The Wiegand Gallery

2014 Expressing the Rural West exhibition

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

The Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery features exhibitions offering a glimpse of the rich cultural legacy of “Basque country,” both in the rural American West and abroad.

Basque Aspen Art of the
Sierra Nevada

March - September 2018

Images of Basques and Buckaroos
in the Ranching West

January - September 2018

Bertsolaritza, Basque Improvised Poetry
January - September 2018

Read more about these and other exhibitions at the Western Folklife Center.


RETURNING SOON to the Wiegand Gallery

Why the Cowboy Sings image

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