Story and Photos by Brianna Sullivan
Looking for something to do in Reno? Look no further than the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA). As the only accredited art museum in Nevada, the NMA offers meaningful art and cultural experiences, is kid-friendly, and even includes a French-inspired restaurant. The staff is accommodating and knowledgeable about the artists and works of art, often offering insights and fun facts as you tour.
Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art
This collection contains 80 years of art from American and Mexican-American artists, including over 100 paintings, photographs, and prints. The artists depicted a variety of unique cultural aspects that emerged after the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution.
A Place in the Country: Aboriginal Australian Paintings
Featuring works by only female artists, this exhibition includes paintings from Indigenous people from diverse communities across Australia. The indigenous people, who are inextricably bound to their land, transform things such as stories, dances, and songs, as well as locations of water holes and food sources, into visual form.
Spinifex: Aboriginal Paintings
This exhibit features paintings made by the Pila Nguru, also known as the Spinifex people, of the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia. The Spinifex Arts Project, established in 1996, was created as a way for the people to document and record land after they were forced from the Great Victoria Desert due to the Australian government’s atomic testing program in the 1950s.
Peter Stichbury: Anatomy of a Phenomenon
Fascinated by UFOs, New Zealand artist Peter Stichbury paints historical UFO sightings, as well as portraits of the people who have reported seeing them.
The John and Mary Lou Paxton Collection
This collection comprises of pieces by artists ranging from minimalist compositions and quiet landscapes, to Native American art of the Southwest, collected over the years by John and Mary Lou Paxton.
The Altered Landscape
The Altered Landscape collection is one of the NMA’s largest focused collections with approximately 2,000 photographs. Through these images, artists remark on ways individuals and industries have marked, mined, toured, tested, developed, occupied, and exploited landscapes over the last fifty years.
This exhibits features drawings and paintings by American artist Maynard Dixon, whose art was focused on the American West.
E.L. Wiegand Work Ethic in American Art Collection
A collection of paintings depicting laborers, work environments, and workers at rest, portraying work ethic through American art.
Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector
Fourteen feet in diameter, the Mylar balloon hangs in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall as a model for future artwork by contemporary artist Trevor Paglen. The artist plans to launch a similar balloon into orbit as a purely artistic gesture.
For more information, visit www.nevadaart.com or call 775-329-3333.
- Monday, Tuesday, and national holidays – CLOSED
- Wednesday – Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- $10 – general admission
- $8 – student/senior (ages 60 years and up)
- $1 – children 6 to 12 years
- High school students with valid Washoe County School District school I.D. – FREE
Bri is a recent Reno transplant, originally from Montana, and excited to explore the city and highlight local businesses and events. She is a full-time pharmacist, but enjoys writing and photography. She also has a personal blog.