Arts Council

Douglas County announces Poetry Out Loud contest Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

Feb. 9, 2015

Gardnerville, Nev. – Students from Douglas County will participate in the Poetry Out Loud school contest at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Douglas High School, Room 415. The winner of this competition will advance to the Nevada State Poetry Out Loud contest, being held at KNPB Public Television in Reno at noon Saturday, March 19. The Nevada champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on May 2-4 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

The 2015 Nevada Poetry Out Loud champion was Dominique Groffman, a Douglas High School senior. Dylan Baker, a senior at College of Southern Nevada High School West in Las Vegas, and Whitney Reyes, a junior at Reno’s Wooster High School, placed second and third. Each received $500 and $500 for their schools to support literary programs.

Poetry Out Loud begins at the local level as students learn about, memorize and finally perform poetry of their choice. Participants advance from school to district competitions and then to the Nevada State Finals, where the stakes are high. […]

SENarts series back with artists exhibits, talks and demonstrations at Nevada Legislature

Feb. 4, 2015


Some of Northern Nevada’s finest traditional, folk and contemporary artists will appear at the 2015 Nevada State Legislature in “The Work of Artists,” a series of interactive talks and demonstrations that bring a personal side to exhibited pieces. Designed to create an opportunity for artists to engage with community members and people working in or visiting the Nevada State Legislative Building, the presentations are at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and 24, March 19 and 30, April 17 and May 7. All are free and open to the public in Room 3100.

“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 environment, each artist will offer insight into the work they do, the art they make and the talent it takes to produce their treasures.

Scheduled are:

Baskets of the World with Sande Rowan, Carson […]

Clan garments featured in “Second Skin” exhibit at Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery

February 2, 2015

Sarah Lillegard works in what she calls second skin. The Reno artist featured in the latest show at the Office eXhibition Series Gallery works in fabrics that explore group identity, belonging and symbols, in garments sometimes called clan jackets. The attire is said to communicate meaning, cultural legacies and myths. The OXS exhibit “Second Skin” is free at the Nevada Arts Council, 716 N. Carson St., in Carson City, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 17. Lillegard will discuss her work at a public reception from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, with an artist talk at 6:15.

“Clothing bears the mark of its owner,” Lillegard said. “Over time, the conscious and unconscious moments make themselves known through holes and frayed edges. Through these processes, the garments often become more than passive objects. As much as belonging comes from identifying within a group, it also comes from imbedding personal histories into a greater storyline.”

Lillegard is a mixed-media artist whose work draws on the traditions of handcrafts and western icons. She comes from a family of quilters and craftsmen […]

“Pine Spirit” by Sande Rowan comes to the Legislative eXhibition Series Gallery Feb. 2

Jan. 26, 2015

Working with Native American basket makers in the Southwest, Sande Rowan learned coiling techniques she incorporated into her own style as a professional basket maker. Her “Rainbow Spiral” pine needle basket is among her works featured in “Pine Spirit” at the Legislative eXhibition Series Gallery Feb. 2-20 in the Nevada Legislative Building.

Gathering pine needles while hiking in the Sierra provided her with a deep connection to the natural world and the majestic trees she encounters give their energy to the work, Rowan said. Her baskets use a variety of bindings and adornments. Attaching the pine needle coil to clay and turned wooden bowls gives the artist a broader canvas.

Rowan said she enjoys working with students, teaching and passing on the ancient art form. She teaches workshops and classes at guilds, retreats and private classes in the West. She recently taught a series of classes for the Great Basin Basket Makers’ Carson City outreach program. Rowan is an author of “PINE SPIRIT…a modern approach to the ancient art of coiled basket making.”

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Nevada Arts Council displays work at LXS Gallery in Nevada Legislative Building

Jan. 20, 2015
When people from all walks of life fill the halls of the Nevada Legislative Building in the 2015 session, the creations of Nevada contemporary artists will surround and invite them. The Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series spotlights the Silver State’s breadth of talent with six exhibits through June, each featuring different artists working in painting, basketry and mixed media.

The 2015 LXS Series will feature “Pine Spirit,” baskets by Sande Rowan of Carson City, Feb. 2-20; “Natural Memorial Realist,” paintings by Max Bunnell of Overton, Feb. 23-March 13; “Building Materials II,” by Anthony Arevalo of Reno, March 16-April; and “The Observation and Conclusion,” paintings by Joseph Watson of Henderson, April 6-24. “White Pine County Artistry,” paintings by Dawn Dot Star of Ely, appears April 27-May 15 and “Forevermore,” mixed media by Su Limbert of Las Vegas, follows May 18-June 5.

Managed by the NAC’s artist services program, the LXS Gallery space is on the first floor across from the Caucus Deli at 401 S. Carson St., Carson City. LXS is open to the public, Monday through Friday, 8 […]


The touch and feel of art, in the traditions of handcrafted Western quilters and craftsmen, are the catalyst for the works Sarah Lillegard. A Nevada Arts Council 2015 Visual Arts Fellow. Lillegard uses fibers embroidery and photo transfers to focus on belonging, self and faith. Saturday, Oct. 18, Lillegard hosts a free workshop to teach an introduction to natural dye, a crash course in using organic matter to dye fabric, thread and yarns.

The event is from noon to 3 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St in Reno. Guests will learn tips and tricks to explore the age-old dye process and experiment with household, natural and easy to find items to create their own amazing projects. Participants will leave with a resources sheet, a dye card and some dye samples. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting .

Lillegard is a mixed-media artist who comes from a family that made art together. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Walla Walla University, College Place, WA., and has since worked within the Reno community co-founding the Go […]



Sue Coleman, one of Nevada’s preeminent Washoe basket weavers, presents the final lecture-demonstration of The Work of Artists series on Thursday, May 8 from 3:30–4:30p.m. in room 3100 of the Legislative Building in Carson City. A collaborative initiative of the Nevada Arts Council and SENarts, The Work of Artists is designed to provide an opportunity for artists to engage with community members and those working in and visiting the Nevada State Legislature at 401 S. Carson St. All presentations offered by The Work of Artists are free and open to the public.

“The women in Coleman’s family are renowned for precise weaving and decoration on their traditional willow baskets,” siad Susan Boskoff, Nevada Arts Council executive director. “Her ancestors, like many Washoe people, moved between Lake Tahoe in the summers and the Dresslerville/Carson Valley area in the winters.”

Coleman’s presentation will introduce the audience to various types of baskets, including the burden and gift baskets, winnowing tray and cradleboard. Emphasizing the complex process of basket-making, from collecting and preparing plant materials to the progressive weaving steps necessary to complete each basket, […]


When the first concert of the UNLV Chamber Music Series begins Thursday, among the artists celebrating the birthday of Claude Debussy will be Nevada Arts Council fellowship award recipient Jennifer Grim.

An accomplished flutist, Grim received a 2103 Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council and spearheaded efforts to earn a grant for the university’s Chamber Music Series. The first installment is a tribute to Debussy, honoring his 150th birthday. The event features UNLV Department of Music faculty and guests including Timothy Hoft, David Loeb and Mykola Suk on piano. Linda Lister is soprano, Andrew Smith plays cello, Marina Sturm is on clarinet, Kim Glennie plays harp and Robert Taylor, viola.

Grim has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, for a sold-out New York debut concert of the award-winning contemporary ensemble Proteus. She appeared at Lincoln Center’s Great Performances. She recently played in an acclaimed performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Superscriptio for solo piccolo at the Yale Center for British Art.

Grim has given master classes across the country, specializing in both solo and chamber music. Among the institutions at which she has […]



Carson City, Nev. Carson City’s vibrant arts and cultural sector opens its doors to the public to celebrate Nevada’s 2011 Inauguration. Participants can enjoy a wealth of activities—from visual arts and history exhibits, demonstrations by traditional artists representing Nevada’s ranching and Native American communities, and dance and musical presentations—to creative activities for children of all ages and unique shopping opportunities.

The Nevada Arts Council has assisted the Inaugural Committee in developing activities for the day and scheduling artists for the stroll and showcase. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the arts in general, and specifically, to focus on the breadth of arts and cultural organizations in our Capital City,” said Susan Boskoff, Arts Council director.


Nevada Arts Council – 716 N. Carson Street (south side entrance)
The exhibit “Exploring Boundaries,” featuring photographs by Las Vegas artist Linda Alterwitz, is on display in the Arts Council’s Carson City gallery. Alterwitz’s multi-layered images of scientific and natural landscapes are subtle collages that captivate. […]

Exploring Boundaries,an exhibit by Linda Alterwitz

Carson City, Nev. The Nevada Arts Council presents “Exploring Boundaries,” an exhibit by Linda Alterwitz, in its Carson City office from December 6, 2010 through January 28, 2011 as part of the Office eXhibition Series (OXS). Using both scientific and natural landscapes, Las Vegas multi-media artist Linda Alterwitz, explores the human connection to our natural environment.

Alterwitz’s photographs are multi-layered, similar to collages, combining images of nature and landscapes with less obvious medical references. Alterwitz digitally manipulates and layers together images to create large-scale primarily color photographs by using both high-tech digital cameras and low-tech toy cameras, creating works that invite the viewer in for closer examination.

Alterwitz earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Denver. She has exhibited her work in Las Vegas, Nevada and Ohio. Her work has been included in several group exhibitions including NYU, New York, NY; The Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, NY; The Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO; SilverEye for Photography, Pittsburg, PA; Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, […]


Carson City, Nevada. Seven individuals and organizations will receive a 30th Annual Governor’s Arts Award at a public reception and ceremony in Las Vegas this April.

The Nevada Arts Council and the Governor’s Office present these honors for outstanding and enduring contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement and service to the arts.

The 30th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony is scheduled for April 1, 2010 at the World Market Center’s ‘Worldview on Sixteen’ ballroom. Tickets to the 30th anniversary celebration will be $30 – thanks to the support from a number of foundations and corporations including Cirque du Soleil, Newmont Mining Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation, NV Energy, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and Metro Arts Council of Southern Nevada.

Invitations will be mailed after the first of the year and posted on the Arts Council’s website at

The 2010 recipients of the Governor’s Arts Awards are:

Ellen Hopkins, Carson City – Excellence in the Arts
Thai Cultural Arts Association, Las Vegas – Excellence in Folk and Traditional Art
Nevada School of the Arts, Las Vegas – Leadership in the Arts: Education
Patricia Harris, Las […]


The Nevada Arts Council presents “Firewalls,” a series of collagraphs and screenprints by Sparks artist, Candace Nicol. “Firewalls” explores several aspects of the human condition – the psychological constraints we assign ourselves and others, the ideologies that shape our viewpoints, and the complexities of multicultural relationships.

Irresolvable Tension by Candace Nicol”Firewalls”is on display through December 29 as part of the Arts Council’s Office eXhibition Series (OXS). On Thursday, November 13, the Arts Council will host an artist’s talk and reception with Candace Nicol from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Candace Nicol’s work is a fusion of printmaking, painting and digital photography. Her multilayered compositions present a fresh viewpoint on relationships, social identities and societal issues.

Nicol works out of her studio in Sparks and is a co-founder of the Northern Nevada Printmakers’ Conspiracy. Nicol’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is in the permanent collections of the Boise Art Museum, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper at Rutgers University, Southern Graphics Council Archives, The Kinsey Institute, National Taiwan Museum of Fine […]