Current Exhibitions

Climb Down the Ladder, This Painting is Done: Contemporary Muralists, Outside In

September 16 - December 14
Free exhibition opening reception September 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featuring works by Elko Mural Expo artists, this exhibition of showcases a collection of small-scale pieces that are on the leading edge of experimentation and expression in contemporary art. The work of 20 local and international artists was curated by Eric Brooks, Creative Director of Art Spot Reno. While many of the artists are primarily mural painters, this exhibition showcases their skills working in many different media, including:

Dr. Chip Thomas from the Navajo Nation in Arizona will show pieces from his screen printing collection;

Reno-based Nathaniel Benjamin's surrealistic linocuts bridge the spiritual and carnal;

Stephane Cellier splits his time between Nevada and France, creating atmospheric oil paintings.

These artists and more featured in Climb Down the Ladder. Selected pieces are available for purchase through our Gift Shop.

As part of the exhibition, visitors will also have the opportunity to explore a 3D map of Reno, Nevada’s mural scene and discover over 100 art installations while wearing a VR headset to experience a virtual reality tour presented by the University Libraries from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Other Exhibitions at the Western Folklife Center

In the Fireplace Nook

Ron Arthaud at work.

Ron Arthaud at work.

Plein air artist Ron Arthaud works from his home base in Tuscarora, Nevada, "…often…capturing the beauty in ordinary, discarded things: rusty cars, a broken down fence, the shadows cast from old pickets in the snow.”

During his training in art schools in Duluth and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Arthaud gravitated to the art of painting landscapes and a teacher encouraged him to “just go do it.”  So he did. Looking for a better landscape, he moved to Colorado, New Mexico, California, France – and a bit of time in Germany and Spain. Travel was great but as a landscape painter Arthaud wanted to settle in and really get to know one place. Word of mouth brought him to Tuscarora in 1994. Arthaud says, " Open space, quiet, four distinct seasons, few bugs and fleeting greens. I feel I am still beginning. Humbling, hard. Such light, the mass of the mountains, elusive and ever changing sagebrush, long shadows, and the undulating edge where sky meets mountain.  I am always challenged, never bored. Just beginning.  

The works in this small but dynamic exhibition may change, and all works are for purchase in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Something That a Cowboy Knows

Lower level, Western Folklife Center

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.