Welcome to Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery! Sheppard Gallery is the only professional and contemporary art space on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Along with the Department of Art, the gallery is dedicated to experimental visual arts research. Housed on the first floor of the Church Fine Arts complex, it presents approximately nine to ten progressive exhibitions per year by local, national, and international artists.
As the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery and the art department are growing, so has the mission of the gallery. Not only does it explore today's world through the intellectual and creative inquiry of contemporary art, but will do so through an interdisciplinary mechanism. This means that for each exhibition, Sheppard Gallery will include simultaneous programming and co-hosted events with other campus departments and local organizations so that the content and theme of each exhibition can be viewed and discussed from the point of view of both art and other related fields. This affirms the values of the University of Nevada, Reno, which include the enrichment of people's lives, the understanding of the natural environment, the celebration of human and cultural diversity, and the time-honored role of higher education as critic of society. With a focus on traditional aesthetics and challenging investigations in all media, the purpose of the Sheppard is to present exhibitions and programming of passion and vision that examine, reveal, and represent the beauties, aspirations, and demands of society and culture, from innovative technology to the natural environment, from human relationships to theoretical abstractions. The exhibitions and programming are intended to create a center of learning and knowledge that engages the campus and the Reno community and that stimulates response from a global network of both art professionals and art lovers. The Gallery features artists of international and national stature as well as emerging artists.
The Sheppard Gallery began in 1960. It has remained one of the few experimental, professional, contemporary art galleries in this area, offering stimulating programming that is not commercially dependent. The gallery has 2,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space with track lighting, a 10' x 20' retractable video screen, a national mailing list, storage, and prep areas. Lecture halls, lab areas, classrooms, & studios are in direct proximity to the gallery, as are four student exhibition spaces: McNamara Gallery and Front Door Gallery are located in the Church Fine Arts Building (CFA), while the Investment Gallery is on the 3rd Floor of the adjacent Student Services Building. The Exit Gallery located on the second floor of CFA hosts a variety of photography exhibits throughout the year.
All programs are free and open to the public, courtesy of our generous supporters: the Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Reno Arts & Culture Division, Nevada Humanities, Hilliard Endowment, Office of the Dean of Humanities, School of the Arts, Art Department, and Friends of the Sheppard Gallery.
In addition to exhibition of professional artists, the gallery hosts the annual student art exhibition, a biennial Valentine Benefit Exhibit and Auction, Wallworks class, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts final thesis exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, poetry readings, film screenings, and serving as a community meeting space. Our exhibiting artists also spend one-on-one time with students in lectures and critique sessions.
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