Programs & Exhibits


Nevada Arts Council Traveling Exhibition – One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold: Celebrating 25 Years of the Nevada Folklife Apprentice Program

One Is Silver; the Other Is Gold will be installed in communities across the state during the Nevada 150 year, as part of the Nevada Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibition Program. Artists showcased in the exhibit represent 160 master artists and 243 apprentices honored through the Folklife Apprenticeship Program, which supports the preservation and perpetuation of traditional culture. Artwork includes Paiute Shoshone buckskin glove, Washoe and Paiute baskets, sterling silver, gold, precious stone jewelry, Hawaiian frond baskets, a Western Saddle, Polish paper cutting, Ukrainian painted eggs and more.
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Nevada Arts Council Traveling Exhibition – Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada

Wally’s World is scheduled for facilities in Elko, Fernley, Austin, Las Vegas, Reno and Beatty. The exhibit is curated by Jim McCormick, University of Nevada, Reno Emeritus Professor of Art and features 35 paintings, etchings, drawings and mixed media of Nevada’s historic places, sites and buildings from the art collection of Wally Cuchine, the former director of the Eureka Opera House for nearly 19 years.
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Humanities on the Road: Nevada Speakers Series

Throughout the Sesquicentennial year, the Nevada Humanities will coordinate a series of Salons throughout the state to promote conversations about issues currently of concern to Nevadans. Part panel discussion, part conversation and part social event, The Salon encourages participants to explore new ideas in facilitated conversation together while enjoying refreshments.
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Online Nevada Encyclopedia

The Online Nevada Encyclopedia, also known as the ONE, is a multimedia online resource produced by Nevada Humanities that blends articles, images and interactive media to explore the landscape, people and events that have shaped the Silver State’s politics, economy and culture. The ONE is used widely in K-12 classrooms and has been vetted by scholars and historians from around the state.  During the Sesquicentennial year Nevadans can use this program to learn about the history and culture of the state. Visit the Online Nevada Encyclopedia


“Home Means Nevada” Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

The Reno Philharmonic is participating in the Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration by commissioning and making available new arrangements of the State Song “Home Means Nevada” for choirs and orchestras throughout the state.  Thanks to a significant grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus has recorded seven different orchestral and choral versions of the state song suitable for all levels of ensemble.  All the recordings and sheet music are available for download on this site.  Educators and students are encouraged to video record their ensembles performing their chosen version of “Home Means Nevada” and send it to the Reno Philharmonic. The Reno Phil will be collecting these videos until October 1, 2014. These videos will then be compiled together into a montage and played during the October 2014 Reno Philharmonic Classix Two concert. This concert will also feature the full orchestra and chorus arrangement of “Home Means Nevada.”  All recordings and sheet music are available for download at www.RenoPhil.com.


Masterworks III Battle Born Nevada Proud Concert by Las Vegas Philharmonic

On Saturday January 18, 2014 at the Smith Center in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s first concert of the Sesquicentennial year will proudly shine the spotlight on Nevada.  This special concert will feature University of Nevada, Reno graduate and San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor, Donato Cabrera and Reno-born, Grammy Award-winning UNLV alumnus composer Eric Whitacre and the winner of the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition.


State Capitol Dome by R. Rector

Sierra Watercolor Society’s “Battle Born Nevada Proud 150th” Exhibit

The “Battle Born Nevada Proud 150th” Art is on display at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Rancho San Rafael Park from November 7th to December 18th, 2013. This exhibit is an official exhibit of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial Celebration and features beautiful original Nevada paintings by local artists. Join the Sierra Watercolor Society for a special reception for their “Battle Born Nevada Proud 150th” Art Exhibit on Saturday December 7th. A silent auction of the original paintings in this exhibit will be held to benefit Art Angles, the Sierra Watercolor Society’s free art program for children. http://www.sierrawatercolorsociety.com/ (State Capitol Dome by R. Rector pictured right.)


Overture to Adventure Concert Tour

The Las Vegas Philharmonic announces their third tri-ennial overseas concert tour to Poland and Germany June 30 – July, 2014.  The 75 piece orchestra directed by Guest Conductor Neuman, proudly represents the Nation and the State of Nevada as fine young ambassadors and talented young artists overseas.  The flagship orchestra will perform in world-class venues with an eclectic selection of classical music and repertoire by American composers.  The concert tour will take students to perform in Warsaw & Krakow (Poland), and Leipzig & Berlin to impart invaluable life-long learning experiences, memorable performances, and treasured friendships.  For more information please visit www.lvyo.org.

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents: SPINNING NEVADA’S PAST

Each year, an original 50 minute play about Nevada’s past is created by the Rainbow Company, using fascinating characters and music that makes everyone smile.  Thousands of students and educators in Southern Nevada look forward to seeing this production every year– and the public can enjoy it too– at the 5th St. School before it embarks on its touring adventure. Join the City of Las Vegas’ Rainbow Company Youth Theatre between  February 14th and June 14th, 2014 for this year’s “Nevada Series” Tour Show.  For more information please visit http://www.artslasvegas.org.


Visitors from Outer Space: Extraterrestrial Rocks in Nevada


The State of Nevada’s official moon rocks, brought back to earth by astronauts in the Apollo moon-landing missions, will be on display at the University of Nevada, Reno’s W. M. Keck Museum. The Keck Museum is in the historic Mackay School of Mines Building at the north end of the Quad on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Its new extraterrestrial rock exhibit will include meteorites found in Nevada and tektites, gravel-sized natural glass formed by the impact of large meteorites on Earth’s surface. “We’re excited to get this exhibit for the public to enjoy,” Garrett Barmore, administrator of the museum, said. “These great specimens, plus a small American flag that was on the moon with them, are a wonderful addition to the Keck Museum. It’s great to be working so closely with the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, which is loaning us the moon rocks for the public display.” The display is in partnership with the University’s Planetarium, which will be having its own meteorite collection on display at their facility explaining how scientists use the rocks to determine the age of the universe. The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The original mining museum opened in 1908. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878. For more information about the museum visit http://www.mines.unr.edu/museum/.


Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West

The Nevada State Museum in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Nevada’s presents its Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West exhibit January 29, 2014 and continuing through October 2014.  Frémont helped pave the way for settlers to come out West and Nevada became a state in 1864. The Nevada State Museum in Carson City will feature an important exhibition on the explorer John C. Frémont and his “lost” cannon. The cannon was abandoned near the Walker River January 29, 1844, because Frémont could not get it over the mountains in deep snow.  Solve the mystery of Frémont’s lost cannon. See the original 1856 Frémont/Dayton Presidential Flag. Experience an exciting time in the history of westward expansion. Discover original reports, maps, and documents from the 1843-44 expedition, plus full-color contemporary photographs of Frémont’s campsite locations by Loren Irving.  The exhibit is planned in partnership with the Des Chutes Historical Museum, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.  For more information please visit http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=493&Itemid=134  (Frémont cannon in Shevlin Park, near Bend, Oregon. This location was the campsite of the Frémont Expedition on the night of 12/4/1843. Photo courtesy of Loren Irving pictured right.)


Every Age is an Information Age: 150 Years of Communication in Nevada

Every Age is an Information Age: 150 Years of Communication in Nevada is a new exhibit at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas that traces how our current reliance on communication technology is far from new. Since its beginning as a U.S. Territory, Nevada has been dependent on fast and easy communication. The Nevada’s 1864 constitution is the perfect example of this phenomenon. Because a physical copy of the constitution never would have arrived in Washington D. C. in time for the November presidential election to ensure Nevada became a state, the entire document was telegraphed on October 26th from Carson City to Washington D.C. It took over 12 hours to key and it was one of the longest telegrams ever sent. This seems impossibly slow today when a 16,000-word document can be sent in seconds.  The history of communication in Nevada is a history of the state’s innovative spirit. Whether it’s the 1864 constitution or the 2013 move toward online gaming, Nevada has used advances in communication to its advantage. From telegraphs to smart phones, and from the Pony Express to the Internet, Museum visitors will experience how communication technologies have contributed to the history of Nevada.  For more information please call (702) 486-5205 or visit http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=427&Itemid=438.


Nevada’s First Constitution (1863-1864)

The Mineral County Museum is pleased to invite you to see our exhibit on Nevada’s First Constitution, commemorating the 150th year of Nevada’s Statehood. The first State Constitution was submitted to a vote at an election held on January 19, 1864 and was defeated by voters of the Territory of Nevada.   The exhibit displays a copy of the proposed Constitution as it was published on December 30, 1863 in the Esmeralda Star newspaper at Aurora. Biographical information about the delegates to the Constitutional Convention elected by the voters of Esmeralda County will also be displayed (Esmeralda County was Mineral County’s predecessor governing body)This exhibit is the first to be held in our County Museum during this Sesquicentennial Year for more information please call 775-945-5142 or visit http://web2.greatbasin.net/~mcmuseum/index.html.


Sage Ridge School Presents Nevada: It Ain’t Just Vegas, Baby!

In honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial the students of Sage Ridge School in Reno have developed an original play about Nevada statehood titled; Nevada: It Ain’t Just Vegas, Baby! Who says history is no fun? Join the Sage Ridge School students for this hysterical and historical theatrical joyride as characters from Nevada’s colorful past reveal the story of the 36th state. Elvis, Abe Lincoln, Mark Twain, Sarah Winnemucca, Comstock miners, a few nukes, an alien and a bunch of other characters along with a very eccentric host reveal the truth about Nevada in a series of comic twists and turns sure to entertain the entire family. The world premier of this play was held in Reno on July 27th as part of ArtTown. Nevada: It Ain’t Just Vegas, Baby! will then travel “across the pond” to the United Kingdom. Sage Ridge School was awarded a coveted performance slot at the 2014 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Fringe is the largest performing arts festival in the world and the American High School Theater Festival has been bringing American students to this world stage for 20 years. But never before has a school from northern Nevada made the cut. Sage Ridge School is the only school from the entire state of Nevada, and just one of 48 schools from across the nation that will be performing in 2014. For more information please visit http://www.sageridge.org/.


Rush to Reno: Millionaires in the One Sound State

This exhibit begins with an overview of the One Sound State policy of the 1930s and several millionaires who it lured to Reno, including Wilbur May. The exhibit continues with new stories and never-before-seen artifacts from Wilbur May’s years in Reno. It ends with a look at the lasting legacy of the One Sound State policy through various Foundations. The Rush to Reno: Millionaires in the One Sound State exhibit will be on display June 18, 2014 – September 14, 2014 at the Wilbur D. May Museum located at 1595 N. Sierra St in Reno. For more information please visit www.maycenter.com or call (775) 785-5961. Photo Courtesy of Washoe County Parks and Recreation Department.

150 Years of Nevada Stories told through Collections

With a century and a half of statehood comes a collection of treasures that could only be found at the Nevada Historical Society’s new exhibit, “150 Years of Nevada Stories told through Collections”.  The Society will display wonderful but well kept secrets not normally on display in the permanent gallery, but specially featured for the state’s sesquicentennial.  With original maps and letters from Western explorers, an early governor’s sword, political campaign banners and more hidden until now, the new exhibit honors Nevada’s evolution from territory to state and the character it developed along the way. It also celebrates the Suffragette movement turning 100 years old in 2014, with a vote box from Gold Hill. The box was used in the election to give women the vote, and is accompanied by memorabilia from a group that campaigned against that right.  ”The staff is so excited to showcase collection materials for this one-of-a-kind exhibit in honor of the state’s history,” said Sheryln Hayes-Zorn, acting director of the society.  The work of miners known as the Grosh Brothers, women’s rights activist Anne Martin, and explorer John C. Fremont, are shown. From the arts, the display includes materials from Emma Nevada, who moved with her family at a young age to Austin, NV, where her father became the local doctor and she became a famous international opera star.  The exhibit runs January 17 through May 31 at the Nevada Historical Society at 1650 N. Virginia St., on the campus of UNR. Free parking passes are available. The Nevada Historical Society is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Research Library is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Sheryln Hayes-Zorn at (775) 688-1190 ext. 222 or email shayeszorn@nevadaculture.org.

Blacksmithing as an Art Classes at Tonopah Historic Mining Park

As a part of the Nevada’s Sesquicentennial Celebration the Tonopah Historic Mining Park in Tonopah, NV is offering Blacksmithing as an Art Classes.  Designed for those with an interest in learning the fundamentals of blacksmithing, the students will learn to light and work with a coal forge to heat metal to more than red hot and then to use hammers and other tools to forge, bend and twist the hot metal to desired shapes.  Classes are designed to meet student’s skill level.   Students will work hands-on with a coal burning forge and learn to forge iron into useful and decorative items.  This class is intended for adults.  However, responsible and well-behaved youth are invited to participate with adult supervision.  Classes will take place 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on 5-24-14 and 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM on 5-25-14. For more information or to register please visit www.TonopahHistoricMiningPark.com or call 775-482-9274.


The “Earthquakes, Chukars and Millionaires: The ‘Mackay Mines’ Story” Exhibit

Spanning all three floors of the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, this exhibit will include four sections of history. The topmost floor will detail the University’s origins in Elko, Nev., in 1874 before its relocation to Reno in 1886. This history also includes the stories behind the Mackay School of Mines creation, thanks to generous donations by Clarence Mackay, son of silver baron John Mackay. Additional information will detail the building’s refurbishments in the 1970s and 1990s.  “The exhibit will be the largest of its kind, detailing history from the 1860s until now,” Garret Barmore, museum administrator for the Keck Museum, said. “There will be historical accounts and objects dating back to the beginning days of the University of Nevada, Reno and the Mackay School of Mines building.” An analysis of the museum’s future and various historical collection objects will be shown on the first floor, including unique rocks, bottles and handmade labels made before 1950. In the basement, visitors will be able to see the University’s first seismograph, an analog model from 1915. The seismograph was the first earthquake research the University conducted and eventually led to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.  More stories and historical accounts will be found throughout the exhibit, including opportunities for visitor participation. Visitors can take an exam from the 1940s, try to identify mystery items that have yet to be identified, and write down a favorite memory of the Mackay School of Mines or Keck Museum on the Sticky Note Wall.  For more information about the museum visit http://www.mines.unr.edu/museum/. Photo: W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum (Photo Courtesy of the University of Nevada, Reno)


“Battle Born, Nevada Proud” Song by James Lee Reeves

You would be hard pressed to find anyone more passionate about Nevada than Virginia City musician James Lee Reeves.  Reeves is a Nevadan through and through. Before he settled into his handmade log home in the Virginia City Highlands, he made a name for himself 25 years ago on the Las Vegas Strip. “I lived in Mount Charleston for four years, and then I moved to Vegas because I worked there as an entertainer/comedian,” says Reeves, who performed as Milo Tremley from 1988-94.  Luckily for Nevadans and Nevada lovers, Reeves continues to write Nevada songs. Before 2013 came to a close, he wrote “Battle Born, Nevada Proud,” an homage to Nevada’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) year of 2014.  Here is the video for “Battle Born, Nevada Proud”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ChUr5uN2NE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUbBJDf3l8t3DMD20gRLsbmg.  For more information or to listen to other James Lee Reeves songs please visit http://jamesleereeves.com/.


“Sagebrush Celebration” by Carson City Symphony

In celebration of Nevada’s 150th year of Statehood and the orchestra’s 30th season, the Carson City Symphony Association has commissioned composer Carson Cooman of Cambridge, MA to write a new orchestral work.  The Carson City Symphony will perform the premiere of “Sagebrush Celebration” at their April 27th concert in Carson City.  The composer proposes a fanfare or orchestral overture of 3 to 5 minutes, with a theme that uses the name “Carson City” converted into musical note codes.  For information please visit ccsymphony.com or call 775-883-4154.


Nevada Arts Council Traveling Exhibition – Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground

This exhibit examines Nevada’s unique visual culture and will be installed in communities across the state during the sesquicentennial year, as part of the Nevada Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibition Program. It is a state labeled with cultural myths like “Area 51,” “The Biggest Little City in the World” and “Sin City” and one that commands the imagination of Postmodernism from the architecture of Las Vegas to the proliferation of Burning Man Festival held once a year. It is comprised of two major metropolitan communities— in the north and south— divided by 300 miles of vast desert. Nevada’s art communities are not separated by distance of travel alone. There are notable differences among artists throughout the state in what is important in their work, most of which connects with where they live. This traversal of Nevada has also led to the realization of how little dialogue there is between artists of the two dominant communities—Reno and Las Vegas—not to mention the artists living in remote territories of the Nevada outback that are sometimes overlooked.  For more information please visit http://nac.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1938&catid=36:artist-services-traveling-exhibition-program


University of Nevada Cadet Band

The Nevada Corps of Cadets was founded in 1888 with the ratification of the Morrill Act of 1862 and the Nevada Constitution 1864. Both of these documents required state that “courses in military science and tactics were to be made available at the university.” With the establishment of the Nevada Corps of Cadets there was a desire by students to implement a military band on campus. With approval by the commanding officers of the Cadet Corps, and lots of ambition, student, Richard C. Tobin and Charles Paul Keyser established the Nevada Cadet Band in 1896. The Cadet Band was popular enough among the members of the Cadet Corps that only one year later in 1897 the Cadet Band was able to become its own separate organization functioning within the Corps of Cadets. The Cadet Band was the first known music ensemble at the University of Nevada.  In 2014 and in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Statehood of the State of Nevada, Garrett Spalka, Dylan Griffin, and Dominick Van Orman have given a rebirth to the University of Nevada Cadet Band. 118 years after to first formation of the Nevada Cadet Band, these three music students reestablished the University of Nevada Cadet Band with the intension of preserving the history of the Nevada Corps of Cadets and Music at the University of Nevada. Working closely with the Nevada Historical Society they were able to find dozens of documents, photos, articles, and even music that belonged to the original Cadet Band. The Cadet Band was reestablished with 25 band members playing modern brass instrumentation. The Cadet Band functions now as a historical preservation project at the University of Nevada performing for historical events locally and abroad.


Changing Faces and Places: Making Nevada” Exhibit

“Changing Faces and Places: Making Nevada” is the second in a series of three exhibits portraying 150 years of Nevada history using photographs, manuscripts, books, and videos from Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibit explores the people who settled in Nevada and the cultural environment they created, some of the businesses they developed and organizations they formed, and the pastimes they enjoyed. Located on the third floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the exhibit is free and open for viewing from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 1:00 to 5:00 pm on the following Saturdays: April 12th and May 10th. The exhibit runs through June 22, 2014.  Dr. Holly Walton-Buchanan will give a related presentation on April 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Faculty Graduate Room on the 4th floor of the Knowledge Center. Entitled “Land of the Buckaroo: Historic Ranches of Western Nevada,” based on her new book with the same title, the presentation is free and open to the public. Call us at 682-5665 or send an email to specoll@unr.edu to reserve a seat.


Always Lost: A Meditation on War-A Nationally touring arts & humanities exhibition

In 2008, Western Nevada College sociology professor Don Carlson was stopped in his tracks by The New York Times’ Roster of the Dead: “Four-thousand faces of American military who perished in Iraq stared at me. I realized this war has been one of the most impersonal wars the U.S. ever fought.” Carlson approached English professor Marilee Swirczek who, with her creative writing students, created a literary and photography exhibition to personalize Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. It includes the 2004 Pulitzer Prize collection of Iraq War combat photographs (The Dallas Morning News); thought-provoking original poetry; a study of SPC Noah C. Pierce who committed suicide after serving two tours in Iraq; and the Wall of the Dead—photographs and names of the nearly 7,000 (and counting) U.S. military war casualties since Sept. 11, 2001. Called “a national treasure” by one viewer and “Nevada’s gift to our nation” by Vietnam veteran/Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell, Always Lost has become a sacred space in which to contemplate the personal and collective costs of war. Touring since 2010, Always Lost: A Meditation on War will visit sites throughout Nevada in 2014-2015. Sponsored by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services through the generous donation of Nevada veterans participating in the Veterans License Plate Program. For more information or to see a video about this exhibit please visit www.wnc.edu/always_lost/.


NV Read 2014: “Twenty Miles From a Match”, by Sarah Olds

The Nevada Center for the Book, a program of the Nevada State Library & Archives, sponsors NV Reads which is a statewide, “one book” community read program. The program is designed to engage communities around the state in reading and discussing a single book.  The choice of material is intended to be a reflection of Nevada culture through active engagement of the libraries and the communities they serve.  Nevada is currently celebrating its sesquicentennial.  The 2014 NV Reads title Twenty Miles from a Match”, by Sarah Olds, was selected because of its strong reflection on homesteading in Nevada, and its “home is Nevada” sentiment.  Library professionals throughout the state, polling their local patrons, overwhelmingly chose this book in a survey conducted in 2013.  The intent of the 2014 NV Reads program is to bring historic recognition to homesteading and early life in Nevada for participants in the statewide reading program. Encouragement of lifelong learning through programs with historians and community leaders at local libraries will be a focus during this momentous celebration of Nevada’s 150 years as a state.  For more information about this program please visit www.facebook.com/NevadaReads or call 702-755-8065 or 775-684-3324.


Surveys of the California-Nevada State Boundary Exhibit

The Mineral County Museum in Hawthorne, NV is pleased to participate in Nevada’s Sesquicentennial commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Nevada’s Statehood. In keeping with various activities being held around the State, the museum is hosting a special exhibit about the Surveys of the California-Nevada State Boundary.  Long disputed over many years, the boundary between the two states first became an issue with the establishment of the booming mining camp of Aurora, claimed by both California and the Territory of Nevada.  The exhibit displays will include old maps depicting how Aurora was shown in California and then in Nevada.  The story of the efforts by both entities and the surveyors who assisted in the determination of the true line is briefly described in the exhibit.  For more information about the Surveys of the California-Nevada State Boundary exhibit please call 775-945-5142 or visit http://web2.greatbasin.net/~mcmuseum/.


100 Years of Fashion in Nevada Exhibit

From 1864 to 1964 there were drastic changes in fashion. Women’s dress went from hoop skirts requiring a minimum 7 yards of fabric in 1864 to micro-mini’s in 1964 requiring a scant 3/4 yards of fabric to create. Men’s fashion experienced no less drastic a change, from the military cut of the Civil War through the Zoot Suit Riots of the 1940’s to the Mod trend of the 1960’s. The Great Basin Costume Society will walk you through the fashionable changes showing how political and economic challenges contributed to these dramatic changes in just 100 years of Wearing History. This exhibit will be on display July 12th through July 27th at the A an Art Gallery located at 40 East 4th St in Reno, NV. For more information please call 775-223-8396.


Bartley Ranch Regional Park Presents: The “Home Means Nevada” Photo Exhibit

The Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park will come to life in July with images that capture the beauty and splendor of the Silver State. Photographers from throughout the region will have their favorite Nevada themed pieces on display. “We live in a state filled with beauty and adventure,” said Park Ranger Andy Brown. “From the Truckee Meadows to Jarbidge, to the Hoover Dam and everywhere in between, there are endless possibilities to tell a story about the Silver State. This is a unique opportunity for people to tell their own Nevada tale, through their own lens.”  This family-friendly exhibit will be open daily 8:00am-5:00pm from July 1st-July 31st. There will be an open house on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm, which will include entertainment on the Plaza such as the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association on July 2nd, Cowboy Poet Tony Argento on July 9th, Charlie Edsall and Wild Horse Drive on July 16th, and Sierra Silver Strings on July 23rd. The famous Historic Ranch buildings will also be open for display on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:00pm.  Don’t forget to check out Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space on Facebook for more information about this exhibit and other fun park activities this summer! The events are free to the public, though a $3.00 donation is encouraged. For more information, visit www.washoecountyparks.com, or call the Truckee River District office at 775-828-6612.


“Nevada Postcard Memories” Artwork by Bill Migan

In honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial Dayton artist Bill Migan created a special art piece titled “Nevada Postcard Memories”. This award winning piece of art features hand drawn Nevada icons throughout the State of Nevada. To order a print of “Nevada Postcard Memories” please contact Bill Migan at 775-246-9607.


Elements: Water Original Painting by Misty Scott

Misty Scott was inspired by The Desert Winds to create a series or paintings for each concert for their “Elements” concert season. All of the pieces are 10″ by 10″, and will be pieced together to form one large piece representing the whole season. During the “Water” concert in March, The Desert Winds director Charles Maguire conducted a song about trains, which was the favorite piece for the artist that night. According to Scott, “Trains are such a huge part of Nevadan history, so that is why I incorporated a train, and it was numbered 150 for Nevada’s birthday celebration.” Scott continues, “I also wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary to represent what water means to this state (painted in silver because we are, of course, “The Silver State”), so I found a map of the lakes and rivers in NV and simply painted them on top of the silver.” In the upper right corner, there are some abstracts of the Vegas Strip to represent water as the livelihood of tourism in Nevada. For additional information about this original painting or for additional information & other works created by Misty Scott, please visit www.21-prints.com.

“Moonlit Nevada” by Sharon J. Heher

Southern Nevada artist, Sharon J. Heher dedicated a print of her original water color painting “Moonlit Nevada” to Nevada Women’s Legacy – 150 Years of Excellence project and Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Sharon drew inspiration for this water color from one of her favorite surroundings the Mojave Desert and its beauty under the moon light. Sharon was an honoree at the Nevada Women’s Legacy Event at the historic Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City on May 31, 2014. For additional information about to Nevada Women’s Legacy – 150 Years of Excellence project please visit www.nevadawomensvirtualcenter.org.


Hidden Cave

The documentary would focus on Hidden Cave, a premier archeological site located outside Fallon, Nev., and emphasize its importance as a site used to better understand the indigenous culture. Formed roughly 21,000 years ago under the waves of Pleistocene Lake Lahontan, Hidden Cave was sealed from access until the indigenous people who lived in the Carson Sink in western Nevada discovered it 3,800-3,500 years ago. Rediscovered in the 20th century, archaeological excavators in the 1940s, 1950s and the late 1970s uncovered a plethora of items stored or “cached” within the depths of Hidden Cave. Tools, weaponry, basketry and food caches were some of the items found and they provided archaeologists with vital clues about desert life in the Great Basin area. Since then, Hidden Cave has become an important cultural site within the Fallon, Nev. community and around the world. Directed by Mark Gandolfo and produced by Winter Carrera, both from the University of Nevada, Reno, the documentary is a collaborative production between @One Digital Media Technology in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Churchill County Museum and Nevada State Museum. Location interviews were filmed with archaeologists from the American Museum of Natural History, Nevada State Museum and Far Western Anthropological Group, Inc. Cultural interviews were filmed with Fallon Paiute-Shoshone leadership and members. To view “Hidden Cave” please visit, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEc958dkotE


The 36th Star Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State Exhibit

In celebration of 150 years of statehood, the Nevada Museum of Art honors the “Battle Born” state with a significant exhibition detailing the journey toward October 31, 1864. This special show on display at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno from August 2nd to November 2nd, features historic treasures from our nation’s capital, including a special 36-hour Nevada Day Weekend presentation of the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Also on exhibit are Timothy O’ Sullivan photographs, historical Nevada objects, and statehood documents on loan from important regional museums. Each of three galleries on the Museum’s second floor houses a unique combination of significant objects telling the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood. Highlights include: the 175-page transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Territorial Governor James Nye to Abraham Lincoln via telegram—the longest telegram at that time which cost nearly $60,000 to send (in today’s dollars); the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, typically held in storage at the Nevada State Library and Archives in Carson City; never-before-displayed Civil War-era muster rolls of the Nevada Volunteers; artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor Henry G. Blasdel and Captain Joseph Stewart, commander of Nevada’s Fort Churchill; as well as the historic Austin Flour Sack used to raise money for the troops during the Civil War. Two sets of original Timothy O’Sullivan photographs on loan from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., bookend the exhibition. Highlights include O’Sullivan’s famous photograph A Harvest of Death, Gettysburg from 1863, as well as over 20 Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan in 1867 as part of Clarence King’s government-sponsored Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. This is the first time these historic O’Sullivan images of Nevada have been shown in the state. The exhibition includes items on loan from the Nevada State Museum, the Nevada State Library and Archives, the Nevada Historical Society, the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., and the National Archives, Washington, D.C. This exhibit is exclusively sponsored by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation. For additional information please visit www.nevadaart.org/exhibitions/detail?eid=286 or call 775-329-3333.


Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails NCA Artist in Residency Program

Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock, Winnemucca District BLM and the Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative to celebrate the first-ever Artist-in-Residence program held at Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA). The Artist-in-Residence program promotes awareness through art of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. The program provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of preserving public lands. Photographer Stephen Chandler and painter Judy Hilbish have proven themselves adept at capturing the mercurial aspect of the desert. Weather conditions change at the drop of a hat, lighting brightens or fades; opportunities to depict a compelling scene come and go with the wind. The artists spent two weeks traveling and camping around the NCA to chase down their quarry. The artwork they created, and the stories and experience they acquired while in the field, will be on display during a two-week exhibition at the BLM Black Rock Desert visitor center in Gerlach.


“Our Nevada” Song by Burke Scot Beu

In honor of the Silver State’s Sesquicentennial Nevada resident Burke Scot Beu wrote “Our Nevada” a special song sung to and with “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.

“Our Nevada” (sung to/with “My Country ‘Tis of Thee)

Sagebrush and Silver State,
Honor and celebrate
Our Nevada!
Yes, “Battle Born” are we,
Standing for liberty,
“All For Our Country” free,

©2014 Burke Scot Beu

Panaca the Center of the Universe

In honor of the State of Nevada’s and the Town of Panaca’s Sesquicentennial in 2014 C. Pete Peterson developed an original play. Panaca the Center of the Universe the History of a Little Town was performed July 22-25 during Panaca’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in Panca. This play was performed at the Neldon C. Mathews Center Theater and was directed by C. Pete Peterson, music direction by Jacob Lester, choreography by Mindy Anderson and music by Jackie Thomas.


Red Rock Canyon Artist-in-Residence Program Exhibition

The Red Rock Canyon Artist-in-Residence Program presents its first exhibition of artwork at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area visitor center July 4 – August 30. The exhibition includes new artwork and pieces for sale by three local artists from Southern Nevada who completed two-week residencies at Red Rock Canyon NCA this spring. This exhibition was sponsored using funds generated through sales at the Elements Gift Store, located inside the Red Rock Canyon NCA visitor center. For additional information please visit www.redrockcanyonlv.org or call 702-515-5367.


Nevada in Shades of Silver and Gold Exhibit

s;Nevada artist, Julie Townsend is pleased to announce her first solo art show called “Nevada in Shades of Silver and Gold”. Having lived in Nevada for over 35 years, Julie has developed a passion for the state, it’s colorful history and creating art. She skillfully takes these passions and brings them together to honor the rugged beauty of the state. This show is timely because we are rapidly approaching the sesquicentennial anniversary of Nevada’s statehood on October 31st. Many of her recent pieces have a mining or prospecting theme and focus on the strong men and women who settled here to follow their dreams. The show will be hung for public viewing from July 22nd to September 23rd at the Centennial Hills Library at 6711 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV. For additional information please visit JulieTownsendStudio.com or call 702-706-5335.


When the Lights Dim: Arts and Entertainment in Nevada

“When the Lights Dim: Arts and Entertainment in Nevada” is the third in a series of three exhibits portraying 150 years of Nevada history using photographs, manuscripts, books, and videos from Special Collections and University Archives. Entertainment and the arts have been a constant aspect of Nevada’s cultural scene, not only for tourists but also for its residents. Join the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections Department in exploring the many ways in which Nevada has amused itself throughout its history, from theater and music to athletics and other creative enterprises. Located on the third floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the exhibit is free and open for viewing from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The exhibit runs through October 31, 2014. For additional information please visit www.knowledgecenter.unr.edu/specoll/default.aspx or call us at 775-682-5665.


50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Exhibit

Signed into law on September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System which allowed there to be 9.1 million across of wild lands set aside for the use & benefit of the American people. Nevada was one of the thirteen states to have land included in the 1964 Act – Jarbidge Wilderness. Since it has been created Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. In honor of the Wilderness Act and Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the Sparks Heritage Museum has partnered with the Friends of Nevada Wilderness to present a special exhibit in honor of this landmark act. The exhibit is on display August 8th to October 4th at the Sparks Heritage Museum located at 814 Victorian on the corner of Pyramid and Victorian in Sparks. The museum is open from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday thru Friday and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Saturdays. For additional information please visit www.sparksmuseum.org or call 775-355-1144.


The Beatles: Las Vegas 1964 Exhibit

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles only performance in Nevada with a special exhibit, “The Beatles: Las Vegas 1964″. This exhibit is a multi-media exhibit featuring the Fab Four’s visit from the fans’ perspectives. From screaming teens and security guards to publicity agents and news reporters, the News Bureau exhibit features interviews and photographs from the people who experienced the commotion on Aug. 20, 1964. The multi-media exhibition will be on display and open to the public in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road in Las Vegas, NV through Oct. 27. For additional information please visit www.lvcva.com or call 702-735-3611.

Home Means Nevada 1986: Folklife in the Silver State Historic Radio Series

This thirteen-part radio series from 1986 presents vignettes of Nevada’s multi-faceted folk culture. The shows were produced from recordings made on location – in folk artists’ home, places of work, and at public gatherings. From the making of neon signs to the construction of Shoshone cradleboards, from Basque dance music to buckaroo poetry, the cultural diversity of Nevada is only hinted at in this series—there is much, much more! For the 13 weeks leading up to Nevada Day a new program will be released. The series was produced by the Folk Arts Program of the Nevada Arts Council (then Nevada State Council on the Arts), in partnership with KUNR (Reno), KNPR (Las Vegas) and KOLO (Reno), and with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Nevada. Scripting, editing, photography, and production were by the late Blanton Owen. Narration was by Deb Spring, KOLO Radio (Reno). Special thanks to Peter Michel and Corey Lampert, UNLV University Libraries Special Collections Division, who enabled this project by digitizing the original cassette tape recordings. To view the series or for additional information please visit nac.nevadaculture.org.

Curator’s Choice: Favorites from the Collection

The items selected for this exhibit span the history and collections of the Clark County Museum. They include artifacts from the Museum’s Founding Collection, the Anna Roberts Parks Collection. Many of these items have never before been exhibited. The exhibit celebrates the remarkable 38 year career of Dawna Jolliff, Curator of Exhibits, the artifacts were carefully picked from the Museum Collections for the stories they tell about southern Nevada, they were chosen because they speak artistically, intellectually and emotionally to Dawna as curator. They can be viewed for their craftsmanship, remembrance of family or community, their humor, or because of a specific story they tell. This exhibit will be on display at the Clark County Museum located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson, NV from August 8, 2014 to January 31, 2015. For additional information please visit www.clarkcountynv.gov or call 702-455-7955.

Welcome to Las Vegas, Arizona

The Clark County Museum will display a new exhibit called “Welcome to Las Vegas, Arizona” a photo story of what Sin City would look like if it were still a small town in northwest Arizona. Visitors get a free brochure called “Las Vegas, Arizona-Where Adventure is Waiting.” The northern reaches of Nevada may have been admitted in 1864, but Clark County and the Las Vegas Valley didn’t join the state until 1867. They were carved out of Arizona territory. “The Las Vegas Valley we know today would be a dramatically different place if Clark County hadn’t become part of the Silver State,” said museum director Mark Hall-Patton. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. This exhibit will be on display at the Clark County Museum located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson, NV from through October 31, 2014. For additional information please visit clarkcountynv.gov or call 702-455-7955.

Great Basin National Park: Revisited – by Lady Jill Mueller

The gallery in Northwest Reno Library presents “Great Basin National Park: Revisited” by Nevada Artist Lady Jill Mueller. The show runs from September 6 through November 1, 2014, the Northwest Reno Library is located at 2325 Robb Drive in Reno. There will be an artist’s talk and reception on Saturday, September 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Lady Jill Mueller is a talented landscape artist whose transparent watercolors recall a plein-air impressionistic style. She teaches watercolor classes in Virginia City, the Nevada Museum of Art and Rock Creek and Hope Valley, California. Lady Jill will give a short presentation from 1:00-2:00, followed by an artist’s reception on Saturday, September 27 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. For more information on the artist, visit www.ladyjill.com. For additional information about this exhibit please visit Zwww.washoecounty.us/library or call 775-787-4100.

Open Spaces and Special Places – The Art of Conservation

The Nevada Land Trust is pleased to announce its second annual “Open Spaces and Special Places ~ The Art of Conservation” benefit art show. This exhibit is a special collaboration with over 30 of Nevada’s finest artists as they share their vision of Silver State’s open spaces. Enjoy painting in oil, watercolor or pastel, photography and various 3 dimensional mediums as well, such as glass, ceramic and fiber art. During the year, many of the artists have joined us on outings to some of Northern Nevada’s most unique conservation properties to paint and photograph in plein aire. Please join us at the Wilbur May museum in Rancho San Rafael Park. Thursday, October 23rd 2 – 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, October 24-25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 26th from 12 noon – 3 p.m. For more information please visit www.nevadalandstrust.org or call 775-851-5180.

Ode to Nevada at 150 Years – By: Laurel Stadler

Sesquicentennial, it’s so hard to say
But State of Nevada, this is your day
You may have had a checkered past
That controversy won’t be your last
Bugsy Segal brought us the famous Flamingo Hotel
Hughes made gaming corporate, we remember it well
Mayor Oscar and Joe Conforte, our history do liven
Out here in the west, there’s still Hof and Cliven
Our desert prison hosts OJ and more
Nevada justice just closes the door

Virginia City boasts Mark Twain and silver mining
So many looked there for their silver cloud lining
Mackey and Bowers and the Sutro tunnel
Out of the ground their fortunes did funnel
And still today in the town to the east
Elko is now the mining beast
Cowboy poetry also drifts through the air
Lamoille and The Rubies draw “awes” when you’re there

The fight remains on for which town was the first
Genoa or Dayton, stop by, quench your thirst
There are beautiful lakes…..Meade, Pyramid and Tahoe
And majestic Sierras all covered with white snow
The deserts stretch out in so many directions
For outdoor fun, there’s so many selections
There are 50 great states in our wonderful nation
With cities and towns, even farms and plantations
There’s CA and PA, TX in our country
But we’ll always be the one they call NV

Laurel Stadler……June 2014

Corner to Corner: Artwork Inspired by National Conservation Lands in Nevada

In 2014 two of Nevada’s largest National Conservation Areas – Red Rock Canyon and Black Rock Desert / High Rock Canyon – welcomed their first groups of resident artists. This exhibition showcases artwork created by the programs’ first participants in celebration of Nevada’s treasured wilderness areas. This exhibit will be on display the entire month of October 2014 at the Liberty Fine Art Gallery located at 100 West Liberty Street in Reno, NV. For additional information please visit www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/artist_in_residence.html or call 702-258-7757.

Nevada Women’s Legacy – 150 Years of Excellence Exhibit

Women of DIversity Productions, Inc. in their mission to give visibility to women and create a woman-appreciated future have placed an exhibit as part of the Nevada Women’s Legacy – 150 Years of Excellence project at the Las Vegas City Hall. On display from October 1 to October 30, this exhibit includes the reconstructed Wall of Women honoring 256 women of Las Vegas from the early 1900s until 2005. There also are photos of all Women Mayors of Nevada, the six living First Ladies of Nevada, and two iconic women of Nevada: Thalia Dondero, the first woman Commissioner of Clark County, and Miriam Shearing, the first woman Supreme Justice of Nevada. Two oil paintings by Sigrid Brunell augment the colorful graphic displays. They provide additional insight and encouragement for discussion with respect to women in our society. Information cards are available for all visitors to the exhibit. For additional information please visit www.womenofdiversity.org or call 702-655-2146.

Mobcast: NV150 Episode

In honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial the Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas dedicated its first episode of Mobcast to the celebration. For this special sesquicentennial episode they interviewed former Las Vegas Mayor and Nevada Sesquicentennial Commissioner Oscar Goodman, College of Southern Nevada Professor Dr. Michael Green and Geoff Schumacher, author of “Nevada: 150 Years on the Silver State” to discuss various elements of Nevada’s past to commemorate the last 150 years. The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. Museum hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit www.themobmuseum.org.