United States



Nevada Museum Of Art

The museum is the oldest cultural institution in the state of Nevada. Founded in 1931 as the Nevada Art Gallery by Dr. James Church and Charles F. Cutts, the organization provides a forum for community visual arts activities, exhibitions, and artists. With Cutt's bequest of his Ralston Street home and collection in 1949, the Gallery obtained a facility and the foundation of a permanent collection.

The Nevada Art Gallery remained largely a volunteer organization until 1975, when the Board of Trustees hired two art historians and began to improve upon the quality of the collection, exhibitions, and programming. In 1978, the Nevada Art Gallery purchased the Hawkins House, a national historic landmark building. Located on Court Street overlooking Reno's Truckee River, the house was commissioned in 1911 by Nevada banker and lawyer, Prince Hawkins. The Hawkins House was designed by Elmer Grey, a prominent Los Angeles architect who also designed the Huntington Mansion (now the Huntingon Library and Gallery), The Pasadena Community Playhouse, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Upon moving into the new facility, the organization's name was changed to the Sierra Nevada Museum of Art.

In 1983, the Trustees established an operating endowment to contribute to the annual operating budget. After obtaining a new 15,000 sq. ft. facility, the organization changed its name once again to the Nevada Museum of Art. The E. L. Cord Museum School classroom was added to the building three years later.

The new NMA, designed by Will Bruder, opened in Spring 2003.

Permanent Collection

Deborah Butterfield: Horses
June 16, 2007- September 23, 2007
feature gallery north / east

Points of View: Reno Newcomers Photo Club
June 16, 2007- July 15, 2007
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

A Tribe of Artists : Costumes and Culture at Burning Man
July 14, 2007- November 11, 2007
media gallery

Fifty Years of Faces: Works by the Portrait Society of Reno
July 21, 2007- August 19, 2007
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

A Fragile Presence: The Local Landmark Paintings of Roy Powers
July 21, 2007- October 21, 2007
feature gallery/ north

Salt Dreams: Reflections from the Downstream West
August 18, 2007- December 09, 2007
installation/ altered landscape galleries

The Purest Form of Expression: Ann Paxton
August 25, 2007- September 23, 2007
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

Yosemite: Art of an American Icon
October 13, 2007- January 14, 2008
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Previous Exhibitions

The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and the Manticore: Costumes of the Sierra Nevada Ballet
March 03, 2007- April 08, 2007
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

The Scholastic Art Awards of 2007
February 24, 2007- April 01, 2007
robert z. hawkins contemporary gallery

Sized Up: The Art of Mary Chadwell
January 13, 2007- February 25, 2007
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

David Muskin: Exposed Dialogues
November 18, 2006- January 06, 2007
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

Voces Latinas: Works on Paper from 1921-Present
November 17, 2006- March 18, 2007
feature gallery / north

James McNeill Whistler: Selected Works from the Hunterian Art Gallery
October 15, 2006- January 07, 2007
feature gallery

Yesterday’s Dream: Jim Zlokovich
September 23, 2006- November 12, 2006
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

Habitat: Lars Arrhenius
September 23, 2006- February 04, 2007
media gallery

Bloom: The Paintings of Mary Warner
August 17, 2006- December 03, 2006
installation gallery

Daniel W. Cheek: Abandoned Houses of the West
August 04, 2006- September 17, 2006
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

Reno River Festival Urban Art Mural
August 01, 2006- October 22, 2006
nightingale rooftop gallery

Artouring: The Art Adventure
June 30, 2006- July 30, 2006
wayne and miriam prim theater gallery

Depression Era Dreams: Elite Bicycles of the Pre-war Years
June 20, 2006- July 02, 2006
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$10 adults
$8 students/seniors 60+
$1 children 6 to 12 yrs
Children 5 and under are free

Opening hours

Gallery and Museum Store Hours
Tues - Sun: 10 am to 5 pm
Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm
Galleries closed Mondays and national holidays.


The new Nevada Museum of Art offers a sophisticated meeting and events site with superb amenities and service for groups from 30 to 500. Café Musée is the exclusive caterer for the NMA.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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The E.L. Cord Museum School of the Nevada Museum of Art is now accepting enrollment for the Spring/summer 2007 class schedule. Classes are limited in size, therefore early registration is recommended. Scholarships are available for all ages. All classes will be held in the E.L. Cord Museum School at the Nevada Museum of Art. Please call the NMA for details at 775.329.3333.