Reno-Sparks museums are offering in-person events and classes in May, ranging from Ukranian poetry readings to classes taught by renowned local artists.

UNR museum showcases Ukrainian poetry

The Lilley Museum at the School of the Arts offers night of Ukrainian art and culture on May 12, staring at 5 p.m. The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno invites the public to the event, which aims to spread awareness of Ukrainian culture. This reading is a part of the series of events taking place in cultural institutions across the U.S.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, starting on February 24, has resulted not only in international support for Ukraine but also in increased interest in Ukrainian history and culture. Ukrainian poetry will be read in English by members of the art community with an introduction by Belkevich. In addition, American artists and curators will perform works by the most known authors of Ukrainian poetry: Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Lesya Ukrainka, Mykola Khvylyovy, and works by contemporary authors including Lina Kostenko, Sergei Zhadan and Oleg Teplykh. Professor of Russian, Soviet and Inner-Eurasian History at the University of Nevada, Reno, Barbara Walker will also give a brief presentation on Ukrainian history.

Due to commencement on campus, limited parking will be available on the first floor of the Brian Whalen parking garage. Museum visitors are encouraged to take public transportation. For more information about The Lilley Museum, visit The Lilley’s website, call 775-784-6658, or email

What’s new at the Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art has resumed its First Thursdays’ gatherings and the museum’s new café is open for business.

For Second Saturday, May 14, the museum will celebrate the art of art of internationally-acclaimed Native American artist Jean LaMarr. Patrons will be able to meet LaMarr and create their own artwork inspired by LaMarr’s work, which is on exhibition through May 29.

The exhibition features more than 100 paintings, prints, and sculptures spanning five decades of the art and activism of LaMarr (b. 1945). Her prescient melding of post-modern eclecticism and Native American motifs and subject matter has affirmed the dignity of Native American women, addressed the legacy of colonialism, and above all sounded a ringing “rejection of the idea of the vanished American Indian.”

As an internationally recognized artist, educator, and Native American advocate with ancestral ties to Pyramid Lake, Nevada, and Susanville, California, Jean LaMarr sparks powerful and important conversations about cultural stereotypes, representations of Native women and the legacies of colonization.

PHOTO/NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: “Back to the Rez,” a painting by Jean LaMarr.

Free art classes at Sparks Museum

The Sparks Museum, 814 Victorian Ave. in Sparks, is offering free art classes taught by a prominent local artist on Wednesdays and Fridays, May 18 through June 17.

The nine sessions, from 1 to 3 p.m. will be taught by Carol Foldvary-Anderson. It’s a pilot program geared to older adults who wish to learn and be inspired by the Impressionists, Expressionists, and abstract artists of the past, and some exciting new modern and contemporary artists of today.

Students will be creating their own art each day, everything from abstract to landscapes, florals and more, all with a “smudge” in our nine session classes with eight workshops and a culminating closing event scheduled towards the end of the session. No previous art experience is necessary to join, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register, please email

PHOTOS/NEVADA HISTIORIUCAL SOCIETY: Brendan Riley, on left, and Carol Coleman, on right.

Nevada Historical Society programs

The Nevada Historical Society, 1650 North Virginia St. in Reno has several in-person programs scheduled for May, including:

High Noon with Neal Cobb presents Carol Coleman of HRPS. Coleman, president of the Historic Reno Preservation Society, will talk about the all-volunteer, 25-year old organization on May 19 at noon at the Reno Historical Society. HRPS strives to preserve and promote the history of the Truckee Meadows. This presentation will describe HRPS activities, a few great books on Reno and Nevada history, and other historical organizations that you should know about.

Reno Fireside Chat: A Reporter’s Notebook on Nevada Gambling by Brendan Riley, retired AP writer, is scheduled Wednesday, May 25, from 5 – 5:30 p.m. With a cheese and wine reception from 5:30 – 6:30p.m. Riley will talk about his coverage of Nevada gambling over many years as the Associated Press correspondent in Carson City. Serving as Moderator for the evening is Howard W. Herz, American Gaming Archives (AGA) Curator for the Nevada Historical Society.

Stewart Indian School basketry exhibit

The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum is extending the run of the “Inheritance: Basketry and Art of the Great Basin” show in the in the Great Basin Native Artists Gallery of the Cultural Center & Museum, located at 1 Jacobsen Way in Carson City, NV. The exhibition, curated by Melissa Melero-Moose, opened in November 2021 and will now be extended until September 30.

“Inheritance: Basketry and Art of the Great Basin” is a contemporary art exhibition that
displays pieces by invited artists from the Great Basin Native Artists Collective founded
by Melero-Moose, (Fallon Paiute/Modoc); the Great Basin Native Basket Weavers
Association, and SISCCM’s permanent collections.

Reno Phil live-streams concerts

The Reno Phil is livestreaming its season of 2022 Classix concerts. Each concert will be filmed and broadcast live, and available the following Wednesday on demand. Livestream tickets are $25; each ticket includes a link and access code for one device. Ticket holders can watch these live streamed concerts on a Smart TV, a laptop or even on a phone. More information, including streaming FAQs, can be found at 

Inside the Music, a 30-minute pre-concert talk by Reno Phil program notes writer Chris Morrison and Music Director Laura Jackson, begins one hour before each performance – free for all ticket holders. 

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