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PBS Reno Celebrates Groundbreaking Architect and Visionary Artist with New Documentary 


RENO, NV (July 7, 2022) — Upholding its mission to Entertain Your Curiosity, PBS Reno has completed a new documentary, Janna Ireland on the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada.

The documentary is a visual experience that explores the architectural influences in northern, central, and southern Nevada by Paul Revere Williams, the first licensed African American architect to work in the western region of the United States. The short film features beautiful photographs by artist and educator Janna Ireland, who has photographed structures designed by Williams throughout Nevada and California. The film is anchored by interviews with experts who share a love of history throughout the state, and were filmed at the Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas and the Herman residence at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno.

“Bringing this production to fruition was an incredible experience felt by our entire team,” said Rebecca Cronon, PBS Reno Content Creator. “Through our collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art, we had the gift to explore the incredible work of Mr. Williams through the expertise, passion, and kindness from the people featured in this film. We are so proud of the result and grateful for this project.” 

The documentary Janna Ireland on the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada shares the name of a new exhibit now on display at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. The documentary was produced to coincide with the exhibit and play alongside the installation, offering museum visitors an added element of visual storytelling.

The documentary will also broadcast on PBS Reno channel 5.1 and livestreamed at pbsreno.org during the award-winning PBS Reno series ARTEFFECTS on Sunday, July 24 at 6:30pm.

“PBS Reno treasures our partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO. “The Paul Revere Williams documentary that we will broadcast is the latest project that our two organizations have worked on with the goal of bringing the arts to life in our region.”

“The partnership between the Nevada Museum of Art and PBS Reno for the Janna Ireland on the Architectural Legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada supports the mission and vision of both institutions: this exhibition, especially, reveals fascinating insights about the evolution of the built environment of our communities and our entire state,” said Rebecca Eckland, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Nevada Museum of Art. “By working together to bring to light the story of Paul Revere Williams’ architectural designs in Nevada through the photography of Janna Ireland, we’re highlighting the outstanding cultural legacy in our area while bringing emphasis to an under-recognized architect.”

About PBS Reno

As of February 2022, PBS Reno Channel 5.1 is watched weekly by more than 113,000 people in approximately 62,000 households in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create 5.2 and PBS KIDS Reno 5.3. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. PBSReno.org provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at watch.PBSReno.org that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Curiosity Classroom Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life with standards-based lessons and activities. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as thousands of individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

About the Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art is the only art museum in Nevada accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). A private, nonprofit organization founded in 1931, the statewide institution is supported by its membership as well as sponsorships, gifts and grants. Through its permanent collections, original exhibitions and programming, and E.L. Cord Museum School, the Nevada Museum of Art provides meaningful opportunities for people to engage with a range of art and education experiences. The Museum’s Center for Art + Environment is an internationally-recognized research center dedicated to supporting the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The Center houses unique archive materials from more than 1,000 artists working on all seven continents, including Cape Farewell, Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria, Lita Albuquerque, Burning Man, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Great Basin Native Artists Archive, Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, and Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector. Learn more at nevadaart.org.

Land Acknowledgement

The Nevada Museum of Art acknowledges the traditional homelands of the Wa She Shu (Washoe), Numu (Northern Paiute), Newe (Western Shoshone), and Nuwu (Southern Paiute) people of the Great Basin. This includes the 27 tribal nations that exist as sovereign nations and continue as stewards of this land. We appreciate the opportunity to live and learn on these Indigenous homelands.

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Phone: 775.600.0555
Address: 1670 N. Virginia St. • Reno NV 89503