Nevada Museum of Art

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Nevada Museum of Art
Exterior view of the Nevada Museum of Art
Established 1931
Location Reno, Nevada
Coordinates 39°31′16″N 119°48′48″W / 39.52099°N 119.813384°W / 39.52099; -119.813384
Type Art museum
Collection size 1900
Director David B. Walker
Curator Ann M. Wolfe

About the Museum[edit]

The Nevada Museum of Art, located at 160 West Liberty Street in Reno, Nevada, is the only American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. The museum is thematic, focusing on the growing interest in the protection of the land. The Museum moved into a larger, four-story structure in 2003, designed by architect Will Bruder.[1]

Permanent Collections[edit]

The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment is the museum’s signature photography collection which examines human interaction with the environment. The 2011 feature exhibition of The Altered Landscape was accompanied by a deluxe volume book, showcasing the museum’s immense and diverse collection of landscape photography.[2] There are 150 images by 100 photographers in The Altered Landscape book, (published by Rizzoli New York, 288 pp.), culled from more than 900 photographs the museum has amassed in its collection since the 1970s.[3]

"As curator of exhibitions and collections Ann Wolfe explains, “the images ... suggest that the earth’s surface offers an irrefutable record of some of civilization’s most impressive endeavors – as well as its worst failures.”" [3]

Center for Art + Environment[edit]

The Center for Art + Environment in the museum was formed in 2009 as an initiative surrounding the interaction of people and the natural, built, and virtual environments.[4]

The Center for Art + Environment hosts a triennial Art + Environment Conference. The first Art + Environment Conference took place in 2008 with speakers: Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, artist and architect Vito Acconci, photographer Michael Light, artists Fritz Haeg and Katie Holten, Bill Gilbert from Land Arts of the American West, and cultural organizer Cheryl Haines, and Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG.[5]

The second Art + Environment Conference took place in 2011 and featured speakers: Diana Al-Hadid, Subhankar Banerjee, David Benjamin, Richard Black, Edward Burtynsky, Gaetano Carboni, John Carty, Pilar Cereceda, William L. Fox, Amy Franceschini, Fritz Haeg, Newton Harrison, Helen Mayer Harrison, Laura Jackson, Patricia Johanson, Chris Jordan, Thomas Kellein, Geoff Manaugh, Mandy Martin, Christie Mazuera-Davis, Paul D. Miller, Gerald Nanson, Jorge Pardo, Rodrigo Pérez de Arce, John Reid, Alexander Rose, Sean Shepherd, Mark Smout, Bruce Sterling, Nicola Twilley, Leo Villareal, Stephen G. Wells, Ann M. Wolfe, Liam Young.[6]

Scholastic Art Awards[edit]

The museum participates in the Scholastic Art Awards program by providing secondary school students from northern Nevada a place to exhibit their works. A museum school provides various art classes to help develop art related skills for artists and teachers.


  1. ^ "will bruder+PARTNERS, Arizona, Buildings, Architects". Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Article in Aperture Magazine
  3. ^ a b Article in Christian Science Monitor
  4. ^ Turner, Cherie Louise (March 2010). "Creating the CA+E". art ltd. magazine. Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Manaugh, Geoff. "ART + ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE, RENO". BLDGBLOG. Geoff Manaugh. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Rapp, Alan. "Art + Environment Conference, Nevada Museum of Art". DOMUS magazine website. DOMUS. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 

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