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‘Unexpected Nevada’ photo exhibit debuts at new Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — Pictures of Nevada rendered in vivid color through a process called high dynamic range imaging will be among the first exhibits on display at the new Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas at the Springs Preserve.

The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is set to re-open Oct. 28 — Nevada Day — at its new location in the Las  Vegas Springs Preserve. The 70,000-square-foot Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve is double the size of the former museum at Lorenzi Park and includes a 2,500-square-foot changing exhibit gallery that will house the “Unexpected Nevada” photo exhibit.

Featuring 22 images taken by photographer Cameron Grant, “Unexpected Nevada” depicts the state’s landscapes and landmarks in dramatic color. Grant used the high dynamic range photography technique to enhance the pictures, and then printed them on an aluminum background to add to the images’ luminosity.

“Nevada is a place of unexpected beauty, with wide-open deserts and stunning mountain ranges,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said. “Presenting this information in a new and exciting way is one of the many important functions of our newest state museum. For Nevadans and visitors, the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is an opportunity to discover and re-discover this great state.”

“Unexpected Nevada” will be on display through April 2012. Also on exhibit in the museum’s permanent gallery will be displays on Nevada history, natural history and paleontology. The facility includes a research library, a store and community meeting spaces for rent.

“We are able to offer a more complete picture of Nevada at this new museum,” Peter Barton, administrator for the Nevada Division of Museums and History, said. “It’s also an important community resource.”

The $51.5 million Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is at the Springs Preserve, the 180-acre cultural institution with museums, exhibits, gardens, interpretive trails, event space and more. Visitors to the Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve will pay one fee that allows entry into the preserve as well as the museum. The new museum will be open four days a week, Friday through Monday.

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