More than 30 artists demonstrate the breadth of the Silver State’s art scene in Las Vegas exhibition.


Thanks to the magic of seven colorful mountains, a partnership between northern and southern Nevada’s art communities has developed, resulting in another collaboration. This time, Reno’s Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) and The Art Museum at Symphony Park (AMSP) have created “Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada,” an exhibition of artists of more than 30 artists working in Nevada today. The show opens Friday, March 17 in Las Vegas and will remain on view through Sunday, May 14.

“The copresentation of this exhibition is intended to help spark vision and a dialogue with the community,” Amanda Horn, director of communications for the Nevada Museum of Art, explains. “We want to start the conversation about what an art museum can do for the community.”

Right now, Las Vegas has no dedicated art museum. AMSP will host “Tilting the Basin” in a pop-up location they acquired for the length of the show. The artists involved in the exhibition offer a wide-ranging picture of the art being created across Nevada today, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, mixed media, street art, installation, sound performance, fiber arts, and new media.


A number of programs will be offered throughout the exhibition’s stay, including children’s programs, art talks, and more.



Artists and Public Opening
To celebrate the opening of “Tilting the Basin” in Las Vegas, the public is invited to view the exhibition on display in the museums brand new pop-up gallery space. The artists and curators will be on hand to join in the festivities.
Date: Thursday, March 16 from 7–10 p.m.


Community Salon with the Nevada Museum of Art  and Art Museum at Symphony Park
How does a museum serve its community? Join Nevada Museum of Art Executive Director and CEO David Walker and Board of Directors Chair for the Art Museum at Symphony Park Katie O’Neill in conversation with Nevada Museum of Art Director of Communications Amanda Horn as they discuss art, culture, community and the future of art museums in Nevada.
Date: Friday, March 17 at 6 p.m.                

“Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada” Artists Panel Discussion                          

 The Nevada contemporary art scene does not evidence a singular aesthetic permeating artists’ work, but rather a wide array of practices and media. Join us for a panel discussion with northern and southern Nevada artists featured in the exhibition. This panel will feature several artists including David Ryan, Justin Favela, and Brent Sommerhauser, and Curators JoAnne Northrup and Michele Quinn.
Date: Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m.

During First Fridays in the Arts District, visitors can enjoy extended evening hours in the Museum’s pop-up gallery space. Guests can enjoy gallery tours and meet the artists of “Tilting the Basin; Contemporary Art of Nevada.”

  • Discuss perceptual conundrums, the dynamic between craft and production, and art and design, with Tilting the Basin featured artist David Ryan.
  • Enjoy a live taping of the Podcast, Latinos Who Lunch with artist Justin Favela.

Date: Friday, April 7 until 9 p.m.
Date: Friday, May 5 until 9 p.m. 


Educator Open House
An engaging professional opportunity for Clark County School District Teachers, the Educator Open House will highlight the meaningful interdisciplinary connections between the Museum’s exhibitions in Las Vegas, and STEAM and Art Integration practices. Teachers will be given access to lesson plans and the diverse Museum resources available in Southern Nevada.
Date: Wednesday, March 22 at 5 p.m.

Self-Guided Tours
Self-guided tours of the museum’s collections and exhibitions are designed to be interactive and accessible for all ages. Tour blueprints provide information and ask engaging questions designed to stimulate introspection and create connections to the art in the exhibition.
Date: Ongoing


Tilting the Basin – Community Days
Two local artists featured in the exhibition, “Tilting the Basin,” will design and host a day-long workshop for families inspired by the landscape and themes Tilting the Basin. Children and families will have the opportunity to create collaborative artwork, attend guided gallery tours and meet local working artists during this free family day.
Date: Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada”
920 S. Commerce Street, Las Vegas
Through May 14, 775-329-3333

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