Volunteers In Art

Nevada Museum of Art
Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts: E. L. Wiegand Gallery

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Light the Candles!

Happy 80th Birthday, Nevada Museum of Art!

As the Nevada Museum of Art celebrates its 80th year, it seems fitting to take a look at the people who made it all happen. The Museum has been, and still is, a work in progress, put together by a wonderful mixed bag of directors, curators, artists, philanthropists, museum staff and a whole lot of volunteers. But it took a couple of unlikely visionaries to get the ball rolling. They were, of course, Dr. James Church and Charles F. Cutts. James Church was twenty-three years old when he came to Reno from Michigan in 1892. Although he came to teach classics at the University of Nevada, he soon developed a passionate interest in the nearby mountains and spent as much time as he could hiking and studying weather and snowfall there. more...



If you would like to volunteer for the 2011 A+E Conference please contact Rosalind Bedell at rosalind.bedell@nevadaart.org.

Icing on the Cake

A Recipe of Science & Art

In a year which has already seen Jacob Hashimoto’s lovely installation in the atrium, John James Audubon’s birds, Leo Villareal’s light sculptures, and a beautifully presented Egyptian show, it is not surprising to find that the Nevada Museum of Art has much more up its sleeve. First will be The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment, opening on September 24, 2011. This is a comprehensive survey of the Museum’s unique and important collection of contemporary landscape photography. Thanks to the foresight and vision of several directors, curators and board members, the museum has put together a wide-ranging collection which includes work of American and international artists. Beginning with the work of the artists who exhibited in the New Typographics show in New York in 1975, as well as that of Hilla and Bernd Becher, the show brings us up to the present with its investigation into the intersection of nature and culture. The various photographers consider, savor, despair of, document and provide witness to this intersection. It is a powerful collection meant to make us look and think, but also to delight in the images. The Museum’s founders would be pleased! more...

Docent’s Choice

The Captivation of Callahan’s Photography

They are modest and stark and utterly charming, the essence of minimal. They are the delightful photos by Harry Callahan now exhibited in the corridor before the entrance to the Museum offices. And they are not to be overlooked. more...

Mummy Recycling

The Preference for Pirates, Public Health & Paper Bags

Why did the Egyptians embalm and desiccate the dead? Perhaps it was a convenient blending of their religion and the nature of their environment which was dry and treeless. Cremation was not possible on a large scale for want of fuel. The annual flooding of the Nile discouraged burial, for the rising waters would wash up the bodies. Stacking corpses in dry caves invited jackals and pestilence. So mummification was as effective for public health as it was to satisfy the demands of the religion. more...

Egyptian Bazaar

No de-Nile, A Huge Success!

A special THANK YOU to all the Museum volunteers who were involved with the Birthday Bazaar. It is because of your energy and dedication that events like these are possible. Thanks also to all the volunteers from NV Energy who joined in to support this commemorative event. photos & more...

Sneak A Peak

“Behind the Scenes” Volunteer Art Break Returns

Volunteers, bring a friend and join us Thursday, September 8th for the second “behind the scenes” tour and lecture on the workings of our Museum. more...

New Additions

From Darling Daughters to Directors

The Advancement Department is very pleased to share the news that Andrea Angelo has resigned from the Nevada Museum of Art Board of Trustees and will join the Museum staff on August 9 as Director of Individual Giving and Membership Programs. Some of you have already met Andrea as she has been an active and energetic Museum Trustee and a leader of the successful Taste for Art and Winemakers Dinner in 2010 and co-chair of the Museum’s savor 2011 event scheduled this August. more...



News & Updates

ART + ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE Begins September 29th through October 1st. Be sure to register early or contact Rosalind for a volunteer’s view of this event.

Second Saturdays are Free. Thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation, admission to the Museum is FREE every second Saturday throughout 2011.

First Thursday Enjoy a cool beverage 5 to 7 PM while listening to the Whitney Myer Band, August 4th and Max Yasgur’s Band, September 1st. Free valet parking for your bike, courtesy of Reno Bike Project. Admission $10/ Members FREE

Talk and Tasting: Tom Young, Jazz Aldrich, Ancient Egyptian Homebrew and Dr. Church’s Living Room Lager Enjoy an original brew and learn the process of recreating an authentic Egyptian beer in honor of Museum founder, James E. Church. Thursday, August 11th, 6 - 7 PM. $12/ $8 Members. Fee includes one beer, additional beer available for purchase.

Wander through the wilderness one last time. Don’t miss the imagery of Ansel Adams Distance and Detail. Exhibit ends August 14th.

Sunday Jazz Brunch 11 AM to 1 PM, welcomes Dickie Mills Group, Sunday, August 21st. On September 18th, enjoy the music of the Jackie Landrum Trio. Admission is FREE. A la carte brunch menu provided by Café Musée. Brunch menu $5-$15.

Join local bands, Very Pretty Pigeon and Memory Motel rooftop for an Indie Rock Night Thursday, August 18th. 6 - 7:30 PM. Admission is $3.

A Special Exhibition Art, Science and the Arc of Inquiry The Evolution of the Nevada Museum of Art, comprised of archival materials, including photographs, newspaper articles and artworks, from the Museum’s Collection and the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections. August 27th-29th. FREE with admission fee.

Art Break Bring a friend and peek “behind the scenes” with fellow Museum volunteers Thursday, September 8th. Lecture begins at 5 PM followed by Museum tour.

The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment opens Saturday, September 24th commemorating the Museum’s 80th anniversary of the institution’s signature photography collection examining human interaction and intervention with the environment.

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
Thursdays 10 AM to 8 PM
Closed Monday, Tuesday and National Holidays

Wednesday – Sunday 11 AM to 2 PM
1st Thursday 5 to 7 PM

Wednesday – Sunday 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Tuesday – Friday 9AM - 5PM

Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in serving on the volunteer board? Have you always wanted to explore being a docent? We are currently looking for help in these areas as well as the Annual Arts and Flowers Luncheon, support for planning volunteer recognition events and administration work. For more information, please contact Rosalind Bedell at rosalind.bedell@nevadaart.org.

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