Artist Profiles

Group: Mariachi Aguilas de America

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Musician, Teaching Artist

Mariachi Aguilas de America is dedicated to teaching mariachi music and the impact and influences of Hispanic culture in North America.

Jim Eaglesmith & Mark Vollmer

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Musician, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Literary, Performing, and Visual Arts

A Nevada resident since 1988, Mark Vollmer explored the state first as a geologist then as an award-winning photographer, workshop instructor, and writer. He shares his love of photography via teaching, publishing images and articles, and presenting slide shows to community groups and schools.

Michael Marschner

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Photographer
Specialization: Nature and Landscapes

Marschner is an East Coast transplant into the Las Vegas Valley. Lived here about 10 years or so, can't imagine ever going back! He's married and has two children.

Scot Marshall

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Musician, Storyteller, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Music

Led by professional bassist, vocalist, and storyteller Scot Marshall, “In-Tune Tales” also features jazz violinist Graham Marshall, Scot’s son, a student of the University of Nevada, Reno's Jazz and Improvisational Music program, and guitarist Drew Wesely, a recent graduate of the same progr

Andrew Martin

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Composer, Musician, Teaching Artist

Native Nevadan Andrew Martin is proud to have gone through the music programs offered in Northern Nevada and is an active private teacher in the area. He began playing and touring with local folk group Buster Blue.

Mark Maynard

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Comedian, Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Workshop Leader, Editor

Mark Maynard grew up on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV, a very small town that blessed him with enough quirky characters from an early age to populate a lifetime of stories.

Wilson and McKee

Location: La Veta, Colorado
Category: Musician
Specialization: Irish and Scottish Folklore, Traditional Dance, Traditional Music, Storytelling

Bringing 21 years of arts education programming to schools and communities of all sizes, and averaging 10,000 student contacts per year, Willson & McKee are passionate about their job!

Nancy Harris McLelland

Location: Tuscarora, Nevada
Category: Poet, Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: writing coach

An Elko, Nevada native with a background in ranching, Nancy Harris McLelland has conducted writing workshops in collaboration with the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Great Basin College, and the Great Basin Writing Project.

Tracy McQuay

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: Literary Arts

Licensed master teacher Tracy McQuay has taught elementary school in the Carson City School District for 20 years.

Melissa Melero

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Mixed media painter

Melissa Melero was born in San Francisco, CA in 1974 and spent most of her childhood living near Reno, Nevada. She is a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe located in Fallon, Nevada.

Mark Melnick

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist

With more than three decades as an independent professional artist, designer and muralist, Mark Melnick is experienced in all facets of commercial, scenic and fine arts.

Brandy M. Miller

Location: Elko, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist, Writer
Specialization: Writing Coach

President of the Elko County Art Club & co-founder of Elko County Writers, Brandy M. Miller is a graphic designer by trade, a published author, and a painter who loves working with acrylics.

Susan Moore

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: painter, muralist

Reno based artist Susan Moore was raised in Southern California and received her B.A. in Fine Art from the California State University, Northridge. With years experience in graphic design, art direction, and most recently decorative wall finishes, Moore is now focusing on her fine art.

Rucky Moten

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Mehndi (Henna Body Art)

Rucky Moten was raised in Karachi, the largest city and cultural center of Pakistan. She uses henna to paint women’s hands and feet with traditional designs. This ancient art is called mehndi in the Urdu language.

Candace Nicol

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Printmaking

Candace Nicol is the owner of Oxboo Press in Reno, Nevada and Galleries Curator at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada.

Jason Nious

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Dancer, Teaching Artist

Jason Nious is a graduate of University of New Mexico with a BA in Theatre.

Matthew O'Brien

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Writer, Journalist, Workshop Instructor

Matthew O’Brien is an author and journalist who’s lived in Las Vegas since 1997. His first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, chronicles his adventures in the city’s underground flood channels.

Janice Oberding

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Photographer, Writer

Janice Oberding is the author of over 12 books.

Group: Olabisi African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer, Folk Artist, Teaching Artist
Specialization: African Dance and Drum

Olabisi African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to teaching drum and dance influenced by the culture of West Africa. The ensemble of dancers and drummers are a diverse and unique group of men, women, and children.

Larry Ollivier

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Poet
Specialization: Poet, Workshop Instructor

Larry L. Ollivier grew up on a small farm in the Skykomish Valley northeast of Seattle.

J. Michael Orr

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Contemorary Artist

Artist J. Michael Orr graduated from San Francisco State College, later pursuing graduate work at Golden Gate College. He also attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. He and his wife live in the small community of Verdi, Nevada.

Gailmarie Pahmeier

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Poet
Specialization: Poet, Fiction Writer, Workshop Instructor

Gailmarie Pahmeier has been a Nevadan for nearly 30 years. She currently teaches creative writing and contemporary literature courses at the University of Nevada, where she has been honored with the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award.

Pan Pantoja

Location: Fernley, Nevada
Category: Actor
Specialization: Media Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts

The opportunity to introduce our youth to art is priceless to Pan, especially with the at-risk population. Artists in the charter schools and detention centers are vital to the well-being of the youth served. Pan has seen the positive effects that art can do for this population.

Erika Paul

Location: Sparks, Nevada
Category: Musician
Specialization: Piano, Voice, Songwriting, Creative Improvisation, Jazz, Blues

As Erika Paul stops long enough to reflect, she realizes that she truly loves what she does and would not be doing anything else!

Ann Marie Pereth

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Director, Teaching Artist, Writer

Ann Marie Pereth believes strongly in the communal power of great stories, dramatic ideas, and the sincere engagement that audiences find in challenging theatrical events.