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In the Wiegand Gallery:

Portraits by Kevin Martini-Fuller

Portraits by Kevin Martini-Fuller

Portraits of the Gathering - acclaimed photographer Kevin Martini-Fuller shares over 30 years of portraits from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in the Gallery and in a special Elko Storefront Exhibition. Also exhibiting: I’ve Got Spurs, a collection of handcrafted spurs, vintage to contemporary. Read more.

Western Folklife Center Gift Shop opens New Online Store

We’ve recently relocated the Gift Shop link to our top navigation, above, and opened our new Online Gift Store, featuring selected Western Folklife Center-produced items along with Memberships. As always, give us a call for telephone orders or questions, 775-738-7508, extension 234 (Toll Free at 1-888-880-5885), or email us at

Moving Rural Verse Poem Films


At the core of our Moving Rural Verse series are four poems that powerfully communicate contemporary rural issues, ideas and insight—and, in particular, the subject of water in the West.

For this Poetry Week, we believe that the artful fusion of poetry and video will nurture a deeper understanding of rural America and kindle important conversation.

Produced in collaboration with respected Western poets and experienced video artists. Read More. Buy the DVD.

Featured Video

Cowboy Poet, Chris Isaacs, recites a poem by Ray Owens, titled "Tracks that Won't Blow Out,” in this video archived at the 2014 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Join us for the 36th Gathering, January 27-February 1, 2020. Tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center members the day after Labor Day and to the general public one month later.

Featured Audio

We featured the Spy Hop Arts Organization in 2009 on our Deep West Radio Documentaries. Spy Hop’s mission has been to mentor young people in the digital media arts, helping them find their voice, tell their stories, and be empowered to affect positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world–and now they're celebrating 20 years! View the full radio piece. Deep West Radio Documentaries were produced by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis of the Western Folklife Center for NPR.

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