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Public Art

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Gallop-a-pace by Charles GinneverPublic Art encourages a heightened sense of place, can inspire the spirit and provide opportunities for private reflection in public space. Public Art is part of what translates an address into a neighborhood; it can provoke thought, communication and engagement. Public art challenges people to define their own aesthetic. The City of Reno’s Public Art Program is a component of the Cultural Affairs Division of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Public Art in Reno is funded in several ways including the 2% for Art Ordinance which ensures that public art has a place in all City of Reno buildings and parks. Reno’s public art collection is curated to include examples of many different genres and styles from representational to abstract and a variety of materials which provide our citizens and visitors with a diverse collection. From bronze to wood, ceramic to steel, the collection as a whole has substance and is of the highest possible quality in terms of craft and engages our citizenry. Knowing that not everyone will connect with all pieces in the collection, we are confident you’ll find something here to love. We hope that by providing the context for the collection, even if you don’t like a specific piece you’ll understand the artist’s intention.

Public Art Funding

Funding public art is a broad endeavor. It can be funded by state, local or federal governments. It also offers funding opportunities for percent-for-art programs, public agencies, the general public, individuals, churches, educational institutions, museums, hospitals, corporations, and private foundations. Displaying public art is a community-wide mission with no boundaries for participation and sponsorship.

Art Blast

The 2014 Art Blast will be September 6 and 7 on the south lawn of the McKinley Arts and Culture Center. A reception for the McKinley Gallery Show featuring the Art Blast participants will be on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Public Art App

Reno Art Explorer helps you learn more information about Public Art around the city. 

The Whitaker Family sponsored Fish Along the River to educate the community about native fish, rivers and streams. The fish murals were painted by elementary school children and program participants. The fish shapes are Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, Devil's Pupfish and Pryamid Lake's Cui-ui. The fish were in Bicentennial Park for Artown, 2014.


Public Art Master Plan

Public Art Update

City Hall Collection



Art Benches and Bike Racks

Traffic Signal Boxes

Parking for a Purpose

Other Art Forms

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