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  • Visit Reno Tahoe | RTIA Show

    Getting Here 11 Airlines connecting 20+ Nonstop Destinations The Reno Tahoe International Airport is the central hub for travelers visiting the region. Just 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, it offers connections to 20+ nonstop destinations, making your journey to the RTIA Show effortless. With 10 airlines and over 130 daily flights, RNO provides convenience and accessibility for your travels, allowing you to explore the beauty of Reno Tahoe with ease. RENO AIRPORT Atlantis Casino Resort Exhibitor Room Block Link Where to Stay Celebrated for its world class restaurants and spa, the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa is the RTIA Show's premier Show Hotel connected to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center via skybridge. Exhibitor Room Block Destinations Downtown Truckee & Donner Lake Distance: 34 miles ​ Explore Downtown Truckee's old-west mountain charm with unique shops, luxurious hotels and bed & breakfast inns, wonderful restaurants, wine tasting, art galleries, and year-round recreation & adventure. Incline Village & Crystal Bay Distance: 34 miles ​ Incline is home to some of Lake Tahoe's most stunning mountain retreats. This eastern North Shore enclave features some of the areas most relaxing beaches and a genteel approach to Lake Life. South Lake Tahoe Distance: 59 miles South Lake Tahoe is known for its world class resorts, beaches and premium entertainment. Home to some of the most luxurious hotels on the lake, South Lake is well-known for its vibrant nightlife. Kings Beach/North Shore Lake Tahoe Distance: 44 miles Kings Beach is a funky, laid back beach town. Visitors and locals alike stroll the town, ice cream in hand, and spread out towels along the shore to dive into the cool, crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Gardnerville/Genoa Distance: 34 miles ​ Gardnerville sits in the heart of the Carson Valley with stunning mountain backdrops. Home to Genoa, Nevada's oldest permanent settlement with unmatched historical charm. The state's oldest saloon and iconic JT Basque dinner house are must-sees. Virginia City Distance: 24 miles ​ Virginia City is a practically untouched mining town just south of Reno - home to 19th century Victorian buildings, unique shops, jewelry, mine tours, haunted houses, historical displays, and the Mark Twain Museum. Reno has a big backyard - and front yard, too. Take a look at our favorite surrounding destinations for AirBnB options, great bars and restaurants, and activities indoors and out. Peppermill Resort Casino Spa The Peppermill Resort Casino & Spa hosts one of the best spa experiences on the west coast, along with a full casino floor, room options, dining, and shopping. Distance: 0.9 miles Learn More Renaissance Hotel & Spa Offering a non-casino hotel experience right on the shores of the Truckee river in downtown Reno, The Renaissance is known for it's riverside Mediterranean restaurant, sports bar, outdoor pool, hot tub, gym, and bocce ball court arena. Distance: 3.0 Miles Learn More Whitney Peak Whitney Peak is another non-casino hotel within walking distance of everything downtown Reno. Notable for its panoramic views of the mountains, enormous outdoor climbing wall and its gym with a climbing center. Distance: 6.4 miles Learn More More Lodging Options Welcome to Reno Tahoe Discover Reno Tahoe, the emerging arts and cultural hub of the Western US. Nestled in the High Sierra with Lake Tahoe as its prize, this vibrant region is a magnet to the creative. Join us in celebrating the uniqueness of this beautiful place and its people - there is something for everyone. Explore Reno Tahoe Reno, NV...Who Knew? Lake Tahoe Reno Truckee River Walk RTIA Show 2023 Reno Tahoe photos courtesy of

  • RTA AWARDS | RTIA Show | Reno Tahoe International Art Show

    Congratulations to our 2023 Reno Tahoe Artist Awards finalists & winners! The regional RTA Awards recognize artistic excellence in 6 categories for artists from the Reno Tahoe area. Decided on by a panel of esteemed judges, the winners will each receive $1350 and a special edition award. The grand prize winner, for the Reno Creative Movement Award, will win $5000, a special edition award, and a full-page artist focus for an upcoming issue of American Art Collector magazine. ​ We thank Nevada Arts Council for sponsoring the RTA Awards, and are looking forward to the RTA Awards Gala held on-site at the RTIA Show on Saturday, September 16, 7pm-10pm. The Gala ceremony will also include recognition of the 'Best of Show' Awards decided on by popular vote, sponsored by Nevada Tourism & Cultural Affairs. Furniture, Lighting, Functional Art Andy Cline Anela DeLaveaga Tony Lamorte Oil & Acrylic Candida Webb Julia Schwadron Marianelli Kimbo Franke Rossitza Todorova Mixed Media: 2D Candace Garlock Jennifer Hartnett Sabrina Frey Thomas Gilbertson Photography Jordyn Owens Stephanie Hogen Will Enos Mixed Media: 3D Beck Baumann Benjamin Langholz Catherine Schmid-Maybach Kyle Karrasch Watercolor James Gayles Ronnie Rector Thomas Gilbertson Reno Creative Movement Award Julia Schwadron Marianelli RTA Awards Partners & Sponsors About the Awards Presented by nevada arts council The Reno Tahoe Artist (RTA) Awards is an annual awards program and Gala created to recognize individual artistic achievement and the overall ascendancy of Reno Tahoe into a national destination for arts and culture. ​ A 509(a)2 entity, the regional component of the RTA Awards presents cash prizes and special edition awards for excellence in artistic achievement in 6 categories to artists living and working in the Reno Tahoe region. Winners are selected by an appointed panel of jurors looking to recognize key contributors to the development of Reno Tahoe’s arts and culture landscape. The Grand Prize is selected from the category winners. ​ Running in correspondence with the Reno Tahoe International Art Show, the 2023 RTA Awards introduces the ‘Best of Show’ Awards, a voter-based, jury assisted, awards program celebrating what’s best within each presenting category of the RTIA Show. Attendees and exhibitors are asked to vote for one winner per category on-site at the RTIA Show between the VIP Preview Thursday, September 14 and 6pm on Saturday, September 16 ahead of the Awards Gala. Interested in sponsoring for 2024? Contact Briana Dolan - Reno Tahoe Artist Awards & Gala Presenting excellence in achievement to artists in Reno Tahoe, contributing to the Reno Creative Movement. Applications to enter the awards are now closed, and finalists have been announced! View finalists below. Applications open May 2024 Austin Pratt Austin Pratt is an artist, educator, and curator based in Reno, Nevada. He received an MFA in Painting+Drawing from the University of Tennessee and a BFA in Painting with a Minor in Museum Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. Pratt was a recipient of the Nevada Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship and has been featured in New American Paintings magazine. His work has been shown widely, including Baitball Art Fair in Italy and solo exhibitions at Oats Park Art Center in Fallon, Nevada, and at Channel to Channel Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, among others. Pratt is currently the Curator and Manager of Sheppard Contemporary & University Galleries at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a faculty member in the MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts. He splits his time between programming exhibitions and teaching courses in Painting, Drawing, and Contemporary Theory and Practice. Frances Melhop Frances Melhop is a visual artist, curator and gallery director, born in Christchurch, New Zealand, living and working at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Melhop works in tactile mediums such as photography, printmaking, hand embroidery, sculpture and oil paint exploring the tensions between the virtual and physical ways we experience the world. Her focus is on human presence and absence in our screen and material lives. She has exhibited collaborative works with Susan Norrie at Nancy Hoffman Gallery (New York, NY) and the NSW Museum of Art, (Sydney, Australia). Awards include, University of Nevada, Reno, Outstanding Artist Award, 2019, NNDA Innovator of the Year 2014, Luerzers Archive World’s Best Photographers 2009/2010. In 2020 as a curator and artist, she opened Melhop Gallery °7077 , at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, representing 12 national and international artists. She also curates themed group shows with other invited exceptional artists. For the last 6 years she also taught in the art departments of University of Nevada, Reno, Western Nevada College, Truckee Meadows Community College and Lake Tahoe Community College. Megan Berner Megan Berner is a visual artist and arts professional living and working in Reno, NV. Coming from a multi-disciplinary and non-traditional art background, Megan is interested in innovative ways to activate public space and create opportunities for citizens and artists to engage with the community and connect people to their environment. Her personal practice is centered around place and the psychological experience of the environment. Megan holds an MFA from the University of Iowa in Intermedia. She currently works as the Arts & Culture Manager for the City of Reno. Nettie Oliverio Nettie is a partner with Foothill Partners Urban Development in the position of Arts and Culture Director. She collaborates in all the company’s projects to incorporate culture and commerce to build and sustain community. A graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and former dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, Nettie served 10 years on the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission and chaired the City’s Public Art Committee and Arts & Culture Grants Panel. She co-chairs the regional Reno Arts Consortium and serves as board president of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Parker Stremmel Parker Stremmel is the Director of Stremmel Gallery, a Reno-based fine art gallery that specializes in contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculptures by mid-career and established American and European artists. Stremmel serves on the board of directors for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, The Barracuda Championship/ Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art at UNR, and the Prospectors’ Club. Additionally, Parker is part of the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, which specializes in the finest classical Western and American Art, representing past masters and outstanding contemporary artists. 2023 Members of the Jury Congratulations to 2023 Best of Show finalists & winners! Introducing 'Best Of' the 2023 RTIA Show, based on popular vote and a little help from our judges. ​ Winners receive a $1500 credit to RTIA 2024 + a special edition award + acknowledgement in Art Confidential Magazine - courtesy of Sir Daniel Winn Independents Alan Potter Hannah Eddy June Brown Sculpture Liana Weber Soulful Art by Bridgette Durante Heart of Reno Beck Baumann Candace Garlock Karen Dukes Kimbo Franke Sabrina Frey Art Cities Bearcloud Bennett Sculpture Candice Brokenshire Buchan Core Contemporary Chung 24 Gallery Sculpture: Small-Scale Demolski Glass Works Ironbear Sculpture Heather Rison June Brown Sculpture Jennifer Johnson Galleries & Features Buffalo Creek Art Center Gefen Gallery Pacific Crest Gallery Piper J Gallery Stremmel Gallery Sculpture: Large-Scale Alpine Meadow Artists Mark Rivera Peter Hazel Olivia Guethling & Mar Ricketts, Guildworks True Mirror Experience First Nations, Indigenous Peoples Bearcloud Created by Navajo Hands Ironbear Sculpture JJ Otero Art Heather Johnston Student Art Abigail Kolber Sydney Stominger Sydney Flint Mia Loran Zane Richards

  • Exhibitor Application 2024 | Reno Tahoe International Art Show

    Apply to Exhibit at RTIA Show 2024 FILL OUT APPROPRIATE APPLICATION BELOW Galleries & Studios Traditional booth reservations with 10'H art walls - available to galleries and qualified independent artists. APPLY HERE Available to qualifying Native Independent artists - following Indian Arts & Crafts Act Guidelines. First Nations, Indigenous Peoples Pavilion APPLY HERE Bespoke Furniture (Space Only) Floor only furniture exhibition space as part of a unique design vignette' feature APPLY HERE Available to artists preparing sculptural artworks for Burning Man 2024. Post Playa Art (Space Only) APPLY HERE Floor only sculpture exhibition space along the 2024 RTIA Sculpture Walk. Sculpture (Space Only) APPLY HERE Available to independent artists currently living and working in the Reno Tahoe region. Booths are constructed of 8'H art walls. Heart of Reno APPLY HERE Frequently Asked Questions When will I find out if my application has been accepted? Once you have submitted your application, RTIA management will be in touch within 5 days. If you haven’t heard from us within that timeframe, please connect with Briana directly via email or phone – | 714.319.3385. What is required if my application is accepted? Once accepted, 2024 RTIA Show exhibitors will be sent next steps which will include the first deposit invoice, the space agreement and request for marketing materials (work example images, bio, artist statement, etc.). What are my options if my application is not accepted? If your application is not accepted due to space limitations, you will be presented with alternative space options. If your application is not accepted for other reasons, there may be opportunity to exhibit within another featured showcase of the RTIA Show and depending on your location, these options will be presented to you as they are available. I’m not sure which application to apply for. Artists living and working in the greater Reno Tahoe region that do not require a large exhibition space are encouraged to apply within the Heart of Reno showcase. All other independent artists looking for wall space, with the exception of the First Nations applicants, should apply as ‘Galleries & Studios.’ Space only options do not include walls. Exhibitors are welcome to reserve both booth and space only options and can customize as needed once at least one application is submitted. When do applications close? Applications are ‘first come, first serve’ and based on availability. Each application will move to ‘waitlist only’ once its available space has been allocated. Fair Logistics: Do I need to man my booth for the entire show? All booths need to be represented during the open hours of the show. RTIA staff allow for 20-minute breaks upon request, but exhibitors are responsible for being physically present to interface with buyers and enthusiasts throughout the event. Fair Logistics: Do I need to conduct my own sales? RTIA offers an on-site point of sales if needed. This service is complimentary aside from the 4% processing fee per transaction. When notified via call or text, RTIA Staff will meet exhibitors at their booth to conduct the sale. Payouts (via choice of Venmo, Zelle or check) take place within 3-5 days post show. Fair Logistics: Are there any hotel deals for exhibitors? RTIA has a room block with neighboring Atlantis Resort Spa Casino, connected to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center by skybridge. All hospitality and travel details will be available on the RTIA ‘Visit’ webpage in April or by request before then.

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  • Meet the Father-Daughter Duo Behind RTIA Show

    RTIA Show founders, father-daughter team Kevin O’Keefe and Briana Dolan, sit down (with unofficial intern Shane Dolan, 14 months) to talk about the show, their partnership (only some grievances were aired) and the vision for the wider Reno Creative Movement. B: It’s still sort of surreal to me that we are business partners. K: Surreal? B: Don’t you think it’s a bit …surprising? K: I think from the beginning it has always felt oddly fated, like it was meant to be. The way that it formed and shaped, there was an inevitability to it that was quite amazing. Well there was a time, actually, now that I’m thinking about it, that I was openly talking about wanting to somehow land in what I vaguely called the ‘event business’ and that it would be great to be ultimately partnered with you on that path. It was such a fuzzy thought process, though, with no real starting point. This was back in Connecticut, pre-kids, so at least 6 years ago. And now here we are- wild. It was a very interesting process. It went from complete stillness mid-pandemic, where there wasn’t anything going on, and then naturally spending more time on art. Initially I was just looking to make a website -just as something to do. …You wanted me to make you a website- for your art. Right. But then when we were looking and seeing what was happening in the environment with art, it was actually quite a surprise to see what was happening here in Reno. The Reno Fine Arts Collective came together so quickly - and it was accepted so completely. Then to move onto the gallery and to develop a community that was very cohesive and happy to come together like that. I’ve built many businesses, but this was one that kind of built itself. Normally to create a business, you have to drag it, kicking and screaming, up. This just came forward very naturally. And it morphed directly from the gallery to the show. In and a way it was almost seamless. When you and Mom moved to Reno, were you in retirement mode, or what were you thinking when it came to what to do next? I think at the time I didn’t really consider what I would be doing next. We had gone through a period of a couple of years of such oddness in the world. I wasn’t really thinking about anything except getting away from Connecticut and New York and into a place that geographically was clearly much more attractive. I thought it was a nice change. But in terms of working, I never considered another career or what I would be doing here. What is more surprising to you, living in Reno or doing what we’re doing? I think what’s most surprising is that we are doing what we’re doing. Though for many years I thought of Reno in the same way that the rest of the world did – and does- as a place to be avoided. It’s an uphill battle with the various stigmas – being ‘next to Vegas’, a sad secondary gambling town and the Reno 911 fiasco, but I do think it’s changing at a rapid rate now. Even growing up in California, I had no idea where Reno was until Mike and I drove here from San Diego. That was the longest road trip I had taken to date – you and Mom weren’t big on road trips - and until we were over the hill, there were many hours there that I was convinced I would really not like what I was about to see. But it surprised me then, and continues to surprise me now. [Shane interrupts conversation for the fifth time] We are partners, but the partnership has sort of taken root into the wider family unit. Everyone has had a direct hand in some piece of this effort- which is great, because for one, it’s nice to be supported, but also it means a lot to have such a strong foundation. Yes it is very nice. Also, when we were starting the Reno Fine Arts Collective, I had just found out I was pregnant with Shane- remember? His life is especially integrated with the building of this business. I had such an outpouring of love and support from all the artists of the Collective, too. They really helped me get through the tougher months of pregnancy. It’s a network I never expected to have, but more importantly, that I never expected to need. Reno people are, on a whole, very welcoming and kind, but the artist community is especially one to be cherished. For two introverts- we’ve made some great friends in this process. Very much so- and then over time, the larger community, the business community- EDAWN, the mayor of the city, the city council, the Nevada Council for the Arts- as people became aware of what we were doing, there was universal support for it. Right, and I think the biggest leap now, along with growing the show, is being able to create this bridge between Reno’s art community and the wider international art world- and to do it in a digestible way. Where it’s not just about a talented, but isolated, community – it’s about finding and building on the connections that will ultimately lift Reno Tahoe to a nationally recognized center for art and culture, which has been our goal and our vision with the Reno Creative Movement from the beginning. The ability to expose the current residents of the region, and those that are incoming, to the whole reservoir of international gallerists and sculpture- I think it is really enriching for them. Especially with all the changes we’re seeing in the country, and particularly the west coast, the timing couldn’t be better. Well also there is a general shift in the art world. Being more attuned to the international art news has been one of the most interesting pieces of this for me. It’s not a crossroads, per se, but it’s a period of time now that will most certainly be studied in art history classes to come. Between the aftermath of Covid to the digital world, NFTs… it’s a great time to take action and impart lasting change. Completely. I think people are viewing the world very much as an ‘in-motion, non-static’ environment. For the longest time, the art world was fixed. There were certain places that had events that were always accepted and that’s where you went and certain galleries were accepted and so that’s where you bought certain types of art… all of that is dramatically changing. It’s very fluid. So it is an exciting time. It’s an exciting time for independent artists, for new galleries. I think that this new generation of high net worth individuals in their 30s and 40s are looking at art very differently. And different types of art too. Things like photography and sculpture for example. The renewed or different attention to these mediums at this time is really interesting. It says a lot about how people are interacting with art. As a recording and an interpretation of history and truth, photography demands to be interacted with. Sculpture by its nature of taking up space demands the interaction as well. Portraiture, which we highlighted in the Talks at this first show, came into new focus as a result of covid related introspection. It has a similar effect staring back at the viewer. There is a movement for younger people who really want to own things that are real. Something that is unique and produced by an individual. Collecting on its own is also a great way to discover yourself. Recognizing pieces of art that truly move you is fascinating self-discovery and it really contributes to pride in collection- whether it’s a collection of one piece or a hundred. Even originals under the $300 mark… we are sitting under a piece I bought from a member of the Collective and every day I look at is new. It’s a living entity that enriches our space and our lives. I hope that what we are seeing with collectors- new and seasoned- will continue to develop in this trend. The whole concept of owning an original that appeals to you is definitely growing in vogue. We saw that at the show. So many people – and young people- left with art, recognizing the value of owning an original. I think many people wrongly assume that originals of any value are unaffordable, but that just isn’t true. And regardless of price, original art or bespoke furniture, can endure through generations. With the handcrafted furniture, you see it and know it will be appreciated for generations. Another thing that is important, particularly for Americans, is the opportunity to own original art created by Native Americans. Those cultures, especially from the 9 major western tribes- it’s beautiful art from a diminishing population of pure-blooded Native Americans that really cherish their histories. Any American who wants to be part of that heritage of where this place came from should really be looking at that art. Some of the most beautiful traditional Native American jewelry- if you’re not buying it, you should at least be looking at it. And in the next couple of years we’ll see to it that this show has one of the largest presentations of contemporary Native American art anywhere in the country that can be found outside of a museum. That is something we’re going to spend some time on, to make it possible for these artists to participate in the show and to connect with people that would like to take part in the generational history of their families. The tradition that is incorporated into some of the First Nation art is something to be celebrated on its own. It’s a fascinating and complex history that cannot be forgotten. It’s an important feature. Another defining element of the show is the Sculpture piece, which many of the First nations exhibitors were involved with this past year too. The ability to bring in major sculptures from Burning Man 2023, 30 or 40 pieces that will weigh many thousands of pounds but are very unique pieces that architects, high net worth individuals or cities can come and purchase– it’s a key piece of the show. And really this is only place they are going to be able to see them and purchase them in this way. There are a lot of people that cannot go to Burning Man for whatever reason, or would prefer not to shop for art there. Well and we can curate what’s best from Burning Man and present in this environment, which is unique to Reno in the sense that we don’t have the same complications that typically come with similar buildings in bigger cities. And aside from that, what is unique about this entire show is that – and no other show in the world does it this way- now we have a huge composition of curated local artists, combined with other independent artists coming in from around the world, mixed with galleries from all over the United States and the world, and then major sculpture and an enormous presentation of Burning Man pieces. We also have this added layer that the show is very unique to Reno Tahoe- the local musicians, the Cordillera Film Festival, hospitality and retail partners- I think people are sort of blown away (as we are) about this region. Reno… who knew? Such an appropriate slogan. Ok, so in conclusion… what would you say is the most annoying thing about working with me? (long, calculated pause…) Um…I think that one of your best qualities is your attention to detail and timeliness of things. You are constantly reminding to review and approve things… which can sometimes be an irritant. Ha! Yes, doing work on time can be annoying… Well you already know my pet peeve working with you, then… you constantly ignore my reminders! But aside from that I have enjoyed working together...I feel like we have a good balance of things- and it’s been fun! It has been fun. Lots to come, still. It’s a very good thing for Reno. And I think it’s also quite gratifying to be able to see us putting together an event that is so completely accepted by the political and economic development executives in the region. The universal support for the concept is great to see. We also know that as we change the way that we are looking at ourselves, from the old Reno to the new Reno as an arts and culture center – and as the rest of the country changes the way they look at us, it will make this place so much more to be proud of. We are happy to be part of that. I’ve never felt so at home in any city we’ve lived in. Which is odd after being born on the east coast, growing up in Southern California, and coming most recently from CT and New York. But it’s true for whatever reason and I’m proud to part of the effort to lift this region up. It seems natural. And it is. End

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