First Reno Tahoe International Art Fair anchors far-reaching regional creative movement

Mary Nagel Klein, Courtesy Piper J Gallery

Russ Connell, Buffalo Creek Art Center, RTIA Sculpture Walk

Reno Tahoe International Art Exhibition

More than 200 regional artists will be joined by more than 40 national and international galleries at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in September

A large community of artists along with a huge shift of affluent households to Reno Tahoe at a time of major changes in American cities created an optimal environment for launching a new art fair.

—Briana Dolan

RENO, NV, UNITED STATES, June 28, 2022 / — The Reno Tahoe International Art Show (RTIA Show), taking place September 8-11, 2022 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, will be the first-ever international of art of its kind in Nevada and will anchor a large-scale city in celebration of lakeside art and design in Reno Tahoe, including an opening music concert and awards ceremony at regional artists at the Nevada Museum of Art. The event is the foundation of a larger vision that aims to elevate Reno Tahoe onto the national stage as an arts and cultural center.

“The combination of a sizable community of fine artists and the huge shift of affluent households to Reno Tahoe at a time of dramatic change in major American cities has created an optimal environment to launch an international arts and design fair Over time, the result will be similar to what happened in Miami after the introduction of Art Basel, or in Austin with South x Southwest, commented Briana Dolan, COO of the RTIA Show.

Unlike many art fairs in the United States, the RTIA Show will feature more than 200 regional artists and custom furniture designers in a central “Heart of Reno” feature, showcasing more than 1,000 works by original art never before seen outside of Northern Nevada. In the adjacent ballrooms, more than 40 national and international galleries will present the works of renowned artists from around the world.

“We look forward to engaging with a new market of designers, collectors and art buyers at the first Reno Tahoe International Art Show. Our Westport, CT and Culver City, CA galleries will feature many works of art from some of the nation’s most talented artists,” said George Billis, Owner of George Billis Gallery.

Locally sponsored bars and over 17 musical performances staged throughout the show will create a lively and fun environment unique to the area. As part of Reno Tahoe’s presentation, the RTIA Show will host pavilions representing the UNR School of the Arts and the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art, Truckee Meadow Community College, Sierra Watercolor Society, Latimer Art Club, Tahoe Art League , The Generator, Holland Project and Sierra Arts Foundation, with space sponsored by Renown.

“As a proud supporter of Reno’s vibrant arts and crafts community, I am thrilled to see the introduction of the Reno Tahoe International Art Show,” said City of Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve. “Now the incredible quality of our artists and our city can be experienced for the first time by the many interior designers, architects and art collectors present at the exhibition from across the region and the country. I know they will love what they see!

Other features of the show include an outdoor/indoor sculpture walk showcasing large-scale art installations featured at Burning Man 2022 and sculptures from across North America, screenings of award-winning short films hosted by the Cordillera International Film Festival, a silent auction to benefit the Eddy House, pre-auction building for Renown’s ‘Art for Recovery’ gate and a major First Nations and Indigenous art pavilion.

The RTIA show opens with an evening VIP event on Thursday, September 8. Open to the public, show times are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. and VIP tickets are now available at and include the option to purchase tickets for the opening concert and awards gala on Saturday night. The RTIA Show invites designers, architects, art consultants, collectors and art lovers to participate in this inaugural event and the global creative movement igniting in Reno Tahoe.

Media can contact Briana Dolan with questions about the event or to arrange an interview. Please contact her at [email protected]

Briana Dolan
Reno Tahoe International Art Exhibition
[email protected]
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