About the Awards
The Reno Tahoe Artists (RTA) Awards is an annual awards program and Gala created to recognize individual achievement and the overall ascendency of Reno Tahoe into a national destination for arts and culture.
A 509(a)2 entity, the regional component of the RTA Awards presents cash prizes and special edition awards for excellence in artistic achievement in 6 categories to artists living and working in the Reno Tahoe region. Winners are selected by an appointed panel of jurors looking to recognize key contributors to the development of Reno Tahoe's arts and culture landscape. The Grand Prize is selected from the category winners.
Running in correspondence with the Reno Tahoe International Art Show, the 2023 RTA Awards introduces the 'Best of Show', a voter-based awards program celebrating what's best within each presenting category of the RTIA Show. Attendees and exhibitors are asked to vote for one winner per category on-site at the RTIA Show between the VIP Preview Thursday, September 14 and 6pm on Saturday, September 16 ahead of the Awards Gala.
2023 Award Categories - Regional Awards
Excellence in Fine Art in Oil & Acrylic
Artworks using oil and/or acrylic as the sole medium, applied to canvas, panel or other 2D surface
*sponsored by Pixels & Ink
Excellence in Fine Art in Mixed Media: 2D
Two dimensional artworks composed of a combination of materials - examples: collage, printmaking, multi media wall hangings
*sponsored by Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
Excellence in Fine Art in Photography
Photography in which the vision of the artist behind the camera is presented rather than the objective reality of the subject the camera is capturing
*sponsored by Pitch Black Printing
Excellence in Fine Art in Watercolor
Artworks using watercolor as the sole medium, applied to canvas, panel or other 2D surface
*sponsored by Alan Maiss
Excellence in Fine Art in Mixed Media: 3D
Three dimensional artworks composed of a combination of materials - examples: free standing sculpture, installation art, jewelry, sculptural wall hangings
Excellence in Furniture, Lighting and Functional Artworks
Custom created functional furnishings - seating, lighting, tabletops, etc. - designed as a singular work of art
*sponsored by Dolan Auto Group
2023 RTA GRAND PRIZE
Reno Creative Movement Award*
The Reno Creative Movement Award, presented by EDAWN, is presented to the artist who has both achieved the highest level of artistic excellence in any media and contributed meaningfully to the ascendancy of Reno as a national arts and cultural center.
*Presented in partnership with IAP and American Art Collector
$5,000 Cash Prize
Special Edition Award
Full-Page Artist Focus for an Upcoming Issue of American Art Collector
2023 Award Categories - Best of Show
Voter-based, on site only at the RTIA Show - votes accepted from Thursday, September 14 VIP Preview event through 4pm on Saturday September 16 ahead of the RTA Awards Gala. Winners will each receive a $1500 prize towards RTIA Show 2024 + a special edition award for the following award categories:
Best of Independents *sponsored by Pitch Black Printing
Best of Art Cities
Best of Design
Best of Sculpture - Small-Scale (pedestals)
Best of Galleries & Features
Best of First Nations, Indigenous Peoples
Best of Sculpture - Large-Scale (freestanding)
Sept 14-17, 2023
Reno-Sparks Convention Center
In correspondence with RTA Awards, the Reno Tahoe International Art Show is a city-to -lakeside celebration of fine art and sculpture, bespoke furniture, and emerging design held each September in Reno, NV, with a vision to position Reno Tahoe as a nationally recognized destination for arts and culture. The RTIA Show is unique to the region, showcasing local talent alongside national and international galleries, independent artists and sculptors from across the a country, and special features including the First Nations, Indigenous Peoples Pavilion, Short Film Programming by Reno-based Cordillera International Film Festival and the 'Post Play Art' Burning Man Sculpture exhibition.