Arts Council

Reno artist’s work drops the curtain on 2019 Legislative Gallery

CARSON CITY, Nevada (May 16) – Reno artist Patricia Wallis has a background in plein air and aerial painting, having spent much of her 30-year career in Marin County, California.

Moving to Reno, she found a completely new palette of color in the landscape. Another change she made in in the past decade was a decision to work exclusively on copper, which gives the image a unique luminescence not found when working on canvas or board. Oil painting on copper goes back to the 15thcentury although it is rarely used by contemporary artists.

Wallis’ exhibition, “Bits and Pieces of the Silver State,” are the latest works from Nevada artists to go on display at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative Exhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislature building and will be featured through the end of the session. She is the last of six Nevadans whose artwork is being displayed during this legislative session.

Wallis described her approach to painting like this: “I express my reaction to what is before me,” she said. “I usually focus on some detail that has captured my […]

Reno author Annie Reed leads authors and artists event

CARSON CITY, Nevada (May 7) – Author Annie Reed, an honorable mention artist fellowship recipient of the Nevada Arts Council, will be co-hosting an event with fellow authors and artists on May 18.

The event, “Authors Among Us! Artists Too!” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd., Suite 340, in Reno.

Reed, a freelance fiction writer and the managing editor of Lucky Bat Books, will be joined by local authors Jennifer Rachel Baumer and Louisa Swann, and local artist Brandon Swann for a fun-filled hour of fiction and art shared among friends.

The event is open to the public for free. It includes door prizes and refreshments.

Reed received an Artist Fellowship honorable mention grant from the Nevada Arts Council in 2019. She was an Artist Fellow in 2005.

Las Vegas author Amanda Skenandore hosts writing workshop

CARSON CITY, Nevada (May 7, 2019) – Las Vegas author Amanda Skenandore, an honorable mention artist fellowship recipient of the Nevada Arts Council, is holding writing workshop on Sunday, May 11 at the Clark County Library on East Flamingo Road.

Participants can learn fundamental elements of great fiction that will help turn that in-progress work into a page-turning, fully developed novel. Participants can bring a chapter of their work or a favorite book to the workshop for discussion.

The event is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the large conference room of the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas 89119.

Skenandore is an author and registered nurse living in Las Vegas. Her debut novel, “Between Earth and Sky,” won the American Library Association’s Readers List Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, “The Undertaker’s Assistant,” comes out in July 2019.

This free workshop is funded, in part, by an Artist Fellowship award from the Nevada Arts Council.

Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poetry inspires dance performance

CARSON CITY, Nevada – A multi-media dance performance inspired by the poetry of Reno’s Gailmarie Pahmeier will be held Saturday, April 27 at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

The performance, titled “Dust Horizon: Dance, Film and Landscape” is presented by Collateral & Company Contemporary Dance Company and it explores the landscape of Nevada through choreography, photography and film.

The event is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Pahmeier, a teacher and former poet laureate for the City of Reno, is a recipient of the Nevada’s Arts Council’s prestigious FY18 Fellowship Project Grant and has spent the past year in residency at a variety of Nevada State Parks composing narratives about the people and environments she encountered in the often remote places.

Performers from Collateral and Co., traveled to three state parks – Washoe Lake, Wild Horse Reservoir and Valley of Fire – to record and document movement in the landscapes, using Pahmeier’s words as their inspiration.

In the Nevada Museum of Art event, Pahmeier’s poetry combined with […]

Nevada Arts Council awards 4th quarter Jackpot Grants

CARSON CITY, Nevada (April 1, 2019) – The Nevada Arts Council has awarded $8,429 in Jackpot Grants for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2019.

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 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 […]

Las Vegas senior is Nevada Poetry Out Loud champion

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

The 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 […]

Las Vegas artist’s exhibit ‘a devastating love letter’ to mother with Alzheimer’s

CARSON CITY, Nevada (March 18, 2019) – 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 […]

Nine compete to be Nevada Poetry Out Loud champion

CARSON CITY, Nevada (March 1, 2019) – Nine high school poets from across the state will take center stage at the 14th annual Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Saturday, March 16 in Reno.

The State Finals start at noon to at KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting’s studios, 1670 N. Virginia St., in Reno. The event is free, open to the public and media.

“Participating in Poetry Out Loud is a journey,” said Maryjane Dorofachuk, arts learning specialist for the Nevada Arts Council, a sponsor of the program.  “Many of these students begin in their freshman year and continue through their senior year. They grow, through this experience, to become the young adults they are meant to be.”

One winner from the nine finalists will be selected to represent Nevada at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C., April 30 to May 1.

District Finalists competing for the state title include:

Carson City: Marion Haffey, Junior, Carson High School
Clark County: Vanessa Aponte, Senior, Legacy High School
Douglas County: Shannon Bunn, Senior, Douglas High School
Elko County: Mikayla De Guzman, […]

Reno artist’s work showcased at Legislative Exhibition Gallery

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Reno artist Kate O’Hara need only to open her door and look to the mountains to find inspiration for her creations.

“My work is highly influenced by nature,” she said. “I spend a lot of time hiking and camping around Reno and Tahoe, taking pictures of wildlife. These photos often serve as inspiration for my work.”

O’Hara’s exhibit, “Botanica Obscura,” can be seen for the next three weeks at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislative Building. Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists is being featured. O’Hara is the second of the six artists and her display will remain in place through March 15.

A freelance illustrator by profession, O’Hara graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. She has long been interested in art and illustration as a combination of fine and commercial art. She said her artwork in this exhibit is beautifully detailed, has conflicting undertones and mainly focuses on the interaction of plants and animals in […]

Arts Council’s Basin to Range Exchange to launch in April

CARSON CITY, Nevada – 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 […]

Nevada arts organizations receive $90K in federal grants

CARSON CITY, Nevada – 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 […]

Carson City artist kicks off bi-annual Legislative Exhibition Gallery

CARSON CITY, Nevada (February 1, 2019) – 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. Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists will be featured. Brenneman’s work will be displayed through Feb. 4-22.

Brenneman’s exhibit features encaustic paintings, a technique which involves the use of heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The resulting liquid or paste is then applied to the canvas to create the artwork.

“Encaustic painting has allowed me to complete my vision and capture my mother’s love of fabric and sewing,” she said. “I paint the everyday scenes of […]

‘Home Means Nevada’ photo exhibit to debut at Legislature

CARSON CITY, Nevada (January 29, 2019) – The Nevada Arts Council is unveiling a new traveling photo exhibition – “Home Means Nevada” which will start its journey in the hallways of the Nevada Legislature during the 2019 session.

The exhibition features the works of 15 contemporary photographers, but which echoes famous photographs and artwork from the late 1800s and early 1900s that helped spur protections for many of our nation’s national parks. The exhibit 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 exhibition will be displayed in the Senate hallway of the Nevada Legislature, 401 S. Carson St. in Carson City. The Legislature’s 120-day session begins on Monday, Feb. 4.

Themed around the Nevada state song, it is based on an exhibition that was installed in the rotunda of the U.S. Senate Russell Building in Washington, D.C. in 2016. That exhibit was organized by the National Parks Conservation Association and curated by University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor […]

Workshop helps prospective magazine writers get published

CARSON CITY, Nevada – 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.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Times of London, and many other print and Web-based publications.

Bronson, a 2019 Artist Fellowship 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2318307445081342/.

The workshop is being conducted in coordination with the Nevada Arts Council and the Las Vegas Writers Lounge, a pop-up studio where writers of all levels can come together to enhance their craft.

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 […]

Arts Council exhibit features works of seven Nevada artists

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The works of seven Nevada artists whose drawings share a simple common denominator – the mark – will be on display at the Nevada’s Arts Council’s OXS Gallery from Dec. 31 to Feb. 22.

Curated by Paul Baker Prindle, an art professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, the exhibition “Making A Mark” features 18 pieces of art by Dennis Angel of Las Vegas: Galen Brown of Carson City; Gig Depio of Las Vegas; Miya Hannan of Reno; Eunkang Koh if Reno; Dennis Parks of Tuscarora and Sidne Teske of Tuscarora.

The exhibition addresses the history and practice of drawing by narrowing in on a few Nevada artists for whom “the mark” is foundational in their work. Whether the mark is the subject of their art or a means toward an end, the practice of applying ink, paint, chalk or carbon with fingers, a stylus, pencil, ben or even a brush is elemental to each of the works on view.

The exhibit illustrates the variety of outcomes that emerge from the practice of drawing.

“Making A Mark” is part […]

Nevada Arts Council awards 3rd quarter Jackpot Grants

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada Arts Council has awarded $8,316 in Jackpot Grants for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2019.

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 grants are awarded for projects scheduled to occur between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31, 2019.

This quarter’s recipients, amount received, and projects are:

Big Four Educational Theatre Foundation (Las Vegas): awarded $1,000 to support artist fees for live musical accompaniment for their upcoming musical, “Assassins” running Jan. 18 through Feb. 3 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre.

Bonnie Kelso (Las Vegas): awarded $867 to support the creation of the story and artwork for a 24-page, full color picture book for children ages 3-8.

Cameron Crain (Reno): awarded $840 to support the creation of a new screenplay concept titled “We are Family” which is a family comedy about a Reno couple taking their blended family of 6 on a vacation to Hawaii.

Douglas Jablin (Las Vegas): awarded $927 to support production and editing of an original video documentary entitled “Balabustas,” […]

Nevada Arts Council announces changes to grants program

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada Arts Council has revised its grants programs – new grants were added and other grant programs were updated to better serve Nevada artists, organizations and public institutions.

“These changes reflect thoughtful work on behalf of the Nevada Arts Council staff and the NAC Grant Committee,” said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “It represents the current mission and goals of the NAC and the National Endowment for the Arts guidance of promoting artistic excellence and artistic merit. I’m so thankful and grateful to all those from around Nevada who offered their thoughts and ideas to this work.”

Following are highlights of grant changes. The complete list of new guidelines and details on each specific grant are available on the Nevada Arts Council website: http://nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil/.

The Community Impact Grant is a new two-year grant for government agencies and public institutions which funds collaborative projects that address a demonstrated community challenge or need through an arts-based approach. The potential recipients must form a partnership project team that includes at least one formal organizational project […]

Poll finds Nevadans engaged in and supportive of arts

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Three quarters of Nevada adults attended a cultural event in the past year and an equal percentage believe the arts improves the quality of life in their communities, according to the poll “Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018.”

The poll also found near unanimous support for arts education in K-12 schools as more than 90 percent of those surveyed saying it’s important at all levels – elementary, middle school and high school.

Seven in ten Nevadans said that creativity enhances success in the workplace, while 60 percent said their job requires them to be creative, either individually or as part of a team.

The nationwide online poll of 3,023 adults ages 18 and older was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Americans for the Arts. The national sample was supplemented by a “boost sample” from eight states (about 300 people per state), including Nevada.  The poll has a credibility interval of ±2.0 percentage points, and ±6.5 percentage points for the state specific surveys.

“What makes the results of this study so compelling and significant is that it […]

Henderson artist’s work featured at Nevada Arts Council

CARSON CITY, Nevada (September 18, 2018) – As a young artist with limited resources, Donald Corpier Starr drew inspiration from images he saw in magazines and books, and models for his drawings in his fellow parishioners in church.

From an early age, he had the knack of bringing out the personality and character of each subject featured in his drawings.

Now a collection of Starr’s works is the featured exhibit at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery in Carson City, and will be in place through Nov. 9. An artist’s reception and talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Titled, “Color the Emotion,” Starr’s exhibit consists of people who have piqued his interest over the years. His loving, character-infused portraits provoke a variety of reactions from the viewer. Starr uses positive/negative space to portray emotions in his portraits.

His philosophy for connecting with his audience is a simple one: “If I can create a pleasing image that creates a mood or emotion in the viewer and causes them to wonder ‘Who is this person?’ then I have accomplished my goal,” said Starr, […]

UPCOMING DEADLINE FOR FY19 3RD QUARTER JACKPOT GRANTS

The deadline for the FY19 3rd Quarter Jackpot Grants is NOVEMBER 15, 2018. The quarterly Jackpot Grants support new or exemplary art projects by nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations, schools, public institutions or artists within a 3-month period. Third Quarter Jackpot Grants support projects or activities scheduled for January 1-March 31, 2019.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: art exhibitions, performances, readings and concerts, sponsoring of arts-related workshops and conferences, marketing and promotional activities and planning, implementation, and/or evaluation of arts education/learning programs for school-aged students or other targeted participants. Individual artists of all disciplines and teaching artists are encouraged to apply. Nevada nonprofit organizations and public institutions such as schools, colleges, community centers, youth organizations, museums, tribal entities, senior centers, park districts and libraries are also encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Jackpot Grant program click here.