Jacobs Entertainment announces new installations on the Neon Line

“Odyssey” by Clayton Blake. Image courtesy J Resort.

On March 14, Jacobs Entertainment announced the addition of five more sculptures to the Neon Line, on the north side of West Fourth Street in downtown Reno. Four of the sculptures have been shown at Burning Man—“Odyssey,” a gleaming, stainless-steel, needle-nosed rocket by Clayton Blake;  “Jibaro Soy,” a 20-foot Puerto Rican farmer by Mark Rivera (aka Kidnetick); “Lincoln Bear” a giant bear made largely of pennies, striking the same pose as Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, by longtime Burner duo Mr. + Mrs. Ferguson; and “Desert Guard,” the 5.5 ton Mongolian warrior by Lu Ming from China that was previously installed on the south side of Fourth Street. The fifth piece—“Neptune’s Luminous Dance” by Abram Santa Cruz and Liquid PXL, a Los Angeles collective known for ambitious LED festival art—has been commissioned specifically for this project. Precise installation dates have not been confirmed.


Registration open for May/June statewide arts conference

Registration is now open for Intersections, the Nevada Arts Council’s first-ever statewide arts conference, which will take place May 30-June 1 at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa. Registration is $75 per person, which includes conference sessions, tours, and a Friday luncheon. You can find additional information, the registration form, and an email alert signup link here.


Burning Man grantees announced

“The End of Time” by Andrea Greenlees and Andy Tibbetts. Image from Burning Man Journal

Burning Man announced its 76 Black Rock City Honoraria grantees for 2024 on the Burning Man Journal on March 12.  The total amount awarded is $1.3 million, up from last year’s $1.2 million. The announcement reads, in part, “In addition to 18 states in the US, including the unincorporated territory Puerto Rico, we’re pleased to include 12 international Honoraria projects this year. There are two from the United Kingdom and one each from Belgium, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden.”

The Nevada and Tahoe projects and grantees are:

The End of Time—Andrea Greenlees and Andy Tibbetts

A Capsule of Curiosity—Andi Morency and The Gryphonart Collective – Honors Academy of Literature Student Artist Group, Reno

Black Rock City Supper Club—Carlyn Perona King, Reno

Desert Pop — Lance Dehne, Reno

Lost in Thought — Matthew Schultz, Reno

Organic Study No. 4—Luis Varela-Rico, Las Vegas

Perpetual Motion—David Boyer, Reno

Promise of the Century—Alyssa Oliveira and Alpine Artists Collective, Olympic Valley, CA

ReHatchosaurus Recyclosaurus III (aka R3)—Lynda Traves and Reno Core Project, Reno

The End of Time—Andrea Greenlees, London, and Andy Tibbetts, Reno

The Silence of TENGRI—Turburam Sandagdorj and Wild Horses Collective, Reno


Benjamin Langholz has a new installation in Denmark

Bjarke Ingles Group—the contemporary architecture firm that designed the Oakland A’s stadium slated for the Las Vegas Strip—has installed “Stone 40” by Reno artist Benjamin Langholz at its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Langholz initially designed “Stone 40″—an ascending spiral of climbable stones on vertical steel posts—for an installation at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England. He has installed similar pieces, such as “Stone 27” at Burning Man. “Stone 40” is on loan to the Bjarke Ingles Group, said Langholz, and the firm is seeking permission from the City of Copenhagen to keep it installed permanently.


Artown presenter deadline approaching

The deadline for presenters to sign up to participate in Artown 2024 is March 31. The monthlong festival starts on July 1, featuring visual, performing and literary arts events, both free and ticketed, in venues in and near Reno. Presenters will receive marketing support including a dedicated landing page on the Artown website and inclusion in the Artown books. This year, 55,000 books will be printed, including 5,000 in Spanish. You can find the presenter portal on Artown’s website.

NAC’s Visual Arts Fellowship to open soon 

Applications for the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Award (Visual Arts) are scheduled to open April 1. The award includes a $5,000 honorarium that is intended to recognize artistic excellence and is not tied to a specific project. The deadline is May 1. Information and application here.

Cover image: “Lincoln Bear,” a 10-foot grizzly whose fur is made of pennies, by the art duo Mr. + Mrs. Ferguson, is slated to be installed soon on the Neon Line in Reno. Photo courtesy J Resorts.

Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.