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. Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Art Museum Brooke Hodge will present her essay. Nevada historians 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.

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

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 for more information.

SOLD OUT – Softening the Land Art Scene: Judy Chicago’s Atmospheres

Judy Chicago’s response to the monumental Earthworks of the American West was nearly simultaneous with their production. Beginning in 1968, Chicago embarked on a series of ephemeral Atmospheres performances using colored smokes and fireworks in the desert that were intended to “soften that macho Land Art scene.” Long overlooked by art historians and scholars, Chicago’s Atmospheres offer a critical counterpoint and essential context to the predominantly male Land Artists working in the desert during the 1960s and 70s. Chicago will be in conversation with William L. Fox, Peter E. Pool Director, Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Ticket includes a hosted reception following the program.

In person tickets for this program are sold out. To be added to the waitlist for this program please email 

This event is presented as part of the Art + Environment Season: Land Art Past, Present, Futures. Single event tickets to this program are open to the general public and Museum members. Admission is included for individuals who are registered for the Art+ Environment Season. For ticketing questions, please contact

Special sponsorship provided by the Debra and Dennis Scholl Distinguished Speaker Series.

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. 

D.I.C.E. | REDUX: A Conference for Creatives

D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovation, Creativity, and Energy) brings together creatives, artists, and designers for a half-day symposium featuring speakers whose work celebrates and advocates the value of good design. Join us for D.I.C.E. 2019 as we explore the theme REDUX. While the ideas of the past are always revived, D.I.C.E. will delve into how design re-imagines and re-envisions those ideas, and fits them into contemporary environments. Without history and context, our world would not be as complex and interesting, and arguably, neither would design. 2019 D.I.C.E. presenters have been challenged to examine the concept of REDUX and how it is applied to the design process. 

As part of the symposium, D.I.C.E. will host a chair design competition that challenge designers to re-imagine the basic aluminum folding lawn chair, an easily recognizable with much the potential for evolution and innovation. For more information on D.I.C.E., the speakers and the chair competition, please visit


2:30 pm | Benjamin Luddy and Makoto Mizutani of Los Angeles-based, Scout Regalia
3:30 pm | D.I.C.E. Design Competition Award
4 pm | Kerry Rohrmeier on Washoe ArTrail
5 pm | Beer & Bites
6 pm | Keynote Speaker: Rick Joy, Principal of Studio Rick Joy

AIA members can earn three (3) AIA LU(Learning Units) by attending the full event. 

NOTE: If you are not able to participate in the full D.I.C.E. Conference, but would like to purchase a ticket to the Keynote lecture featuring Rick Joy, please click here for a separate ticket option to attend the Keynote only. 

2017 Art + Environment Conference


For three days (Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, October 21), the Nevada Museum of Art will present the 2017 Art + Environment Conference.  Our guests will traverse time and space across the unsettled terrains, shifting frontiers, and limitless horizons of a super-region we call the Greater West. The Greater West was the last part of the planet to be explored and settled by Homo sapiens. It spans the entire west coast of the Americas, from Alaska to Patagonia, and across the Pacific Basin to Australia and New Zealand. It is a geography of frontiers characterized by vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist.The Conference investigates this exploration in multiple overlapping spheres: the cultural tectonics of the New World from Alaska to Colombia; the radical self-reliance and civic evolution of Burning Man; the fluctuating ecotones of rural/urban land use; and outer space—the ultimate mirror for humanity’s aspirations. NOTE: Conference guests are invited to attend the Members’ Premiere for the Art + Environment Season on Thursday, October 19 from 5 to 9 pm.


D.I.C.E. 2016: ADAPT

For the past 6 years, DICE has served as a platform for all design disciplines and how they improve our future. With the Nevada Museum of Art’s space as a creative catalyst, DICE presents an annual competition and gathers some of the world’s most inspiring speakers. The goal is to challenge our thinking and explore the power and potential of good design. Featuring renowned graphic designer Karin Hibma, landscape architect Gena Wirth, Reno’s own Stan Byers and Libby Brokaw from STANCAN Design, and urbanist Ashley Z. Hand, the afternoon is full of multi-disciplinary design ideas and a creative competition, capped off by a brief reception. More information can be found at

Reception to follow.

D.I.C.E. 2015: PLAY

D.I.C.E. ’15 brings together creatives, artists, and designers for a series of talks by speakers whose work explores ideas about play in design, including award-winning public artist Roman de Salvo, design thinker and Pinterest Brand Design Manager Everett Katigbak, and landscape architect Kevin Conger. A curated selection of local video presentations will explore playful ideas for urban interventions on the downtown Reno ReTrac “lids,” and ideas for revitalizing this downtown area as Reno rebounds. A reception follows the afternoon’s events.

2pm Roman de Salvo

3pm Everett Katigbak

4:15pm DICE PLAY Competition

5pm Kevin Conger