Artown "the Wild Nevada Artivist Gallery" Exhibit

ArTown Returns to Friends of Nevada Wilderness!


Stepping Stones by Bonita Paulis: featured in our previous years' gallery

Our  annual Friends of Nevada Wilderness Art Fair has its much anticipated return this July! The gallery will feature loads of new works, and include workshops and more informational experiences than ever before. A variety of featured exhibits will pay homage to the wild open spaces that make Nevada so special. Art will be available for viewing and purchase, with 35% of proceeds going to support Friends and our mission to Keep Nevada Wild. The gallery will run from July 19th to the 26th and can be viewed Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm at our headquarters. Join us for the gallery opening kickoff gala on Friday, July 19th from 4-7pm!

The celebration of this tribute to art and our natural landscape begins with the Gallery Kickoff Gala on July 19th, featuring a meet and greet with many of the artists, live local music, and refreshments. The gallery is free and open to the public. Art in the gallery will be available for purchase and helps support local artists as well as Friends of Nevada Wilderness’ mission to keep Nevada wild. Our office is located at 1360 Greg St. suite #111 Sparks, Nevada. Come and experience the story of our wild and scenic state!


We are currently accepting submissions for the Art Gallery!

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 Artown Friends of Nevada Wilderness Art Fair: the Wild Nevada Artivist Gallery. This exhibit is open to Nevada artists only, both amateurs and professionals working in all mediums of visual art, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, mixed media, fabric, printmaking, and more are welcome to submit. Artists are welcome to submit individually or as a collective. All submitted artworks MUST be original, created by the person/art collective who enters the competition. The theme for this group exhibition is wilderness and Nevada’s wild lands so special attention will be given to innovative projects centering on the theme of wilderness in Nevada. However, we will also accept the following art:
-Nevada’s wild lands
-wilderness study areas, wildlife refuges, etc.
-general Nevada landscape
-plant life and geographical features

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

So what is Wilderness, you ask? "
A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of wilderness is further defined to mean in this Act an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions and which (1) generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable; (2) has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation; (3) has at least five thousand acres of land or is of sufficient size as to make practicable its preservation and use in an unimpaired condition; and (4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value."

We would love to see pieces included at diverse price points so if you have prints available or can include a piece costing less than $100 we encourage you to submit!

  • 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 support our stewardship and advocacy efforts throughout our state’s wild lands. The artist will retain the 65% of the sale price (after tax).

-Artists can submit up to five (5) images of their art. Image specifications are: 72 dpi, 1024 pixels on the longest side, JPEG format at maximum quality. The file name MUST follow this format: lastname-firstname-title. Friends of Nevada Wilderness will use these to select the featured artists.

-All art must be dropped off to the Friends of Nevada Wilderness Gallery. We do not ship or mail any art submissions for this gallery (unless a specific exception is made with the coordinator in advance in writing). If you have questions about this please email Kat at

-Word Document listing the information below along with a thumbnail of the image for each submitted file:

  • Artist’s name
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Wilderness area or location represented
  • Mounting (e.g. framed, self-standing, etc.)
  • Year produced
  • Price

-Short artist statement
-Short artist biography

  • NAME OF APPLICANT & CONTACT INFORMATION: Applicants must provide a current address and a valid e-mail address. The e-mail address provided will be used to send out the final notification letter.
  • Artists are responsible for matting and framing.


$0 There are no fees to enter, however, Friends of Nevada Wilderness will receive 35% commission (35% of the sale price) on the sale of any art pieces.


-Last day of submissions: Friday, June 3rd, 2019
-Participating artists will be notified: Thursday, June 14th, 2019
-Art must be received by: July 5th, 2019
-Exhibition Dates: Saturday, July 19th through Friday, July 26th, 2019
-Collection of artwork that didn’t sell: Starting Monday, July 29th, 2019

**Artwork left behind for a period of two (1) month after the collection of artwork deadline has passed will be kept as “artist donation” to Friends of Nevada Wilderness**


The gallery kickoff gala will take place Saturday, July 19th at a special reception from 4pm-7pm. at Friends of Nevada Wilderness Headquarters, 1360 Greg St. Suite 111/112 Sparks, NV 89431. Live music, food and beverages will be available. Artists are encouraged to attend and meet and greet with the audience.


Kat Shepard
(775) 324-7667


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.