January 24, to April 27, 2014 
(except where noted otherwise) 


Traditions of the West:  Honoring 100 Years of the Clovis Rodeo showcased historic and contemporary western landscape paintings along with Native American traditional art from local and southwestern US regions. This special exhibition included some never-before-seen artifacts, including Native American works from private collections and works from the Braun Research Library Collection of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles and The Huntley Western Art Collection at Cal Poly Pomona. These paintings (including an Albert Bierstadt and 16 contemporary paintings), pottery, and textile works contribute to the spirit of folklore and legend surrounding the American West that continues to resonate today.

Traditions of the West: Honoring 100 Years of the Clovis Rodeo was made possible by generous support from Don B. Huntley Ranches. 

Images:  Albert Bierstadt, Landscape with Indians , Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; 88.108.13 (left) and Bill Anton, Racing the Weather, The Huntley Western Art Collection at Cal Poly Pomona (right)

DeLappe.jpgThis exhibition is a co-presentation with with Fresno State Center for Creativity and the Arts and will showcase social-activist/artist Joseph DeLappe, whose installations in electronic and new media, online gaming performance, sculpture and electromechanics are known across the United States and abroad. As part of the exhibition, DeLappe will build a large-scale sculptural work onsite at Fresno State in the spring of 2014.

Joseph DeLappe is a Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno where he directs the Digital Media program. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, including exhibitions and performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Canada. 

In 2006, he began the project Dead‐in‐Iraq, to type consecutively, all names of America's military casualties from the war in Iraq into the United States Army's first person shooter online recruiting game. He also directs the project, an ongoing web based exhibition and open call for proposed memorials to the many thousand of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. In 2013, DeLappe rode a specially equipped bicycle to draw a 460 mile long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range to surround an area that would be large enough to create a solar farm that could power the entire United States.

The Joseph DeLappe exhibition is presented in collaboration with California State University, Fresno - Center for Creativity and the Arts.

Images:  Mouse Mandala (left) and Taliban Hands (right) 


Art of the Word includes illustrations and text from artist books and folios that illuminate poetry, stories, and written thoughts. Works include many familiar artists and authors, including Wayne Thiebaud, Jose Posada, Joey Krebs, Eric Carle, Ynez Johnston, William Saroyan, and Roald Dahl.

Images:  (L to R) Eric Carle, from Roosters Off to See the World; Patrick Bensen, from The Minpins by Roald Dahl; DeLoss McGraw, from The Midnight Carnival by W.D. Snodgrass; banner at top of page, far right, Štěpán Zavřel's Sous la lagune de Venise (Under the Lagoon of Venice)

Art of the Word is made possible by generous support from the Bonner Family Foundation, Christy V. Hicks, and Greg and Deborah Lapp.


Experience the opening reception held on January 24, 2014 and learn more about our current exhibitions from this ValleyPBS video by clicking here.