New 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

New Crop 2016 Exhibition
at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] announces its exhibition, New Crop 2016, by five IMG_4165artists 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. The five artists bring a variety of media and ideas to the exhibition. All five are Master of Fine Arts [MFA] candidates that their respective institutions.

Kelly Wallis creates paper collage “security blankets” by transforming #10 security envelopes into quilt-like blankets. She disassembling and crumples them until soft, then glues and sews them together into a blanket form making a comment on contemporary culture’s obsession with privacy. Kelly earned a BA degree in Journalism with an emphasis in advertising at UNR. Wallis worked as the senior designer under Stan Byers at Stan Can Design™ creating award-winning design work. She is currently the workshop manager at Atelier Truckee and a MFA candidate at Sierra Nevada College.

Mahsan Ghazianzad paints to capture the essence of personal experiences through her paintings. She uses color, line, and shape in harmonies and abstract compositions to express emotions, thoughts, and sensations. 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 is currently a third year MFA candidate at UNR. Mahsan has participated in numerous exhibitions in Iran, Canada, and the United States including at the National Law Immigration Center, Los Angeles, California, and the Women’s Muse World Conference, Bend, Oregon.

Tom Drakulich is a multimedia artist, primarily devoted to ceramic sculpture, but also 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 his AA in art history from TMCC, a BA in Criminal Justice from UNR, and will complete his MFA from UNR in May 2017.

Quynh Tran’s brightly colored paper scrolls fly through the gallery. She uses strings, colors, and patterns as the primary translation of her inner thoughts and feelings. 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.

Native to Western Kentucky, DePaul Vera is a graphic artist and designer currently living in Reno pursuing his MFA degree in graphic art. He received a BFA in Drawing from Murray State University in 2014. Now, working exclusively with drawing and digital illustration, his work consists of comic-like pop art illustrations. While heavily influenced by two-dimensional design with current trends in typography, his diverse compositions use pastel color palettes to explore the human figure. In the exhibition, he presents hyper-saturated pop art portraits of the artists in the exhibition. As a freelance artist, he photographs weddings, engagement photos, family portraits, and more.

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 earned a B.A. at Arizona, owned a photo gallery in Reno, taught art to children in northern California, and concluded that art deserves to be thought about in depth and written about like it matters in a way that is 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 projects.

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.

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

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