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 ‘The First Lady Presents…’ 

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Statement of Purpose:

‘The First Lady Presents…’ is a new collaboration between the Nevada Governor’s Mansion and the Carson City Department of Arts & Culture designed to recognize, promote, and celebrate contemporary Nevadan artists committed to elevating arts excellence. 

This initiative allows the opportunity for (1) contemporary Nevadan artist to display (3) temporary wall-hung artworks within the Nevada Governor’s Mansion in Carson City for (6) months.  At present, this exhibition opportunity identifies (3) locations within the Mansion available to visitors and tour groups.


Mark Salinas, Director, Department of Arts & Culture, Municipality of Carson City:

Installation Specifications:

Nevada Governor’s Mansion, 606 Mountain St, Carson City, NV 89703

The Nevada Governor's Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of Nevada and the Governor's family. Reno architect George A. Ferris designed this Classical Revival (Neoclassical) style mansion. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

1) East Lobby Wall:  Maximum Dimension: Height 30” x Width 30”

2) Lincoln Room:  Maximum Dimension: Height 30” x Width 30”

3)  South Lobby Wall:  Maximum Dimension: Height 36” x Width 42”


  • Open to all artists residing in the state of Nevada.
  • Applicants must be living individuals.  No posthumous applications, please.
  • Applications are received on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  • Please note all applicants need only submit one time to join the registry for future exhibition consideration.
  • All applications must be submitted to the website.
  • No handwritten or in-person applications or additional materials will be accepted.

Please note: The debut exhibition of January – June 2020 will feature a Caron City Artist.

All other exhibition opportunities are open statewide to all artists.


  • At this time, only 2D (wall-hung) works will be accepted.
  •  All 2D work must be suitable for hanging on the wall.
  •  All 2D work must have hanging hardware installed.
  •  Exhibitions will run 6 months (January through June, and July through December).
  •  The Carson City Department of Arts & Culture will provide a $350 honorarium for selected artists.
  •  Artists are responsible to coordinate all incoming/outgoing transportation of their art.  Mansion staff will be available to assist with unpacking/ packing, and all installation/de-installation of artwork.  The Governor’s Mansion will provide insurance of all artworks, at the artist’s declared value, while upon state property.
  •  No fee will be collected for any sales of artwork occurring from display at the Governor’s Mansion.  Artists may replace any sold artwork with new works with approval by Nevada Governor’s Mansion and the Carson City Department of Arts & Culture.
  •  Art exhibitions may feature a small reception and artists talk at the Governor’s Mansion to be held at artist’s expense.  Reception dates will be subject to Mansion availability.


Nomination + Selection

A rotating selection committee comprising of 3-5 Nevadan arts professionals will select (1) artist per exhibition based upon

• Artistic merit

(Quality and value based on creativity, ingenuity, or talent)

• Audience Education

(Audience outreach benefit and/or new audience engagement)

• Career Development

(Originality of concept/work and the likelihood of exhibition to achieve new growth for the applicant)

 All selected artists will be notified approximately 3 months in advance of delivery due date at the Mansion.


November 15, 2019: Public announcement by First Lady Kathy Sisolak.

(November 15 – January 2020: Solicitation, selection, delivery, installation, promotion)

 1st Exhibition: January – June 2020:

(March 2020: Selection Committee convenes to select 2nd Exhibition)

 2nd Exhibition: July – December 2020

(September 2020: Selection Committee convenes to select 3rd Exhibition)

 3rd Exhibition: January –June 2021

(March 2021: Selection Committee convenes to select 4th Exhibition)

 4th Exhibition: July – December 2021


The First Lady Presents…

Updated on 11/15/2019 2:19 PM

The Carson City Cultural Commission, established in 2008 by Carson City Municipal Code Chapter 2.41, serves as the primary advisory body to the Carson City Board of Supervisors for matters relating to arts and culture for benefit of all residents and visitors. 

Between 2014 and 2016, the Board of Supervisors took action to have the Cultural Commission and Parks and Recreation Department staff prepare an Arts & Culture Master Plan. In February 2016, the Board of Supervisors adopted this Arts & Culture Master Plan into the overall Carson City Master Plan. In October 2016 a full-time Arts & Culture Coordinator was hired through a 1% increase in transient occupancy tax. In March 2018, a Department of Arts & Culture was created under the City Hall.

Commissioner Roster as of January 1, 2019: Barbara D’Anneo (Chair), Lupe Ramirez (Vice Chair), Karen Abowd, Elinor Bugli, Terri McBride, Chris Leyva, Mylo McCormick. 

Staff Liaison: Mark Salinas (Arts & Culture Coordinator, Municipality of Carson City).

The Commission meets throughout the year at the Carson City Community Center’s Sierra Room, 850 East Williams St. (corner of N. Roop St.), Carson City, NV 89701. Meetings are typically held January, March, May, July, September, November on the 2nd Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m.  Meetings are open to the public and televised liveContact Mark Salinas to confirm date and time.