Artist in Residence 2019 Reno Reception

We are pleased to announce the Reno reception for the 2019 Artist-in-Residence program brought to you by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with Friends of Black Rock High Rock (FBRHR). 

Join the artists Jack Hulbert and Mary Kenny at McKinley Arts Center (925 Riverside Dr, Reno, Nevada 89503) on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM. There will be drinks and light refreshments as the artists talk about their experience in the Black Rock Desert. Please RSVP below!

The exhibit will remain at the McKinley Arts Center from October 28 through December 6.

Artists Mary Kenny and Jack Hulbert are this year’s Artists-in-Residence at FBRHR.  

Kenny works with digital prints and screenprinted collages.  The pictures she uses deteriorate in quality when screenprinted and become either hyper-saturated or devoid of color. The collages have a feeling of compiled newspaper clippings and old photographs and create an escapist fantasy of a frontier place where humans and nature meet.

Jack Hulbert’s photographs tell the story of the community rooted at the edge of vast, unsettled land.  The individuals in the images and the small pieces of their lives are set against an unforgiving landscape – outposts of humanity worn down by the desert.  But Hulbert also shows the lingering effects that the people have made upon the land – monuments and scars left by travelers and locals.

Founded in 1999, Friends of Black Rock High Rock provides education and resources for people using the land within the Black Rock High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trail National Conservation Area. Their membership includes environmental scientists, kite-boarding enthusiasts, campers, star-gazers, conservationists, historians and visitors from all over the world. 

The Artist-in-Residence program promotes awareness through art of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. “Each year we receive amazing applications from artists with diverse perspectives expressed in a variety of media,” says Kathy Ataman, AiR Project Lead for the BLM. “It is always exciting to see how the selected artists interpret the dramatic landscapes of the Black Rock National Conservation Area.”

Further information, guidelines and applications can be found at or contact Stacey Wittek at You may also contact Kathy Ataman, BLM AiR Project Lead, at 775-623-1500 or

Reno Artist in Residence Reception 2019

Event Chair: Sarah Lyon