Visual Arts Presenter Directory
Created in 1992 by the Austin Historical Society, the Austin Historical Museum hosts permanent and changing displays of mining, ranching, railroad, Native American, and USS Lander artifacts. Objects on display are on loan or donated by citizens in and around Austin, Nevada. Additionally, the museum at times sponsors traveling visual arts exhibitions through the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program. The Austin Museum is free and open to the public, but visitors should call in advance to make an appointment.
The changing gallery at the Great Basin Visitor Center showcases artwork completed as part of the Darwin Lambert Artist/Writer in Residence Program. Through this program, artists live in Great Basin National Park for several weeks producing work and conducting workshops or outreach activities with the local community. For over a century artists have played an important role in the enjoyment of national parks by engaging people with these unique landscapes through the artist’s visual record.
Enroute to the Lehman Caves from Baker, NV is a unique open-air art gallery dubbed the "Permanent Wave". Since the 1990’s, local artists have been adding their own quirky sculptures including the Alien Ranger, The 1918 Essex with Power Steer-ing, The Footfall player, Sunglass Stabile, A C-D Character, The Tired Eye, The Par 3, and many others.
Housed in a restored 1920’s ranch cookhouse, the Battle Mountain Cookhouse Museum is the area’s first museum dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of regional history. In addition to displays of area artifacts, the Cookhouse Museum hosts traveling cultural exhibitions, traditional and contemporary art, and a diverse array of cultural events including poetry and author readings, storytelling, and artist talks.
The mission of the Beatty Museum and Historical Society is to preserve and protect the culture and history of Beatty, Nevada, the Bullfrog Mining District, and the surrounding Nye County mining districts. The museum houses over 10,000 artifacts, 3,000 historic images, an extensive collection of research files, including a small non-lending library. Research materials are open to museum visitors free of charge with a limited selection available through their online database.
Boulder City Art Guild, an artists co-op, seeks to promote Arts Education with scholarship funds for qualifying students in Southern Nevada, and to provide venues for artists to exhibit and sell their work. The guild maintains a cooperative gallery space and puts on 2 two-day art shows (April & Nov.) each year.
These Arts Festivals help raise the scholarship funds, as well as offering an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their works.
Located in downtown Carson City, Artsy Fartsy is a locally owned and operated art gallery representing over 58 Northern Nevada artists working in a variety of media from oils, acrylics, metal, glass, textiles, pottery, baskets, and jewelry.
The Brewery Arts Center (BAC) is the local arts agency based in Carson City, NV. Located inside the BAC are the Artisan Store and Nevada Artist Association (NAA) Gallery. The NAA is an organization of over 100 Nevada artists, many of which exhibit at the gallery.
The Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects. CCAI presents visual art exhibitions in three sites in downtown Carson City: the Brick Gallery, the Courthouse Gallery, and the Sierra Room.
Charlie B Gallery offers an exceptional collection of contemporary pottery from Nevada and Western American artists as well as historic studio pottery, historic Nevada fine art, and vintage objects.
Located across the street from the Nevada State Legislature in downtown Carson City, the gallery at Comma Coffee hosts month long exhibitions by regional artists with artist receptions the first Wednesday of every month.
The Nevada Arts Council’s (NAC) mission is “to enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens and makes accessible excellence in the arts for all Nevadans.” The agency’s programs serve as a catalyst to stimulate artistic, cultural and economic activity across the state, animate its breadth of communities, ensure lifelong learning in the arts for all Nevadans, and to encourage public and private support for the arts.
NAC manages two visual arts exhibition programs in the state capital Carson City:
The Nevada State Museum, Carson City engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Permanent exhibits focus on natural history, science, and Nevada history with changing displays incorporating art, research, and history to highlight aspects of Nevada culture or commemorate important events and figures in Nevada’s past.
Western Nevada College inspires success in our community through opportunities that cultivate creativity, intellectual growth and technological excellence, in an environment that nurtures individual potential and respects differences. The Western Nevada College Carson City galleries feature the work of regional professional and student artists working in a variety of media. All galleries are open to the public with free admission.
The Elko County Art Club (ECAC) supports and nurtures local artists by providing opportunities for socializing with other artists, pursuing artistic growth, exhibiting and selling their art, and developing the appreciation of art in the Elko community. The ECAC Gallery displays and sells original artwork and crafts created by its member artists. Through the gallery’s Featured Guest series, Nevada artists are invited to conduct workshops and share their process and skills with the Elko community.
The Great Basin College Art Gallery showcases the work of Nevada and student artists in two semester-long exhibitions per year. Through these displays, the gallery aims to expose the community to diverse experiences, cultures, and viewpoints, as well as provide access to the arts and foster a spirit of inquiry, creativity, and reflection. Exhibitions run for 12 weeks and are complemented with an artist talk, workshop, or other outreach activity.
Located in Elko's City Park, the Northeastern Nevada Museum strives to be the premier cultural and historical center for preservation, research and education in northeastern Nevada. The museum maintains a quality facility dedicated to serving the area and its visitors by providing comprehensive archives and collections, diverse history and art exhibits, research facilities and a community gathering space. With over seven galleries inside the museum, there is something for everyone. For more information on current and upcoming exhibitions, please visit their website.
The Western Folklife Center is a non-profit organization working to expand understanding by celebrating the every-day traditions of the American West. The Wiegand Gallery features interactive exhibitions and multimedia presentations, including semi-permanent and temporary displays drawn on the Center's own collections or traveling exhibitions. Over its 25-year history, the Center has produced numerous educational exhibits based on its original research and fieldwork in traditional art forms.
The downtown Ely Art Bank is a visual arts gallery and cultural center that houses a permanent collection of painting, sculpture, and photography depicting the Great Basin Area and White Pine County. The represented artworks span over 70 years and showcases generations of artists expressing life in the Great Basin. Additional exhibitions include local artists’ work for sale as well as traveling visual arts exhibitions through the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program.
The Eureka County Court House Gallery is located across the street from the Historic Eureka Opera House on Main Street. The Courthouse Gallery is a frequent sponsor of traveling visual art exhibitions through the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program.
For over three decades the Churchill Arts Council (CAC) has brought high quality arts and culture events to northern Nevada in the form of exhibitions, performances, film screenings, readings, and conversations. In addition to performing and literary arts programming, the organization hosts around six curated visual art exhibitions and artist conversations per year alongside their outstanding contemporary art collection on permanent display.
The art gallery at the Western Nevada College Fallon campus is located in Virgil Getto Hall, just outside the art studio, room 312. The gallery features both professional exhibits and student work, rotating throughout the year. Western Nevada College is also a host and sponsor of traveling visual arts exhibitions through the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program.
The East Fork Artist Gallery is a non-profit cooperative providing space for regional artists to exhibit and sell their original, high quality artwork. Established in 1979, the gallery currently features work from over thirty consigners and twelve active members. An annual Christmas reception is held the first Sunday each December and a special Anniversary reception is held each July.
Offering fine arts, handcrafted jewelry, collectibles, creative furnishings, and vintage objects from regional member artists and consignors.
Established in 1974, Planet X started within the remnants of an old homestead on the Emigrant Trail between the Smoke Creek and Black Rock deserts of Northern Nevada. Over the course of the years, the space has developed a working pottery studio and four galleries. The facility operates completely off the grid, about 8 miles from the nearest power source, and utilizes solar, propane, and a generator for electricity. Planet X offers a variety of porcelain, stoneware, and Raku for purchase in a middle-of-nowhere destination.