Expert’s Guide to: Celebrating Nevada’s Art Year-Round in Reno
In Reno, we celebrate July as Artown month, uniting the Truckee Meadows under the umbrella of culture and art experiences. People congregate in public parks for concerts, stroll local galleries, take in experimental theater, even try their hand at making a little art themselves. As an arts administrator and chief Nevada Museum of Art cheerleader, it brings me limitless joy to see a community come together in creative communion. Just because July has passed does not mean that art experiences have a sunset. Reno’s art scene shines bright year-round and this summer is no exception.
August 5, the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery opens an exhibition that surveys Nevada’s contemporary art scene. An explosion of color and media, Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada showcases innovative work by 34 artists living and working across Nevada today, from Las Vegas to Incline Village. Ranging from painting, sculpture and installation, to photography, interactive and sound art, the artists’ works are informed by popular culture, the natural environment, landscape, as well as cultural identity, politics, and current events. This landmark exhibition provides a wide-ranging understanding of the most accomplished work being created in the Great Basin today.
Co-curated by Nevada Museum of Art Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art JoAnne Northrup, and Las Vegas-based art advisor Michele Quinn, Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada is a statewide survey celebrating Nevada’s diverse and far-flung voices. Selected artists have not before had work prominently displayed at the Museum: Chris Bauder, Megan Berner, Rebekah Bogard, Mark Brandvik, Galen Brown, Erik Burke, JW Caldwell, Nate Clark, Tim Conder, Matthew Couper, Joseph DeLappe, Gig Depio, Russell Dudley, Jeffrey Erickson, Justin Favela, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Jen Graham, Ahren Hertel, Brent Holmes, Katty Hoover, Shawn Hummel, Eunkang Koh, Wendy Kveck, Nick Larsen, Katie Lewis, Sarah Lillegard, Omar Pierce, David Ryan, David Sanchez Burr, Sean Slattery, Brent Sommerhauser, Krystal Ramirez and Rachel Stiff.
Several of the Reno artists featured in the exhibition can also be encountered in other places on a visit to Reno Tahoe, like Cuddleworks, a 4,000-square-foot warehouse space on East 4th Street that serves as home to (according to their own description) “a group of local artists and crafters, a bicycle messenger company and a beautiful old espresso machine.”
The Holland Project at 140 Vesta Street provides another creative respite for the road weary. The Museum regularly partners with Holland for all-ages urban art and music events because the quality of art production emanating from the gallery illustrates the vibrancy of Reno’s creative culture. Check out their robust calendar to plan your visit.
Finally, no jaunt through MidTown Reno would be complete without a visit to the Stremmel Gallery. With rotating exhibitions from celebrated contemporary artists, there is always something to make your eyes pop with pleasure. An added bonus: on your way from the Museum to Stremmel, you’ll encounter several Midtown murals, another visual treat.
Art credit (from top left to right):
Rachel Stiff- “What’s up with the sky?”
Rachel Stiff- “Behind Lone Mountain”
Justin Favela- “The Valley of Mexico from the Santa Isabel Mountain Range”
Timothy Conder, Nick Larsen, and Omar Pierce- “I Wonder If I Care As Much (Protagonist)”
All photos courtesy of the Nevada Museum of Art
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