Sheppard Contemporary Gallery is the only professional and contemporary art space on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Sized at 2,000 square feet, the gallery is dedicated to experimental visual arts research through exhibitions, publications and events. Housed on the first floor of the Church Fine Arts complex, it presents about nine to 10 progressive exhibitions per year by local, national and international artists.
The Sheppard Contemporary gallery began in 1960, thus as it and the Art Department continue to grow, so has the mission of the gallery. Not only does it explore today's world through the intellectual and creative inquiry of contemporary art, but does so through an interdisciplinary mechanism. This means that for each exhibition, Sheppard includes simultaneous programming and co-hosted events with other campus departments or local organizations so that the content and theme of each exhibition can be viewed and discussed from the point of view of art and other related fields. This affirms the values of the University of Nevada, Reno, which include the enrichment of people's lives, the understanding of the natural environment, the celebration of human and cultural diversity, and the time-honored role of higher education as critic of the social, political, and personal arenas in which we live.
Within the past five years, Sheppard Gallery has exhibited the works by up-and-coming artists, as well as those of international reputation such as Polly Apfelbaum, Arturo Herrera, Ann Hamilton, Allora & Calzadilla, Kahn & Selesnick, Sky Kim, Andrea Jack Daws, Eunjung Hwang, Siebren Versteeg, Nina Bovasso, and has also programmed lectures and catalog essays by MacArthur ‘Genius' awarded Poet Ann Lauterbach, former Editor-in-Chief of ArtForum Tim Griffin, artist Hilary Harkness, German philosopher Wolfgang Schirmacher, writer William L. Fox who is also Director of the Art + Environment Center at the Nevada Museum of Art, artist Wafaa Bilal, MoMa curator Barbara London, theorist and artist Tom Zummer, artist/writer/bloggers Mira Schor and Joy Garnett, and theorist/performance artist Allucquere Rosanne Stone. The gallery publishes a catalog or brochure for every exhibition, which are all free for our students and the public.
All programs are free and open to the public, courtesy of our generous supporters: The Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno (ASUN), Graduate Student Association (GSA), Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Reno Arts & Culture Division, Hilliard Endowment, Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts, School of the Arts (SOTA), Art Department and Friends of the Sheppard Gallery.