Visual Arts Professor Rossi Todorova Appointed Reno City Artist
Visual Arts Professor Rossitza Todorova has been appointed the Reno City Artist by the Reno Arts and Culture Commission, a position she will serve from Sept. 2022 to Dec. 2023. As the Reno City Artist, Todorova will promote visual arts through community engagement, public art talks, presentations to the City Council, and curated exhibitions.
Seeing this as the perfect opportunity to give back to her community, Todorova applied for this position hoping to educate, inspire, and unite. As a multi-disciplinary visual artist, she creates art in response to place, movement, and time. In her current paintings, she explores how landscape embodies the idea of time: past, present and future.
“This is the third year that the city has appointed an artist, and I’m so excited I was given this opportunity,” Todorova said. “I applied because I really care about this place, and I want to be able to represent the city in this capacity and use it to start some deeper conversations while celebrating local art.”
As part of her current body of work, she has depicted the Great Basin landscape inspired by walks and hikes around the Reno/Tahoe area. Her work shows an interruption to the landscape with scrolling lines in the space between the viewer and the vista beyond. The forms are visual metaphors for what we bring as we view the desert. They are the reflections of ourselves that we place on the landscape.
During her tenure as City Artist, Todorova will have a solo exhibition at the City of Reno Metro Gallery from June 19–Aug. 4, 2023. She will also curate a group exhibition at the Metro Gallery, April 24–June 9, 2023, featuring Northern Nevada artists whose work addresses the high desert landscape. In addition to these exhibitions, Todorova will have the opportunity to engage with constituents via public talks about her process and artwork.
Todorova’s art has been exhibited internationally and is in museum collections, including the Nevada Museum of Art. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from Arizona State University. She has given numerous public talks and curated exhibitions while continuing to teach painting, drawing and sculpture here at the college.
For more information about these classes, contact Visual and Performing Arts.
Latinx Students and Faculty Celebrate with Senator Cortez Masto
Latinx students, faculty and staff had a chance to meet and chat with U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto on Oct. 14 as part of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. During the Nosotros en Educación event, students, faculty and staff shared café and pan dulce while the Senator spoke about her work supporting Nevada students and families, as well as her experiences as the first Latina elected to the Senate.
“As one of the first people in my family to graduate from college, I understand how important it is for students to have the doors of opportunity held open for them,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “And as the first Latina elected to the Senate, I’m doing all I can to keep those doors open behind me and ensure Nevada’s Latino community has the support it needs to succeed. I’ve worked hard at the federal level to make sure students in the Silver State who want to can get a college education and find rewarding careers after they graduate, and I’ll continue to support Nevada’s students in every way I can.”
During the event, students were able to ask questions to Senator Cortez Masto about becoming future leaders. Hosted by Vice President of Student Services and Diversity Estella Gutierrez, this was the largest event held for the College’s Latinx community to celebrate their shared heritage.
Marketing and Communications Win Big at Conference
The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations held the District 6 Conference earlier this month, where the TMCC Marketing and Communications Office had a lot to celebrate! During the conference, the NCMPR Medallion Awards were given to recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication.
This year, the Marketing and Communications Office submitted four of their communications projects from the last year, and they came home with four awards. The awards included:
- Gold for our annual new student recruitment Viewbook.
- Silver for Computer-Generated Illustration for our mosaic celebrating 50 years.
- Gold for Communication Success Story or Crisis Communication for our visit from Dr. Jill Biden.
- Bronze for Special Event or Fundraising for Murder Mystery at the Disco.
"It was an honor to represent my team at the NCMPR District 6 conference,” Marketing Manager Candice Vialpando said. “All these awards are a group effort and it is a good feeling to see our team be recognized for all our hard work.”
For more information about marketing and communications, contact the Marketing and Communications Office.
Miguel Martinez Selected to Represent on Reno City Council
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Miguel Martinez has been selected to represent Ward 3 on the Reno City Council. Chosen among four finalists, Martinez was sworn in on Wednesday, Oct. 26 to fill the vacant position left by Oscar Delgado.
Having lived 30 years in Reno, Martinez wants to keep the city a great place to raise a family and help business expand while improving infrastructure, especially as a father and homeowner himself.
Here at the College, Martinez makes an impact on student lives by working with the Students of Color Mentorship Program, which strives to match students with experienced faculty and peer mentors who will help guide them throughout their TMCC experience to graduation and successful transition to another institution or workforce. Additionally, Martinez works with the Men of Color Mentorship Program, which educates students and their families about different career paths and college opportunities.
Congratulations to Councilman Martinez on his new position! To learn more about these programs and the office, contact the Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability Office.