Free Student Admission Program at the Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art is announcing an exciting new experience for students attending Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno through the Free Student Admission Program sponsored by the Wayne Prim Student Admission Endowment. Students will now have free admission to the Nevada Museum of Art, meaning they will have free admission to the Museum’s galleries every day of the year and free admission to every exhibit on view. That’s not all—thanks to this new program, students will also have free access to the singer/songwriters who perform on First Thursdays and the opportunity to talk up-close with artists, art and ideas through Art Bite talks offered most Fridays at noon.

The program was made possible by the Free Student Admission Fund, a gift from Philanthropist and longtime Museum Trustee Wayne Prim. The $2 million grant enables the program to continue in perpetuity and accompanied the long-term loan of two pieces of sculptural artwork that will reside on the TMCC and UNR campuses. These sculptures were donated to the Museum’s permanent collection by the Grellman family, longtime residents of Reno, in memory of their son.

Students at TMCC’s Dandini Campus will welcome an encased plasma-cut and mixed-media steel sculpture Guardian of Eden. Created by New York-based artist Kate Raudenbush, the piece is inspired by a cross-pollination of Hindi and Egyptian creation myth, Buddhist symbolism and the ancient Flower of Life. The sculpture debuted at Black Rock Playa during the 2007 Burning Man gathering. According to artist Kate Raudenbush, the work is a gathering space that allows visitors to consider their role in this turbulent age of ecological crisis.

Shadow of the Sun will reside on the main campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. This circular piece by artist Ilan Averbuch was created in 1989 from stone and water, and was also a gift to the Nevada Museum of Art from the Grellman family. Averbuch is known for using the elements of earth and water to create large sculptural works. “All my works are a dialogue between the intimate and the monumental,” the artist said in an interview in 2010.

Education in Art

The Free Student Admission Program sponsored by the Wayne Prim Student Admission Endowment forms the latest chapter in the Museum’s nearly century-long commitment to art education. Providing rich cultural programming to the community and region has been a central focus of the Museum’s mission since its founding. “The museum has long invested in programs that are essentially focused on education. We have offered free admission to the Museum to high school students for more than 10 years, and with this significant gift, we will expand our unique experiences for UNR and TMCC students,” said Museum CEO David B. Walker . “It is critical that students understand that arts and culture play a fundamental role in our lives. We are extremely pleased to announce this level of access.”

Throughout the year, the Museum offers professional development opportunities to educators across the state and provides essential arts education to students from kindergarten through college. TMCC and the University of Nevada, Reno are the latest additions to the Museum’s long list of educational partners, which includes the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the Nevada Department of Education and the Nevada STEAM Committee. These educational partnerships have been the main impetus and starting point for the Museum’s multi-phase expansion project that will include an Education and Research Center scheduled to open in early 2025, which promises to strengthen the Museum’s ability to serve to the largest audience in Nevada and beyond.

However, for students at TMCC and the University of Nevada, Reno, this partnership will enable them to encounter sculpture in their daily lives on these respective campuses, while also providing an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the visual arts through free access to the Museum and selection of programs in the following years.

Students need only present their Student ID at the Membership + Admissions Desk to participate in the Free Student Admissions Program.

For more information, visit the Nevada Museum of Art’s Free Student Admission Program website.

The program was made possible through a generous donation from Nevada Museum of Art Trustee and philanthropist Wayne Prim.

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