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At Reno-Tahoe International Airport, an airline ticket is also your ticket to an art gallery, a play, or a musical performance.  The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is proud to be a community partner within the Reno-Tahoe region in hosting local entertainment events, adding enjoyment to the travel experience. 

Reno-Tahoe International hosts a variety of local performances throughout the year.  Entertainment is provided for major holidays and events such as Artown, the Blues Festival, and a multitude of tournaments and conferences. Be sure to schedule your travel arrangements around these great performances while traveling through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
 

Arts

In 2005, Reno-Tahoe International opened the Connector Collections Gallery as a means to celebrate the cultural heritage and artistic development of the Northern Nevada region, and to expand the artistic experience and enjoyment of Reno-Tahoe International's customers, tenants and employees.  In 2013 the depARTures gallery opened on the second floor near McDonald's, along with the newly constructed Gateway project.

Gallery exhibits have included:


Sixth Annual Employee Art Show
May through July 31, 2014
This Sixth Annual Employee Art Show is a selection of 123 pieces of artwork created by 80 airport artists.  Mediums include paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, craft, and mixed media.  All created by employees of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, tenant employees of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, recent retirees, and immediate family members. 
 


Winter Inspired:  How Lake Tahoe inspires and informs the work of area photographers, artists and makers
Brought to you by Ski Lake Tahoe

December 2013 through April 2014
Winter at Lake Tahoe is truly special.  Whether it's the spectacular scenic beauty of North America's largest alpine lake, the incredible skiing and snowboarding terrain, the perfect blend of big snowfall and West Coast sunshine, or the community of world-class athletes and individuals that live in the greater Reno-Lake Tahoe region, it provides wide-ranging opportunities and inspiration for those that call it home.  This exhibit includes photographers, artists and makers from the greater Reno-Lake Tahoe region presenting their interpretations of how winter inspires them.
 


Burning Man:  Thriving in the Desert, Flourishing in the World

August through November 19, 2013
For 24 years, the Black Rock Desert outside Reno, Nevada, has been home to the increasingly popular and influential Burning Man arts event.  What began in 1986 on a beach in San Francisco has become an annual eight-day gathering that attracts 60,000 participants from every U.S. state and 22 countries.  The artifacts in this exhibit represent a small portion of the material culture inspired by the event.  Patches, jewelry, and pins are tokens that reflect and remind participants of a community that gathers annually in the desert and flourishes year-round throughout the world.  Also on display is “FLARE!”, a costume designed and worn by San Francisco artist $teven Ra$pa, and photographs of art installations in the Black Rock Desert.  The pieces on display were gifts to the community created by participants; Gifting is one of the Burning Man’s Ten Principles.  They reflect the breathtaking creativity within each of us, and serve as a reminder that Burning Man is much more than an eight-day event in the desert.
 


Wild Horses:  Spirit of the West

May 7 through July 31, 2013
This exhibit encompasses all that is “Wild Horses:  Spirit of the West”.  They are truly America’s Heritage.  Welcoming you to the exhibit is Doug Van Howd’s sculpture, “Spirit of Nevada”.  And you can’t miss the artistic talents of international muralist, Susie Alexander, who has contributed a 12-foot mural of wild horses on the range.  At the center of the gallery, you will be greeted with a montage of photographs depicting America’s largest remaining bands of wild horses brought to you be renowned wild horse photographer Mark Terrell.  On the north wall, you will find Nevada Arts Council’s collection of giclee prints made from hand painted black and white photographs by artist Paula Morin.  And on the south wall, learn how a trio of wild mustangs found their way onto the 2006 State of Nevada Quarter.  Finally, we hope that our youngest guests will enjoy the west wall with beautiful book covers of the Phantom Stallion book series and adventurous words of renowned children’s author, Terri Farley.

Fifth Annual Employee Art Show
February through April 19, 2012
This Fifth Annual Employee Art Show is a selection of 94 pieces of artwork created by 65 airport artists.  Mediums include paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, craft, and mixed media.  All created by employees of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, tenant employees of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, recent retirees, and immediate family members.  Performance Artists during the Artists' Reception included the double quartet Double Down, and soloists Maggie Kulpin and Angelica Diaz.

What Continues The Dream:  Contemporary Arts and Crafts from the Powwow Tradition
November 2011 through January 22, 2012
"What Continues The Dream" is the gallery's first American Indian exhibit in its history and appropriately opened in November, during National American Indian Heritage Month.  The exhibit is a collaboration between the Nevada Arts Council and the State of Nevada Indian Commission and includes photographs of powwow dancers in their colorful regalia, information regarding Nevada Indian Territory, and hand-crafted cultural objects.  Thanks to this exhibit, visitors to Reno-Tahoe International will now know they are in the lands of the Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone people.

Burning Man:  Baker Beach to Black Rock Desert and Beyond
August through October 14, 2011
Once a year tens of thousands gather in the Black Rock Desert.  They create a city dedicated to community, art, and self reliance.  They depart one week later, having left no trace.  However, Burning Man is more than just a week in the desert, it is an ever expanding year-round culture.  This Third Annual exhibit is made possible in part to the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Reno Open Studios
May through July 14, 2011
Formerly known as Artouring, Reno Open Studios is northwestern Nevada's window into the creative worlds of a plethora of incredibly talented visual artists.  Reno Open Studios is a unique opportunity to visit the artists' studios and see them work.  You'll learn what inspires them, witness their techniques, and be stimulated by their passion for the creative process.

Carson Valley Quilt Guild
February through April 14, 2011
The Carson Valley Quilt Guild consists of 135 members from Minden, Gardnerville, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, and Reno.  This exhibit is representative sample of the talent in the Guild.  Though the techniques may vary, quilts throughout the centuries are the creative outlet of the maker.

Fourth Annual Employee Art Show
November 2010 through January 17, 2011
This Fourth Annual Employee Art Show is a selection of 98 pieces of artwork created by 59 airport artists.  Mediums include paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, craft, and mixed media.  All created by employees of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, tenant employees of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, recent retirees, and immediate family members.  Performance Artists during the Artists' Reception included the Swope Middle School Jazz Band.

From Playa to Runway:  The Culture of Burning Man
August through October 15, 2010
This Second Annual exhibit is comprised of several elements from Burning Man's Culture, in an effort to share with the public the event's celebration of art, community and fire.  The exhibit features photographs of the Black Rock City, unique Artwork and Sculpture, the Man and the Temple, Art Cars, and the participants, which combined, represent the culture of Burning Man. This exhibit is made possible in part to the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Photography by Marilyn Newton:  And the story goes...
May 1 through July 16, 2010
Thirty-seven of Marilyn Newton's favorite photographs are on display, which have been 47 years in the making.  Marilyn Newton was hired by the Reno Gazette-Journal, then the Reno Evening Gazette and Nevada State Appeal, back in 1963.  From police chases to floods, Marilyn has not only seen it all...but also photographed it all.  And just as in life, every photo has a story that goes along with it.

Moments of Memory: Art from the Hearts of Alzheimer's Artists
February 1 through April 16, 2010
A non-profit program of visual art expression developed for those living with Alzheimer's and related dementias.  Classes create a safe, supportive environment for social interaction and self expression resulting in a non-critical and fail safe experience.  Specific techniques enable individuals to focus on a task at hand and experience a sense of accomplishment, counter-acting feelings of depression and isolation.

Third Annual Employee Art Show
October 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010
This Third Annual Employee Art Show is a selection of 105 pieces of artwork created by 65 airport artists.  Mediums include paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, craft, and mixed media.  All created by employees of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, tenant employees of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, recent retirees, and immediate family members.  Performance Artists during the Artists' Reception included Jake Finley (on the trumpet) and Kreg Mebust & Team.

From Playa to Runway - The Art of Burning Man
June through September 14, 2009
Described by many as an experiment in community, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance, Burning Man - the annual event held in the Black Rock Desert - is all that, and so much more.  Because at its core, is its art.  This exhibit is comprised of several elements from Burning Man in an effort to share some of the event's magic.  The photo exhibit highlights some of the art from the past five years of the Burning Man festival.

Pal (Pets Add Life)
February through May 2009
Who's your pal?  Is it a frog, turtle, snake, monitor lizard, horse, dog or cat?  This exhibit, which includes 24 photographs of animals in human-like situations, is just a sampling of the great photographs that you will find in the American Pet Products Association's (APPA) annual calendar.  Photographer Jeff Ross, as well as the Nevada Humane Society and many of the airport's four-legged, furry friends were on had for an opening reception in March.

Second Annual Employee Art Show
October through December 2008
This second annual Employee Art Show is a selection of 88 pieces of artwork created by 53 airport artists.  Mediums include paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, craft, and new this year mixed media.  All created by employees of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, tenant employees of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, recent retirees, and immediate family members.

Wild Nevada
June through August 2008
The Friends of Nevada Wilderness, a Nevada-based nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving clean water and air, beautiful views, recreational opportunities, wildlife, and quality of life for Nevada's communities, share a selection of Nevada photography from their 2008 and previous Wild Nevada Calendars.

Watercolors Far & Near
February through April 2008
This showing of 55 vibrant watercolors by 46 watercolor artists includes work from accomplished watercolor artist Karen Honaker and the Sierra Watercolor Society.  The Sierra Watercolor Society is a non-profit organization formed to promote the awareness of watercolors among its members and the public.  The society coordinates an all volunteer art group "Art Angels" to take watercolors into local elementary schools.  Some of the fruits of this labor of love are also being displayed in the gallery, courtesy of High Desert Montessori School.

An Employee Art Show
October through December 2007
This first annual Employee Art Show is a selection of 89 pieces of artwork created by 55 airport artists.  Mediums include paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, and craft, all created by employees of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, tenant employees of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, recent retirees, and immediate family members.

Children...Discover, Investigate, Learn
June through August 2007
The nationally recognized University of Nevada, Reno Child and Family Research Center features the ideas and thinking of infants to Kindergartners expressed through movement, paint, drawing, and photography.  The exhibit of the children's work and words documented by teachers provides compelling evidence of the creative collaboration between children and adults.

Artouring at the Airport
February through April 2007
Artouring provides the cultural tourist with exclusive insider tours.  Experience some of Nevada's best professional artists as they invite you into their private studios to share their art and their creative process.  This exhibit is just a sampling of the art made available to you through studio visits.

TMCC Art Exhibition
June through November 2006
An art exhibit by students, faculty, and staff members of Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC)TMCC offers a wide variety of art classes including art history, photography, ceramics, drawing, and more.

The Work of Art
November 2005 through April 2006
The gallery's opening exhibit, presents a selection of creative photography from students in the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts.  This exhibit explores the inspiration, imagination, discipline, dedication, and craft required to create a work of art.

Airport Sculptures
In addition to gallery exhibits, Reno-Tahoe International is proud to be the home of the following site specific sculptures:  

"Giant Slalom" Ski Sculpture
Located at the entrance to the Airport and installed by the University of Nevada Ski Booster's
Artist - Douglas VanHowd

Performing Arts
Reno-Tahoe International also presents ongoing performance arts entertainment in the main lobby.  If you're traveling through the airport during one of these dates and times, you may just experience some of Northern Nevada's finest sights and sounds.

Special Events at the Airport

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is proud to be a community partner within the Reno-Tahoe region in hosting local entertainment events, adding enjoyment to the travel experience. 

Reno-Tahoe International hosts a variety of local performances throughout the year.  Entertainment is provided for major holidays and events such as Artown, the Blues Festival, and a multitude of tournaments and conferences. Be sure to schedule your travel arrangements around these great performances while traveling through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.