Black Rock Desert Artist-in-Residence Program Exhibits in Winnemucca and Elko, Nevada


Bureau of Land Management

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WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Black Rock Field Office, in partnership with Friends of Black Rock High Rock, will hold multiple art exhibits for the 2023 Artists in Residence.

Winnemucca Exhibit & Reception – Humboldt Museum, 175 Museum Ave, Winnemucca, NV 89445  

Reception - Friday, December 15 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Exhibit - December 15 - January 30, 2024

Elko Exhibit & Reception – California Trail Interpretive Center, 1 Interpretive Way, Elko, NV 89801

Reception - Wednesday, January 31 from 1:00 - 4:00pm

Exhibit - January 31 - April 30, 2024

Meet the 2023 Artists:

Rachel Stiff is a painter, educator, and former all-around cowgirl. Rachel holds an MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson (2012) and a BFA from the University of Montana in Missoula (2009). Her work has been shown throughout the West, particularly in Nevada, where she is a Professor of Fine Art and Gallery Coordinator at Western Nevada College. Identifying as a true Westerner, her work examines the construction of the modern landscape and desert-urban interface through abstraction.

Luke Rizzotto is an artist working primarily in digital and emerging media. Originally from the New Orleans, Louisiana metro area, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with a concentration in Computer Art in Animation from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2019. After graduating, he worked as an animator and designer as well as remaining active in the local art scene. In 2021, he was accepted and entered into the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is currently practicing and exploring new modes of art-making.

Titled Indefinite State, this exhibit will reflect "the ever-changing conditions of the Black Rock Desert and surrounding National Conservation Area, as evidenced through light, weather, climate change, and human activity."

For further information, contact Kathy Torrence, BLM AiR Project Lead, at 775-623-1500 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.