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City of Reno announces inaugural City Artist

Post Date:07/10/2019 4:32 PM
The City of Reno will officially introduce Tom Drakulich as its inaugural City Artist on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Drakulich was appointed by the Reno Arts & Culture Commission and will serve as the City Artist from July 2019 to June 2020.

The public and media are invited to Reno City Hall to meet Drakulich on July 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. during an artist reception. There will be an Artist Talk by Drakulich at 5:30 p.m.

Drakulich will exhibit his work, Bound Figures and Made Up Bodies, in the Metro Gallery (located on the first floor of City Hall) through August 30, 2019.

“I am incredibly honored, excited and proud to be selected as the City of Reno’s first City Artist,” Drakulich said. “I hope that my work as City Artist will inspire community engagement and propel future creative action to the same effect that the Reno arts and culture community has shaped me as an artist.”

Drakulich, a Reno native, graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2017. He is an interdisciplinary artist using traditional and alternative processes. His practice uses figurative abstraction to navigate the play between the familiar and the unique to consider how we deal with the unknown and explore relationships on many levels.

During his tenure as City Artist, Drakulich will also curate an exhibition featuring iconic Reno artists Fred Reid and Richard Jackson in early 2020, as well as have the opportunity to engage with constituents via public talks about his process and artwork.

“It means the world to me to have the opportunity to represent our amazing art community by sharing my most recent body of work and later curating Only Two Ways to Fire, an exhibition of ceramics by Fred and Richard, two incredibly important Reno artists,” Drakulich added. 

The Reno Arts & Culture Commission created the City Artist program to promote visual artists living in Reno, highlight visual art in the community and engage with the public. 
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