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CANCELED: Dixon in Depth

CANCELED: Dixon in Depth

CANCELED: Due to worsening weather conditions, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel today’s program, Dixon in Depth. The Museum and galleries remain open today. Ann Wolfe and John Ott will be in the galleries from 10am to 11am for informal conversation. Timely refunds will be issued to all registrants. Thank you for your understanding.

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, along with renowned Dixon scholar Donald Hagerty and award-winning art historian Dr. John Ott of James Madison University, for a series of in depth talks about Dixon in Nevada.

Hagerty will speak to Dixon’s many visits to Nevada in the first half of the twentieth century, while Ott will focus on Dixon’s representation of laborers during the construction of the Boulder Dam in the early 1930s. 


  •  Doors Open with Coffee at 9:30am 
  • Opening Remarks by Ann Wolfe 
  • Donald J.  Hagerty | A Scattering of Obsidian Chips: Maynard Dixon’s Nevada
  • John Ott | Labor, Race, and Maynard Dixon’s Boulder Dam Suite
  • Book Signing

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. 


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). 

Image Credit:

Wild Horse Country [Humboldt County, NV], 1927, Oil on canvas, 26 x 30 inches. Collection of the Society of California Pioneers

March 2, 2024 10 am – 12:30 pm
$20 General
$15 Members
$10 Student