John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art

Thank you for your continued support of the Lilley. The museum’s exhibits are currently closed to the public as we observe the University’s decision to suspend non-essential operations and services for at least 30 days.

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The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art (The Lilley) supports campus, regional and global viewers in an exploration of today's world through intellectual and creative inquiry. This mission is informed by values articulated by the department and The Lilley board of advisors who believe that our human community stands to gain from the development of cognitive, behavioral and affective arts learning that leads to informed and intentioned living. Committed to extend the excellence of the University of Nevada, Reno, The Lilley collects, conserves, exhibits and shares art research with the understanding that both our cultural heritage and our future belong to the publics we serve.

The Lilley offers regularly scheduled programming and events co-hosted with other campus departments and local organizations. Exhibitions rotate frequently.

On most Thursday nights, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, screenings, studio visits and more are all part of the museum's programming accompanying each exhibition. Saturday receptions and special education events are also a highlight of each exhibition season.

Because great universities have great museums, The Lilley is a member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

Permanent Collection

The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art permanent collection represents an impressive, decades-old collecting program that is noteworthy for its early attention to regional painters including Jim McCormick, Craig Sheppard, Sheldon Pennoyer, Hans Meyer Kassel, Louis Siegriest and Maynard Dixon. In addition to its collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, the collection is exceptionally strong in old master and modern prints and drawings, Chinese art, textiles and works of art by Native American artists.

Emeritus professor, Ed Martinez, organized the collection of a number of print portfolios from major international printmakers to supplement a deep and diverse print collection that also includes examples of rare Japanese wood block prints, a who's who of contemporary printmakers and master prints dating as far back as the 16th century. African sculpture, marquetry furniture, glass and ceramic sculpture round out a broad teaching collection that represents the universal emphasis of this land-grant institution's mission.

The Lilley recently completed a three-year program of re-cataloguing the collection in addition to beginning a conservation program. Meeting the needs of the current collection, as well as planning for growth is enabled in part with the support of gifts to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation. To support the effort, please visit the College of Liberals Arts donation page.