Capital City Arts Initiative to feature UNR student exhibition |

Capital City Arts Initiative to feature UNR student exhibition

Nevada Appeal staff report

The Capital City Arts Initiative has announced its latest exhibition, The Wind Calls, at the Community Development Building (the Brick), 108 E. Proctor St.

Nine University of Nevada, Reno, students have work in the art exhibit. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. The free exhibition is available to the public through Oct. 9, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–noon and 1-4 p.m.

The Wind Calls includes work by Mahedi Anjuman, Nicki Bracco, Mark Combs, Teal Francis, Hannah Huntley, Gwaylon Leaf, Frances Melhop, Ally Messer, and Carla Miller. The artists used a wide variety of art media including mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and photography to make their art and comments on contemporary life and society.

Melhop made large-format color photographic “portraits” of three aging residences/structures as part of her The Comstock Portrait Project. Miller’s Little Adults painting presents two children faced with adult concerns when they should be care-free and playing.

Damaged motor vehicle body parts serve as stand-ins for the human body and reflect in ongoing healing processes in Combs’ sculptures; his work refers to his 22 years of active duty with the Air Force Medical Corps. Bracco’s ceramic sculpture uses organic shapes to highlight opposing forces in nature: the nurturing versus the dangerous.

Leaf’s large abstract paintings use light and color to reveal the theme of constant change.

Francis uses animals as stand-in for humans to challenge how we think about the influence of social norms in our every day lives.

Huntley’s etchings explore the relationships between expectations of female beauty and the media and how these impact personal self-worth.

In Pieces, a small etching by Messer, combines both humor and pain in its image.

Anjuman’s work is a metaphor for how contemporary society can suffocative individual expression.

This show is another in CCAI’s ongoing series of student exhibitions in the Brick.

For information, visit CCAI’s website at