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The Life Of A 'Starving Artist' In Nevada

Aug 1, 2019
Hannah Mills interviewing Erik Holland in his loft infront of his artwork.
Hannah Mills

Reno is home to many artists, some who paint, some who draw, and even those who perform on the streets to try and earn some extra cash, or in hopes of making a living. Hannah Mills, a reporter for Reno Youth Radio, met with painter Erik Holland at his apartment in the Riverside Artist Lofts. She hoped to learn a little bit more about the life of an artist in her hometown.

Four people are painting different parts of a wall.
Lucia Starbuck

Many mural-painting events let the public gaze upon artists decorating a wall. However, this July during Artown, a community workshop in Spanish Springs allowed anyone to stop by and pick up a paintbrush to add color and life to a dull white wall. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has more.

Alexa Ard

In a $4.5 million dollar land deal, the Nevada Historical Society is moving to downtown Reno. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business has more. 

What's New For Artown 2018

Jul 2, 2018
Artown

Artown is in its 23rd year. The month-long festival is something many look forward to. There are nearly 500 total workshops, exhibits, events and activities, and over 70 percent of them are free to the public.  Our listeners might be wondering what’s happening this year. Our arts & culture reporter Holly Hutchings sat down with news director Michelle Billman to break it down for us.

Paul Boger

The Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert attracts 70,000 people each year. Our reporter Paul Boger is there and took these photos of the artwork on the playa.

Urban Reno Art: Adding Beauty, Deterring Graffiti

Aug 21, 2017
Holly Hutchings

Murals are popping up all over Midtown Reno and trickling into the downtown corridor as well. The city counts close to 60, making it easy to spot one. Our reporter Holly Hutchings talked with a tagger-turned-muralist who is beautifying the city one painting at a time. 

The murals are everywhere, covering fences, alleyways and entire sides of businesses. These huge pieces of free art are helping define a neighborhood that wasn’t always so appealing.

Local Folklórico instructor Sarah Perez doesn’t have an age limit, she teaches children as young as three years old to adults.
Reena Gupta

Artown has been operating for over two decades, but this is the first year it is offering Spanish programming. KUNR reporter Stephanie Serrano explores that content and some of the challenges the festival and local artists face reaching out to the Latino community. Serrano is with Noticiero Movil, a Spanish-English multimedia news outlet for Northern Nevada and part of the Reynolds School of Journalism. 

Creating An Inclusive Art Space In Sparks

Jul 24, 2017
Instructors Spencer Allen (left) and Connor Fogal (middle) work with camp participant Logan Mason (right).
Natalie Van Hoozer

Teens have been participating in an inclusive street art camp for Artown, where artists with disabilities and without disabilities work together to create sculptures for public spaces. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer stopped by to find out more.

Yama Rongomas

Nevada’s non-profit arts and culture organizations accounted for more than $471 million in economic activity, and 10,000 full-time jobs in 2015.

Vanessa Vancour / Noticiero Móvil

La galería Sierra Arts, ubicada en el centro de Reno, tuvo una exposición con un enfocó en los trabajos artisticos creados por Tatuadores Latinos locales. Nuestra contribuyente estudiantil Stephanie Serrano visitó la exposición. Stephanie Serrano trabaja con Noticiero Móvil, una plataforma multimedia de noticias que provee informacion en español e inglés en el norte de Nevada.

ThisisReno.com

More Burning Man art is coming to the Biggest Little City. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno spoke with two of the artists contributing to the new Playa Art Park, which recently held it’s opening reception.

A drill is going through thin stainless steel to build a sculpture called Imago. The artist is Kirsten Berg, who lives part of the year in Southeast Asia but comes to Reno each year for Burning Man.

Reno Gateway Project

Art from the playa will soon take up residence in downtown Reno within a newly vacated lot on Virginia Street. Our reporter Bob Conrad has the story.

Two motels were recently demolished at that location, and the Reno City Council approved this week a proposal to turn the parcel into a temporary sculpture park.

City staff have been working with an arts nonprofit to place the Burning Man art at a city location, and the lot at 520 North Virginia Street was chosen after the motels were demolished.

Check It Out: Reno Gets New Sidewalk Art

Sep 23, 2016
Alexandra Mosher

The city of Reno is testing out a new sidewalk art project named, “Confluence.” Reno Public Radio’s Alexandra Mosher has the story.

Reno residents walking along the Truckee River downtown, may encounter cursive yellow prose winding along the sidewalk.

Berkeley artist Todd Gilens and volunteers recently laid the script after Gilens approached the City of Reno to be a part of his project. He’s also putting up similar displays in San Francisco and Mammoth Lakes.

“What I hope people get from the project is a sense of reflection about the space that they’re in.”

Reno Collector To Preserve Iconic Motel Signs

Aug 8, 2016
The Golden West Motor Lodge sign on Virginia Street in Reno.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council recently voted to demolish two downtown motels, leaving some residents wondering, “What will happen to their neon signs?” 

Chris Holloman

The Nevada Museum of Art has commissioned a new piece of work—a light installation—that will be a part of its permanent contemporary art collection. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Bob Conrad / ThisisReno.com

Despite some recent vandalism, a new public land sculpture installed by the Nevada Museum of Art and several partners is quickly becoming a roadside attraction outside Las Vegas. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno made a trip down south to check it out. 

Yamile Lo Dico and her boys are checking out the exhibit on a scorching evening near Jean, Nevada. These last minutes of daylight are highlighting several giant colored boulders.

Western Nevada College

Always Lost: A Meditation On War is a traveling exhibit honoring veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. It has been displayed at more than 50 venues across the country since it was created back in 2008 by students at Western Nevada College. One of those students is Amy Roby, who says the goal was to personalize the wars by highlighting the individuals who have given their lives.

Iconic 'Believe' Sculpture Finally Finds a Home

May 26, 2016
The “Believe” art sculpture will be permanently housed at Art Plaza.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council has designated a new space for public art. Downtown’s Art Plaza, formerly known as City Plaza, will permanently house several works, including the popular “Believe” sculpture created by Jeff Schomberg. 

“I think it’s a really good spot for it,” Schomberg said. “Public art creates a community gathering space and a great photo op for people, and just a good reason for people to come downtown and enjoy the large-scale art.”

"Mountain Picassos" Exhibit Features Basque Art

May 26, 2016
Steve Shadley

A traveling exhibit of Basque Art opens in Reno next week.  It features elaborate carvings by local sheepherders who used Aspen trees as their canvases decades ago.  Reno Public Radio’s Steve Shadley introduces us to a married couple that’s been collecting these unique carvings for nearly 50 years.

Reno's New Art Installation: The Light Chimes

Dec 31, 2015
ThisisReno

A new public art installation went up Thursday at Wingfield Park, as another effort to build the perception of Reno as an arts destination. Contributor Bob Conrad with our media partner ThisisReno has the story.

The sculpture is called The Light Chimes and is the brainchild of Nevada Artist Scott Morgan.

The Light Chimes uses photographic images to produce lights and colors,” Morgan explains. “If you can imagine wind chimes, only instead of metal rods that produce sound, imagine acrylic rods that produce light.” 

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