Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Goldwell Open Air Museum

  • Beatty, NV
  • http://www.goldwellmuseum.org

Mission Statement

To preserve, present, and encourage artistic exploration in and of the Amargosa Desert–an evocative landscape along the eastern edge of Death Valley National Park.

This mission is achieved through the care and presentation of a 15-acre outdoor sculpture park near the ghost town of Rhyolite and through an artist residency program in the Museum’s nearby Red Barn Art Center.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. The Artist Residency at Goldwell
  3. Albert's Tarantella
  4. Open Air Printmakers

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Service Areas

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National

The Museum welcomes visitors from throughout the United States and beyond and supports U.S. artists in its residency prorgam.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2009

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Suzanne F. Hackett-Morgan

Keywords

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sculpture conservation, outdoor sculpture, artist residencies, nevada

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EIN

91-2069830

 Number

1199198143

Physical Address

1/2 mile west of Golden and Cemetary Roads

Rhyolite, NV 89003

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Art Museums (A51)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Overview

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The Museum is visited by over 100,000 persons annually and supports 8-12 artists in month-long residencies each year.

Programs

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Program 1

The long-term goal of the Goldwell Open Air Museum is to become a nationally and internationally recognized arts/cultural entity with ties and viability that will become, in time, cultural and economic assets to Nye County and the State of Nevada. Intermediate Goals of the Goldwell Open Air Museum include providing ongoing maintenance, visitor improvements, and adequate conservation for existing sculptures and developing varied self-sustaining educational and cultural programs. The museum operates as a free admission facility available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Major activities include: --A year-round artist residency program. --Conservation and maintenance of sculptures, a historic structure, and grounds; --Regional promotion, including a website and color brochure; --Interpretive programs and artist visits.

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Program 2

The Artist Residency at Goldwell

The Museum’s artist residency program provides emerging and mid-career artists with the space, time, and solitude to create new work in a unique and dramatic desert setting near Death Valley National Park. The program attracted 115 applicants from throughout the country in its most recent competitive round (March 1, 2009), the majority drawn to the idea of working in the desert landscape.
 

Selected residents receive a $500 a week stipend for up to six weeks, housing, 24-hour studio access, and $150 in travel support. Artist Project Stipends of $1,000 are offered as additional funds for residency-related exhibits, workshop or performance expenses.

The Museum’s Red Barn Art Center is the primary artist workspace, offering a 1,125 square foot sculpture and painting studio, anexhibition/performance space, and a printmaking studio with a 30" x 60" Takach etching press and a 18" x 30" Conrad monotype press. The Center’s main studio/gallery has approximately 120 running feet of wall space with an 8' height making it ideal for large-scale painting and installations. Artists are housed in Goldwell House, a dedicated 2,000 square foot, three-bedroom residence in nearby Beatty that also offers an attached 1,000 sq. ft workspace and a writer’s office.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$16,000.00

Program 3

Albert's Tarantella

A semi-annual special event of art, music and theater in a historic ghost-town setting.  Features exceptional acoustic performances and an art auction of work by participants in Goldwell's residency program.  Past performers have included Scott Nygaard and Crow Molly, Gary Haleamau and Wahili, Killian's Angels, Coyote Grace and Cockroach Theater.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 4

Open Air Printmakers

A new program debuting in 2012 featuring a public printmaking facility in Downtown Las Vegas, workshops for adults and teens, and printmakers in residence.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$58,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Museum welcomes visitors from throughout the United States and beyond and supports U.S. artists in its residency prorgam.

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Goldwell Open Air Museum

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Principal Officer

Suzanne F. Hackett-Morgan

BIO

Suzanne Hackett-Morgan is an arts and fund raising professional with more than 23 years of experience in the nonprofit world. She began her career at the Custer County Arts Center in Miles City, Montana where she organized a nationally-touring exhibition of Montana women artists from statehood to the present day and achieved the first federal grant for a small museum in Montana. Her development career has included positions at the Exploratorium, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, the California Science Center, and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. At each institution, she advanced their mission through major grants funding new initiatives bringing institutions and communities into closer collaboration.Consulting activities through her company, Fundraiser X, have benefited the California Science Center Foundation, Catalina Island Conservancy, L.A. County Museum of Natural History, Nevada State Library and Archives, the City of Las Vegas; Friends of the Griffith Observatory; SPACES; Preserve Bottle Village Committee; the Nevada Arts Council; Save Outdoor Sculpture!; the City of Oakland; the California African-American Museum; the Las Vegas Natural History Museum; the Nevada State Museum; A Window Between Worlds; and Cockroach Theatre.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Goldwell Open Air Museum seeks to continue Albert Szukalski’s art making vision in the area by offering Artist Residency and Workspace Programs to challenge and support the creative growth of artists from a variety of disciplines. The Artist Residency at Goldwell offers the gift of time, space and solitude to competitively selected individuals working in all artistic disciplines."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Charles Morgan

Clark County School District

Term: Sept 2009 - Aug 2012

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