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Nevada to participate in national survey to study economic impact of community arts spending

Feb. 8, 2016

The Nevada Arts Council will participate in a national research study, known as Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, to measure the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences.

The study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the leading nonprofit arts organization for advancing the arts in the United States. The Council is one of nearly 300 study partners across the U.S. that will help with gathering detailed financial and event attendance data from nonprofit arts and cultural organizations during 2016.

The NAC will be working with a network of organizations and individuals to ensure the study includes data from Nevada’s urban neighborhoods and rural communities. Reno’s Arts and Cultural Division, also a survey partner, will be collecting surveys in the city of Reno. Results will be released in June of 2017.

“We are honored to be part of this national initiative, and to work closely with our colleagues in Reno and those across the country,” said Susan Boskoff, NAC executive director. “I know that our customized findings will demonstrate clearly that the arts are considered a […]

OXS Gallery features Nate Clark’s recent paintings in “Leeway”

Jan. 14, 2016

Reno artist Nate Clark’s paintings are featured at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery through March 11, with a reception and artist talk set for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.19. Clark’s discussion begins at 6:15. The reception is free and open to the public. In “Leeway,” a selection of Clark’s recent paintings, the artist examines order and structure through mark making.

“It starts with a simple idea that I follow and expand into a long physical method. My process has been greatly influenced by working in the garden with my parents, and knitting and crocheting with my grandmother. The repetition of simple shapes and marks develops a pattern that mimics nature by allowing the structure of each work to unfold and respond to itself, like the growth pattern of a forest ecosystem,” Clark said. The paintings highlight the subtle contrast between the imperfections of hand-made marks and a methodical formula or scientific method.

Originally from Olympia, Wash., Clark moved to the Great Basin in 2006 to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. After graduating in 2010 with a […]

Nevada Arts Council’s 2016 artist fellowship honorable mention grantee Nick Larsen featured in Fallon

Dec. 1, 2015

Nevada Arts Council’s 2016 artist fellowship honorable mention grantee Nick Larsen featured in Fallon
Nick Larsen, 2016 Nevada Arts Council artist fellowship honorable mention grantee, joins Timothy Conder and Omar Pierce in a three-person art installation at the Oats Park Arts Center’s E. L. Wiegand Gallery in Fallon through March 12. A reception for the artists is Jan. 30 from 5-7 p.m.

All long-time residents of northern Nevada, the artists examine the possibility of leaving in “I Wonder If I Care as Much.” The exhibition will feature pieces created both individually and collaboratively, drawing on each other’s talents in large-scale sculpture, sewn fabric/paper collage, film photography and video.

Nick Larsen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2007. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, including the Sierra Arts Gallery and Nevada Museum of Art. Larsen moved to Durham, Pennsylvania to work at Durham Press, a fine art print publisher, as the associate director. He returned to Reno to start Sleepytime Projects, a publishing enterprise with the intent of producing publications, […]

Workshops set to help earn grants from Nevada Arts Council

Nov. 25, 2015

Workshops Schedule

The Nevada Arts Council is hosting a series of 11 free grant workshops in December to help artists, nonprofit organizations, educators and public institutions apply for the many grants and programming support available through NAC’s state programs. “Meet the NAC” workshops are designed for novice grant writers and those unfamiliar with the council or NAC’s Grants OnlineTM system.

NAC offers a dozen grant categories to support programs throughout the state for artists, small groups and large organizations. New for 2016, NAC is presenting workshops and meeting individually with current grantees and applicants in communities across the state.

“We continue to see an increase in requests for NAC grant funding. We strongly recommend that both new grant-seekers and existing grantees join us for these training opportunities that have been designed with both types of users in mind,” said Ann Black, grants program coordinator for the Arts Council.

The first workshop is from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, followed by 6-7 p.m. Dec. 1 in Minden at Copeland Cultural Arts Center and Dec. […]

Statewide Poetry Out Loud kickoff is Nov. 16 in state capital

Nov. 12, 2015

Nevada’s premier poetry competition kicks off the 2016 season with the first Poetry Out Loud district competition set for Nov. 16 at Carson High School in the dynamic program that is structured similarly to the National Spelling Bee, but focuses on literary heritage through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary works. The public is encouraged to attend to support the students in the free event.

The Poetry Out Loud state champion earns $1,000, wins $1,000 for his or her school to support literary programs and travels to Washington, D.C. to compete for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals. Those who place second and third at the Nevada State Finals receive $500 each and $500 for their schools.

In 2015, thousands of students, teachers and coaches participated in Nevada’s Poetry Out Loud. Last year’s state champion Dominique Groffman of Douglas County represented Nevada at the national finals.

Preparing for the competition, students get the chance to sharpen their poetic skills and try new things.  Poetry Out Loud supports their efforts. Registration for all other […]

Nevada Arts Council honoree Burton featured in TMCC exhibit

Sept. 29, 2015

A Nevada artist who earned a fellowship honorable mention grant from the Nevada Arts Council for 2016 is featured in the Truckee Meadows Community College Faculty Show Sept. 9 to Oct. 15.

“We’re really pleased that artists receiving fellowship honorable mention grants are able to introduce the public to their work through outreach activities, whether exhibits, performances, workshops or lectures,” said Susan Boskoff, executive director of the council.

The TMCC photo collection is part of a larger body of Burton’s work called “The Camera’s Demise,” that makes artworks out of elements taken from disassembled cameras. “My goal is to convert the obsolete or discarded tools of the medium into materials to make new images,” he said.  His photos show what could be called the literal deconstruction of photography, as lenses and pieces become the images in the photo.

“The work is based on targets of the type used in shooting practice. They are made from camera lenses that I have dismantled,” Burton said. “The parts contained within are mostly rings, discs and the ground glass pieces that are the actual […]

Two award-winning artists display work in new OXS exhibit opening Sept. 28

Sept. 18, 2015


Two award-winning artists are featured in the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery Sept. 28 to Dec. 18. Reno artist Walter McNamara uses recycled material in many of his collages and sculptures on display. Lynda Yuroff, also from Reno, focuses on a trickster figure of Native American mythology as she studies the changes that occur during the act of painting.

A reception is set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 with artist talks at 6:15 p.m. The OXS Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 716 N. Carson St. in Carson City and admission is free.

McNamara’s process begins by collecting visually interesting and typically discarded stuff. In “Recycled Habits,” his pieces are manipulated and transformed, combined with other bits and pieces, and worked into the service of visual statements. The results are personal myths that mix satire, puns, and storytelling.

McNamara studied art at the University of Nevada, Reno, and later became the curator of the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at UNR from the early 1960s until 1992 when he retired to […]

Spark! Poetry Writing & Recitation Competition registration open through Sept. 30

Sept 16, 2015

Clark County high school aged students are invited to create original poems for the Vegas Valley Book Festival “Spark! Poetry Writing & Recitation Competition.” Entrants should submit by Sept. 30 three original poems to be judged by a panel of poets, authors and educators. Six top-scoring students will advance to the next round and recite two of their poems in front of a panel and the audience at the fall festival’s Poetry Courtyard.

The event is Oct. 17 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas. Students compete for $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.

Types of poems that may be presented include prose poetry, free verse and spoken word. Also welcome is structured poetry including sonnets, sestinas, tankas, cinquains and villanelles. Poems do not have to be memorized to be presented. Students have up to 3 minutes per poem. Props, costumes and music are not allowed.

Complete details, guidelines and a registration form are available online at Contact Maryjane Dorofachuk, arts learning coordinator at the Nevada Arts Council at […]

Teachers can register now for statewide Poetry Out Loud competition for high school students

Sept. 2, 2015

Registration for the 2016 National Poetry Out Loud program and competition is underway through Dec. 1. High school teachers and students are invited to get involved in the dynamic program structured similarly to the National Spelling Bee, but focused on literary heritage through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary works. Registration is open to all high-school aged Nevada public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools and home school associations.

“The talent and confidence we see in students, who get on stage and make these works their own, is just really remarkable. These teenagers inspire and they have plenty of fun in the process,” said Maryjane Dorofachuk, arts learning coordinator for the Nevada Arts Council, a sponsor of the program. The Poetry Out Loud state champion earns $1,000, wins $1,000 for his or her school to support literary programs and travels to Washington, D.C. to compete for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the national finals. Those who place second and third at the Nevada State Finals receive $500 each and $500 for their schools.

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Wally’s World: The Loneliest Planet art collection in Nevada Comes to OXS Gallery


Aug. 17, 2015

A portion of the extraordinary art collection of Wally Cuchine, former director of the Eureka Opera House, is featured in “Wally’s World” at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery through Sept. 18. The public is invited to join the council from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 for an exhibit reception and collector’s talk. Cuchine’s discussion of his art collection begins at 6:15 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free.

For more than two decades, residents in rural Nevada have experienced a breadth of quality cultural events thanks to Cuchine’s personal passion for the arts. As director of the Eureka Opera House for more than 18 years, Cuchine consistently presented first-class entertainment to residents and visitors. Known for his commitment to and support of artists, and his unswerving faith that the art and artists of Nevada are a valuable resource, he has acquired an unparalleled personal collection of Nevada art.

Cuchine brought a unique art pursuit with him to Eureka. He arrived with his own gallery. Beginning in 1978 with an 18-foot travel trailer, he expanded, finally with a […]

Eight Nevada artists earn fellowships from Nevada Arts Council


July 7, 2015

The Nevada Arts Council has selected eight Nevada artists to receive 2016 Artist Fellowship funding. Four artists were awarded FY16 Artist Fellowships Grants of $5,000, three artists the Fellowship honorable mention awards of $500, and one artist the Artist Fellowship Project Grant of $7,000.

During two days of public meetings held at the Truckee Meadows Community College in June, panelists reviewed 68 applications submitted by artists for Artist Fellowship Visual Arts Grant and for Fellowship Project Grants. After much discussion, the panels developed a list of recommendations, which the NAC Board considered and approved June 22.

“On behalf of the NAC Board, I want to congratulate the 2016 Visual Artist Fellowship Grant recipients as well as Joseph DeLappe selected as the first recipient of the Fellowship Project Grant, established this year,” said Julia Arger, NAC board chair. “The impressive, professional panel of three out of state judges provided thoughtful, specific and critical feedback for the 60 Artists in the Fellowship Grant category as well as the eight Fellowship Project Grant applicants. All of the artists demonstrated the exceptional quality of […]

NV Energy and the NV Energy Foundation earn national award for support of arts in Nevada

June 30, 2015

Reno, Nev. —A national arts organization has chosen NV Energy and the NV Energy Foundation as one of the 2015 top 10 businesses in the country for helping community arts to thrive, based on a nomination from the Nevada Arts Council earlier this year. Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts and arts education, selected the company as part of the Business Committee for the Arts awards known as the BCA 10. NV Energy and the NV Energy Foundation are the first business in Nevada to receive this recognition.

Presented every year, the BCA 10 awards honor only 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, employee involvement and board membership.

“The Nevada Arts Council submitted this nomination because the Nevada Arts Council and NV Energy and the NV Energy Foundation are committed to ensuring that Nevada remains rich in arts,” said Susan Boskoff, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “We mutually believe that the arts are absolutely essential to the wellbeing […]

Arts @ The  Heart Convening offers opportunities for Nevada’s arts community to collaborate in June

May 13, 2015

Using the arts to build communities is the focus of the Arts @ the Heart Convening, set for June 4 and 5 in Reno.  A program of the Nevada Arts Council, the 2015 conference will feature resources for arts administrators, artists, volunteers, educators and community leaders to enhance and expand engagement in the arts at the local level.

Speakers from around the country will discuss gaining the competitive edge for grant-seekers, digital storytelling, cultural leadership in the 21st century, and inclusive and sustainable programming.

“Arts @ the Heart is a great mix of celebration, inspiration and learning,” said Susan Boskoff, executive director of the Council. “I am eager to reconnect with constituents from around the state, and  hear from our roster of esteemed speakers and practitioners.” Keynote Speaker Doug Borwick, from North Carolina, manages two nonprofit organizations, blogs on “Engaging Matters,” and has served as President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.

Also speaking is Maryo Gard Ewell from Colorado Creative Industries, Kristen Madsen from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Melissa Melero from Great Basin […]

Sculptor Pasha Rafat to speak at Nevada Arts Council OXS reception May 11

May 7, 2015
In New Works by Pasha Rafat, a Las Vegas artist will be featured  the Office eXhibition Series Gallery May 11 to July 10. Rafat used the main OXS Gallery wall as a canvas to draw his site-specific piece. Taking imagery of bars from his former pinhole camera work and converting them into a large-scale drawing, Rafat went back to his roots as a drawing teacher while also exploring the challenge and chance inherent to temporary installations. His goal of “bringing a little Las Vegas into Carson City” was met by this larger-than-life artwork that emphasizes the foundations of drawing and references the cultural landscape of southern Nevada. Many of Rafat’s previous works (in neon, photography, and video) have also referenced popular culture and the Las Vegas cultural landscape-including a series on bars and film stills. Born in Iran, Rafat has a BS in design from Arizona State University and MA/MFA from California State University, Fullerton. He is a professor of art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he teaches photography and multi-media courses including art in […]

Limbert in new LXS display opening May 18 at Legislative Building


May 7, 2015

“Forevermore,” featuring mixed media by Su Limbert of Las Vegas, debuts at the Legislative eXhibition Series Gallery May 18 to June 5 in the Nevada Legislative Building.

The artist said “Forevermore” is a personal narrative exploring themes of childhood, nature and the complexities of relationships. The exhibit is a selection of work from Limbert’s recent solo show of oil paintings on wood cutouts at the Trifecta Gallery in Las Vegas.

“My work evolves from my imagination as I develop each painting. These paintings speak to the unknowable and unpredictable nature of life, and express the complexities of our relationships with friends, family, lovers, and especially within our understanding of ourselves,” Limbert said. Her art continues to explore themes of childhood and her experiences growing up surrounded by forests and lakes, where she developed a love of plants and animals.

Limbert’s work has appeared in numerous locations throughout Las Vegas, including two solo shows at Blackbird Studios, in a window installation for the Contemporary Arts Center’s East Side Project, and during an artist residency at P3 Studios at the Cosmopolitan Resort. She continues to […]

Free music and poetry event May 15 with Nevada Arts Council fellow Chari Boom Brap

April 29, 2015

The Nevada Arts Council promotes a breadth of arts programs in Nevada communities through its Artist Fellowship Program. Each year, recipients of fellowship grants present free events, that range from performances and exhibits to lectures. Reno singer Chari Boom Brap, also known as Chariell Smith, is featured at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15 in an evening of rhythmic storytelling with a group of musicians and poets backed by a three-piece band at the Holland Project.

Boom Brap is an emcee, singer, and social activist who has many songwriting and production credits. She has independently produced nine award winning albums over the last five years.  She previously performed in Knowledge Lives Forever, a six-piece hip-hop ensemble. When she’s not on stage or in the studio, the Reno artist spends time working for non-profits and volunteering.

The Holland Project is at 140 Vest St. in Reno. Admission is free. Samples of her work are at

Programming is funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Artist Fellowship Program […]

Nevada artist Paula Saponaro to speak at “Work of Artists” series at Nevada Legislature

April 26, 2015

Artist and painter Paula M. Saponaro presents the final SENarts “Work of Artists” program for 2015 with “RenoScapes,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at the Nevada Legislative Building in Carson City. Saponaro will share insights of her inspiration for her latest series “NV150 RenoScapes,” a portfolio that honors some of the Biggest Little City’s most iconic images.

Saponaro’s paintings investigate the inherent design of Nevada’s high desert landscape as well as characteristics of urban constructions. She uses a combination of media in her signature style, including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oil, pastel and collage.

A 30-year Nevada resident, Saponaro has shown her work in several western states galleries and corporate exhibits. She lives in Carson City and also creates in a Dayton studio.

“The Work of Artists” is presented by the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, SENarts and Capital City Arts Initiative. SENarts is a partnership between the Nevada Senate, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Division of Museums and History and the Brewery Arts Center. In a small and welcoming […]

Two noted Nevada fellows to talk poetry at free program May 7 at WNC

April 23,2015

Two talented Nevada poets earned special recognition from the Nevada Arts Council through fellowships granted in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts in 2015. Laura Wetherington and Jared Stanley will speak of their work and read poetry during a free program and reception at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at Western Nevada College, Main Gallery, 2201 West College Parkway, Carson City.

Each poet was awarded a 12-month fellowship that is intended to provide artists with time, materials and living expenses to share and develop their work.  Wetherington teaches at Sierra Nevada College and is advisor for the Sierra Nevada Review. She also earned a 2014 artist grant from the Sierra Arts Foundation.  Her first book of poems, “A Map Predetermined and Chance,” was selected by judge C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series, a competition that selects and publishes five winning manuscripts per year.

Stanley writes of varied topics and is working on poetry of military mysticism and the obligations of wildflowers. The Reno resident teaches at Sierra Nevada College and recently contributed to “It Calls from the […]

Nevada landscapes of Dawn Dot Star in free exhibition at Legislative Building through May 15

April 22, 2015

The exhibition “White Pine County Artistry,” with landscape paintings of Dawn Dot Star debuts at the Nevada Arts Council’s LXS Gallery at the Nevada State Legislative Building April 27. The artist specializes in watercolor and pencil depictions of rural Nevada.

Approaching landscape in non-traditional format, Dawn Dot Star chooses a vertical canvas instead of an expected horizontal layout to abruptly insulate the landscape and make the viewer focus on the portion painted in the canvas. Star’s compositions allow viewers to focus and reflect on a single bush, tree or rock face, and the fluidity of his marks.

Born John Pierre Klosky in Detroit, MI, Dawn Dot Star said he changes his legal name when he changes his artistic media. As Circe Vavens in Detroit, he created glass art. Formerly of Ely, Star was featured and his work sold at the Ely Art Bank where he was encouraged to pursue his artistic potential. He recently moved to Las Vegas and continues his creative efforts in southern Nevada.

Star’s LXS exhibit runs through May 15. Managed by the NAC’s Artist Services Program, […]

Douglas student competes April 28 in Washington, D.C., at Poetry Out Loud National Finals

April 14, 2015

Dominique Groffman, a senior at Douglas High School in Douglas County, will compete in the National Finals for Poetry Out Loud held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29 in Washington, D.C. She is one of 53 finalists from a field of 365,000 who competed nationally. Groffman was named Nevada’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the 10th Annual Nevada State Finals March 14 at the Siena Hotel in downtown Reno.  Groffman recited “”Planetarium,” a poem by Adrienne Rich, “To Live with a Landscape,” by Constance Urdang, and “Often Rebuked, Yet Always Back Returning,” a poem by Emily Bronte.

“The literary arts have always been a figure in the western landscape, so it’s no surprise that poetry resonates in the Silver State. Poetry Out Loud is a complex program to coordinate on a statewide basis, but its impact on our students is remarkable,” said Susan Boskoff, executive director of the council. “Parents, teachers and principals across this state deserve credit for insuring a next generation of readers, writers and thinkers.”

At the state finals, State Superintendent of Instruction Dale […]