Mark Salinas is the Director of Arts & Culture for Carson City and a Board Member of the Nevada Arts Council.
Prior to relocating to Nevada in October 2016, Salinas lived in New York City for 19 years, where he worked at PaceWildenstein Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, and White Columns. He holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis (Sculpture), Parsons School of Design in New York City (Fashion Design), and Central St. Martins in London (Tailoring). Salinas is a practicing visual artist and has been awarded public art commissions in Times Square, artist residencies in Scotland and France, and numerous individual artist grants.
In 2005, Salinas launched Arrows Up, a commercial design and fabrication business catering to the Fashion/Film/Fine Art industries. Clientele included Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, Chanel, Museum of Art & Design, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Zac Posen. In 2013, Salinas founded 7Train Murals, a non-profit volunteer mural organization dedicated to revitalizing vacant and vandalized public spaces in neighborhoods along the 7Train subway system in Manhattan and Queens. His community service has been personally recognized by New York City Senators, City Councilmen, and the Mayor. Salinas served as a NYC Community Board member and was appointed to the Arts & Culture Committee by Queensboro President Melinda Katz.