Curating a artistic motion: The Reno Tahoe Worldwide Artwork Present is doubling in measurement and including new options in its second yr

As we’re reminded each July, Reno is an artwork city. However sarcastically, it has traditionally lacked venues the place artists can present their work en masse and doubtlessly promote it—and the place collectors can accumulate new works in a variety of genres.

Enter the Reno Tahoe Worldwide Artwork Present (RTIA), which debuted in September 2022 with a lot reward from artists, gallerists, arts organizations and attendees alike for its sheer amount, selection and distinctive high quality of labor on show.

The 2022 occasion introduced greater than 200 regional artists and furnishings designers, greater than 40 galleries and options, 80-plus musicians, film-festival programming, a sculpture stroll and a First Nations, Indigenous Peoples artwork pavilion, all underneath one roof for 3 days, surpassing expectations for a first-of-its-kind occasion.

As if all that weren’t sufficient, this yr’s occasion, going down Sept. 14-17 on the Reno-Sparks Conference Heart, will double in measurement.

The present is the brainchild of father-daughter duo Kevin O’Keefe, a longtime tradeshow organizer, and Briana Dolan, a former advertising and marketing government with a hospitality-design model that specialised in cruise ships. In 2020, as tradeshows, cruise traces and the whole hospitality trade have been upended as a consequence of COVID-19, the household relocated from the northeastern U.S. to Reno, which Dolan’s kinfolk referred to as dwelling. (Her husband is a part of the Dolan Auto household.)

O’Keefe and Dolan are additionally interest artists—O’Keefe a painter, Dolan a collage artist. With the relocation and O’Keefe’s retirement, he reached out to his daughter for assist in creating a web site for his work. That concept quickly spurred a good larger one: an internet gallery the place different Reno-Tahoe artists may show their work and join with potential consumers. That turned the Reno Effective Arts Collective.

They rapidly realized that they had tapped into one thing vital.

“There was positively a palpable want for extra arts, extra occasions and extra locations to go see artwork,” Dolan stated. “Once we bought the collective began, the No. 1 factor that we saved listening to folks say was, ‘Reno is nice for the humanities. There are such a lot of artists right here; we’ve bought Burning Man … however individuals who have cash don’t purchase from native artists. They’ll go to San Francisco, or they go to L.A.’ That was type of the mantra. So we felt it was the appropriate time to convey a global artwork present to the world.”

The overarching imaginative and prescient driving Dolan and O’Keefe within the growth of the RTIA has been what they name the Reno Artistic Motion, just like what reveals like South by Southwest and Artwork Basel did for Austin and Miami, respectively.

“Anchoring a major, annual arts and tradition extravaganza can change the way in which a spot is seen and the way it develops,” Dolan stated. “Our purpose is to proceed rising this factor, and already this yr, it’ll have doubled in measurement from final yr. We’re type of rising it in the way in which that makes essentially the most sense for the area and for what we’d love to do, which could be very totally different from the way in which most artwork gala’s run, that are mainly all galleries. That’s not what we’re doing.”

Nancy Good is considered one of a number of Las Vegas artists whose work will seem within the new Artwork Metropolis Invitationals. This piece is “I Can Is! Clearly Now.” Courtesy of the Reno Tahoe Worldwide Artwork Present

After all, the RTIA boasts an abundance of visible artwork, from galleries, arts organizations and unbiased artists, with genres encompassing paint, pictures, sculpture, ceramics, furnishings, jewellery, music, movie and extra.

However what distinguishes the present is its mix of artwork and hospitality, placing the area’s defining options on show and showcasing what makes Reno-Tahoe particular. Partnerships with native lodges, together with the Peppermill Resort Spa On line casino, and a number of other meals/drink institutions present ticketholders with hotel-room and eating solutions and reductions, whereas the present organizers showcase space points of interest and close by occasions going down throughout September.

What’s in retailer for 2023

This yr’s occasion will occupy the 60,000-square-foot Reno-Sparks Conference Heart Corridor—plus an extra 40,000 sq. toes within the type of a welcome foyer highlighting each sculptures and uncommon vehicles. The present will embody main parts, which the founders name “pillars”: unbiased artists; galleries and options; sculpture; and leisure and hospitalities. Almost 200 exhibitors might be featured at this yr’s present.

The unbiased artists space is dwelling to unbiased artists and humanities organizations from across the area. One new addition for 2023 is Foundations, an exhibit of labor by Reno-Tahoe expats now dwelling and dealing exterior the world. All genres of labor proven final yr will return, with this yr’s present bringing AI-generated artwork to the combo.

One other new characteristic on this a part of the present is the Artwork Metropolis Invitationals.

“Anchoring a major, annual arts and tradition extravaganza can change the way in which a spot is seen and the way it develops. Our purpose is to proceed rising this factor.”

Reno Tahoe Worldwide Artwork Present co-founder briana dolan

“On this idea, we have been approaching recognized artwork cities in the way in which we wish Reno-Tahoe to be ultimately considered … locations which can be recognized to be very wealthy within the arts, with galleries and artists, however locations that might not essentially take part within the circuit of artwork gala’s,” Dolan defined. “We’ve invited them to participate within the present and current collectively as a pavilion from their metropolis.” Artists from Las Vegas, San Francisco, Park Metropolis, Laguna Seashore/La Jolla, Sedona and Carmel-by-the-Sea might be represented.

At galleries and options, the First Nations, Indigenous Peoples Pavilion will return, in a single pavilion this yr; extra house will embody jewellery and sculpture work. Additionally returning is the Neon Exhibit, which is increasing to incorporate collectible museum items, in addition to the Bespoke Furnishings exhibit. The Cordillera Worldwide Movie Pageant will current a 90-minute short-film program, and “RTIA Talks” will current a mixture of panel discussions, interviews and audio system.

Final yr’s common indoor/outside Sculpture Stroll will return, with its large- and small-scale works. A brand new part, a Submit Playa Artwork Characteristic, will current large-scale items that made their debuts at Burning Man this yr.

At leisure and hospitalities, native breweries might be available to supply tastings through the present; this yr’s occasion will characteristic a brand new VIP lounge and low lounge. Greater than 20 space musicians will take the stage on web site, in addition to at satellite tv for pc occasions and the RTA Awards Gala.

The Reno Tahoe Artist Awards—a separate nonprofit entity—works in live performance with the present to acknowledge regional artists for excellence in six genres. Winners are chosen by a panel of jurors. Money prizes might be awarded in six classes, and a $5,000 grand-prize winner might be chosen from amongst these six.

Additionally new this yr is the Better of Present Awards, which is a voter-based, jury-assisted program that invitations attendees and exhibitors to pick out their favorites in every of these six creative classes, in addition to a pupil class. The winners every obtain a $1,500 credit score towards the 2024 RTIA.

Awards might be distributed on the gala, which is a individually ticketed occasion, from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Reno Tahoe Worldwide Artwork Present will happen from Thursday, Sept. 14, by way of Sunday, Sept. 17, on the Reno-Sparks Conference Heart, 4590 S. Virginia St., in Reno. Tickets are $25 to $95 prematurely. For extra info, go to

This text was initially revealed by Double Scoop.