John Banovich on King of Beasts: A Study of the African Lion

An internationally recognized artist who has studied lions for decades, John Banovich has created a body of work that is also an homage to these animals. King of Beasts features more than forty artworks that explore questions about mankind’s deep fear, love, and admiration for these creatures. The exhibition spans nearly twenty-five years of work and assembles his body of work focused on African Lions for the very first time. Join Banovich as he discusses his advocacy and love for these magnificent creatures.

*Doors open at 5 pm with a cash bar and book sales. Book signing to follow.

Tango: Between Realms

Join us for an evening exploring the broad spectrum of emotion within the tango genre. This live performance will feature original tango compositions performed by cellist Joseph Tatum of Darabello alongside the choreography of Susana Rojo and dance of Julia Auzmendi and Fredy Maldonado of Reno Tango Collective. 

Georgia O’Keeffe: Expressions in Contemporary Ballet

Drawing inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe’s floral paintings, dramatic gestures and inspired lines, choreographer Eve Allen Garza presents Flower, Magnified a contemporary ballet. This short six minute ballet will be performed live followed by a presentation by Allen Garza that traces her creative process in drawing inspiration for movement from O’Keeffe’s artwork, persona and fashion. Following the presentation, visitors are invited to view the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

Eve Allen Garza is a dancer, dance educator and choreographer based in Reno.  She received her MFA in ballet from the University of Utah and BS in business administration with a dance minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. Allen Garza is the founder and director of the Downtown Dance Collective, a collaborative dance organization that aims to bring together local talent and present accessible performances to our community. Allen Garza performs locally with A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, Belle Contemporary Dance Company, and Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance. She has choreographed for Municipal Ballet Co. in Salt Lake City, the Nevada Opera, Sierra Nevada Ballet, and the University of Nevada, Reno.  Allen Garza is a lecturer for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Sweat Equity and Public Art

Community-made murals elevate neighbor pride and revitalize public spaces. Join Mark Salinas, Arts & Culture Coordinator of Carson City, as he discusses his New York based non-profit 7Train Murals and how volunteerism can bring art and community together. 

Sponsor: The Art Bite series is supported by Nevada Humanities.

The Folk & the Lore: Local Haunts

It’s that time of year where we can indulge in stories that make us double check our locks, and fear the basement. Join us an evening of storytelling and films based on local haunts. 

Doors open at 5 pm with cash bar and social hour. Stories begin at 6 pm.

About Folk & the Lore:
From the creative mind of Jessi LeMay comes the storytelling and narrative filmmaking project The Folk & the Lore. This multimedia project aims to collect, archive, and tell stories from Reno and throughout the region through photography, short films, and live storytelling events. Together, we believe that when you know your neighbor’s story, not only do you feel more connected to your community, but those stories become part of your own.

Mid-century Modern Architecture in the Biggest Little City

Reno launched into the 21st century on a wave of the economic, cultural, and technological currents that are reshaping American cities. But this is nothing new. Architect Alan Hess will explore how Reno took advantage of similar trends in the mid-20th century by creating its own unique Modern architecture that spread the fruits of those trends to all its citizens and visitors.

Alan Hess is an architect and historian and is the author of twenty books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the twentieth century; his subjects include John Lautner, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Ranch House, Googie architecture, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs. He has been the architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News, a contributor to The Architects Newspaper, grant recipient from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Clarence Stein Foundation, and a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow. He is a Commissioner on the California State Historical Resources Commission, and serves on the boards of Preserve Orange County and Palm Springs Modernism Week. Awards for his work conserving Modern architecture include the Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Docomomo/US’s Award of Excellence, and the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy. His newest book, “Hollywood Modern: Houses of the Stars,” was published by Rizzoli International last October. 


3-Minute Film Competition Screening

Local filmmakers of all ages were invited to submit films for the annual 3-Minute Film Competition. Join the Holland Project, KNPB and the Nevada Museum of Art in a screening of the top films selected by a team of jurors. Participate in the process by casting your vote for your favorite.

Virtual Reality as a Tool for Interactive Cultural Preservation

Virtual reality is most commonly known for the role it plays in the gaming industry. However, virtual technologies are changing the way many of us explore and engage in the world. Join us for a discussion with Virtual Reality Specialist, Luka Starmer, and Digital Humanities Specialist, Laura Rocke, both from the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries’ Digital Media Technology department, and learn about ways in which virtual technologies can be applied in library and museum settings to engage patrons, make objects and places more accessible and aide in cultural preservation. Following the discussion, attendees are invited to experience virtual reality applications developed by the Digital Media Technology team.

Sponsor: The Art Bite series is supported by Nevada Humanities.

2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Films

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a theatrical program featuring seven short films selected from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking.

Run time: 96 minutes. Recommended for 16+


sometimes, i think about dying
Directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz
Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her. 2018, U.S., 13 minutes.

Fast Horse
Directed by Alexandra Lazarowich
The Blackfoot bareback horse-racing tradition returns in the astonishingly dangerous Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles with second-hand horses and a new jockey on his way to challenge the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy. 2018, Canada, 13 minutes.

Suicide by Sunlight
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu
Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters. 2018, U.S., 17 minutes.

Directed by Äggie Pak Yee Lee
In an art museum, we learn – from outer to inner, from deep to its deepest, seriously and sincerely. 2017, Estonia/Hong Kong, no dialogue, 4 minutes.

Crude Oil
Directed by Christopher Good
Jenny breaks free from a toxic friendship and learns to harness her magical, useless superpower. 2019, U.S., 15 minutes.

Directed by Robert Machoian
A slice of life about a grandpa and his grandsons, the future and the past. 2018, U.S., 10 minutes.

Directed by Meryam Joobeur
When a hardened Tunisian shepherd’s son returns home after a long journey with a new wife, tension rises between father and son. 2018, Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden, in Arabic with English subtitles, 25 minutes.

D.I.C.E. REDUX Chair Competition Entry Fee

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Deadline: Applications are due September 12, 2019. Drop off must occur on September 19.