Work Ethic in American Art:
The Legacy of E. L. Wiegand

Carol Franc Buck Gallery | Floor 2
E.L. Wiegand Gallery | Floor 2
Ina Mae and Raymond Rude Gallery | Floor 2

The artworks that comprise the E. L. Wiegand Collection date from the early twentieth century to the present and represent various manifestations of the work ethic in American art. While many emphasize men or women undertaking the physical act of labor, others focus on different types of work environments ranging from domestic interiors and rural landscapes to urban cityscapes and industrial scenes. By expanding the definition of the term work ethic to encompass a broad range of activities undertaken by a diverse spectrum of people from various cultural and socioeconomic groups, the collection seeks to acknowledge all those who have devoted their lives to the tireless pursuit of work.

Edwin L. Wiegand was a successful entrepreneur and inventor who made Reno his home in 1971. He died in 1980 at the age of 88, and the E. L. Wiegand Foundation was established in Reno in 1982 for general charitable purposes. The Nevada Museum of Art thanks the E.L. Wiegand Foundation for their generous, ongoing support of this unique permanent collection.