Artist In Residence 2021 Gallery Events

Transience: Examining the Spaces Between Here and There

First Show and Reception:

Gallery West of McKinley Arts & Culture Center

Dates: October 14th-November 26th

We are pleased to announce the Reno reception for the 2021 Artist-in-Residence program brought to you by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with Friends of Black Rock High Rock (FBRHR). 

Artists Lauren Cardenas and Devan Horton will be at McKinley Arts Center (925 Riverside Dr., Reno, Nevada 89503) on Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at 5 PM – 7 PM. Join the two for light refreshments and a talk on their creative experience of Black Rock Country.

The exhibit will remain at the McKinley Arts Center from October 4th through November 24th.  The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for viewing hours.


Upcoming Show and Reception

Humboldt Museum/Greinstein Building

Dates: December 4th-December 18th

All Day artist Event: December 4th 9 AM-4 PM

Join FBRHR in Winnemucca for our second Artist in Residence reception that coincides with the Humboldt Museums annual Holiday Art Show. We will be in the historic Greinstein Building but count on plenty of other art vendors throughout the museum space.

The exhibit will remain at the Humboldt Museum from December 4th through December 18th.  The gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m-4 p.m. for viewing hours


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. Our members 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. Friends is excited to partner with BLM for our 8th annual show this year for two fabulous artists!

COVID precautions: the current mask mandate and social distancing requirements are in effect when entering all Washoe County buildings. Please distance 6′ or more from those not in your household and wear a mask indoors, and between eating and drinking.

For more information, please contact our office at 775.557.2900 or email

Lauren Cardenas

Letterpress print on handmade paper, 8”x10″

Lauren Cardenas is a Latinx print media artist. Cardenas holds a BA in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She is a Tamarind Institute Printer Training Program graduate and holds an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was awarded the University of Nevada, Reno Black Rock Press Redfield Fellowship (2016-2018). She currently is the Assistant Professor and Area Head of Printmaking at the University of Mississippi.

Devan Horton

10 x 10 inches
acrylic on canvas

Devan Horton is a painter from northern Kentucky who creates work that fights for what she feels is most important: the environment. Through swarming insects, roots, fungi, or most recently, trash, the overall objectives she wishes to achieve with her audience are changes in perspective, confrontations with ideals of beauty, awareness to the forgotten, and inspiration to change within themselves to make a difference. Devan’s most recent series, “Penchant”, deals with our cultural obsession with consumption and waste by confronting our individual relationships with trash.