WILL DURHAM – LIT: THE NEON OF OLD NEVADA
February 2 – March 31 | Tues-Sun 12-4p | Exhibition Hall | Brewery Building
The lore of lost Nevada highways are always rimmed within the glow of a neon fix. The overhead buzz of high voltage calls us, recalls memories, possibilities, and connections. The journey awaits. Come relive stories told through the vivid photography of Nevada’s lost neon and rescued, restored signs.
“The more that I’ve looked at them and been around them, I started to realize how historically significant they were. They really are part of our cultural heritage and collective history. This is a way to honor our history and also an industrial art that was taken to new heights in Nevada.” – Will Durham
For the 2019 Nevada Legislative session, Will worked with students from Carson Montessori Elementary School to draft and propose a bill that would make neon one of Nevada’s official state symbols. The bill, AB182, passed unanimously in both chambers and was signed into law by Governor Sisolak that spring. Durham’s ultimate goal is the formation of a museum dedicated to the art and craft of neon sign making and it’s role in Nevada history.
**Join us for a special Artist Reception on March 9th from 2-4pm in the Exhibition Hall, you’ll have a gas.**
$10 suggested donation | $5 suggested donation for seniors/students