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One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold

Silver and gold represent the new and the old as well as the pre­cious mineral resources of Nevada. The years 2013–2014 mark the Sil­ver Anniversary of the Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, which acknowledges one of the Silver State’s golden resourc­es—its breadth of traditional artists, performers, and craftspeople that make Nevada home.

The exhibit, One Is Silver, the Other Is Gold: Celebrating 25 Years of Nevada Folklife Apprenticeships, features the work of twenty-two 20th and 21st century Nevada visual artists of the Apprenticeship Program who have passed on their skills in traditional arts dating back many generations or even centuries, but which are still vital and dynamic today. Art forms represented in the exhibit include: Polish wycinanki (papercutting), Oaxacan embroidery for traditional dance costumes, twisted horsehair rope and horse tack, Washoe basket­ry, Ukrainian pysanky (egg paint­ing), and saddlemaking.

The Folklife Apprenticeship Program supports the preservation of Nevada’s cultural heritage and continuation of its traditional arts. While honoring the state’s master folk artists, apprenticeship grants encourage the “handing-down” of traditional art forms, such as crafts, music, food preparation and dance, to […]

Values and Vision: A Cultural Plan for Nevada

What does a community “rich in art” look like? The NAC is updating its strategic plan, Values and Vision: A Cultural Plan for Nevada, and we need your input. Please share your views on the value of the arts in your life and in your community, and help us craft a shared vision for arts and culture in the Silver State. We encourage you to be candid, constructive and above all, creative!
Click here to link to the survey.





NAC Welcomes two new Board Members

Governor Brian Sandoval has appointed Joe O’Neill from Las Vegas and Gail Rappa from Tuscarora to the NAC Board.

In August, Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Joe O’Neill, Theatre Program Specialist for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, to the NAC Board. O’Neill replaced Phil Hooper, who is now attending the Divinity School in Berkeley, CA and pursuing a path of service in the Episcopal Church. Read More

The Governor appointed Gail Rappa, a professional artist, instructor at the Great Basin College in Elko, and founder/president of the Friends of Tuscarora & Independence Valley, in October. She replaced Deon Reynolds who stepped down from the board earlier this fall to focus on his photography.

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OXS – Office eXhibition Series

Managed by the Artist Services Program, the Office eXhibition Series (OXS) Gallery is located at 716 N. Carson St., Carson City and is open Mon. – Fri., 8am – 5pm. The OXS Gallery features artists who have been recognized by NAC through its Artist Fellowships, GAA Visual Arts Commission, and exhibits from the agency’s NTI-Traveling Exhibition Program.


Poetry Out Loud Program & Competition

The statewide Poetry Out Loud Program introduces Nevada high-school students to our rich literary heritage through the memorization of classic and contemporary poetry.

Distinguished members of Nevada’s literary community participated in the 2016 state finals. Reno’s Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier served as the master of ceremonies. Guest judges include Bruce Isaacson, Clark County poet laureate; Vogue Robinson, Las Vegas poet and educator; Larry Ollivier, Reno poet and educator; NV Energy government strategy executive Linda Bissett; and Vicky Meissner, Humboldt County School District educator.

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Mikalya Bates, a senior at Elko High School in Elko County, was named Nevada’s 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the 11th Annual Nevada State Finals March 19 at KNPB Studios in Reno. She received $1,000, an all-expense-paid trip for her and her chaperone to attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C. and $1,000 for her school for the purchase of poetry books and/or literary programs. Gabrielle Hunt, a sophomore at Yerington High School, and Vanessa Blackwell, a senior at Douglas High School, placed second and third. Each received $500, with $500 […]

NTI Traveling Exhibitions

Managed by the Artist Services Program, the Nevada Touring Initiative (NTI) Traveling Exhibition Program delivers high quality visual arts exhibits to communities throughout the state for an affordable fee. The cost includes rental of the artwork, installation and pick-up, insurance, and publicity and educational materials. NTI exhibits features an array of subjects and art forms, ranging from traditional Washoe basketry to landscape painting and contemporary sculpture.

Grants Program

The Grants Program reflects a significant commitment by the State of Nevada to support the creation of art and access to the arts for its citizens. NAC grants support the efforts of nonprofit arts and community organizations, public institutions and individual artists to make cultural activities and experience widely available to those who live in or visit Nevada. The reach of this program is expansive – grant recipients are found in every corner of the state, and sponsor activities such as exhibitions, concerts, festivals and film series. Grant monies also support Nevada’s dance, opera and theatre companies; symphonies, orchestras and choral groups, and local arts councils statewide. Though a NAC grant may be a small percentage of an organization’s total budget, the importance of these dollars reaches far beyond actual cash value – serving as a catalyst for other public and private support.



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 […]