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Ethiopia is a world away from the neon lights of Las Vegas, but for Eyob Mergia, an artist and film student at the College of Southern Nevada, the colors of his homeland are always with him through his artwork.

An exhibit of Mergia’s paintings, titled “The Meskel Festival,” will be featured at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) at the Nevada State Legislative building beginning Monday, May 22 through June 9. Mergia is the final of six Nevada artists whose work has been featured during the biennial session of the legislature.

Mergia grew up in Ethiopian highlands, studying classical art at the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art. After moving to the U.S. in 1997, he briefly continued his art studies in South Dakota, where he encountered Cubism and other modernist tendencies. His educational influences – one toward realism and one toward abstraction – are tempered by a third: traditional art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

“The Meskel Festival,” for which his exhibition is named, is an annual religious holiday in Ethiopia held every Sept. 27. Yellow daisies are […]


Unclassified Job Announcement Executive Director, Nevada Arts Council. 
This is an open competitive recruitment, open to all qualified applicants and will close on June 2, 2017.

Agency Responsibilities:
The Nevada Arts Council, an agency within the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is charged with enriching the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens, and makes excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans. Through vibrant educational programming, professional and organizational grants and high touch connectivity with stakeholders, the Nevada Arts Council strives to achieve a Nevada in which the arts enrich the lives of all residents and enhance the livability of communities. The Nevada Arts Council is seeking a visionary and innovative leader who can propel the Arts Council forward with great focus, strategic insight and passion.

The Nevada Arts Council has offices in Carson City and Las Vegas. This position will be located in Carson City.

Annual Salary:
Up to $100,858 maximum annual salary plus benefits * (Salary range reflects retirement (PERS) contributions by both the employee and employer. An employer paid contribution plan is also available with a […]


Linda Ficklin, deputy director of the Nevada Arts Council, has been named interim executive director of the state agency while a national search is under way to fill the position.
“Linda has solid knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the agency, so will be capable of getting us through this transition,” Claudia Vecchio, director of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, said.
Longtime executive director Susan Boskoff retired at the end of March.
Ficklin joined the Nevada Arts Council in March 2006, overseeing financial management, accounting, administrative services and personnel.
“I look forward to working with the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and with Nevada Arts Council board and staff in my role as interim executive director, promoting the arts statewide with our many services, grants and programs,” Ficklin said.
Born in Sacramento and raised in South Lake Tahoe, she attended Western Nevada College before going on to Colorado Technical University, where she earned a degree in finance and accounting.


Denise Duarte, a fifth-generation native Nevadan and lifelong artist, has joined the Nevada Arts Council as its Community Arts Specialist in the Las Vegas office. She joins the agency after serving as the director of development at Left of Center Art Gallery in North Las Vegas and previously as a public arts specialist for Clark County.
In her new role with the Nevada Arts Council, Duarte will work with arts leaders and communities across the state to help strengthen Nevada’s arts and culture infrastructure.  With a focus on the Southern Nevada region, she will foster new relationships with communities, develop local and regional networks/partnerships and expand upon existing programs to enrich communities statewide. In addition, she will support cultural planning at the city and county levels, develop new programming to further the agency’s mission, and provide technical assistance to arts and culture organizations statewide.



The Las Vegas artist, Myranda Bair whose work is now featured at the LXS Gallery inside the Nevada Legislature, is an avid rock climber, animal lover, self-proclaimed “mediocre” farmer and a natural space advocate.
“Given the themes of my work, it follows that conservation is a great passion of mine,” she said. “It is important for me to use nontoxic, often natural, materials as well as reused and recycled glass and antiques in my work.”
Bair is the fifth of six Nevada artists whose work has been featured as part of the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) at the Nevada State Legislative Building in Carson City during the biennial session of the legislature. Her work went on display on Monday and will be in place through May 19.
Bair lives and works in Las Vegas, where she is a faculty member for the College of Southern Nevada. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has exhibited work across the country and participated in various residences, recently at […]

Kathryn Grider Featured at LXS Gallery

Spring Creek artist Kathryn Grider doesn’t have to venture far to find inspiration for her paintings. She needs only to open her door. Living near the base of the Ruby Mountains, Grider is surrounded by nature’s beauty and it shows in her exhibit, “Painting What I Love,” which is on display at the LXS Gallery on the first floor of the Nevada Legislature Building beginning Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 28.
Born and raised in New Mexico, Grider moved to Nevada and worked in a retail office while painting on the weekends. Eventually, she was able quit the business and paint full time. Self-taught and self-motivated, she started painting every day and ultimately took college classes and workshops from other professional artists to improve her skills.  Her paintings have been featured in Northern Nevada venues including the Northern Nevada Museum, the Duncan Little Creek Gallery, The Gallery in Lamoille and the Picture This Art Gallery. Read more


Join NAC on Tuesday, May 23 for a reception & artist talk with Gail Rappa. High Desert Alchemy is curated by Megan Kay and  features the work Gail Rappa and Elaine Parks, two Nevada artists who transform raw and found materials in mysterious and impressive ways. In their current and on-going bodies of work featured here, Rappa and Parks explore time, transformation, and death.
Gail Rappa’s work is part of the series Lung, which she began after her mother passed away from lung disease.
“The image of the lung has become an important touchstone for me as a reminder of the precious and precarious gift of breath. I continue to explore and experiment with variations on the lung silhouette, along with the bird and thorny vine image which morphed from one of my lung drawings. I started with metal, but continue to find myself drawn to softer materials as well as poetry. Like my grieving process, this series continues to unfold in unforeseen ways.”        —Gail Rappa
The OXS Gallery is located at 716 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV.  The Reception & Artist […]

NEA Chairman Jane Chu’s Nevada Visit

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, joined joyous members of the Silver State’s arts community to celebrate the Nevada Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary on March 9, 2017. The sold-out 50th Anniversary Awards Dinner, held at the Nevada Museum of Art, honored the Nevada State Senate, the Nevada State Assembly and the Office of the Governor for establishing the NAC in 1967. The evening included a Folk Arts Showcase, a performance by singer/cellist Shana Tucker, comments by Chairman Chu and Bob Lynch, CEO of Americans for the Arts, and recognition of the agency’s executive director, Susan Boskoff, and her nearly 25 years of leadership.

Gabrielle Hunt: 2017 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Champ

Gabrielle Hunt, a Yerington High School junior, was named Nevada’s 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the 12th Annual Nevada State Finals, held in the KNPB Channel 5 studio on March 11, 2017. She receives $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to represent Nevada at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in late April. Her school also received $1,000 for poetry books and literary programs. In D.C., Hunt will vie for the title of National Champion and $50,000 in awards and school stipends against competitors from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Elko High School junior Cache Black placed second, and Douglas County High School junior Lea Gifford finished third. Each receives $500, and $500 for their schools to support literary programs.
This year, more than 2,800 Nevada high school students participated in Poetry Out Loud. A dynamic educational program, Poetry Out Loud begins at the local level as students learn about, memorize and finally present poetry – out loud. Participants advance from school to district competitions, and hopefully, to the Nevada State […]

NAC Executive Director Susan Boskoff steps down March 31, 2017

Nevada Arts Council Executive Director Susan Boskoff will retire on March 31, 2017, after 24 years of service to the State of Nevada.  “Words cannot express our gratitude to Susan for her dedication to the Arts Council, our constituents and to the state of Nevada. Guiding the agency with wisdom, passion, and an understanding of the ever-changing needs of our field, for many her name is synonymous with the Nevada Arts Council,” said Julia, chair of the Nevada Arts Council board. Read more