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Destination art fair of the West

With a draw to the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe and the majestic High Sierra, Reno Tahoe has long been home to a significant fine arts community, with many regionally based artists and bespoke furniture designers featured in the finest galleries in the world. 

The Reno Tahoe International Art Show, which ran for the first time September 8-11, 2022 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, presented interior designers, architects, consultants and collectors with a wide array of new and better fine arts and furnishings at prices untouched by a pressured market.

Founded by Reno-based father daughter duo Kevin O'Keefe and Briana Dolan, the RTIA Show anchors the Reno Creative Movement, a vision to position Reno Tahoe as a national destination for arts and culture. A product of the many changes initiated by the pandemic, the pair found the present path after O'Keefe's 30+ years as an executive in the tradeshow industry, most recently as EVP of Emerald Expositions LLC leading the development of ICFF, and Dolan's career in PR and creative writing for international renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany. Both artists and passionate about their new home city, they seek to celebrate the growing arts community and bring what's best in contemporary art and design to Reno Tahoe. 

The RTIA Show is unique to the region, showcasing local talent alongside independent artists, national and international galleries and special features such as the First Nations, Indigenous Peoples Pavilion and Short Film Programming curated by Reno Tahoe's Cordillera International Film Festival. Also unique to the area is the RTIA Show's 'After Burn Market' presenting large scale sculpture from Black Rock Desert's Burning Man, which takes place just hours outside of Reno in the weeks ahead of the show. The sculpture presentation extends through the RTIA Show Sculpture Walk, featuring world class sculptural works created by artists from around the world. Art and design enthusiasts enjoy RTIA Show's lively, sophisticated exhibition filled with beautiful art and creative design, set off by live music performances, on-floor Talks and ongoing hospitalities.

The inaugural RTIA Show anchored a city to lakeside celebration of art and design, which included 20+ live music performances at the Reno Sparks Convention Center, Cargo Concert Hall and the Nevada Museum of Art, a regional awards program with a gala reception held at the Nevada Museum of Art, featured events and exhibits held at the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art and Sierra Arts Foundation, along with special programming at key restaurants, breweries and better retailers in Reno Tahoe.

We look forward to a bigger, better showcase for RTIA Show 2023. Thank you for being part of the vision.


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