The Wiegand Gallery

2014 Expressing the Rural West exhibition

THE WIEGAND GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED beginning dECEMBER 9, 2017 as we prepare for new exhibitions.

Please check back to view our new exhibitions in January, 2018. Thank you.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays

Admission: $5.00 Adults ~ Students/Seniors $3.00~ $1.00 Children age 6-12
Members Free;  $3.00 for each adult guest.
Free admission to all ~  first Saturday of every month.

Located in the historic Pioneer Hotel in downtown Elko, Nevada, the Wiegand Gallery is an exciting space featuring interactive exhibitions and multimedia presentations, including semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions drawn on the Western Folklife Center's own collections as well as traveling exhibitions.

For over 30 years, the Western Folklife Center has produced numerous educational exhibits based on our original research and fieldwork with traditional artists and art forms. As a part of this work, we have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of talented artists and displaying documentary work of photographers and other visual artists to showcase the creativity, stories and voices from throughout the western United States and from horse cultures worldwide.

Current ExhibitionS


Lower Level, Pioneer Hotel

Duley Canterburry & Kenn Lee, by L.L. Griffin

Duley Canterburry & Kenn Lee, by L.L. Griffin

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.

RETURNING SOON to the Wiegand Gallery

Why the Cowboy Sings image

Returning soon to the Black Box Theater:
Why the Cowboy Sings
A 16-minute high definition video that explores the inspiration behind the music and poetry accompanying ranch life. Excerpted from Western Folklife Center Media documentary of same name.   More »

Banner image by Rorie Holford. Top photo: 2014 Expressing the Rural West exhibition, courtesy of