Current Exhibitions


Horses in the American West

Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery
September 17, 2016 - May 31, 2017

Horses in the American West, a collaboration between the Nevada Museum of Art and the Western Folklife Center, draws from both the extensive permanent collection of the Museum and from significant private collections, to illustrate the impact of horses on the culture of the western U.S., particularly Nevada.

An audiovisual presentation by filmaker Paul Moon, of Texas poet Joel Nelson's poem "Equus Caballus," plays alongside historical and contemporary paintings, photographs and sculptural works to generate a contemplative, reflective environment showing reverence for the beloved creatures.

All slideshow images are from the collection of the Nevada Museum of Art:
Gus Bundy photograph, Gift of the Gus Bundy Family.
Robert Cole Caples painting,  Bequest of Rosemary Riley Caples.
Adam Jahiel photograph, purchased with funds provided by E.L. Wiegand Foundation.
Dale Nichols painting, purchased with funds provided by E.L. Wiegand Foundation.

Special thanks to: George Gund IV, Sally Searle, Debbie Day, Annie Hatch, Denise Cashman, Cassandra Joseph, other Western Folklfe Center Stakeholders, and:

From The Western Folklife Center Collection

Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery
Ongoing from September 17, 2016

Showcasing the handcrafted work of master artisans throughout the West, as represented in the Western Folklife Center's permanent collection of contemporary gear. Visitors will be treated to beautiful works of tooled leather, braided and twisted rawhide, hitched and twisted horsehair, and forged and engraved silver and steel.

Photo credits, left to right: Michael Houghton, Brent Herridge, Brent Herridge.

Photomurals of Deon & Trish Reynolds

WestStops is a walk-by exhibition exploring and integrating Elko's past and present with memory-like images of what came before and what is today, featuring the black and white photography of Deon and Trish Reynolds displayed on the walls of downtown buildings using a unique formula containing wheat paste. We offer these ongoing visual gifts as part of the Western Folklife Center's creative placemaking efforts in downtown Elko.

Deon and Trish Reynolds have been traveling the lesser-known roads of Nevada for more than 25 years. Deon creates black and white panorama images with a disposable Kodak Funsaver Panoramic 35 camera he reloads with film and processes in-house. Trish is a member of the Wild Women Artists group and is primarily known for her floral portraits and black and white imagy using 1920s box cameras. Special walking tours of the exhibition with the photographers were offered during the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to discover more about the process and the featured images as seen in this time-lapse photographic journal:

cow bonES:
Seven works from the “Bonescapes” photography series

Pioneer Hotel, Fireplace Nook

Beth Carpel is a local Elko, Nevada, nature photographer. In this series she has taken photos of old bones seen on her walks across ranchland and, using color and saturation to play with the forms and the bones’ natural weathering, created a unique visual world.

something that a cowboy knows

Lower Level, Pioneer Hotel

The Western Folklife Center presents Something That a Cowboy Knows, a photographic essay by L.L. Griffin, a Denver-area artist and photographer. Through her photographs, L.L. Griffin provides insight into the character and spirit of cowboy poets, singers and storytellers of the American West. Something That a Cowboy Knows first appeared at the Arvada Center and the Colorado Historical Society, and after traveling throughout the West, it was donated to the Folklife Center by Griffin to become part of the Western Folklife Center's permanent collection of exhibitions and artifacts. All photos by L.L. Griffin.

Banner image by Rorie Holford.