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Native American artist Melissa Melero-Moose finds inspiration for her mixed media creations from the landscape and culture of the Northern Paiute of the Great Basin. “Willows, tules, cattails, and pine nuts are all very important staples to the Paiute people, being sources of food, shelter, and implements made with artistic intention,” she said. “I consider these works to be a perspective of my tribe and culture through the eyes of a Native woman, mother and artist.”

Melero-Moose’s work is featured in the exhibit, “Translating Paiute,” which goes on display Monday, April 8 at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery inside the Nevada Legislative Building. Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists is being featured. Melero-Moose, a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe who lives in Happy Valley, is the fourth of the six artists and her display will remain in place through April 26.

The process of Melero-Moose’s works evolves from painting abstract figures and landscapes to the experimental combining of mediums and objects to create her current mixed media work. Her ideas of […]


Serving all regions of the state, the Community Arts Development (CAD) Program provides networking, training and funding to local arts agencies, community organizations, public institutions and businesses to advance partnerships, grow local cultural programming and increase participation in the arts for residents and visitors. This position will be located in northern Nevada in the Carson City office and will collaborate with the Community Arts Development Specialist located in Las Vegas. The position’s responsibilities include assisting with program development, assessment and budget management; providing individualized technical assistance and skills training to local arts agencies, communities and community arts organizations on a wide variety of topics; planning and facilitation of public meetings, workshops and conferences, grants and funding proposals, articles and publications; and collaborations with other Nevada Arts Council (NAC) program areas on agency-wide activities, such as board meetings, surveys and strategic planning.

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More than 3,500 high school-aged students from Nevada’s public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools and home school associations  participated in the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program. Focusing on our rich literary heritage through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary poetry, Nevada Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Nevada Arts Council, presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation,  NV Energy, Nevada Department of Education, Nevada School Districts, and KNPB. 

After participating at the school and/or district level, semi-finalists traveled to Reno on March 16 for the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Finals at KNPB Channel 5 studios in Reno.

Vanessa Aponte, a senior at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, is the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Champion.

Aponte receives a $600 scholarship and will now move on to represent Nevada in the National Poetry Out Loud competition April 30 to May 1 in Washington, D.C.  The National Champion receives $20,000, with a total of $50,000 in scholarship and school prizes awarded.

Sparks High School senior Noemi Valdez finished in second place and receives a $450 scholarship, and Elko High School senior Mikalya […]


Designed to support first-time or sudden opportunity arts and arts learning/education projects initiated by artists, teaching artists, schools, nonprofit organizations and public institutions, the Jackpot Grants were awarded for projects scheduled to occur between April 1 and June 30, 2019. This quarter’s recipients, amount received, and projects are:

Ivan Ivanov, Las Vegas: $1,000 to support the publishing, manufacturing, production and distribution his CD, “The Clarinet Music of Leonardo Balada.”
Nye Communities Coalition, Pahrump: $893 to support “The Feelings Play,” a two-part project designed to make children more aware of their feelings and how those feelings can lead to both positive and negative actions. The project will take place at the 4 elementary schools in Pahrump.
Caitlin McCarty, Reno: $910 to support the performance of “Dust Horizon: Dance, Film and Landscape Inspired by the Poetry of Gailmarie Pahmeier,” a multi-media dance work exploring three Nevada State Parks. This ninety-minute dance performance is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2019 and April 27, 2019 at the Nevada Museum of Art.
Emily Barnes, Henderson: $943 to commission composer Shawn Schwerdtfeger to […]


Las Vegas Jazz Quartet the Shapiro Project led by guitarist, composer and FY19 NAC Fellowship Project Grantee, Eugene Shapiro celebrates International Jazz Day with the official release of their new album “Planet X.” This concert will feature the band performing Contemporary Jazz Fusion compositions from the album. Come experience groovy, soulful, hip Jazz with the Shapiro Project and celebrate the Original American Art Form. Eugene Shapiro-guitar, Boris Shapiro-drums, Brian Triola-keyboards, Marc Solis-saxophone.

Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV

This is a free event, but patrons must reserve seats!

“Eugene Shapiro and the Shapiro Project create very engaging compositions that are dynamic in creativity and musicianship. You are going to want to add their album to your listening experience and music collection.”    –

“Everyone has mastered the art of producing a beautiful sound, making the album every music lover will listen to over and over.” – Patrick Gaffey (JazzNotes)

This program/project was supported, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives […]


Las Vegas mixed media artist Antonio Gomez knows all too well the devastating effects Alzheimer’s disease can have on a family.

He lost his father to it a decade ago and recently learned his mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

It is with his mother’s blessing that Gomez is creating art to give a voice to those victimized by the disease. His exhibit, “Desambiguacion del Amor,” is on display at the Nevada Legislature building and the Nevada Arts Council’s LXS Gallery.

“My mother is still in the early stages of the disease and I have had numerous conversations with her about her terrible predicament and the uncertain, dark future that she has been forced to face,” Gomez said. “Through these conversations, my mother and I have undertaken the challenge of creating images that depict her current state: her inability to remember things, her persisting memories of her childhood, the way she feels she is being treated as an Alzheimer’s patient, and even the feelings of despair when forced confront her reality.”

Gomez hopes his art, a tribute to his mother, can be an […]


Nevada poet Ann Keniston, a two-time Nevada Arts Council Fellow in Poetry, will be hosting a reading for the public on Wednesday, April 3, in Reno.

Keniston, a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, will read from “Works on Paper: Poems about the Visual Arts, Forgeries and the Art Market.”

The free event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at the new John & Geraldine Lilly Museum of Art on the University of Nevada campus. Refreshments will be served after the reading. Attendees can park in the Brian Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street, just to the north of the art building.

Keniston is the author of the poetry collection “The Caution of Human Gestures,” (Wordtech 2005), and a chapbook, “November Wasps: Elegies,” (Finishing Line 2013), as well as several scholarly books on recent American poetry.

She is the 2019 Nevada Arts Council Fellow in Poetry and also received the honor in 2017. She has recently published poems in “third coast,” “Water-Stone,” “Yale Review” and “Gettysburg Review.”


Nevada author Sherry Rosenthal, the Nevada Arts Council’s Fellow in Fiction for fiscal year 2019, will moderate a community reading and read from her own works in a special program on Thursday, March 21.

“Springtime Stories 2019: An Evening of Faculty, Student and Community Reading,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the K Building Auditorium on the campus of the College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston Campus, 6375 W. Charleston Ave., Las Vegas.

Rosenthal is a professor of English at CSN and a member of the Henderson Writers Group. Her latest fiction novel is “The River Horse Gods,” set in Ghana. Her publications also include two Holocaust memoirs – “My Brother’s Voice: How a Young Hungarian Boy Survived the Holocaust,” with Stephen Nasser; and “Run! Run! Hitler’s Coming: How a Young German Girl Escaped in the Holocaust,” with Irene Rosenthal.

In addition to reading from her works, Rosenthal will talk to the audience about the beneficial roles of the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment For the Arts in the lives and works of Nevada artists.

The event is hosted by […]


Vanessa Aponte, a senior at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, is the 2019 Nevada State champion of Poetry Out Loud.

The 14th annual statewide competition for high school students started in the fall with more than 3,500 participants and narrowed to nine regional finalists for Saturday’s championships at the studios of KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting in Reno.

Sparks High School senior Noemi Valdez finished in second place, and Elko High School senior Mikalya de Guzman finished third.

The state championships consisted of three rounds with each poet reciting two poems and then the top three reciting a third poem for the final round. Aponte’s three poems were “The Enigma” by Anne Stevenson, “The Lost Land” by Eavan Boland and “Often rebuked, yet always back returning,” by Emile Bronte.

Aponte, an honors student who plans to attend UNLV and major in psychology and criminal justice before going on to law school, said winning the statewide competition was a dream.

“It means that all the hard work paid off,” she said. “It means all the time I spent with my English teacher just […]

ON DISPLAY IN OXS GALLERY: A Celebration of the Arts

NAC presents artwork from the agency’s permanent collection that was commissioned to be part of Nevada’s Governor’s Arts Awards Program and part of the agency’s permanent collection. “A Celebration of The Arts” featuring artwork from the Governor’s Arts Awards Program 1989-2011 will be on display in the OXS Gallery, March 11, 2019—January 31, 2020.

Inaugurated in 1979 as the Decade Awards, the Governor’s Arts Awards (GAA) became an annual event for the agency. Through this program, the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) and the Office of the Governor recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement and service to the arts by artists, educators, arts organizations, corporate and individual patrons, public figures, and dedicated volunteers. To spotlight the work of the visual artists in 1986, the NAC board decided to commission a Nevada artist to create an original piece of art for each of GAA recipients.

The OXS Gallery is located at 716 North Carson Street, Suite A, Carson City and is open 8 am to 5 pm. Read more.

BOOK NOW! Home Means Nevada

The NTI-Traveling Exhibition, Home Means Nevada will start touring the state in June 2019. Themed around Nevada’s state song of the same title, Home Means Nevada features 15 photographers and highlights some of the unique treasures found on federally managed lands across the state, from bighorns to Burning Man, to the ancient rock art and petroglyphs in the Gold Butte area.

The exhibit artists include: Olin Feuerbacher, Pahrump;  Peter Goin, Reno; Kelly Carroll, Hagatna, Guam; Mike Hill, Las Vegas; Julian Kilker, Las Vegas; Kurt Kuznicki, Reno; Bruce Loeffler, Las Vegas; Alan O’Neill, Henderson; Robert Park, Las Vegas; Will Roger Petersen, Gerlach; Kimberly Reinhart, Henderson; Deon Reynolds, Eureka; Sharon K. Schafer, Henderson; Cristian Torres, Las Vegas; and Sam Davis, Cedar City Utah.  Interested in scheduling this exhibit, click here for more information. 


The National Endowment for the Arts announced this week that it has awarded grants totaling $90,000 to seven arts organizations and agencies in Nevada for support in projects planned in fiscal year 2019. The federal grants support projects in both Northern and Southern Nevada. The NEA works in partnership with the Nevada Arts Council to ensure the people of Nevada have access to the arts.

“We are thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded direct grants to these Nevada arts institutions and municipalities,” said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “These awards will allow thousands of Nevadans to experience the excellence in the arts that our cultural institutions have to offer. The National Endowment for the Arts works to ensure that people throughout the country have access to the arts, in their communities and as part of their educational and life experiences. Every grant that we award through The Nevada Arts Council reflects this same effort throughout the state. We are grateful and proud to collaborate with the NEA on that effort.”

Grant recipients from […]


The Nevada Arts Council has a new program aimed at bringing together urban and rural arts organizations.

The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange, BRX, is a one-year program that includes in-person gatherings, intercommunity arts-based exchange activities and peer-to-peer mentorship, said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council.

“It is critical for urban and rural communities in Nevada to communicate together and learn from each other,” Manfredi said. “Utilizing arts and culture as a convener to improve community interactions and quality of life indicators is a focal point of the Nevada Arts Council. We are thrilled with the response from arts leaders across the state who will be participating in this new initiative and look forward to growing from the outcomes.”

The program is designed to:

Foster relationships between Nevada’s rural and urban communities.
Connect resources, assets, traditions and histories between rural and urban communities.
Identify and encourage new funding streams, cross-sector partnerships and collaborative approaches for arts and culture programming.
Engage intercommunity arts initiatives as a way to enrich the lives of all residents, enhance the quality of life throughout […]


The FY20 Artist Fellowship Grant of $5,000 is open to Folk/Traditional Arts and Contemporary Visual Arts artists. The deadline is April 18, 2019.

FOLK/TRADITIONAL ARTS CATEGORIES include crafts, dance, music, oral traditions, and visual arts–are those that are learned as part of the cultural life of a community whose members share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These traditions are shaped by the aesthetics and values of a shared culture and are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community through observation, conversation, and practice.

CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS: encompasses six subcategories

CERAMICS/SCULPTURE: This category includes three-dimensional contemporary art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modeling, casting, and constructing.
DRAWING/MIXED MEDIA: This category includes original work created using the techniques, materials, media, and methods of drawing/mixed media assemblages and collages.
PAINTING/PRINTMAKING: This category includes original work that involves painting of any kind upon any surface. It also includes work that involves the printmaking process including engravings, etchings, lithographs, prints, serigraphs, and woodcuts.
PHOTOGRAPHY: This category accepts original work in traditional and experimental photography. It includes […]

CARSON CITY ARTIST CYNTHIA BRENNEMAN on display at Legislative Building

Carson City artist Cynthia Brenneman’s fascination with art started at a young age and has never wavered, even as she served her country in the U.S. Navy.

“My mother loved to sew,” Brenneman said. “One of my earliest memories was standing in my crib, holding an afghan of many colors that my mother had made. I don’t sew like my mother, but I love fabric. Fabrics creep into my paintings.”

This month, Brenneman’s exhibit, “The Fabric of Life,” will open the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislative Building, and will be on displayed through Feb. 4-22. Read more

Managed by Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Services Program, the Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery space is located on the first floor across from the Caucus Deli in the Legislative Building, 401 South Carson Street, Carson City. Since 1985, LXS has displayed artwork by 140 Nevada’s visual artists during the biennial legislative session.

Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists will be featured in LXS. The exhibition artists were recommended by a committee that include:  Mark Salinas, Arts & Culture Coordinator, […]

ROAD MAPS WORKSHOP: Equity and Engagement in the Arts with Theresa Hwang

Learn how equitable outcomes can be incorporated into arts and culture projects through a series of case studies and hands-on activities. We will discuss shared definitions of equity and engagement, positionality and privilege, and how these concepts can be leveraged and applied in the field of arts, design, and creative placemaking. Participants will think through existing projects that they are currently working on and look for opportunities to incorporate new engagement strategies.
Thursday, February 7th, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Sierra View Library, Reno Town Mall, 4001 S Virginia St, Reno, NV

Theresa Hwang is a community-engaged architect, educator, and facilitator. She is the founder of Department of Places, a participatory design and community engagement practice based in Los Angeles, CA. Hwang has spent over 13 years focused on equitable cultural and community development with multiple groups and campaigns. Her work has been featured in Architectural Record, The New York Times, Atlantic Cities, Al-Jazeera America and other media outlets. She was recognized as one of Next City’s Urban Vanguards 2015, and holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Download […]

FELLOWSHIP OUTREACH WORKSHOP: Helps prospective magazine writers get published

Brittany Bronson, a 2019 Artist Fellowship Honorable Mention Grant recipient from the Nevada Arts Council, is offering a free workshop to help fellow writers get their works published.

Titled, “How to Get Published in a Magazine,” the workshop will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10 at noon at Imagine Studio, 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd., #200, Las Vegas. Those planning to attend should RSVP at:

The chasm between being a writer and being a published writer can seem daunting, but award-winning Nevada writer Brittany Bronson has navigated it well.  Leading the workshop is Bronson and C. Moon Reed, a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly. They will discuss how to build a following and get noticed by literary agents and publishers. As the industry has evolved from print-only to a print/web-based model, there are more opportunities than ever for writers of all skill levels to share their work with the world.

Bronson’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Times of London, and many other print and Web-based publications. She has received awards and recognitions from TalkPoverty.Org, Vegas Seven Magazine, […]


The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program has announced the recipients of its 2018 grants. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to critical reviews, and self-published blogs.

Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz’s blog Disparate Minds is a comprehensive platform for criticism on the works currently produced by self­-taught artists with disabilities and their convergence with an increasingly pluralistic contemporary art world.

Joel Wachs, President of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, explains, “The Foundation’s commitment to arts writing is a natural extension of the grants the Foundation makes to artist-centered organizations and museums, which often include funds for the publication of exhibition catalogues, brochures, and other outlets for scholarly perspectives. Critical writing on contemporary art connects artists to audiences, increases dialogue around their work, and is vital to a dynamic and engaged visual art community in this country.”  [Creative Capital]


Nevada Heritage and NEA National Heritage Fellow Ralph Burns gave the opening blessing at the dinner at the Governor’s Global Tourism Summit in Reno recently. Burns has been honored for his work in Paiute Language preservation and reintroduction as well as his storytelling expertise in both Paiute and English. To view an example, see “Telling Place: The Stone Mother,” a Nevada Stories film by Teri Brewer, produced by the NAC Folklife Program, go to

(Photo by Sydney Martinez, Travel Nevada)