So, what does The Silver State have in store for aspiring artists? For starters, Nevada isn’t all about gambling. The state is home to lovely Lake Mead, rugged Red Rock Canyon, historic Hoover Dam, and vibrant Valley of Fire State Park. These and other scenic attractions offer inspiration when you need it—and even when you don’t! Next, the state is home to the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, The Fine Art Gallery at the Bellagio in Vegas, and the eerie Goldwell Open Air Museum located near the ghost town of Rhyolite, NV and the mining town of Beatty, NV.
Nevada is also home to spectacular performance venues, dozens of art galleries of all sizes, theater companies, production studios, art and design studios, and a number of schools that offer art programs. Some of the most popular are Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, the University of Nevada in Reno, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Nevada Art Schools
Nevada is home to more than 20 accredited colleges and universities, with more than 100,000 enrolled. Hundreds of students are enrolled in art programs, with more than 100 enrolled in the state’s top art programs. Scroll through the list below to take a look at Nevada’s best options for aspiring artists and what they have to offer.
Sierra Nevada College - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Digital Arts, New Genres; B. A. Digital Arts and Entrepreneurship, Digital Arts and Management
University of Nevada (Las Vegas) - Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Studio Art with Concentration in Graphic Design; M. F. A. Art with Graphic Design Major
University of Nevada (Reno) – Degrees Offered: B. A., B. F. A. Art with Digital Media Option; M. F. A. Visual Arts with Digital Media Option
More Art related programs to consider:
- San Francisco & Online
- Winter Park, FL & Online
Employment and Salary Trends for Nevada Artists
Nevada is home to around 15,970 salaried artists. In 2002, it was home to 12,350. Salaries increased as well. In 2002, Nevada artists averaged $40,160. In 2010, they averaged $49,010. The mean annual wage for artists nationwide was $52,290 in 2010. In 2002, the average salary was $41,660.
Fine Artists: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of salaried fine artists living in Nevada did not change between 2002-2010. The state is home to 60 salaried fine artists earning an average salary of $58,970. They earned more than $10,000 less in 2002 when the average salary was $48,020.
Art Directors: Nevada had a population of 140 art directors in 2002. By 2010, the population had increased slightly by 10. However, salaries increased significantly during the same period. In 2002, Nevada art directors averaged $50,440. In 2010, they averaged $61,510.