Nevada: The Photography of Cliff Segerblom PDF Print

February 24, 2011

Hoover Dam Needle TestCarson City, Nev. — The exhibit Nevada: The Photography of Cliff Segerblom is now on display at the Nevada State Museum through August 2, 2011.  The exhibition of 25 large format black and white photographs invites visitors to explore the immense changes that have occurred in Nevada from 1938 through 1980. 

The Nevada exhibit is organized by the Springs Preserve of Las Vegas and presented by the Nevada State Museum.  A free opening reception, scheduled for 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, includes light refreshments and a short program. 

Cliff SegerblomCliff Segerblom was chief photographer for the Bureau of Reclamation Hoover Dam Project. His photographs have been published in Life, Time, and National Geographic magazines and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City where his work is part of the permanent collection.

“Segerblom’s photos capture the stark beauty, grace and power of the Nevada landscape,” said Curator of Education Deborah Stevenson.  “He uses art to make meaning from our human experience and interaction with the environment.” 

For more than a half-century, painter and photographer Cliff Segerblom devoted his life to capturing the ever-changing landscape of Nevada.  His themes, as well as his artistry in exposing the depth and infinite textures of desert landscapes, earned him national acclaim.  Through the years his work has come to provide an opportunity to witness Nevada’s vanished frontier, with each image serving as part of the visual history of the Silver State.

According to Stevenson, “Segerblom captures dramatic changes that have taken place over time in old towns like Belmont, Berlin, Eureka and Mina.  While some may find the vastness of the Nevada landscape lonely, others seek out the desert for its comforting solitude. So too, museum visitors find solace in reflecting upon new perspectives as seen through Segerblom’s creative lens.”

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The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage.  Exhibits highlight the state’s history, geology, plants and animals, Native American cultural heritage, Historic Carson City Mint, a replica walk-through mine and ghost town. 

Due to mandatory state budget restrictions, the museum is closed Sunday – Tuesday, and open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday.   Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 17 and under and museum members.  For information call (775) 687-4810.

The Nevada State Museum is one of seven managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, please call Teresa Moiola at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s website at

Febrary 24, 2011
Contact: Deborah Stevenson 775-687-4810 ext. 237
Teresa  Moiola 775-687-8323