Due to construction, Museum parking may be limited at the time of your visit. Look for additional parking in free or metered spaces along nearby streets.

Writing Never Written: 2023 Art Writing Symposium

When we talk about writing in and for the Arts, we rarely consider the content that never gets written. Inspired by the book, Photographs Never Taken, a compelling collection of short essays by photographers who retell the stories that underlie the images they never made, this one-day symposium considers the wide variety of reasons that underscore art writing never written. From content perceived to be too political, to geographies that are under-represented, to media and artists that continually receive short-shrift, the presenters at this year’s Art Writing Symposium embody an interdisciplinary approach to exploring modes of writing in and for the Arts from the perspective of arts administration, art history, curatorial studies, art studio, journalism, dance, science, creative writing, and beyond. 

Program Schedule
9:00               Doors open with coffee

9:30-9:45       Greetings and Introduction
                       Colin Robertson and Brett M. Van Hoesen
9:45-10:30     Introductory Alumni Keynote
                       Jeannette Martinez
                       Finding Terruño: Landscape, Memory-making,
                       and Belonging
                       Moderator: Brett M. Van Hoesen
10:30-10:45   Break
10:45-12:15   Panel 1 – The Politics of Art Writing Across
                      Cultures and Geographies
                       Emily Hobson
                       The AIDS Quilt in Prison: Care Work in and
                       against the Carceral State
                       Juan Carlos Guerrero Hernández
                       The Woman, the Migrant, and the Cyborg in In-
                       Chris Lanier
                       Comics Genre and Graphic Invisibility: Alex
                       Niño’s Innovations in the Margins
                       Moderator: Kelly Chorpening
12:15-1:15      Box Lunch
*included in program cost
1:15-2:00        Reading by Visiting Author
                        Cathy Linh Che
                        Moderator: June Sylvester Saraceno
2:00-2:15       Break
2:15-3:45       Panel 2 – On Communication and Translation In
                       Writing Across the Arts & Media
                      Rosie Trump
                      Blank Space: Looking at Notorious Dance
                      Jared Stanley
                      The Dream of Stopping
                      Fil Corbitt
                      “The Wind” (Live)
                      Kelly Chorpening and Adam Csank
                      The Hybrid Space of Annotated Drawings
                      Moderator: Colin Robertson
4:00-4:15      Break
4:15-5:15      Finalé Keynote
                      Maria Elena Buszek
                      Toward a Scholarship of Risk
                      Moderator: Sudeep Chandra
5-6pm           Reception

This event was made possible by generous funding from the Bruno and Edna Benna Endowment for Excellence in the Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. Special thanks for additional funding and support from the Nevada Museum of Art, the University’s Department of Art, Art History & Design and the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies as well as the Writers in the Woods Program at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe.

Image Credit:

David Maisel, Terminal Mirage 18, 2003/2007, Dye coupler print, 48 x 48 inches. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection © David Maisel


2024 NV STEAM Conference | Keynote, Workshops and Synthesis

The theme of the 2024 NV STEAM Conference is Healthy People, Places, and Environments. The Conference will be presented virtually, beginning on Wednesday, March 13 from 4 – 5:30 pm and resume Saturday, March 16 from 8:30am – 12:30pm. 

Following the keynote on Saturday, multiple workshops will take place from 9:40 – 11:50 am and a closing synthesis will be from 12 – 12:30 pm.

Register and view the in-depth schedule for the 2024 NV STEAM Conference here.

Land, Water, Place: An Art and Science Collaborative

Join us for a symposium where scholars, curators, academics and students present interactive discussions focused on our complex relationships to land, water, place. Doors open at 9:30 am with coffee. Box lunch included. Beer reception to follow.

Keynote: Creative Ecologies and the Art of Climate Justice

TJ Demos | Director, Center for Creative Ecologies, UC Santa Cruz

The Nevada Museum of Art: A Museum of Ideas

Ann M. Wolfe, Chief Curator | Associate Director, Nevada Museum of Art

Student Snapshot

Amy Smith | Poet and Student, Low Residency MFA, UNR, Lake Tahoe

Sarah Lillegard | Artist and Graduate, Low Residency MFA, Interdisciplinary Arts, UNR, Lake Tahoe

Betta Manalo | MS Student, Geography, UNR


Field Work and Walking: Experiential Models for Interdisciplinary Research and its Impact on Teaching

Adam Csank | Geographer, Chair of Geography, UNR

Rick Parsons | Artist, Director of the Holman Art and Media Center, UNR

Kelly Chorpening | Artist, Chair of Art Department, Art History and Design, UNR

Art, Cognition, Landscape: The Center for Art + Environment

William L. Fox | Director for the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art

Student Snapshot

Bobby Lee | Landscape Photographer, Book Artist, MFA Student, UNR


The Politics of Water: Equity, Ecology, Creative Expression and Connection

Kate Berry | UNR Professor, Geography

Sudeep Chandra | Biology, Professor of Limnology, Director of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies

Rene Henery | Ecologist, Artist, Writer

Case Study: Drawing in Social Space

Art + Geography Collaboration by Noureddine Ezarraf and Qanat Collective, Morrocco presented by Kelly Chorpening and Adam Csank

Closing Synthesis

Colin M. Robertson | Senior Vice President of Education and Research, Nevada Museum of Art

Hosted Beer Reception

Courtesy of Ozmen Institute and Global Water Center

Symposium presented by University of Nevada Reno in collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art with support from the Benna Arts Excellence Endowment.

Image Credit: Peter Goin, The Lady of the Lake, Cave Rock. (From The Nature of Lake Tahoe, A Photographic History 1860-1960), 2021.

DICE | A Conference for Creatives

Returning for the first time since the global pandemic, DICE (Design Innovation Creativity Energy) is a multidisciplinary design conference exploring the power and potential of good design. This year, DICE focuses on the theme of Imagine: Gathering Creative Minds to Inspire a More Thoughtfully Designed Future.

For the past 13 years, DICE has served as a platform for all design disciplines and how they improve our future. This year, DICE explores how design re-imagines and re-envisions ideas of the past and fits them into contemporary environments. Design professionals, Reno’s creative community, and art and design students are invited to attend a multi-disciplinary design conference in northern Nevada examining the ways great design empowers individuals, inspires the masses, and enriches entire communities.

2023’s DICE Design Challenge: Bench of the Future: A Design for Every Person
Design a bench that is humane and comfortable. Imagine a future where every person is valued: the need for respite is weighed against the need for recreation and contemplation.

How can your design help promote and better community?

The competition is open to anyone, regardless of age, experience, or 
professional affiliation. This allows anyone with a creative vision to participate and contribute to the design 
of the Chair of the Future. 

See the DICE website for more information on the speakers and requirements for the Design Competition

Symposium – Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity

The first retrospective exhibition of one of midcentury America’s most innovative artists to occur in nearly sixty years, Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity features approximately 120 works that span Adaline Kent’s entire career and chart major thematic developments in the artist’s work as it progressed from figuration to abstraction. Join us for this half-day symposium as we explore the life and legacy of Adaline Kent (1900-1957), her love for the outdoors, her connection to the region, major thematic developments from figuration to abstraction. 

Presenters include:

  1. Apsara DiQuinzio, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art
  2. Jeff Gunderson, Archivist and Librarian for the San Francisco Art Institute 
  3. Alexander Nemerov, Carl & Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University
  4. Jenni Sorkin, Professor, History of Art & Architecture, UC Santa Barbara
  5. Elaine Y. Yau, Associate Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum 

An accompanying book, published by Rizzoli Electa and designed by Purtill Family Business will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 9:30 am. Program begins at 10 am. Morning coffee and a buffet lunch are included with registration. A no host bar will also be available for guests. 

Scholarships are available. Please email Claire Muñoz for more information.

A program of the Debra and Dennis Scholl Distinguished Speaker Series

Through the Lens: Honoring the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams

Paul Revere Williams was the first licensed African American architect to work in the western region of the United States. His work in Nevada spans from the 1930s through the 1970s and his architectural contributions collectively helped to define the built environment of the region. Contemporary photographer Janna Ireland has spent the past year documenting Williams’ structures throughout the state of Nevada and her images are featured in the exhibition Janna Ireland on the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams.

Williams’ architectural body of work in Nevada includes churches, commercial properties, residential homes for the state’s wealthiest residents, and planned communities for working-class citizens. His most notable designs include the La Concha Motel (now the Neon Museum) in Las Vegas, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist (also known as the Lear Theater) in Reno.

Join us for a symposium featuring contemporary photographer Janna Ireland in conversation with Daonne Huff, Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Independent curator and former Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Art Museum Brooke Hodge will present her essay. Nevada historians Dr. Alicia Barber and Claytee White will present their most recent research on Paul Revere Williams in Nevada.

Doors open at 9 am with coffee. Lunch to follow the symposium and is included with registration.

Scholarships are available. Please email Claire Muñoz for more information.

This event is presented in-person. A recording of the symposium will be made public one week after the event.

Symposium Sponsored by the E.L. Cord Foundation


Virtual Symposium: I Heard the Song of My Grandmother: Art and Indigenous Feminisms



Join us for a gathering with artists, writers, and curators to consider how activist art continues to subvert stereotypes and advance rights for Indigenous women. Participants include Dr. Anya Montiel, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo, Professor, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles; Kristen Dorsey, doctoral student, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA; and Las Vegas-based artist Fawn Douglas. Film screening of Purple Flower Girlproduced and directed by Tsanavi Spoonhunter. 

Please note: A limited number of seats have been reserved for in-person attendees. In-person registration is now closed. We encourage you complete your free registration and join us virtually. For questions, please contact claire.munoz@nevadaart.org

I Heard the Song of My Grandmother: Art and Indigenous Feminisms

Join us for a gathering with artists, writers, and curators to consider how activist art continues to subvert stereotypes and advance rights for Indigenous women. Participants include Dr. Anya Montiel, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo, Professor, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles; Kristen Dorsey, doctoral student, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA; and Las Vegas-based artist Fawn Douglas. Film screening of Purple Flower Girlproduced and directed by Tsanavi Spoonhunter. 

This event is presented in-person and on Zoom.

Paid registration includes live in-person access to the symposium, hosted on the fourth floor Nightingale Sky Room. Paid registration also includes morning coffee/tea and lunch.

You may also access the symposium for free on Zoom. Click here to register in advance for virtual access.

*Scholarships available. Click here to apply for a scholarship, or contact claire.munoz@nevadaart.org for more information.

Oral History and Arts: A Conversation with Jean LaMarr and Jack Malotte

Southwest Oral History Association presents the Southwest Oral History Conference.

Join them for a conversation between two accomplished Native American activist artists about the role of oral history in their work, which is moderated by Las Vegas Paiute artist and community organizer Fawn Douglas. Both Jean LaMarr (Northern Paiute and Achomawi) and Jack Malotte (Western Shoshone and Washoe) have worked in multiple media, including printmaking, painting, pen and ink, and public murals, and they have been lifelong activists in service of their communities. Among the themes their art engages with are militarization, Native activism, treaty rights, environmental justice, kinship and tradition, and protecting sacred sites. In this conversation, LaMarr, Malotte, and Douglas will be able to discuss the role and importance of oral history in Native communities in Nevada and beyond, and how they have drawn on it in their art and their activism. 

Fawn Douglas’s work will be on view at the Museum this fall in an exhibition titled In the Flow. In February 2021, The Art of Jean LaMarr will feature more than 100 works by the internationally recognized artist. The retrospective will be accompanied by a book. The Art of Jack Malottea 2019 exhibition and book organized by the Museum, is currently on view at the Western Folklife Center in Elko. Works by both LaMarr and Malotte are included in the Museum’s permanent collection.

Click here for full conference information and registration. 

D.I.C.E. | REDUX: Keynote with Rick Joy

As part of the 2019 D.I.C.E. Conference, Rick Joy, Principal of Rick Joy Architects, offers the Keynote lecture. This Keynote is included with the DICE Conference ticket price, however, if you are interested in only attending the Keynote, this ticket offers that as an opportunity. 

Rick Joy Architects is a 32 person architecture and planning firm established in 1993 in Tucson, Arizona. From the beginning, each of RJA’s works has been exhibited and published extensively and have won numerous awards. Joy received the 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and in 2004 won the prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum. He periodically serves as a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

RJA has realized architectural works throughout North America with extensive experience with lifestyle based projects from numerous single family residences to an ultra-lux resort and large scale master-plans.  The office has several active residential commissions in New York City, Long Island, Park City, Turks and Caicos.  RJA is currently completing the prestigious commission of the new Train Station and Campus Gateway Buildings to Princeton University, a mixxed use development building in Austin and an apartment building in Mexico City.