The City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission created the City Artist position in 2019 as a way to recognize outstanding visual artists in our community. The mission of this program is to promote visual artists living in Reno, to highlight visual artists in the community, and to engage with the public through visual art. The City Artist is a one-year appointment that includes a solo exhibition in the City Hall Metro Gallery, public talks, and the curation of an exhibition.
Tom Drakulich - Reno City Artist 2019 - 2020
Tom Drakulich, the inaugural City Artist, was appointed by the Reno Arts & Culture Commission and will serve as the City Artist from July 2019 through June 2020.
“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.
Questions about this and other City of Reno Arts and Culture programs can be directed to Megan Berner, Public Art Program Coordinator, at 775-326-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.