New art installation underway at Reno airport

Houston-based artist Dixie Friend Gay begin installing her new art piece, “Repeated Refrains,” above the ticket counters at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on March 6. The project, approved in 2023, is part of a major ticket hall renovation. The 450-foot installation incorporates 2D and 3D elements into a collage of natural textures, paintings, and other elements that refer to the natural world around Reno and Tahoe.

An unveiling is expected to be scheduled the spring, exact date TBD. You can follow the installation process on the artist’s Instagram page @dixiefriendgay.



New Eric Vozzola mural announced in Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Arts Commission announced today that they have commissioned Las Vegas artist Eric Vozzola to paint a mural on West Charleston Boulevard on both sides of the Union Pacific Railroad underpass.

The press release reads, in part, “The four-piece acrylic mural will be titled ‘Color Therapy’ and will cover approximately 12,000 square feet on the north side and 11,400 square feet on the south side. The project budget is $195,000. … Vozzola is a full-time artist, muralist and designer. His artwork is known for its vibrant color palettes and imagery that nods to the surrounding desert environment.” Vozzola has painted murals for Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the Life is Beautiful Festival, Meow Wolf, and Resorts World in Las Vegas.

The City advises motorists to expect lane restrictions on Charleston Boulevard starting March 11 until the work is completed.


City of Reno seeks input on public art plan

The City of Reno is updating its public art master plan and is asking the public to fill out a survey. From a recent piece of City correspondence: “We are interested in hearing from people who live in or work in the city about how you think public art can make Reno a better place to live, work, or visit.”

The survey—which asks for specifics about what type of public art should be placed in Reno, what types of locations it should be placed in, and what the goals and priorities of public art should be—is available here through April 20.



Las Vegas announces outdoor sculptures

The City of Las Vegas has commissioned two new artworks.

Rainbow Flora, a colorful, fluffy pod that will be activated by wind and passersby, designed by Los Angeles duo Beck + Col, is slated to be installed this month at the Las Vegas Municipal Pool.

The Casino Center Pocket Park Sculpture Project was awarded in October 2023 to Randy Mendre, Caitlyn Saville, and Robert Gurdison for their sculpture, “The Seed by CR2.” The project is expected to be installed in summer 2025.



A new art podcast in Reno

Dana Nollsch, editor of Reno Arts News, and Tina Mokuau from Makers Paradise Reno launched the Creatives Talk Podcast in February, featuring interviews with people from Reno’s art and culture scenes. They’ve release three episodes so far, featuring interviews with newly appointed City of Reno Poet Laureate Jesse James Ziegler, arts champion Nettie Oliverio, and veteran photojournalist Marilyn Newton. You can find the Creatives Talk Podcast on Spotify.


Eric Vozzola headshot: Noah Castro for Pyvot

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Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.