Carson City, Nev. The Nevada Arts Council features “Kiddo,” an exhibit by Bryan Christiansen, in its Carson City office from October 4 through November 26 as part of the Office eXhibition Series (OXS). An artist talk and reception will be held Thursday, October 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Christiansen’s works are re-creations and deconstructions composed from found couches, armchairs, tables, mattresses and bed frames. Hunting the surrounding area for abandoned furniture, he reconstructs his finds into animals or deconstructs to create various “trophies” including “antler mounts” and stretched furniture “pelts.”
A South Dakota native, Christiansen attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2009. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the area, and has been recognized with a Sierra Arts Student Endowment Grant, “Best in Show” at the 2009 UNR Student Exhibition, and a FY 2011 NAC Artist Fellowship Honorable Mention Award. A featured artist in the Stremmel Gallery’s Emerging Artists group exhibition, Christiansen launched Nevada Museum of Art’s Nevada Emerging Artists Series with his first solo exhibit in summer 2010.
The OXS gallery is located in Nevada Arts Council office at 716 N. Carson Street (intersection of Washington Street), Suite A, in Carson City and is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 775-687-6680 for details. The OXS gallery is managed by the Artist Services Program.
The Nevada Arts Council was founded in 1967 as a state agency charged with developing and promoting the arts in Nevada. Statewide programs include Artist Services, Arts in Education, Community Arts Development, Folklife, and Grants. The Arts Council supports the work of Nevada artists, arts organizations and institutions and is funded by the Nevada State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and other public and private sources.
The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, preservation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the Division of Museums and History, State Historic Preservation Office, State Library and Archives, Comstock Historic District Commission, Literacy Coalition, and the Commission for Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org