“Celebrate Nevada” August 4 – 31, 2021

Winners announced

This year’s invitational had four prize categories. Museums guests voted on their favorite painting for the People’s Choice award. Artists voted on technical skill, color and design for an Artist’s Choice award. Museum Staff and Docents selected the painting that best conveyed the theme, “Celebrate Nevada.” Finally, guests, artists, staff, and docents selected the best sculpture. Congratulations to our First Prize winners!

People’s Choice: “Driven by the Love of Tradition” by Heidi Leavitt

Artist Choice: “Side Street in Virginia City” by Lynn Rigoni

Staff/Docent Choice: “Driven by the Love of Tradition” by Heidi Leavitt

Best Sculpture: “Brave” by Jana Ward

Auction now online, closes Nov 1, 2021 at 8 pm.


The Hot & Dusty Fine Art Invitational returns to the Lost City Museum for its third year. This annual installation of fine art allows residents of Moapa Valley to connect with local, internationally acclaimed, artistic talent. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Nevada,” a sentiment that resonates with area residents as normalcy returns to post-pandemic lives. It incorporates what it means to live and have pride in the state of Nevada. The theme also allows residents and artists to romanticize and actualize pre-pandemic activities. At the same time, it’s an inward reflection and an embodiment of joy.

Twelve artists are lined up to participate in this year’s celebration and exhibit. The invited artists are representative of a diverse and inclusive Nevada. Returning this year (in alphabetical order) JD Challenger, Gig Depio, Nancy Glazier, Heidi Leavitt, Ken Kaylor, Lynn Rigoni, Tammy Symmons, and Janet Trobough. New artists joining us are Brent Holmes and Q’Shaundra James.  Running from August 4 through 31, 2021 the event’s a closing reception is cancelled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in southern Nevada.

This year, artists will be recognized in four different categories at the closing reception:

  • Artist choice: Artists will be asked to vote on the piece that demonstrates the high level of technical skill, good use of color, and design as it relates to the theme, “Celebrate Nevada.”
  • Docent/Staff choice: Paintings will be evaluated by Museum staff and Volunteers on how easy it is for guests to interpret the theme of “Celebrate Nevada” is within the piece.
  • Guest choice: All who visit the museum will be asked to judge the paintings on aesthetic, composition, and overall impression of the paintings.
  • Best Sculpture: All participants will be asked to cast a second ballot for a sculpture that contains the best representation of movement, aesthetic, and follows the theme of “Celebrate Nevada.”

All visitors may vote on the art in person up until August 28 at 4:30 pm. At the tail end of the pandemic, programming will not be as robust this third year, but there is a big change, a silent auction. Attendees will be able to bid on a variety of items including original artwork from invited artists, experiences such as admission passes to Las Vegas area museums, jewelry, and so much more! Visit the page often. More items are coming in every day!


“The Beauty of the American Southwest” 2020

In 2020, Lost City Museum invited photographers with a connection to Moapa Valley to showcase their artwork following a theme of the “Beauty of the American Southwest.” Ten artists displayed gorgeous landscapes, portraits, and one cut paper submission. These photographs were entered into two contests: people’s choice and Staff/Docent choice awards.

Members of the public voted online and in person on their favorite photograph. First place for public choice went to Kris Zurbas’ “Sunset through a tree.” Second place was awarded to Kayla Doty’s metallic photograph titled “Backcountry.” Third place was awarded to Nicholas Yamashita for his “Soaring” mixed media photograph. Award winners for the Staff/Docent choice were Virginia Lucas’ “On the Highway to the Valley of Sand and Stone” (first place) and Kayla Doty’s “Backcountry.”



“Hot & Dusty” 2019

  The Hot & Dusty Fine Art Invitational started in 2019 with the intent of bringing fine art to a rural community. Jana Ward, Guest Curator, organized local, internationally acclaimed participants. During its initial run, weekend programming and a closing reception helped to double museum membership. Each weekend, galleries were alive with laughter and stories as artists shared their philosophies with the public.

The vision of the exhibit was to increase the credibility of Lost City Museum as an art venue, visibility of the museum, encourage new membership, and assure that the show was a positive experience for the artists who were involved. These goals were met and exceeded  through a closing reception that hosted over 90 members from St. George, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada. Three awards were given out that evening. The People’s Choice award was given to Susan Perez’s “Room with a View.” Artist’s Choice was awarded to Ken Kaylor’s “St. Thomas.” Staff and Docent Choice was awarded to both Ken Kaylor’s “St. Thomas” and JD Challenger’s “We the People.”