Permanent Collection

Permanent collection

The John & Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art has a collection of nearly 5,500 objects. Many of the objects in The Lilley’s collection came from the homes of local collectors.

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Oil painting of Morrill Hall in Nevada desert

In our collection you will find objects that are more than 4,000 years old and others from contemporary artists. You will also find that our collection is transcultural, with artifacts from China to the Americas.

Even though we opened our doors in February, 2019, we inherited a collection with roots in the 1960s. It is no surprise that this collection does not have many works by non-Western artists or BIPOC artists, as these artists have been historically overlooked and often ignored. It is our absolute goal to remediate this imbalance in our collection and acquire works that reflect the multiplicity of our society.

Since we became a museum, all of the works that we have acquired were by BIPOC and queer artists. We are committed to continuing diversifying our collection in the years to come. We are committed to caring for all of our collection in perpetuity and in service of the University of Nevada, Reno and the Reno community.