Walter McNamara

University of Nevada Reno: Department of Art

The first art instructor at the University of Nevada in Reno was Katherine Lewers (1868–1945), who began teaching freehand drawing in 1905. For the most part, the program served the specialized needs of teaching, engineering, and home economics majors until 1939 when Lewers retired. Her successor was Helen Joslin, a traditional painter whose methods of instruction seemed to overlook the major trends in modern art outside Nevada.

Avant-garde in Nevada

Although there may be some truth in the notion that avant-garde art and literature have always been slow to reach Nevada and the Great Basin, there have been, over the years, some noteworthy undertakings. And, like the vanguard works of last century's Modernism, they usually combine verbal and visual expressions.

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