The city's Metro Art Collection is an indoor collection of artworks in all media, representing a broad range of regional artists. The collection includes sculpture, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles acquired through gifts and purchases.The Metro Art Collection is managed by the Arts, Culture, and Special Events department within the City Manager’s Office.
The artworks are exhibited primarily in public areas of City Hall and other municipal buildings. The collection was formally established in 2004 when the City of Reno moved into its current city hall location at 1 East First Street. Pursuant to the City’s percent for art program, the budget for the East First Street City Hall renovation included a budget for the purchase of artwork. The Metro Art Collection has grown to over 70 unique pieces of art and includes the work of emerging and established artists.
The purpose of the Metro Art Collection is to increase public awareness of and support for the arts and heighten the artistic heritage of the City of Reno. By displaying artworks in the working environment of public buildings, the employees and community are able to experience a wide array of artistic and cultural expression.