Current Exhibitions

June 17, 2017 through December 9, 2017

Dennis Parks: Land, Language and Clay

Dennis Parks: Land, Language and Clay, featuring the work of internationally-known ceramist Dennis Parks and son Ben Parks, both based in Tuscarora, Nevada. The exhibition is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art. View pieces from the Parks’ private collections and items drawn from the Dennis Parks Archive Collection housed by the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. Read more in our blog.
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Reduction Jar, stoneware (1981) 7.5" tall. Purchase for $950.

Abacus, by Dennis Parks and John Fahnestock (2005): porcelain, metal and wood, 29"x54". Purchase for $24,000.

Reduction Jar, stoneware (1981) 7" tall. Purchase for $950.

Way Out West: Images of the American Ranch,
Photographs from the Farm Security Administration 1936-1943

Way Out West: Images of the American Ranch, Photographs From the Farm Security Administration, 1936-1943, a rich and personal record of ranch life of the period. Photographs in this exhibition are selections from a book of the same name by former Western Folklife Center Executive Director Charlie Seemann. Read more in our blog.

Photographers in this exhibition include: Russell Lee (1903-1986); Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990); John Collier, Jr. (1913-1992); Dorothea Lange (1895-1965); John Vachon (1914-1975); Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985).

From The Western Folklife Center Collection

Scott Brown Saddle

Scott Brown Saddle

Mark Dahl Santa Barbara Bit

Mark Dahl Santa Barbara Bit

Kelly Kincade Hitched Headstall

Kelly Kincade Hitched Headstall

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: Michael Houghton, 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.  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 ranchlands 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, 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.