The permanent collection is divided into four thematic focus areas: Altered Landscape Photography, Art of the Greater West, Contemporary Art, and the Work Ethic in American Art. These thematic, rather than historical or stylistic, specializations are a natural outgrowth of the institution’s collecting practices over the years.
The Center for Art + Environment houses more than 75 archives comprised of 20,000 items in its Archive Collections and over 6,000 books in its Research Library.
Inspired by the landscape and the unique geological formations of the Black Rock Desert, the museum building is considered one of the most distinguished architectural achievements in Nevada.
A highly-charged landscape transformed into pure aesthetic decoration
Fourteen-foot diameter mylar balloon presages art in orbit
Seven colossal colorful stone towers defy gravity with their teetering formations
Explores the artist’s creative arc with a focus on his monumental triptych
Monumental architectural sculpture makes use of light and space
Large-scale wall installation created with thousands of straight pins
Works by a pioneer in the field of 20th-century modern landscape photography
Mural traces labor from the Native American era to the 1940s dawn of the airline industry
Artworks respond in a myriad of ways to Nevada's nuclear legacy
Encourages conversation around indigenous cultural practices and depictions of change
Two female Israeli artists grounded in photography offer new perspectives on humanity and environment
Paintings deal with the scale of humans and the world's largest ships
The concept of “old signage,” with subtle hints of race, culture, and history
Some of the largest land interventions in the West transformed into small intricate sculptures
Explores the contrast between virtual and natural environments
Women artists who situate the nude female body in outdoor landscapes
Artists examine the practices of historically significant naturalists
The largest land interventions in the West as small intricate sculptures
30 large-scale quilts made from self-dyed fabric
Works by middle and high school students
40 works depicting the African lion