Tom di Maria: Outside In

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Reception, 6:15pm
Talk, 7pm
at the Community Development Building [the Brick]
108 E Proctor Street, Carson City

Outside In
CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk by Tom di Maria

On Tuesday, September 13, the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] will headshot.dimaria(1)present a talk by Tom di Maria, Director of the Creative Growth Art Center [CGAC] in Oakland, California. His illustrated talk, Outside In, is next in CCAI’s Nevada Neighbors series. The talk will take place at 7pm at the Community Development building [the Brick], 108 E Proctor St, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for di Maria preceding the event at 6:15pm. The presentation and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

Tom di Maria has served as Director of Creative Growth Art Center since 2000. The oldest and largest art center of its kind, CGAC engages 154 adult artists with disabilities in 74 ongoing workshops led by trained professional artists in a range of media, including painting, drawing, print making, woodworking, ceramics, textiles, and video production. Founded in 1974, CGAC maintains a well-established reputation as a vital contemporary art center and gallery by encouraging the highest level of achievement and recognition for its artists with disabilities. Today, CGAC artists thrive in the mainstream art world, and its groundbreaking model has fostered the development of over 20 similar organizations around the world. More info at

cgac 23may16Di Maria has developed partnerships with museums, galleries, and international design companies to help bring Creative Growth’s artists with disabilities fully into the contemporary art world.

The term “Outsider Art” has gained increased attention in the art world. Often used to describe the work of self-taught or non-academically trained artists, the term is both a stigma and a banner. Its history goes back to the French term art brut, first used to describe a growing body of artistic work from the mid-20th century, but its meaning has greatly evolved since then.

Di Maria’s Nevada Neighbors talk will provide a short overview of the history of the genre, and will also focus on artists with disabilities from CGAC including the work of artist Judith Scott, a sculptor whose work has been widely exhibited in venues ranging from the Outsider Art Fair to the Brooklyn Museum.

Di Maria speaks around the world about the Center’s major artists and their relationship to both Outsider Art and contemporary culture. Prior to this position, he served as Assistant Director of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley. He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore.

As part of his CCAI visit, di Maria will give his talk to art students and faculty at Douglas High School and at 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 planning and 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.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [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, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

top image: Tom di Maria
center image: Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California
bottom image: fall 2016 Nevada Neighbors bookmarkNVN Fall 2016 sbs