Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts. This year, we again have the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best Galleries In America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The impressive AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, better known to millions as Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless, chooses only one gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.
Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred galleries and museums. We study thousands each year and we name the Nevada Museum of Art the Best Gallery In Nevada, 2016. With 70,000 sq. ft. and four levels, it is a full-bodied museum, extending its big arms, big heart and big soul.”
The Nevada Museum of Art is a museum of ideas. While building upon our founding collections and values, we cultivate meaningful art and societal experiences, and foster new knowledge in the visual arts by encouraging interdisciplinary investigation. The Nevada Museum of Art serves as a cultural and educational resource for everyone.
The Nevada Museum of Art is the only art museum in the state of Nevada accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has deep roots when it comes to the intersection of art and environment. Co-founded in 1931 by Dr. James Church, an early climate scientist, humanist, and lover of art, the museum in its early days was run by a small group of outdoor landscape painters. As a result, the Museum has long understood the importance of examining how humans interact with their natural, built, and virtual surroundings.
The institution’s identity continues to be shaped by the geographic location and environment. The Museum’s proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding Great Basin desert region places it at the nexus of both awe-inspiring scenery and a rapidly changing landscape. It is an ideal place for dynamic conversations about the ways that humans creatively interact with environments.
The Museum’s Permanent Collection, which consists of more than 2,500 works of 19th through 21st century art, is divided into four focus areas: the Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Art of the Greater West Collection, the Carol Franc Buck Altered Landscape Photography Collection, the Contemporary Art Collection, and the E. L. Wiegand Work Ethic in American Art Collection. These are unified by an overarching focus on natural, built and virtual environments. This thematic, rather than historical or stylistic specialization is a natural outgrowth of the institution’s collecting practices over the years and offers varied perspectives on the ways in which humans interact with the environments.
The Museum collections are exhibition collections, not study collections.
The Museum’s rapidly expanding Contemporary Collection is devoted to work by national and international artists. Paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, digital media, and mixed media installations created by living artists shed new light on contemporary society.
Designed by internationally renowned architect Will Bruder, the present Museum facility opened in 2003 at the heart of Reno’s downtown Liberty district. The four-level, 70,000-square-foot building is inspired by geological formations in northern Nevada’s Black Rock desert, and serves as a visual metaphor for the institution’s scholarly focus on art and environment.
The Museum building has recently undergone significant physical expansion, with two major capital projects on track for completion within an 18-month period. In December 2014, the E. L. Cord Museum School reopened after adding new classroom space, dedicated staff offices, and a new gallery/common room where student artwork is on regular display. The increased space and capacity has allowed the Museum School to increase revenue by over 30 percent in the first half of 2015 alone. The second major expansion is a transformation of the fourth floor, where the existing outdoor plaza has been partially enclosed to create a year-round multi-purpose event space known as the Fred W. Smith Penthouse, Nightingale Sky Room, Stacie Mathewson Sky Plaza. Featuring a full-service banquet kitchen, state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, and a 500-person capacity, the Sky Room will be a breathtaking addition to Reno’s skyline. Opening February 2016.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR ART + ENVIRONMENT
The Center for Art + Environment (CA+E) is the research arm of the Museum, an internationally recognized research center whose mission is to be a global leader in supporting the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The goals of the Center are threefold: to encourage the creation of artworks expressing the interaction between people and their natural, built, and virtual environments; to convene artists, scholars, and communities to document, research, and analyze such artworks; and, to increase public knowledge of these creative and scholarly endeavors. This is the only center of its kind in the world and creates new knowledge by bringing together people and materials that heretofore have not been in association with one another. It does so by assembling unique archives that reveal the breadth of artistic practices that artists use to intervene in stressed environments, to work with scientists and indigenous peoples, and to explore some of the harshest places on the planet. The CA+E holds archives that represent the work of more than 1,000 artists working on all seven continents
160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno, Nevada.
Phone: 775.329.3333; Fax: 775.329.1541; Web: www.nevadaart.org
Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 6 pm; Thursdays until 8 pm, Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays.
Adults $10, students/seniors $8, children (6-12) $1. Children 5 and under are free; Museum members are free.
Guided Tours are available free with admission Thursdays at 6 pm (except First Thursdays), Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm. Group tours can be arranged through the education department at 775.398.7253.