Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition

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.

Wine Walk at the Nevada Artists Association

Wine Walk at the Nevada Artists Association

September 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CCAI Student Gallery, High School Pic[ks] 1

CCAI Student Gallery, High School Pic[ks] 1

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Savannah Sipping Society -CVCT

The Savannah Sipping Society -CVCT

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Savannah Sipping Society-CVCT

The Savannah Sipping Society-CVCT

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso
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.
Aristotle

ART GALLERIES

Capital City Arts Initiative Exhibitionshttp://www.arts-initiative.org

 

 

Silver State Swimmer Exhibition
in the Sierra Room

Reception Sept 9, 5-7 pm

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Silver State Swimmer, with IMG_7206.JPG copyartwork by Michael Malley at the city’s Sierra Room located in the Community Center, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The free exhibition is available to the public from July 11 – November 10, 2016.

The wilderness, and the Sierra in particular, have always been a paramount source of inspiration for Malley as an artist. Using the Lahontan cutthroat trout as a muse, he focused his sculptures and drawings on this iconic and threatened species.

For Malley, the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Nevada’s State Fish, represents the wilderness and the resources that Westerners treasure. This freshwater native lives land-locked in the driest state in the union. Honoring heroes is an ancient role for an artist. Malley feels that often our heroes are human, sometimes they are other spirits, which he honors through his art.

Malley illustrates this reverence through his drawings, paintings, and sculptures. He uses graphite, ink, gouache, and oils to create his drawings and paintings, and uses woodwork, ceramics, leather, and oxidized copper to build his sculptures.

Malley has taught Art at Carson High School since 2006. In 2000, he earned a B.A. in Art/Painting from the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned a teaching credential from Sierra Nevada College in 2006. His show, Fifty-Seven Saints, with historically-based mixed media pieces, was in UNR’s McNamara Gallery in 2000. Malley lives in Gardnerville, Nevada.

Previously, Malley studied Illustration at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and did special effects work for Disney Animation on feature films The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules, 1996-1997.

During his active military service [1986 – 1990] and reserve service and activated reserve deployments [1994-2010] with the U.S. Navy, Malley served as a Draftsman/ Illustrator for the Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet and worked with the Public Affairs Officer in Philadelphia. Locally, he has worked as a portrait and sketch artist in Lake Tahoe on the M.S. Dixie, Tahoe Queen.

malley studioThe Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including every other Thursday 8am – 5pm, and most weeknights Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 8pm. For Sierra Room access, call 775.283.7421 or check meeting schedules online at www.carson.org/government/meetings-and-events

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, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, City of Carson City, NVEnergy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

Exhibition: July 11 – November 10, 2016
at the Sierra Room, Carson City Community Center
851 E. William Street, Carson City, Nevada
Open to the public during all City meetings, most M – Th evenings

 

• top image: Mike Malley in his Carson High classroom, 2015
• center image: Mike Malley in his barn studio, 2016
• bottom image: Silver State Swimmer flier, summer 2016

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IMG_4174New Crop 2016

Reception: Friday, June 3, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition: June 3 – September 29, 2016

at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery
885 E Musser Street, Carson City, Nevada

 

 

 

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] announces its exhibition, New Crop 2016, by five artists from Sierra Nevada College and the University of Nevada Reno at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Friday, June 3, 5-7pm and the artists will give brief talks about their work at 5:30pm. The show will be open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am -5pm from June 3 – September 29, 2016. The Courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City. The reception and the exhibition are free.

The artists in the exhibition are Tom Drakulich, Mahsan Ghazianzad, Quynh Tran, DePaul Vera, and Kelly Wallis, all five Master of Fine Arts [MFA] candidates.

Tom Drakulich is a multimedia artist, primarily devoted to ceramic sculpture, but also is involved in painting and photography. Deeply influenced by Nevada’s landscape, Tom’s large ceramic sculptures navigate the space between abstraction and representation. A Reno native, Tom received a BA in Criminal Justice from UNR, and will complete his MFA from UNR in May 2017.

Mahsan Ghazianzad paints to capture the essence of her personal experiences in her abstract compositions. She earned her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the Sooreh Art University in Tehran, Iran, and emigrated to the US five years ago. She received her MFA degree at UNR this May. Mahsan has participated in numerous exhibitions in Iran, Canada, and the United States including the National Law Immigration Center, Los Angeles, California, and the Women’s Muse World Conference, Bend, Oregon.

Quynh Tran’s colorful and bold prints, reflecting traditional scrolls, are presented as sculptural forms. She was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, and came to the U.S. for her undergraduate study. She earned her BFA in Printmaking & BA in Advertising from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Currently, Tran is pursuing her MFA in Studio Arts–Concentration in Printmaking & Book Arts at UNR. Her work has been exhibited nationally.

DePaul Vera is a graphic artist and designer pursuing his MFA degree at UNR. His present work consists of comic-like pop art illustrations. In the exhibition, he presents hyper-saturated pop art portraits of the five artists in the show. He received a BFA in Drawing from Murray State University in western Kentucky, 2014. As a freelance artist, he is available for photographing weddings, engagement photos, family portraits. depaulvera.com

Kelly Wallis creates paper collage “security blankets” by transforming #10 security envelopes into quilt-like blankets. She disassembles and crumples the envelopes until soft, then glues and forms them into a blanket making a comment on current obsessions with privacy. Kelly earned a BA degree in Journalism with an emphasis in advertising at UNR. She is currently the workshop manager at Atelier Truckee and a MFA candidate at Sierra Nevada College.

CCAI commissioned Kris Vagner to write the exhibition essay for New Crop 2016. She has written over 400 articles and essays for the Reno News & Review, East Bay Express, Las Vegas Weekly, SF Weekly, San Francisco Examiner, Salt Lake Weekly, Chicago Sun Times, Ceramics Monthly, and others. She also runs her own Double Scoop Art Blog and teaches journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. She believes that art deserves to be thought about in depth and accessible to a wide audience.

During the exhibition, the artists will give talks about their artwork to students at area high schools in fall semester.

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 activities.

New Crop 2016 is supported by a lead donation from the NV Energy Foundation.

CCAI is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, City of Carson City, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John and Grace Nauman Foundation.http://www.arts-initiative.org

[top image: group photo of the New Crop 2016 artists in the gallery,
back row: [l-r] Kelly Wallis, Tom Drakulich; front row [l-r] Quynh Tran, DePaul Vera, Mahsan Ghazianzad]

 

Print Project Exhibition
at the Brick

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Print Project, IMG_4579at the Community Development Building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. Ten University of Nevada, Reno [UNR] student artists created the art posters in class earlier this summer. The building is open to the public daily, 8am – noon, 1-4pm. The free exhibition will remain in the building’s lobby from July 12 through August 29.

Print Project includes 10 posters made by students working in a “Wall Works” summer class at UNR’s Black Rock Press. They worked with faculty member and artist Amy Thompson to investigate poster design as a means of communication and artistic practice. Students used text printed on Vandercook proofing presses to explore propaganda and persuasion as a contemporary art form. The course focused on typography and image-making techniques in the production of a series of letterpress-printed posters.

The participating student artists include: Rachel Dickson, Michelle Duggan, Marie Sophia Sevier Dyer, Sean Evans, Connor Goicoechea, Maurice Gregory, Alexa Jones, Richard Lin, Timothy Robb, and Ashlyn Robinson.

IMG_4580The Black Rock Press preserves the history and traditions of the art of the book while simultaneously turning a creative and critical eye toward its relevance in contemporary art and culture. More info at www.unr.edu/art/black-rock-press

UNR faculty member, Amy Thompson, taught this summer class, teaches Book Arts courses, and manages the Black Rock Press, home to the University’s emerging book and graphic arts programs. A printmaker and graphic designer, Amy uses printmaking and letterpress printing in her own work. She earned her MFA degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007.

The Print Project show launches CCAI’s 2016 – 2017 series of student exhibitions in the Brick. The following group exhibitions will present art by students from Carson, Dayton, and Douglas high schools; Western Nevada College; and Sierra Nevada College.

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, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, City of Carson City, NV Energy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

Exhibition: July 12 – August 29, 2016
at the Community Development Building [the Brick]
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City, Nevada

 

• top image: [l-r] student Michelle Duggan with Amy Thompson at Black Rock Press
• center image: student Marie Sophia Sevier Dyer working on a Vandercook proofing press
• bottom image: Black Rock Press logo

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Nevada Artists Association at the Brewery Arts Center.

                                           Nevada Artists Association

http://nevadaartists.org/

Photography  Show

August 1 – 13, 2016

10-4 pm Monday-Saturday, Nevada Artists Association, Brewery Arts Center

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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.

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