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ArtCar Fest hits Reno
by Tribune Staff
Jul 18, 2012 | 1430 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — ArtCar Fest does what no other art event can — it hits the road! This time the ArtCars are driving over Donner Pass to visit Reno. Two world-class museums have invited the ArtCars to exhibit.

ArtCar Fest is an all-volunteer, artist-run event. The fest was founded by Philo Northrup and Harrod Blank in 1996 in San Francisco, and is directed by Emily Duffy — all of whom are ArtCar artists themselves. The fest is the only event in the world devoted exclusively to ArtCars. These unique vehicles are 100 percent street-legal, daily-drivers that have been permanently modified into works of art.

On Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., join the ArtCars to commemorate the Mutant Rides exhibition at Reno’s National Automobile Museum with a closing party. Curated by ArtCar Fest co-founder Harrod Blank, Mutant Rides celebrates the vehicles of Burning Man, where the first mobile sculptures on the playa were street-legal ArtCars: “5:04pm” by Burning Man Co-Founder Michael Mikel, and “Oh My God!” by Harrod Blank. Both of these important artists and their ArtCars will be at the party, as well as other ArtCars from around the West.

The National Automobile Museum 10 S. Lake St. in Reno. For more information, call 333-9300 or visit

On Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Nevada Museum of Art, Blank will introduce his award-winning documentary about ArtCars, “Automorphosis.” The film will be in Reno for one day only. “Automorphosis” was selected by the U.S. State Department to tour China and Nicaragua, and is featured on the Documentary Channel. Blank’s film won top honors at the San Francisco, Savannah, Royal Flush and Macon film festivals. A select group of ArtCars from around the West will be exhibited in the Nevada Museum of Art parking lot from 1 to 10 p.m. That night from 7 to 10 p.m. the museum will present world-renowned musician DJ Spooky, who will be performing his “Ice Music” with a quartet from the Reno Philharmonic, celebrating the Arctic and Antarctic.

The Nevada Museum of Art is located at 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno. For more information, call 329-3333 or visit

Tickets for “Automorphosis” cost $10 for general admission and $8 for members of the Nevada Museum of Art. For more information, visit or
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