- Marcelina Morfin
From Reno to Elko to Las Vegas and places in between, Nevada is dotted with many places for art lovers to explore, including traditional galleries to more unique spaces. The state boasts a wide range of art from a host of talented individuals, including locals and international artists. Here is a list of some of the great art spots found in the ‘Silver State.’
CCAI Courthouse Gallery
Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) is an arts organization committed to providing support to artists and encouraging the arts and culture sector of not only Carson City but also its surrounding area. The organization hosts many events throughout the year, including literary events, public talks, and art exhibitions. Tucked inside the Carson City Courthouse, the CCAI Courthouse Gallery features exhibitions by local, national, and international artists who work in a variety of media. Silk & Sinew is the present art show, which showcases embroidered images based on MRIs plus floral quilts on hand-dyed silks by Paula Chung.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Guests visiting the Bellagio in Las Vegas will find incredible art all over the hotel, from the Dale Chihuly sculpture — 2,000 glass flowers — in the lobby to masterpieces by Picasso in the eponymous Picasso restaurant, to top-notch exhibitions inside the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Established in 1998, this gallery is open everyday to the public who want to see exhibitions drawn from national and international museums and private collections. Artists shown since its inception have included Monet, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Vincent Van Gogh. The current exhibition, Fabergé Revealed, highlights over 200 magnificent objects, including enameled picture frames, decorative boxes, and four Imperial Easter Eggs.
Tucked inside the Monolith Bar on Arlington Avenue in Reno, Neapolitan Gallery is a unique space where art lovers can see fantastic art and enjoy seasonal cocktails and other libations. With monthly exhibitions beginning on the first Thursday of each month to coincide with Art Walk Reno, this is a great venue to explore contemporary art by local and regional artists in solo or group shows. Some of the artists showcased in the past include Jill Colbert whose exhibition featured acrylic and pen and ink works and Cliff Carter Jr. who works in mixed media. The current show, This is What I Really Want for Christmas, is a group exhibition featuring 21 artists.
Nevada Museum of Art
Located in a building inspired by the Black Rock Desert, the Nevada Museum of Art, which is the only accredited art museum within the state, shouldn’t be missed when in Reno. Hosting several exhibitions each year highlighting national and international artists, the museum also boasts a permanent collection from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on art and the environment. Bringing as much diversity to its space as possible, the museum’s traveling exhibitions have included works by Old Masters, such as Raphael, contemporary photography by William Eggleston, and a site-specific installation by Andrea Borsuk. Late Harvest is a current must-see exhibition that explores taxidermy in contemporary art.
Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno, NV, USA, +1 775 329 3333
Northeastern Nevada Museum
Art aficionados looking for art on the east side of Nevada can visit the Northeastern Nevada Museum. Located in the community of Elko, this venue features both art and history exhibitions plus galleries that display wildlife in natural settings. In addition to the wildlife displays, the museum’s permanent collection also includes art by contemporary western artists, including Micqaela Jones, David Stoecklein, and Marti Miller Hubble, a collection of photography by the legendary Ansel Adams, and regional historical artifacts. They also have a 54-piece collection of original Will James art and 10 pieces of Edward Borein art. Both of these men are very famous western artists of the last century. This art work, valued at approximately $2 million, is the beginning of our soon to be established Western Art Museum, as an addition to the existing museum. The museum also hosts several rotating art exhibitions throughout the year in several of its galleries.
Northeastern Nevada Museum, 1515 Idaho St., Elko, NV, USA, +1 775 738 3418
Sierra Arts Gallery
Sierra Arts Gallery is part of the Sierra Arts Foundation, a local arts agency based in Reno founded to teach, encourage, and support the area’s arts community. Located on the ground floor of the Riverside Hotel — a Late Gothic Revival building that is now affordable housing for artists — this art space features several solo and group exhibitions, which represent a variety of media, each year. Past exhibitions have featured architecture photography by Arthur Domagala, three-dimensional art pieces exploring the experiences of 19th-century Chinese immigrants in the American West by Joan Giannecchini, and black-and-white erotic dance photographs by Will Rogers Peterson. Currently on display is, PRINT, a group show highlighting original and limited edition prints and sculptures.
Sierra Arts Gallery, 17 S. Virginia St. #120, Reno, NV, USA, +1 775 329 2787
St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center
Housed in a National Historical Landmark that was once a hospital for Comstock miners, St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center is a wonderful venue in Virginia City that will delight art lovers. Featuring six galleries, there are many unique spaces to explore a wide range of work by artists in various stages of their careers. Several exhibitions are currently taking place at the center, including photographs by Megan Berner, large-scale abstract paintings by Nes Lerpa, and contemporary portraits by Jessica White. The center also offers workshops, has an artist-in-residence program, and features creative spaces, including a studio, photographic darkroom, and a printmaker’s room.
Established in 1969 by Peter and Turkey Stremmel, the eponymous Stremmel Gallery specializes in contemporary art with an emphasis on abstract and figurative paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Located in Reno’s Midtown District, the gallery is housed in a 6,500 square-foot building, which garnered an award for its design, perfect for showcasing a wide range of American and European talent in varying stages of their careers from emerging to mid-career to established. Some of the talent represented at this well-respected art venue includes landscape painter Phyllis Shafer, sculptor Woods Davy, and watercolorist Sharon Maczko. The gallery also hosts several exhibitions each year.
Stremmel Gallery, 1400 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV, USA, +1 775 786 0558
The Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is a non-profit organization that collects Las Vegas signs for research, preservation, and exhibitions purposes. Founded in 1996, the museum has approximately 150 signs, which all tell a story from Las Vegas’ history, from the 1930s to the present day. The main gallery is an outdoor space known as the Neon Boneyard, which is open to the public through guided tours only. One hour long, the tours can be booked online in advance, which is highly recommended as they sell out quickly. Guests may choose to visit during the day or night when the signs are beautifully lit creating a completely different experience.
The Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas, NV, USA, +1 702 387 6366
Founded in 2004 by Marty Walsh, Trifecta Gallery is located in the heart of Las Vegas’ Art District known as the 18b. Housed in a 1,200 square-foot space, this art venue exhibits mid-careers artists specializing in contemporary, narrative and figurative paintings and mixed-media works. Comprised of two rooms, the main gallery hosts solo and group shows while the second room can be used as a space for video artists or a place where emerging artist can test out the gallery experience. One artist recently exhibited is Abigail Goldman whose last show showcased tableau ‘dieoramas’ exploring ‘American culture of anger and outrage.’