Reno has its first pilot bike lane mural
As part of the Artown event Biketopia at the Reno Public Market on July 2, Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance commissioned Reno artist Blair Latos to paint a pilot bike path mural. According to a press release, the idea was first proposed by Mayor Hillary Schieve after she saw bike lane art in other cities. City officials, worried that drivers may be confused by an image in a bike lane, did not approve a mural in an existing bike lane, so City Arts Culture and Events Manager Megan Berner suggested testing one on private property first. TMBA made an unofficial bike lane using a real bike lane stencil borrowed from the City in the CVS pharmacy drive-through lane on the west side of Reno Public Market, and Latos painted an image of a cyclist in motion and an eagle in flight using the city colors, blue and gold, and the iconic octagonal R-E-N-O letters from one of Reno’s arches.
NAC has a new grants expert
The Nevada Arts Council announced on July 13 that it has a new Grants Analyst, Stephanie Montgomery, to manage the federal grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NAC’s statewide sub-granting program. Montgomery grew up in Winnemucca, earned her B.A. in History at the University of Nevada, Reno, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is now based in Northern Nevada and will work in the NAC’s Carson City office.
UNR Lake Tahoe instructor wins Fullbright Award
The University of Nevada, Reno announced on July 14 that Julie Weitz—a Los Angeles-based artist and instructor in UNR at Lake Tahoe’s Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program—is one of three UNR faulty members who have been awarded Fulbright fellowships for the 2023-24 academic year. As part of her fellowship, Weitz, whose work uses elements from Yiddish folktales, feminist performance art, clowning, and silent film, will travel to Poland to stage site-specific performances in places where Yiddish folklore flourished prior to the Holocaust. You can learn more about Weitz’s work here and read the full release about the three UNR Fullbright winners here.
NAC seeking grants panelists
The Nevada Arts Council is seeking panelists for its grant review panels, which include a diverse range of artists, educators, and other arts professionals. The post involves a 2-4 week commitment during which panelists review and score grant applications independently, then participate in an open, public Meetings may be held virtually or in-person. Panelists receive an honorarium of $100-$250 per panel day. More information here.
Reno Tahoe Artist Awards closing July 28
Applications for the Reno Tahoe Artists (RTA) Awards close next Friday, July 28. The annual awards program was created in 2022 to recognize individual achievement and the overall ascendency of Reno Tahoe into a national destination for arts and culture. Several awards will be bestowed in a September ceremony, including a $5,000 grand prize. This year’s jurors are Austin Pratt, Frances, Melhop, Megan Berner, Nettie Oliverio, and Parker Stremmel. Information here.
City of Las Vegas is hiring
The City of Las Vegas is seeking a full-time Graphic Artist. The artist will work with other in-house designers and marketing staff to create aesthetically pleasing graphics in a variety of formats and assists with the City’s marketing and branding initiatives. The salary is $28.28-33.08/hour. Full job description and application here.
Arts for All Nevada is hiring
Arts for All Nevada is seeking a part-time Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator. Duties include developing and implementing marketing and public outreach programs through social media, public relations and other forms of communication. The position requires 1-3 years of relevant experience. The compensation is $18-20/hour. For more details, contact Executive Director Jackie Clay at email@example.com.
Core image: Artist Blair Latos with her newly painted pilot bike lane mural at Reno Public Market. Photo courtesy Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance