The Nevada Museum of Art has many events during fall/winter to celebrate its exhibit "Tahoe: A Visual History."


Experience one of America’s most beloved landscapes through the eyes of 175 painters, photographers, architects, weavers and sculptors in the "Tahoe: A Visual History"exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art.

The NMA has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of painting, Native baskets, photography, architecture and contemporary art dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass and the surrounding Sierra region. "Tahoe: A Visual History" spans more than two centuries of cultural and creative production related to Tahoe and features more than 400 artworks. The exhibit runs through Jan. 10, 2016.

Here are some upcoming activities related to the exhibit:


  • Marvin Cohodas on the Native Basketry of Lake Tahoe: 6 p.m. Oct. 29: Marvin Cohodas discusses Washoe basketry in the early twentieth century as it relates to the “basket craze” of the time. Special attention is given to Washoe weaver Louisa Keyser (Datsolalee) and Abe and Amy Cohn who marketed her baskets nationally.
  • Bill Fox on Historical Mapping and Early Sketches of Lake Tahoe: 6 p.m. Dec. 10: Bill Fox, Director of the Museum’s Center for Art + Environment, takes us on an exploration of the early cartographic depictions of the Great Basin and Lake Tahoe.
  • Colin M. Robertson on the Architectural Heritage of Lake Tahoe: 6 p.m. Jan. 14: Join Curator of Education Colin Robertson for a look at the past, present, and future of the built environment of Lake Tahoe, highlighted by structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Julia Morgan and Frederic DeLongchamps.


  • Lordy Rodriguez on Drawing Lake Tahoe: Noon Oct. 23: Lordy Rodriguez’s large-scale drawing explores the visual language of cartography and ideas about the lake’s place in the memory and imagination of visitors and residents alike.
  • Catherine Fowler and Darla Gary-Sage Discuss Washoe Functional Basketry: Noon Nov. 6: Join anthropologists Dr. Catherine Fowler and Dr. Darla Garey-Sage to learn more about their research related to the materials and functional uses of woven Washoe baskets.
  • Alfred Harrison on Lorenzo Latimer at Lake Tahoe: Noon Nov. 13: Members of the Latimer Arts Club were the founding volunteers of the Nevada Art Gallery—now the Nevada Museum of Art. Join Alfred Harrison for an exploration of Lorenzo Latimer’s contributions to the art history of the region.
  • Shelley Fisher Fishkin: Noon Dec. 4: Stanford University professor of English and director of American Studies, Shelley Fisher Fishkin examines the role Chinese workers played in the creation of the trans-continental railroad that made Lake Tahoe accessible to visitors in the 19th century.
  • Contemporary Spotlight: Erika Osborne: Noon Dec. 11: Learn about Erika Osborne’s commissioned work and ideas about the trees and forests surrounding Lake Tahoe, including fire management efforts and the relationship of forests to the health of the lake’s hydrology.
  • Meet the Artist: Tom Killion on Prints and Printmakers of Lake Tahoe: Noon Jan. 8: Join printmaker Tom Killion for a discussion and presentation about the history of the prints and printmakers who have made work about Lake Tahoe.


  • Bring Your Native Baskets: Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. Bring your Native baskets to the Museum where a panel of prominent experts will help identify and describe their origins. Panelists include Brian Bibby, Dr. Marvin Cohodas, Dr. Catherine Fowler, Dr. Gene Hattori, and SueAnn Monteleone. Bring as many baskets as you like.
  • The Folk & the Lore: Stories of Lake Tahoe: 6 p.m. Nov. 19. The Folk & the Lore focuses its attention on Lake Tahoe and brings together a handful of live and digitally recorded storytellers to share their interesting, compelling, funny and poignant tales.


  • Visiting Artist Workshop: Lordy Rodriguez: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24
  • Washoe Burden Basket Weaving with Sue Coleman: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7-8
  • Miniature Pine Needle Baskets with Audrey Frank: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5


  • Hands ON! on Second Saturday: Explore Tahoe: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14. Lead sponsorship through 2024 is provided by the Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation with additional support from the Leonette Foundation, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore and the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission. Second Saturdays sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.
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