Rhythms of a Cowboy Poem

Between Grass and Sky is a collaborative exhibition presented at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Western Folklife Center in Elko on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering held annually in northern Nevada. Working together, the two institutions created complementary exhibitions that are inspired by the widely-celebrated poem 'Grass', written by legendary Texas poet Buck Ramsey. The exhibitions will include a broad range of objects-from paintings and sculptures to intricately crafted gear-that illustrate a shared appreciation for the experience of life in the American West. The exhibition featured in Reno will include contemporary works by artists including Theodore Waddell and Scott Hudson, as well as an audiovisual component featuring the spoken voices of four renowned cowboy poets reciting 'Grass'. The partner exhibition Between Grass and Sky: Trappings of a Ranch Life, presented in Elko, will include finely crafted leather saddles and silver engraved bits outfitted with rawhide reins and romels.

The gallery presentation of both exhibitions will be designed by Nik Hafermaas of UeBERSEE Design in Los Angeles. Both exhibitions and all supporting programs are generously supported by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Art + Environment series, an initiative of the Nevada Museum of Art that brings together community, artists and scholars to explore the interaction between people and their environments.

Watch the award-wining film created to celebrate the poem "Grass" here. The Nevada Museum of Art was awarded top recognition by the American Association of Museums for the video Between Grass and Sky. The judges said, “An absolutely beautiful video, the Nevada Museum of Art has created a moving piece which effectively transports the viewer right into the West." The film will be featured at the 2011 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 24 - 29 in Elko, Nevada.


Kota Ezawa, Cowboy, 2006, lightbox. Collection of Gregory and Anne Avis. Image courtesy of Haines Gallery / San Francisco

Rhythms of a Cowboy Poem