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Carson Valley Art Association will hear director of Nevada Museum of Art

by Pat Wheeler

The Carson Valley Art Association will hear speaker Steven High, Nevada Museum Art Director, on Friday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the Minden library.

High has brought national recognition to the museum for initiating public service programs that offer art education and services to the general public. Last September, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C., honored the museum with a National Award for Museum Services, which is the only national recognition of a museum’s public service role.

The award was presented in Washington, D.C., at a White House ceremony. Quality exhibitions have also made the museum one of the best smaller art museums in the country. Recent exhibits such as Rodin’s sculptures and the Tibetan Sand Mandala have set all-time attendance records.

Subjects High will discuss are future plans for the museum, as well as past accomplishments.

High’s curatorial experience and interests are in 20th century art and, in particular, contemporary American and international art. He is the recipient of numerous foundation and governmental grants for exhibition development, including nine grants since 1988 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

High has worked in the museum field since 1977 and has held museum positions in San Francisco, Cambridge and Williamstown, Mass., Portland, Maine, Richmond, Va., and now Reno.

He was an associate professor at the School of the Arts, VCU, prior to his move to Reno. Since 1996, he has been executive director for the Nevada Museum of Art. He received a master’s degree in art history from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1985 and an MBA degree from the School of Business, VCU, Richmond in 1995.

The public is welcome. For more information, call 782-3965.