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.

Art After Dark: Retro Rewind

Step into a time machine at Art After Dark: Retro Rewind. Join us in the Skyroom for an immersive journey through vibrant eras of the past. Dress up in your favorite vintage attire and experience an evening of art, music, libations and nostalgia at this hands-on event for adults. Take a group picture in our department store inspired photo booth, create a collage, carve your own stamp in our printmaking station and more!


Virtual Reality and Seven Magic Mountains

Join us to explore Seven Magic Mountains in virtual reality with Luka Starmer. The University Nevada Reno Libraries and the Nevada Museum of Art have teamed up to create an immersive virtual reality experience of Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains. This project allows viewers to virtually explore the vibrant sculptures in their actual form and scale, while experiencing the landscape and the people who visit it, all without ever leaving Northern Nevada. Beyond bringing the piece into the virtual reality, this project serves as a valuable archival tool, digitally preserving this captivating work of art in perpetuity, ensuring wider access, and fostering a deeper understanding of the iconic piece. The VR experience will be available in the E.L. Cord Museum School during regular hours. 

Labor, Race, and Maynard Dixon’s Boulder Dam Suite (Hybrid Virtual/In-Person Program)

Maynard Dixon’s trips through Northern and Southern Nevada between 1901 and 1939 resulted in hundreds of sketches, paintings, and poems.

Join award-winning art historian Dr. John Ott of James Madison University, for a discussion on Dixon’s representation of laborers during the construction of the Boulder Dam in the early 1930s. 

John Ott, Ph.D., is Professor of Art History at James Madison University and researches artwork by and portrayals of African Americans, particularly during the second quarter of the twentieth century, as well as art markets and collecting in the United States. He is author of Manufacturing the Modern Patron in Victorian California: Cultural Philanthropy, Industrial Capital, and Social Authority (Ashgate, 2014) and, with Tim Cresswell, Muybridge and Mobility (University of California Press, 2022).

Please join us in the Wayne L. Prim Theater for a live viewing of the virtual presentation followed by an opportunity to visit the exhibitions. 

If you wish to join virtually, please register and you will receive the zoom invitation via email. 

Dixon in Depth

Maynard Dixon’s trips through Northern and Southern Nevada between 1901 and 1939 resulted in hundreds of sketches, paintings, and poems.

Join exhibition curator Ann M. Wolfe and renowned Dixon scholar Donald Hagerty for a program about Dixon in Nevada.

  • Doors Open with Coffee at 10 am 
  • Opening Remarks and Talk by Ann Wolfe 
  • Donald J.  Hagerty | A Scattering of Obsidian Chips: Maynard Dixon’s Nevada

About the Speakers:


Ann M. Wolfe holds the endowed position of Andrea and John C. Deane Family Chief Curator and Associate Director at the Nevada Museum of Art, where she has worked since 2006. She is an art historian, scholar, and writer on topics specializing in Nevada art history, photography, Indigenous art of the Great Basin, and placing Nevada art, history, and culture into a broader global context. 


Donald J. Hagerty is the author of Desert Dreams: The Art and Life of Maynard Dixon, The Life of Maynard Dixon, and The Art of Maynard Dixon. Additional publications include Beyond the Visible Terrain: The Art of Ed Mell, Holding Ground: The Art of Gary Ernest Smith, Canyon de Chelly: 100 Years of Painting and Photography, and Leading the West: One Hundred Contemporary Painters and Sculptors. In addition, he has written numerous articles for Western Art Collector, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, California State Library Bulletin, and American Art Collector, among others. 

NOTE: This program was originally scheduled on March 1 as part of the opening weekend of Sagebrush and Solitude: Maynard Dixon in Nevada. It has been rescheduled in two parts, Dixon in Depth and Labor, Race, and Maynard Dixon’s Boulder Dam Suite.

Black Rock Design Institute: Dig Studio

With offices in Denver, Phoenix, and Spokane, Dig Studio is a landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm. They are currently working with the City of Reno on The Truckee River Vision Plan. Learn from Dig Studio leaders about their practice and their approach to creating The Truckee River Vision Plan and implementation of recommended projects.  

*Doors open at 5 pm for networking hour with hosted beer. Program begins at 6 pm. 

Thought on Tap: Building Education and Research Bridges

Join the Museum and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts and Core Humanities Program for “Thought On Tap,” the collaborative public engagement series. In this episode, the Museum and University faculty will discuss plans and opportunities for collaborative education and research in the new Charles and Stacie Mathewson Education and Research Center. 

Turning Pages Book Club: Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn

Join Museum volunteer docents for a discussion of the book Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebound in a Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn, making connections to the current exhibition, Nick Larsen: Old Haunts, Lower Reaches, and artists featured at the Museum. Participants should have completed the book prior to meeting. Register online for guiding questions that will be discussed at the book club. Arrive early to place a lunch order with the Café! Space is limited, advanced reservations are recommended.

Visit the Museum Shop to purchase Islands of Abandonment. Members receive a 10% discount on all Shop purchases. 

1927: Maynard Dixon in Northwestern Nevada

During the late summer of 1927, Maynard Dixon headed for Nevada’s northwest corner, initially planning only a two-week excursion, but the trip turned into four extraordinarily productive months. Join author and poet Carolyn Dufurrena of Nevada’s Quinn River Ranch, as she re-traces Dixon’s 1927 journey with stops along the way at Onion Valley, Alder Creek Ranch, and Rainbow Ridge.

A Evening with Cowboy Musicians Brenn Hill and Andy Hedges

An evening of cowboy poetry and songs of the American West, featuring legendary cowboy musicians Brenn Hill and Andy Hedges. Utah-based Hill blends his voice with bending guitar strings in a performance style all his own, while Texas-based Hedges presents a range of classic cowboy poetry recitations, cowboy songs, and dust bowl ballads.
This performance is made possible by an anonymous gift in honor of poet Paul Zarzyski and in memory of troubadour Don Edwards.
*Doors open at 5 pm with cash bar

Image courtesy of Jessica Lifland. 

Mark Sublette on Maynard Dixon’s American West

Dr. Mark Sublette, owner of the Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, AZ, is an authority on the life work of western illustrator and artist Maynard Dixon. Join Sublette for a talk that provides an overview of Dixon’s life and work in the American West.