Nevada Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Nevada Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:

As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 243 pages including the state's name, yet no articles or essays specific to the state.

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Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Las Vegas Art Museum

Nevada Museum of Art


Other online information:

Hans Meyer-Kassel, Artist of Nevada is a 2018 exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art which says: "Particular emphasis is placed on Meyer-Kassel's romance with Nevada, where from his home in Genoa, his more formal, classically influenced style mellowed into a painterly perfection that resulted in breathtaking interpretations of Nevada's landscape." Also see biography from Online Nevada Encyclopedia. Accessed 2/18

Lorenzo Latimer and the Latimer Art Club, a 2004 exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, explained the founding of the Latimer Art Club in Reno. Nevada Museum of Art says "Founding Latimer Art Club members represented in the exhibition are Minerva Pierce, Delores Young, S. P. Caughlin, E. Caughlin, Margarite Westbury, Nevada Wilson Riley, E. C. Moore, Mildred Lane, M. Erwin, Hildegard Herz, and Dora A. Groesbeck." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Nevada Rock Art Foundation website. Accessed August, 2015.

Online Nevada Encyclopedia contains a section named Visual Arts: People (49 articles on individual artists found as of Jnauary 2009). [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Rock Art of Nevada from Online Nevada Encyclopedia. Accessed August, 2015.


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Embracing Scenes About Lakes Tahoe and Donner: Painters, Illustrators, & Sketch Artists, 1855-1915, by Barbara Lekisch. 238 pages. Publisher: Great West Books (July 15, 2003). ISBN-10: 0944220142. ISBN-13: 978-0944220146. Product Description:: "We cannot describe Lake Tahoe, because this paper is not canvas; and if it were, there are no colors rich and pure enough to portray that marvelous sheet of liquid sapphire." (Sacramento Daily Union, July 27, 1863.). Herein a list of 150 artists who exercised their talents "about Lakes Tahoe and Donner," including their brief biographies and a list of their relevant works. Includes "Art Beginnings on the Pacific" by Benjamin P. Avery, "Charles Warren Stoddard and the Artist Colony," and the 1861 diary of Joseph Lamson." (text courtesy of

Mapping The Empty: Eight Artists And Nevada, by William L. Fox. 200 pages. Publisher: University of Nevada Press (March 1, 1999). ISBN-10: 0874173140. ISBN-13: 978-0874173147. Product Description: "Throughout his career, poet and art writer William Fox has addressed the concatenation of issues imbedded in the relationships between art, land, and history. Nevada's vast open spaces have long inspired complex responses from a population largely shaped by European sensibilities toward land and its uses-responses ranging from the romantic to the deadly. In Mapping the Empty, Fox considers how eight of the state's most distinguished and innovative contemporary artists have responded to the harsh, enigmatic landscapes of the Great Basin and how, through their work, they have expressed and helped to define the West." (text courtesy of

Sculptures at Hoover Dam, By Oskar J. W. F. Hansen. Published by U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, 1968. 20 pages




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