RTIA announces Reno Tahoe Artist Awards

At a gala event on Sept. 10 at the Nevada Museum of Art, the Reno Tahoe International Art Show announced the recipients of the inaugural Reno Tahoe Artist Awards. The awards were conceived to recognize Reno-Tahoe artists “for their artistic achievements and helping expand our vision of the ascendancy of Reno Tahoe as an arts & cultural hub.” The grand prize winner received a $5,000 cash award, and the additional winners received $1,000 cash awards.

  • Ruby Barrientos—Reno Tahoe International Art Show Excellence in Fine Art & Mixed Media
  • Denise Klitsie—Excellence in Fine Art in Oil & Acrylic
  • Jordyn Owens—Excellence in Fine Art in Photography
  • Candace Garlock—Excellence in Fine Art in Sculpture & 3-D Artworks
  • Peter Whittenberger—Excellence in Fine Art in Digital Media
  • Anela deLaveaga—Excellence in Bespoke Furniture & Lighting
  • Ronnie Rector—Excellence in Fine Art in Watercolor
  • Denise Klitsie—Grand Prize, Reno Creative Movement Award

Photo: A piece by Peter Whittenberger, courtesy RTIA

Nuwu activist art space soft-opens this weekend

The Nuwu Art Gallery + Community Center—which opened as an activist studio collective in 2021 under the direction of artist/activist Fawn Douglas and art historian/author/professor A.B. Wilkinson—is holding its soft opening this weekend, with art, music, food, and prizes. Today’s opening hours are through 5 pm. The venue is located at 1331 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas. To keep up on its news and happenings, follow @nuwuart in Instagram. Detailed event info here.

NMA announces free admission for UNR + TMCC students

The Nevada Museum of Art began offering free admission for students of the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College on Sept. 15. The program is funded by a $2 million endowment from museum trustee Wayne Prim.

Photo: Kris Vagner

New mural unveiled at Reno firehouse

The City of Reno and the Reno Arts and Culture Commission unveiled a new mural by Asa Kennedy on the doors of Reno Fire Station 9 on Sept. 12, 2022. The mural honors the Reno Fire Department and the National Championship Air Races.

Photo courtesy City of Reno

New artist-made bike racks dedicated in Reno

On Aug. 26, Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado dedicated three new bike racks commissioned by the City and designed and fabricated by Reno artist Mike Burke. The new racks are located on East Fourth Street and on the corner of Cheney Street and Wells Avenue, (near Von Bismarck.)

Photo courtesy City of Reno

Fox book released in paperback

The University of Nevada Press announced on Sept. 7 that William Fox’s 1999 book, Mapping the Empty, is now out in paperback. The book examines the work of Great Basin artists Jim McCormick, Rita Deanin Abbey, Dennis Parks, Walter McNamara, Robert Beckmann, Michael Heizer, Bill Barker, and Mary Ann Bonjorni. The paperback edition can be purchased here.


NMA loans sculptures to 2 Reno colleges

The Nevada Museum of Art has placed sculptures from its collection on the campuses of two Reno colleges. “Guardian of Eden,” the plasma-cut, steel lotus flower made for Burning Man in 2007 by Kate Raudenbush, was previously in front of the museum and is now at Truckee Meadows Community College. “Shadow of the Sun,” previously displayed on the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden, is at the University of Nevada, Reno. It was crated by Ilan Averbuch in 1989 out of stone and water.

Photo courtesy Nevada Museum of Art

Neon Museum announces new resident artist

The Neon Museum has selected its 2022 Artists in Residence, Minneapolis-based Thomas Putzier. The artist stated his goals for the residency in an Aug. 15 press release: “I plan to explore the way this design iconography has impacted the field of architecture. In my solo show, I will highlight sci-fi futuristic space-age forms and geometry, from the design history of Las Vegas, by collaging their elements into completely new works of art.”

Core Contemporary is moving to a new location

Nancy Good’s Las Vegas gallery Core Contemporary is moving to a new location in New Orleans Square, the vibrant Las Vegas strip mall. The gallery has been housed in an upstairs suite in the D Building and is in the process of moving to the first floor of the B Building. The last event in the old space will be a closing reception and chat for the current exhibition “Use Other Door,” 6-8 pm Sept. 30. The first event in the new location will be the opening reception for “OUT! of This World,” the 2nd Annual LGBTQIA+ group art show, from 6-9pm Oct. 7. Good spoke in more detail about the gallery, the move, and how rising rents affect the art community in an interview with Vogue Robinson for the City Cast Las Vegas podcast.

Photo courtesy Neon Museum

NAC grant applications open

The Nevada Arts Council’s FY23 Artist Fellowship Grant opened on Sept. 15. The grant recognizes individual Nevada artists who demonstrate excellence in their work and includes a $5,000 cash award. Some years this award is open to performing or literary artists. This year it’s open to visual artists. Applications are due Nov. 4. Info here.

The next round of Project Grants, which offers up to $3,000 to individual artists for specific projects, opens Oct. 3. Applications are due Oct. 28. Info here.

NAC grant specialist job open

The Nevada Arts Council has a “Grants & Projects Analyst 2” position open. Applications are due by Oct. 7. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and grant experience. Info here.

Cover Photo: Reno City Councilmember Bonnie Weber (blue top), artist Asa Kennedy (red shirt), and City Arts + Culture Manager Megan Berner (brown top, right) joined members of the Reno Fire Station 9 staff for a dedication of Kennedy’s new mural on Sept. 12. Image: City of Reno

Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.