Anyone that wants to dive deep into the local Reno art scene is in the right place. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered thoroughly right here.
We will start with the best Reno Art Galleries and Museums, where you can see some of the city’s most impressive exhibitions and collections. Following that you will read about where you can get all of the materials and supplies you’ll need at some of the greatest art stores in your area.
Our following section will focus on shows, festivals, and events that reoccur through time. Art walking tours present a terrific opportunity to explore a range of styles in a short amount of time, and we’ll also point you in the direction of the city’s best sculptures and statues.
Local art classes and lessons will require their own section and there are numerous classes for both children and adults available. Some of our more seasoned readers may not want any lessons so we will also advise you where to discover art studios for rent in your area.
Our final section will include a list of the best framing shops in town. Towards the end there will be a local map with all of these spots pinned on it, and those who are interested can read some of our other posts for cities around the region.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Reno
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Reno you can go to:
- Nevada Museum Of Art at 160 W Liberty St
- John & Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art at 1664 N Virginia St
- Artists Coop Gallery at 627 Mill St
- Metro Gallery at 1 E 1st St
- Richardson Gallery of Fine Art at 3670 S Virginia St
- Sierra Arts Gallery at 17 S Virginia St
- Stremmel Gallery at 1400 S Virginia St
- Tmcc Art Gallery at 7000 Dandini Blvd
- Reno Art Works at 1995 Dickerson Rd
- Artists Local at 3695 Kings Row
The Nevada Museum of Art was founded in 1931 and is the only art museum in Nevada to be recognized by the American Alliance of Museums. The current Museum structure, designed by globally acclaimed architect Will Bruder and located in the center of the downtown Liberty District, opened in 2003. The four-story, 70,000-square-foot structure is modeled after geological formations in the Black Rock Desert and serves as a visual metaphor for the institution’s intellectual concentration on art and the environment.
By providing inclusive programming, diverse and exciting exhibitions, research, and teaching opportunities in its transcultural collection, the Lilley Museum of Art promotes the University’s educational purpose and enriches the cultural life of the Nevada community. Galleries at Work: A Sneak Peek at the Permanent Collection,’ a selection of items from Sierra Arts Foundation’s permanent collection, is on display at the Reno City Hall Metro Gallery.
Sierra Arts aims to share educational possibilities with artists of all ages, as well as growth and training, financial support, and promotional and marketing help. Sierra Arts provides and administers locations and venues for artists to perform and showcase their work across the community.
Stremmel Gallery first opened its doors in 1969 as a fine art gallery specializing in contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculpture by mid-career and established American and European artists. Stremmel offers a comprehensive variety of client services, including conservation framing and restoration, and is situated in an award-winning building.
Visual artists working with a variety of socio/cultural issues, techniques, and genres are invited to show their work at the TMCC Art Gallery. Reno Art Works is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing artists of all media and genres with professional work space, exhibition space, and classroom space.
Materials & Supplies Near You
New materials or supplies can be purchased at art stores near you like:
- Nevada Fine Arts at 1301 S Virginia St
- Nevada Blue Ltd at 9738 S Virginia St
- Hobby Lobby at 5685 S Virginia St
- Joann at 3750 Kietzke Ln
- Michaels at 4871 Kietzke Ln
Nevada Fine Arts is one of the biggest independent art, frame, and printing businesses near you. They provide a wide range of products and services to local artists, students, and crafters, as well as framing and printing a wide range of pictures/
Nevada Blue is a family-owned and run printing firm that has been serving customers here and in Carson City since 1992. The management and production teams have a combined expertise of well over 100 years in the reprographics industry, allowing them to give each project the attention it deserves.
You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels, Joann, and Hobby Lobby near you have to offer.
Shows & Events
These local art shows, events, and festivals come highly recommended:
The next Reno Art Fest plans to feature an Art Car Show & Shine, Open Air Art Market, Controlled Burn, a CR8TIV Zone full of family fun, a beer garden, local food trucks, and a weekend full of activities downtown. Atlantis is hosting the Reno Chalk Art & Music Festival meaning the areas hottest art festival is back, and it’s bigger than ever. This fun-filled celebration of art, music, and life is open to artists of all levels of experience.
The Elm Estate hosts The Art Of Being Together. Join The Elm Estate and Artown for a lovely evening with Khalilah Cage & Friends, as well as a special appearance by Cheryl Bowers for The Art of Being Together.
Every Third Thursday you can also try Art Walk Reno which starts at the Metro Gallery at 5:30pm.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Art dealers and appraisers are where you can encounter new unique works or learn the value of something you already own:
Fred Boyce is a 92-year-old artist who has spent his life painting the natural world’s beauty. Much of his work focuses on the amazing sites you can see around the Sierras and across the state.
On a sunny day try out one of these art walking tours:
- Art Walk Reno at 1 E First St
- Midtown Mural Tour at 717 S Center St
- The Midtown Art Walk at Virginia St & Center St
Every first Thursday, Art Walk Reno brings a flurry of activity to the downtown Arts District’s restaurants, galleries, and shops. The guided Art Walk begins at the Metro Gallery at 5:30pm.
The Midtown Mural Map is an interactive map that displays the street art in Midtown. More than 80 murals have been painted in the region by local, national, and international artists, and the number is rising.
The annual Midtown Art Walk is a free event that highlights the city’s Midtown District’s unique culture. This festival stimulates the senses with a variety of art, cuisine, and live entertainment by partnering artists with local retailers.
Sculptures & Statues
These statues and sculptures can also be fun to check out:
- Portal of Evolution at 10 Ralston St
- The Space Whale at 10 N Virginia St
- Guardian of Eden at 160 W Liberty St
- The Reno Star at S Virginia Street & S McCarran Blvd
- Treespire at 550 University Ter
- DaVinci Wings at 550 N Virginia St
The Portal of Evolution is located on the northeast corner of City Plaza, across the street from City Hall. In 2016 The Space Whale made its premiere in steel lattice and hand-painted stained glass, The Pier Group and Matthew Schultz collaborated with Android Jones and Andy Tibbetts to construct a 40-foot tall humpback whale mother and her youngster. The sculpture is supposed to be a tribute to family, natural ties, and the duty to protect the environment.
Within the petals of the Sacred Lotus flower, the legendary seat of creation and the emblem of enlightenmen, Guardian of Eden frames knowledge of our contemporary ecological catastrophe. This abstract artwork may be seen near the intersection of S Virginia Street and S McCarran Boulevard.
Treespire has four fifteen-foot-tall trees that were formerly part of The Mangrove, a collection of sculptural trees made from recyclable materials that ringed Burning Man’s iconic figure, The Man. Scultura di Colletivo, an international blacksmith collective, produced the DaVinci Wings as part of DaVinci’s Workshop, a pop-up participatory sculptural workshop on the Playa during Burning Man 2016. The wings are composed of forged and manufactured steel and wrought iron, with traditional blacksmithing and joinery processes.
Reno Art Classes
It doesn’t matter if you want private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Reno are:
- Fused Finery at 1 Booth St
- Copper Cat Studio at 300 Kresge Ln
- Arts for All Nevada at 250 Court St
- University Of Nevada School of the Arts at 1664 N Virginia St
- Picasso & Wine at 148 Vassar St
Copper Cat Studio, a Healing Arts Studio, is more than just a place to find your inner artist; it is also a place to nourish your spirit. Arts for All Nevada promotes community-wide access to the arts, with a focus on those with disabilities, those who are poor, at-risk, or underrepresented by the scene.
The departments of art, music, theatre, and dance make up the University Of Nevada School of the Arts, which is at the heart of the University’s thriving performing and visual arts community. Cultural life on campus and in the area is enhanced via programs, events, and course offerings.
The artist, canvas, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons are all provided by Picasso & Wine. All of the setup and clean-up is done by them; you simply show up, have a good time, make your art, and take it home. Snacks, drinks, and alcoholic beverages are offered at the studios and at select venues, although they are not usually included in the price. It is fair to say that these lessons are a bit more casual than some of the others on the list, but that doesn’t mean you won’t learn something and have a great time doing so.
Studios For Rent Near You
Reno Art Works who we already linked you to in the best galleries and museums near you list at the top of the page is a great place to rent out working studio space.
For local art framing services head to:
- Midtown Frameworks at 243 California Ave
- Art Source Gallery at 2195 S Virginia St
- Eagle Framing & Art Gallery at 1510 S Wells Ave
- Frame Shop at Lakeside at 3432 Lakeside Dr
- Picture Perfect at 850 E Patriot Blvd
Midtown Frameworks is a bespoke photo frame company in Midtown that is locally owned and run. Specializing in various sorts of framing, including oval, round, cathedral, and heart shaped frames, as well as modern gallery style and classic ornate framing.
Art Source Gallery has been a physical and mortar gallery with for over 40 years and is now gaining an online presence. They think that with years of art business expertise, various corporate and residential installations, and fine art publishers, they can provide the consumer with exactly what they want at competitive and accessible pricing.
Eagle Framing & Art Business is a picture frame and art gallery that specializes in bespoke framing. The Frame Business at Lakeside is a full-service frame shop that has been locally owned and managed for nearly fifty year.
Since 1997, Picture Perfect has provided a comprehensive variety of skilled picture framing and custom-framed mirror services. Our picture frame professionals have a combined expertise of almost 40 years.
In case you might be interested we have also written posts on:
- Las Vegas Museums & Art Classes
- Sacramento Museums & Art Classes
- San Francisco Museums & Art Classes
- Boise Museums & Art Classes
Have Fun Enjoying The Reno Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We discussed the best local galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in the area.
Those of you who stuck around this long might know a lot about the local art scene. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Reno!