September 08, 2006

Capital City Arts Initiative (click for link)

The Capital City Arts Initiative is honored to launch "CAP," its new art in public program, with a commissioned work by artist Erik Burke. Mr. Burke is creating an outdoor mural on a building in Carson City located in the alley between 1801 and 1805 N. Carson Street. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, September 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., with music by local DJ’s.

Art in public will be the focus of CCAI's 2006-2007 season. During the year "CAP" will present a diverse range of public projects in northern Nevada and online.

Mr. Burke often represents local people in his murals while involving them in their production. He comments, “In a world that fixates on celebrity, and monumentalizes glamour, I try to do the opposite by focusing on the unsung heroes of everyday life.”

Local Carson City bicyclist Glen Lucky is the inspiration for Mr. Burke's mural, not only because the artist is an avid cyclist, but also because of Mr. Lucky’s admirable determination and community engagement. Mr. Lucky has cerebral palsy, but he doesn’t let that stop him. He has ridden about 40-100 miles a day through heat, cold, rain and snow since he was 15 years old. What initially started as therapy to loosen his muscles has turned into his passion.

The artist received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. He currently lives in Sacramento. His murals are a prominent feature of northern Nevada urban landscape, and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the CCAI's fall 2005 exhibition "What Up?"

For additional information visit CCAI’s website at

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