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December events at Nevada Museum of Art


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Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and the Birds of America

November 7, 2010 – February 13, 2011
One of the most important artists of the nineteenth century, John James Audubon traversed the eastern and central United States to depict nearly five-hundred species of birds—giving special attention to the complex interrelationships between the animals and their natural habitats. This exhibition features fifty of Audubon’s most dramatic and life-sized watercolor depictions from the first-edition printing of The New York Historical Society Edition. The works in this exhibition are drawn from The Dana Rose Richardson Memorial Collection of Audubon Prints at the Nevada Museum of Art. Major sponsorship for the exhibition provided by Goldcorp, USA and the Louise A. Tarble Foundation.  


Lahontan Audubon Society Bird Walks

Group size is limited and reservations are required. Suggested $5 donation to LAS.

  • December 11 / 9 am – Contact: Linda Badzioch, 775-851-8353 or  [email protected]
  • December 18 / 8:30 am – Contact: Quentin Browne & Christiane Omer, 775-354-2634, [email protected]

Birds & Books with Lahontan Audubon Society

December 16 / 6:30 pm

Join the Lahontan Audubon Society Birds & Books Group for a FREE discussion of John James Audubon: The Making of an American, and a tour of the feature exhibition. Book available for purchase in the Museum Store.

 ART BITE Wings Over Nevada: John James Audubon Never Saw These Birds

December 10 / noon

Discover Nevada’s amazing diversity of birds with Alan Gubanich, Vice-President of the Lahontan Audubon Society, who presents a photographic tour of our State’s birds.


TALKS: Black Rock Design Institute: Scott Johnson | Johnson Fain

December 9 / 6 pm

Scott Johnson, Design Partner at Johnson Fain, is renowned for numerous building designs including Opus One Winery in Napa Valley and Byron Winery in Santa Barbara County. Having previously worked for Philip Johnson and Skidmore, and Owings & Merrill, Johnson is also the author of Tall Building: Imagining the Skyscraper and The Big Idea: Criticality and Practice in Contemporary Architecture.

ART BITE Meet the Artist: Ben Hoffman on The Cartesian Medium

December 17 / noon

Meet the mind and artist behind the mathematic complexity and amazing images in The Cartesian Medium 

Museum Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

December 25 / All Day 


First Thursday with Buster Blue

Thursday, December 2 / 5 to 7 pm

Grab a beer, groove to the live music, and check out the galleries at First Thursday. Sponsored annually by KTHX Radio and Great Basin Brewing Company. wine bar sponsored by Vintage Wine Shop. $10 / $8 Seniors and students/ Free for Museum members / $4 Kids Open Art Studio

 Art Afternoon: Workshop & Social for Seniors

Friday, December 10 / 1 to 3 pm

Expand your interests with a docent-guided tour and studio art class. Light refreshments. No art background necessary. Cost for two sessions: $12 / $10 Museum members. Sponsored in part by the Leonette Foundation.  

Second Saturday

Saturday, December 11 / 10 am – 5 pm

…are FREE Thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation. Bring your family and friends, and introduce them to the Museum for free on the second Saturday of each month through December 2010. 

KUNR Sunday Jazz Brunch with Russ Patrick Quartet

Sunday, December  19 / 11 am – 1 pm

Catch a live jazz performance hosted by KUNR Radio and dine from the à la carte brunch menu from Café Musée. À la carte menu items range from $5 to $15. 

 hands/ON! SUNDAY FAMILY PROGRAM – Collagraph Bird Prints

Sunday, December 26 / noon, 1, 2, 3 pm

Bring the entire family for this FREE, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program. Sponsored by the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, the Mathewson CLAT #5 and the Sato Foundation.

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