera and the other of Surrealism.
In 2011, Pegram earned a MFA in Studio Art from Mills College. After graduating, she taught several sculpture courses at Mills, and last year became the college’s Sculpture and Ceramics Shop Technician where she trains undergraduate and graduate students on the equipment, and assists with fabrication for their projects. Managing the shops also means having the privilege of working closely with Art Department faculty and staff. She has exhibited her work around the San Francisco Bay Area including Montalvo Center for the Arts, di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Swarm Gallery, and Pro Arts. She lives in Oakland, California.
Aaron Harbour, who wrote the exhibition essay for Pocket Ziggurat, says he “does a few too many things”: he is an artist, curator, writer and DJ operating out of Oakland. As an artist, his work concerns identifying “misbehaving” objects, words and things acting against expectation with which he attempts to collaborate. He has shown work and or performed at The Luminary in St. Louis, Windo Space in Los Angeles, Gaylord’s in Oakland, and at City Limits, Southern Exposure, Asian Art Museum, and New Langton Arts, all in San Francisco. He has upcoming curatorial projects at Sardine (NY) and Holiday Forever (Jackson Hole, WY). He runs Curiously Direct, an art criticism website and blog at curiouslydirect.com and on Facebook, and has additionally written for Fillip Magazine, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Art Practical, Decoy Magazine, Art Cards, and several small publications/artist catalogues.
During the exhibition, Ms. Pegram will give a talk about her work to art students at Dayton High School in Dayton, Nevada.
The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.
CCAI is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Carson City, NV Energy Foundation, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.
top image: Chelsea Pegram in her Oakland studio
center image: Untitled, cast concrete and decorative shell, 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ x 11″, 2016
bottom image: Pocket Ziggurat exhibition flier
ART from SNC Exhibition
at the Brick
Exhibition: December 1, 2016 – January 30, 2017
at the Community Development Building [the Brick]
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City, Nevada
Carson City, Nevada — The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, ART from SNC, at the Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. Nine student artists from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada, have work in the exhibit. The free exhibition is available to the public from December 1, 2016 – January 30, 2017.
ART from SNC includes a wide variety of art including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and mixed media pieces that shows the diversity of the students’ creativity. The participating student artists include Collyn Aubrey, Lily Luna Bennett, Piera Bernhard, Bryce Betterley, Garrett Effa, Meiasha Gray, Miranda McFarland, Vanessa O’Neill, and Ian Wieczorek.
The exhibition presents paintings by Collyn Aubrey, Bryce Betterley, and Garrett Effa. Printmakers Piera Bernhard and Miranda McFarland exhibit a variety of print techniques with their work. Lily Luna Bennett’s Morning Glory is a large ink on paper drawing. Meiasha Gray has three small black/white abstract photographs in the exhibit. Vanessa O’Neill and Ian Wieczorek show their mixed media sculptures.
Sharon Rosse, CCAI Executive Director, said “We are delighted to bring the Sierra Nevada College artists’ creative work to Carson City. We appreciate the SNC Art Department’s collaboration to make this show happen.”
The Brick is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – noon, 1-4pm. The show will remain in the building’s lobby exhibition space through January 30, 2017.
This show is the third in CCAI’s 2016 – 2017 series of student exhibitions in the Brick. CCAI will present a group exhibition by Western Nevada College in February; and another group show of high school students’ work in the spring.
The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and its online projects.
CCAI is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Carson City, NV Energy Foundation, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.
For additional information, please visit CCAI’s website at www.arts-initiative.org.
This is a judged show – Open to members AND Non-Members. This show is one of the largest shows every year for the NAA. More customers come in our doors and more art goes out of our doors!
The spirit of this show is to showcase Nevada. The artists can enter any themed piece of art, however the art does not have to be something reflecting Nevada.
Show change will be on October 22, 2016 – 10:00am – 2:00pm
If you have art in the current show, please come and it pick up during the show change.
The Nevada Artists Association has announced the winners of it’s judged Nevada Day Art Exhibition. The independent judges for this art show chose “80 Acres,” an oil by Sally Cohen of Reno, as “Best of Show.” The NAA show committee chose “The Wranglers,” a mixed media painting by Glyness Miller of Carson City, for “The Spirit of Nevada” award.
This is the 66th year that the NAA has presented the Nevada Day Show, in all those years, and more, Pat Holub of Carson City, has been involved as an officer of the Board and active member.
She is also one of the founders of the NAA. To honor her the NAA has added The Pat Holub Award for the first time this year. The award will be part of all future Nevada Day Show exhibitions. Holub will chose an art piece for this event annually. For her pick in this years exhibition the Pat Holub Award was given to “In the Notch”, a Pastel by Ruthann Wagner of Carson City.
The first place winners in the eight media categories for this show are: 3 Dimensional art, “Coral Reef”, a glass sculpture by Donna Jensen of Carson City; Photography, “100 Years a Nevadan”, Fred Howland of Carson City; Pastel, “Muk”, Peggy Holsclaw of Carson City; Paintings: “Baby Girl” an oil by Susan Schmid of Gardnerville; “Seasoned Veteran”, an acrylic by Darcy Tate of Wells; “Dat So La Lee Baskets”, a watercolor by Ruthann Wagner of Carson City. Dry Media, “In the Bitter Cold” pencil, Glyness Miller of Carson City; Digital, “The Magic Trees” a computer rendering by Catherine King of Verdi.
The public is invited to a reception and awards ceremony at the NAA Gallery on Nov. 12, 1-4pm.
The NAA gallery is located at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center complex. The exhibition opened Oct. 23 and will run through Jan. 6, 2017. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all art is for sale. Go to www.nevadaartists.org for more.
Auditions for Wild Horse Children's Theater Annie, Kids – March
Arts and culture brings us together in celebration
Music is an inspiring and fascinating celebration of social justice, breaking down the barriers between those of faith, and no faith – it is not only fun – it lifts the hearts of all of us who believe in a better world and gives us hope for tomorrow.
The Carson City Arts and Culture Coalition supports a vibrant cultural life for our community by promoting and advocating on behalf of the area’s artists and cultural institutions. The Coalition recognizes that a creative environment is an essential component of energetic civic life and sustained economic growth in the community.