Las Vegas announces new art museum 

The Las Vegas City Council announced in a Dec. 6 post that it has approved “an exclusive negotiating agreement with the Las Vegas Museum of Art to continue working on plans for a 90,000-square-foot, three-story art museum in Symphony Park at the southwest corner of South City Parkway and Symphony Park Avenue.” According to ArtNews, the new project is not affiliated with the Nevada Museum of Art, whose plan for a major Las Vegas museum was scrapped in 2020.

KTVN Channel 13 in Las Vegas reported, “Philanthropist Elaine Wynn, whose foundation is a major player in this project, spoke at the meeting, saying the problem in the past was not having enough art for the space. To ensure that’s not a problem this time around, Wynn said they’ve partnered with LACMA.”

Chris Lanier is the new City of Reno artist

The City of Reno announced today that Chris Lanier is the City Artist for 2024. Lanier works in several media including digital animation, web production, and comics. He is a professor of Digital Art at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe and a contributing writer for Double Scoop and Capital City Arts Initiative. He’ll have a solo exhibition at the Metro Gallery in Reno City Hall beginning March 28, and he plans to curate a group exhibition there in summer.


Pioneer Center unveils new bike rack sculpture by Mike Burke 

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts unveiled a new bike rack sculpture by Mike Burke in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 5. The bike rack is shaped like a somewhat abstracted upright piano on which the white keys are rectangular shapes that bikes can be locked to. Among Burke’s other local outdoor sculptures are the Pollinator Garden Sculpture in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Rising Together in Sommersett West Park, and Slinky Dog Bike Rack in the Biggest Little Dog Park.

Another bike rack by Los Angeles artist Jeanette Degollado is slated to be installed at the Pioneer later this year.


Reno reports $84.4 million impact from the arts

The City of Reno announced on Jan. 3 that a recent Arts and Economic Prosperity Study conducted by Americans for the Arts found that Reno’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations generated $84.4 million in economic activity in 2022. Among the reports findings: Nonprofit arts and culture organizations supported 1,728 jobs. The full study is here.


The Generator seeks event volunteers

The Generator makerspace in Sparks is seeking volunteers for its Third Thursday: Open Studios event on Jan. 18. Volunteer positions include payment station operators, greeters, bartenders, vendor check-in reps, and clean-up crew. Volunteers can sign up here.

Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.