Dancers in the Lilley

Museum Hours:
Sun & M: Closed
T & W: 12-4pm
R & F: 12-8pm
Sat: 10-8pm

Works on Paper Study Room and Research Library: Open by appointment for legitimate research requests. Email

The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art 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. 

To receive more information about ART PARTNERS, a collaborative program with the Sanford Center for Aging that promotes intergenerational exchange between Northern Nevada community elders and arts enthusiasts of any age, click here.  ART PARTNERS pairs volunteers with elders who experience barriers to full arts participation in order to nurture deeper relationships between individuals of diverse cultural experiences, knowledge sets, and perspectives.  

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.  Learn more by clicking on the link below to sign up for our newsletter.  

Because Great Universities have Great Museums, The Lilley is a member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.    

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Current Exhibitions

The Lilley offer programming and events co-hosted with other campus departments and local organizations.

Permanent Collection

The museum's permanent collection represents an impressive, decades-old collecting program that is noteworthy for its attention to regional painters, ancient to modern Chinese art, works on paper, and the Ken Buhrman and Dr. Hardy McNew Collection of Native American Art.


Admission to all events at the Lilley and its several teaching galleries across campus is free. Hours of operation vary with location.


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