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Call for City Artist

DEADLINE: Friday, April 26, 2019 by 5:00 pm

The City of Reno is now seeking an artist to serve as the first City Artist. The mission of this program is to promote visual artists living in Reno, to highlight visual art in the community, and to engage with the public through visual art. The City Artist will also have the opportunity to learn about the local government process and engage with constituents about their art.


To be considered for the position of City Artist, an artist must be a Reno resident and be able to
complete the duties listed in the PDF. This position is open to visual artists. The chosen artist will receive a $2,000 stipend for the year-long appointment.

Download a PDF with further submissions guidelines.

Submit completed application packets to the Public Art Program Coordinator at



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BLM and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock Artist in Residence Program

DEADLINE: April 22, 2019

The Winnemucca District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with partner organization Friends of Black Rock-High Rock (FBRHR) announce a call to artists to share their thanks in celebrating one of Northern Nevada's icons by applying for spring residencies at the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA). This project is sponsored by the BLM in partnership with FBRHR.

Selected artists will schedule residencies for two weeks in June-July of 2019. They will be required to create at least one piece of artwork inspired by the Black Rock Desert NCA that will be featured in an exhibition in the summer or fall of 2019. Artists will receive a $700 stipend from the Bureau of Land Management for developing their work and lodging for the duration of their residency. Lodging to be determined in consultation with selected artist. 

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit FBRHR's website.


Elko Mural Expo Call for ArtistsElko Mural Expo

Art Spot Reno is looking for artists to paint murals during the Elko Mural Festival, Sept. 26- 29, 2019. They are interested in showcasing a variety of stories, styles and backgrounds. Their primary considerations are skill, execution, experience, timeliness, capability, style, diversity, individuality and context.


Walls will range from 10 feet x 15 feet to 150 feet x 40 feet


Artist must be able to be in Elko, NV on Sept. 25, 2019 through Sept. 29, 2019


April 22, 2019 at 5 p.m.

For more information and submission requirements, please download this document.


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Reno Art Fest 2019 Request for Proposals

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 25th - 4:00 p.m.


Friday July 12 at 4 pm through Sunday July 14 at 5 pm


Virginia Street between 4th - 6th street


Reno Art Fest 2019 will feature over 50 artist tents whose original work of 2 and 3 dimensional fine art includes acrylics, oils and watercolors paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass, stone and metal sculptures, and wood and clay pieces. Artists will be on-site to discuss their work available for purchase. Best of Show $1,000, Awards of Excellence 2 @ $750, Judges Choice $500, Awards of Merit 4 @ $250: Total $4,000.

For more information, visit the CWB Events website.

Entries may be submitted through email to

Entries may also be mailed to:

130 Woodland Avenue
Reno, NV 89523
ATTN: Maria


Mural Marathon Call for ArtistsA drawing of a child taking a photo behind two crossed paintbrushes dripping with pink paint.  Circus Circus Mural Marathon.

DEADLINE: 12:00 a.m on April 30, 2019. 


Friday July 12 at 4 pm through Sunday July 14 at 11 am


Virginia Street and 5th


The competitors will have from Friday, July 12, 4 pm through Sunday, July 14, 10 am - to paintan original mural in panel 19’7” feet wide by 14 feet high. The 7 muralists will compete for a $6,000 prize purse: $3,000 to the first place winner, $2,000 to the second place winner and $1,000 to the third place winner. A certificate will be awarded for the People’s Choice Award. Each muralist will also receive a $750 stipend to pay for paint and materials in order to complete the murals. The winners will be selected by a separate panel of judges to be determined. This is a permanent art installation on the side of the Circus building. The murals (seven in total from seven different artists) will face Virginia Street in the heart of the Arch District in Downtown Reno, a busy intersection for motorists and travelers.

Virginia Street will be closed for the event from 5th to 6th street. This event is not just a competition but a show for audiences of all ages.

For more information, visit the Circus Circus website.

Entries should be submitted electronically using to Maria Partridge.

Alternatively, entries may be mailed to:
Sierra Arts Foundation
17 S. Virginia St.
Ste. 120
Reno, NV 89501
ATTN Maria Partridge


Windows on Virginia Street Call for Artists

DEADLINE: May 13, 2019


This project is part of a Nevada Main Street Grant in partnership with the Downtown Reno Partnership Business Improvement District (BID). We are looking for original, two-dimensional artwork from local artists that can be reproduced on large window vinyl and placed in windows along Virginia St. Goals of the project include: transforming and revitalizing vacant spaces downtown, increasing public awareness of art, supporting local artists, and fostering a sens of place on Reno's streets. The theme of the artwork will be open, however, content should be appropriate for a public space. Selected artists will receive $300 for one-time use of their artwork. The production and installation of the vinyl will be covered by the project grant. Artists will have no responsibility beyond providing the image/artwork to be reproduce. 

For full details on specifications and how to submit, view the PDF.

Email submissions to Public Art Program Coordinator at


Are you an artist looking for public art opportunities? If you are interested in being notified of new opportunities, calls for artists, and events, please sign up for the Arts & Culture newsletter (be sure to check the Arts & Culture box after filling in your information). 

Public Art Proposals 

For artists and constituents who are interested in submitting a public art proposal on City of Reno right-of-way please refer to the Public Art page of this website.  Currently, the Public Art Committee and Reno Arts & Culture Commission is not accepting new project proposals for funding requests outside of City of Reno right-of-way. 


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