Welcome to the Friday Art News Roundup! To submit news for next week’s roundup, email kris@doublescoop.art. (The roundup generally does not include exhibitions, events, or calls for artists. You can post those here on our statewide visual arts calendar any time.)

Scholastic Art Award winners announced

More than 280 teens across Northern Nevada were selected from more than 1,200 applicants for the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards. Winners and scholarship recipients will be honored with a virtual ceremony on Facebook LIVE and YouTube this evening at 6 p.m. Exhibitions of selected winning works are on view through March 5 at the Nevada Museum of Art and Sheppard Contemporary at UNR.

Here’s the complete list of Northern Nevada winners.

Melissa Melero-Moose in Crocker Museum’s virtual exhibition

Melissa Melero-Moose from Hungry Valley is among the artists in the Crocker Musuem’s virtual exhibition Multiple Horizons: Tribal Perspectives at the Confluence. The museum, located in Sacramento, is still closed to in-person visitors, but you can see the virutal exhibition here.

Burning Man 2021 still TBD

A Feb. 18 post on the Burning Man Journal poses the burning question: Go or no-go on the 2021 Burn? ” As of today, the COVID-19 pandemic still presents too many unknowns,” the post reads. “Nevertheless, we are cautiously, carefully, and mindfully planning for a potential 2021 event. As an organization we have decades of experience weighing risks and managing uncertainty. And so we’re gathering our ducks, beginning to put them in something that resembles a row, and getting key processes in motion in the event that public health experts and government agencies tell us it’s possible to produce Black Rock City.”

The org added that if the weeklong event does end up on the calendar, there will be less time to prepare and therefore Black Rock City’s population will be reduced. Exact numbers are still pending. Here’s more detail.

NEA grant to bring art to underserved populations

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge America program portal is open, offering a $10,000 grant that supports small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

There are several steps to the application process. The first is due March 30. A live webinar with tips and Q&A will be held on March 10 at noon PST. You can register here.

WESTAF to host free advocacy panels next week

WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is holding a free, virtual Leadership and Advocacy Seminar Feb. 24-25, featuring a series of panel discussions on topics such as federal advocacy, policy priorities of the West, and engaging members of Congress. Registration info here.

Cover image: An image by Scholastic Award winner Jonah Dees, an 11th grader at Reno High School

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Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher. She's also been a literature student in Arizona, an art student in Boston and Los Angeles, an artist, gallery owner, art teacher, and Arts Editor for the Reno News & Review. More at www.krisvagner.com.

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