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Rafael blanco

RAFAEL BLANCO

Professional Artist/Art Professor

EDUCATION

2013               MFA, Drawing & Painting, University of Nevada, Reno NV
2004               BA cum laude, Studio Art, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga CA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2014-Present Program Coordinator/Art Professor, Feather River College, Quincy CA
2013-14         Adjunct Art Professor, University of Nevada, Reno NV
2012-14         Adjunct Art Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno NV
2012-14         Project Leader HandsON! Program, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno NV
2011-2013     Instructor of Record, University of Nevada, Reno NV


PUBLIC ART
2018              Western Pacific Mural, Portola CA

                      La Michoacana, Lincoln CA

                      Welcome to Plumas County, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy CA
2017              The Heart of Community, Quincy CA 

                       Irma, Reno Mural Expo, Reno NV
                       No Parking-Sherley Russell, Lincoln CA
                       Railrodaing Away, Mural, Live Oak Blvd., Live Oak CA
                       Snapshot, Mural, Virginia Street, Reno NV
2016               Dancing Street, Mural, Virginia Street, Reno NV
                       Flying, Mural, Quincy Elementary School, Quincy CA
                       Art Door, Feather River College, Quincy CA
2014               The Jump!, Mural, Virginia Street, Reno NV
                        We Are Reno, Signal box, Center Street, Reno NV


EXHIBITION RECORD
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018               Plumas Arts Gallery, Quincy CA
2015               Charleston Heights Art Center, Las Vegas, NV
                       Plumas County Museum, Quincy CA
2014               Western Nevada College, Carson NV
                       Plumas Art Gallery, Quincy CA
                       Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno NV
2013               Stremmel Gallery, Reno NV
2012               Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson NV
                       Bank of America Building, Reno NV
                       McNamara Gallery, Reno NV
                       Main Art Gallery, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno NV
2011               Metro Gallery, Reno City Hall, Reno NV
2010               La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley CA


Selected Group Exhibitions
2015               National All Media Juried Exhibition, Chico Art Center, Chico CA
2014               Painting in the World, Northern Arizona Univ. Art Museum, Flagstaff AZ
                       Haggin National Exhibition, The Haggin Museum, Stockton CA
                       Emergence 2014 International Artists to Watch, Myrtis Gallery, Baltimore MD
                       Shades of Gray, Abstract to Representation, Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas NV
                       For Whom It Stands TOO, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore MD
2013               Grants to Artists Exhibition, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno NV
2012               Truckee Meadows Community College Faculty Exhibition, Reno NV
                        Cross Section, MFA Group Exhibition, McNamara Gallery Reno NV
                        I Visual Art Blast, McKinley Cultural Center, Reno NV
2011               Lately, MFA Group Exhibition, McNamara Gallery Reno NV

AWARDS/GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS
2017               Winner Lincoln Mural Competition, Lincoln CA
                       Certificate of Commendation, Unites States Senator Cortez Maestro
                       2nd Place, 2017 24h Mural Marathon Circus Circus Resort, Reno NV
2016               2nd Place, 2016 24h Mural Marathon Circus Circus Resort, Reno NV
2015               3rd Place, National All Media Juried Exhibition, Chico Art Center, Chico CA
2014               1st Place, Painting in the World, NAU Art Museum, Flagstaff AZ
                       Sharon Elizondo Special Award, Haggin Museum, Stockton CA
                       2nd Place, 2014 24h Mural Marathon Circus Circus Resort, Reno
                       Professional Development Grant, Nevada Arts Council, Reno NV
2013               Professional Artist Grant, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno NV
                       Outstanding International Graduate Student, University of Nevada, Reno NV
2012               I Visual Art Blast Winner, McKinley Cultural Center, Reno NV
                        International Student Award, University of Nevada NV
                        Outstanding International Graduate Student, University of Nevada, Reno NV
2011               Outstanding Artist Award, University of Nevada, Reno NV

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Steve Archer, Mural Starts on Panaderia la La Michoacana, Lincoln News Messenger, Jun 7, 2018

Roxanne Vallado, Plumas Arts Celebrates 36th Anniversary, Feather River Bulletin, May 21, 2018

Lauren Westmoreland, Muralist Picks Up Steam, Portola Reporter, April 15, 2018

Lauren Westmoreland, Muralist Begins Work, Portola Reporter, Feb 28, 2018

Nancy Wartik, Go Ahead Brag a Little, New York Times, Feb 23, 2018
Mari Erin Roth, Local Artist Takes Second Place at Mural Marathon, Plumas Count News, July 31st, 2017                       
Chris Kaufman, Train Mural Takes Shape in Live Oak, Appeal Democrat, July 7th, 2017
Joseph Munoz, The Common Good, KQNY, Oct. 2016
Mari Erin Roth, Here Today Here Tomorrow, KQNY, May 26, 2015
James Wilson, Art Teacher to Showcase Artworks Questioning the Use of the Flag, Feather River Bulletin, Nov 5, 2014
Prof. George Speer, The Global Narrative on Canvas, NAU Global, Fall 2014
Joey Postiglione, NAU’s Newest Art Exhibit, Jack Central, Sep. 19, 2014
Rebecca Kitchen, 24 Hour Mural Marathon, KoloTV, July 14, 2014
Landon Miller, Downtown Murals, KTVN, July 14, 2014
Jeremy Dunn, The Work of Art: Artown, KNPB, May 16, 2014
Anne Hansen, Works Portray a Cultural and Artistic Journey, Nevada Appeal, Feb.16, 2014
Tyler Hersko, The Need to Create, Nevada Sagebrush, Jan.28, 2014
Deborah Bohem, The Universality of Daily Experience, Capital City Arts Inititiative, Aug.2012
Brad Bynum, Living in America, Reno News&Reviews, Feb.23, 2012
Geralda Miller, Painting Over the Lines, Reno Gazette Journal, Feb.12, 2012
Montse Gonzalez, Viviendo en ‘el Norte’, El Sol de Nevada, Feb.8, 2012

INSTRUCTED LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

2017               Visual Literacy, Mini Corps Lecture, Feather River College, Quincy CA

                       Visual Literacy, Visiting Artist Lecture, Quincy High School, Quincy CA

                       Visual Literacy, Visiting Artist Lecture, Portola High School, Portola CA
2015               Visual Literacy, Professional Development, Feather River College, Quincy CA
2014               Rite of Passage, Visiting Artist Lecture, Western Nevada College, Carson NV
2013               Framing Identity, MFA Thesis Lecture, University of Nevada, Reno NV
2013               Learning How to ‘See’, Lecturer, Professional Development, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno NV
                       Learning How to ‘See’, Lecturer, TMCC Classified Symposium, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno NV
2012               Learning How to ‘See’, Lecturer, Nevada Community College Conference, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas NV
                       Painting Timelessness, Lecturer, CLAGS Graduate Symposium, University of Nevada, Reno NV
                       Painting Identity, Lecturer, Mixed Blessing Symposium, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno N


PERMANENT & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Flagstaff AZ
Pyramid Lake Museum, Permanent Collection, Nixon NV
Truckee Meadows Community College, Permanent Collection, Reno NV
University of Nevada, Reno, Permanent Collection, Reno NV
Western Nevada College, Permanent Collection, Carson NV
City of Reno, Permanent Art Collection, Reno NV
Nunez Family, Private Collection, Madrid, Spain
Crowley Family, Private Collection, Reno NV
La Pena Cultural Center, Permanent Collection, Berkeley CA
Duggan Family, Private Collection, Oakland CA
Alipaz Family, Private Collection, Lafayette CA
Christner Family, Private Collection, Stutgart, Germany
Gouldby Family, Oxford, England


UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE ART COURSES TAUGHT

Art Appreciation

Visual Foundations
2-Dimensional Art
Drawing I & II
Life Drawing
Painting I, II, Intermediate & Advance
Color Theory
 Art History