Artown "Wild Nevada" Exhibit

Wild Nevada Artown Exhibit


Great Basin National Park by  A. Jackson Frishman from the 2016 Wild Nevada Exhibit

We are now accepting artwork applications for our fourth annual Artown "Wild Nevada" exhibit!

This exhibit is open to both amateurs and professionals working in all mediums of art, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, mixed media, fabric and printmaking. All submitted artworks MUST be original, created by the person/art collective who enters the competition.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to caring for and preserving our wild lands. Our mission is to preserve all qualified Nevada public lands as wilderness, protect all present and potential wilderness from ongoing threats, educate the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and improve the management and restoration of wild lands.

This is a for-sale exhibition. 35% of the art proceeds will go to Friends of Nevada Wilderness to help offset the cost of the exhibit and support our stewardship and advocacy efforts to preserve our state’s wild lands.

The theme for this group exhibition is Nevada's wilderness so special attention will be given to innovative projects centering on the theme of wild places in Nevada. Special preference for acceptance into the exhibit will be given to the following:

  • Any wild public lands in Nevada. This exhibit celebrates designated wilderness areas, areas that are proposed for wilderness designations (BLM Wilderness Study Areas and Forest Service Roadless Areas), and areas with wilderness characteristics (such as BLM Lands with Wilderness Characteristics). Call us to discuss details or check out our list of wild places in Nevada by clicking here. General landscape art will be considered and welcome.
  • General wildlife and macro photography (think wildflowers, fall colors, waterscapes, etc.).
  • Seasons (spring wildflowers, fall colors, snow scenes).

Please remember: this is an exhibit celebrating Nevada's wild places.  Although we love all wild places, we cannot accept artwork depicting landscapes in other states (Yosemite, Yellowstone, etc.). We also try to steer clear of artwork depicting buildings, roads, mining structures, vehicles, etc. but we have made exceptions (think wagon wheels in the Black Rock Desert, Emigrant Trails, etc.)

The goal of this exhibition is to provide the community with art centered on Nevada in order to inspire them to get outside, explore, and preserve these special areas.

Still unsure? Check out some of our selections from the 2015 Artown show by viewing our Flickr album here to give you a better idea of what we're looking for.



Must be able to drop off at our Reno-Sparks office. Exceptions can be made but please remember it is difficult for us to ship back artwork if it does not sell and that we are not held responsible if artwork is lost in the mail. Please e-mail to discuss further.

Artists can submit up to 5-7 images, JPEG format at maximum quality. The file name MUST follow this format: lastname_firstname_title.

All artwork MUST be ready to hang.

All artwork must be for sale.

Include a Word Document listing the information below:

Artist’s Full Name

Artist's Contact Information (E-Mail, Address, and Phone Number so we can reach you. *this will not be made public*)

Artist Information (Website or other promotional material you would like us to help promote. If accepted into the exhibit, this information will be displayed by your artwork to help promote your work.)

Artwork Information (Include this for every piece you submit):

  • Title of Piece
  • Medium (oil, photograph, acrylic, etc.)
  • Dimensions (if your artwork is framed, please include dimensions of the final framed piece)
  • Wilderness area, wildlife, or location represented
  • Price

Short Artist Biography (if your artwork is accepted, this will be displayed along with your work)


Artists are responsible for matting and framing. Make sure all of your artwork is ready to hang.


-Last day of submissions: Friday, June 2 2017
-Participating artists will be notified: June 9 2017
-Art must be received by: June 23 2017
-Exhibition Dates: Saturday July 8, 2017 through Monday July 31, 2017
-Collection of artwork that didn’t sell: Starting Tuesday August 1 2017
**Artwork left behind for a period of one (1) month after the collection of artwork deadline has passed will be kept as “artist donation” to Friends of Nevada Wilderness**

The exhibition opening will take place Saturday July 8, 2017 at a special reception from 4pm-7pm at Friends of Nevada Wilderness Headquarters, 1360 Greg St. Suite 111/112 Sparks, NV 89431. Artists are encouraged (but not required) to attend.

Both the exhibition opening and gallery hours are official Artown events and, as such, listed in the Artown booklet and on their website. Friends of Nevada Wilderness heavily promotes the event on social media, our website, and through our e-mail list. In previous years, hundreds of people have attended the Exhibit Opening Event.

Gallery hours will be 10am-4pm, M-F until Monday, July 31, 2017


Shevawn Von Tobel


Please call our office or e-mail if you have any questions, 775-324-7667.

**Email should be titled: 2017 Wild Nevada Exhibit**

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The program encourages and welcomes the participation of artists from all backgrounds and does not discriminate with regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin.