A Visual History

Experience one of America’s most beloved landscapes like never before– through the eyes of 175 painters, photographers, architects, basket weavers, and sculptors. Immerse yourself in panoramic landscapes, sail on turquoise waters, soar to breathtaking mountain views. See Lake Tahoe come alive, artfully.

The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of painting, Native baskets, photography, architecture, and contemporary art dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, and the surrounding Sierra Nevada region. TAHOE: A Visual History spans over two centuries of cultural and creative production related to the second deepest freshwater alpine lake in the United States. This historic show features more than 400 artworks.

Exhibition overview and gallery map available HERE


DaɁawɁaga: At the Edge of the Lake

First Euro-American Views

Lake Tahoe’s Golden Age – Nineteenth Century Paintings of the Region

Surmounting Donner Summit – A Symbol of American Progress

Donner Pass and the Harsh Realities of Progress

Tahoe Timber – Industry and the Sound of the Saw

Rise of the Resort – Tahoe and the Leisure Lifestyle

Tahoe Today – An Altered Landscape

Water Woes – Clarity, Conflict & Conservation

Tahoe Documentary

Tahoe Postcards

Washoe Legends

This exhibition is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and curated by Ann M. Wolfe. It is exclusive to this venue.


TAHOE: A Visual History is the first comprehensive exhibition to survey artworks related to Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, and the surrounding Sierra region. It is available for purchase at the Museum Store.


It’s impossible to separate Lake Tahoe from Wayne Prim. A beloved and longtime resident, Wayne, along with his wife Miriam, has contributed keen insights, wisdom, fiscal expertise, and extraordinary generosity to numerous educational, cultural, and social services organizations, truly helping to make Lake Tahoe a vibrant and dynamic community.



Wayne L. Prim and Miriam Prim and the Wayne L. Prim Foundation


Nancy Siebens Binz; EMPLOYERS®; Deborah Day in memory of Theodore J. Day; I. Heidi Loeb Hegerich; IGT; Nancy and Brian Kennedy; The Satre Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; The Ranson and Norma Webster Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; Wells Fargo


The Bretzlaff Foundation; Carol Franc Buck Foundation; Irene and George Drews; The Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts


Carole Kilgore Anderson and Family in memory of J. Robert Anderson; Kathie Bartlett and Family in memory of Matthew, Phil, and Syd Bartlett; Denise and Tim Cashman; Chase International Real Estate; Judy and David Collins; Andrea and John Deane; Dolby Family; Susan and Stuart Engs; Leonard and Sara Lafrance; Anne Brockinton Lee and Robert M. Lee; Maureen Mullarkey and Steve Miller; Enid A. Oliver, ChFC, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.; Sandy Raffealli, Bill Pearce Motors


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa; Alan and Jeanne Blach; Caesars Entertainment; Elaine Cardinale; Jan and David Hardie, Hallador Investment Advisors; The Chica Charitable Gift Fund; Claudia Huntington and Marshall B. Miller in honor of William Bliss and Family; Bruce and Nora James; John Hawley Olds La Gatta; Heidi A. Loeb with Joseph and Emily Wieczorek; Charlotte and Dick McConnell; Mercedes-Benz of Reno; RBC Wealth Management; Sari and Ian Rogoff; Camille and Larry Ruvo, and your friends at Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada; Sotheby’s; Jenny and Garrett Z. Sutton; Gigi and Lash Turville; Rick and Karen Wolford; Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; Volunteers in Art


RGJ Media


Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority


Getaway Reno Tahoe; KUNR; Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority; Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County; Reno Tahoe International Airport; Summit Shopping Center; Tahoe Blue Vodka; Tahoe Transportation District; Tahoe Quarterly


Dorothy Lemelson


Louisa Keyser, Seed gathering basket, circa 1910–14, 19 x 19 inches (diam.), Collection of Bronnie and Alan Blaugrund

Thomas Hill, Sugar Loaf Peak, El Dorado County, 1865, Oil on canvas, 40 x 54 inches, Collection of Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection

Albert Bierstadt, View of Donner Lake, California (Detail), Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 1871–72, 29 ¼ x 21⅞ inches, Collection of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Anna Bennett and Jessie Jonas in memory of August F. Jonas Jr, © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Maurice Logan, Tahoe Lake Region, 1927, Poster, 23 x 16 inches, Courtesy of California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California

Frank Lloyd Wright, Lodge Type Cabin, Lake Tahoe Summer Colony, California: Perspective and Plan, 1923, Graphite and colored pencil on Japanese paper, 21 x 13 ¾ inches, Collection Centre Canadien d ’Architecture/Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Gift of George Jacobsen and of the CCA Founders Circle in his memory, 1994, © 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona/Artists Rights Society (ARS)), NY

Robert Dawson, Private Property, Lake Tahoe, CA, 1988, Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches, Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection, © Robert Dawson

Maya Lin, Pin River— Tahoe Watershed, 2014, Straight pins, 21 x 114 x 1 inches, Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by Marion Grudin in memory of Shim Grudin, Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate, © Maya Lin Studio, Image courtesy of Pace Gallery

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