Our Someone 2 Know was born on a small reservation in rural Nevada, graduated Wooster High School in Reno and left for art college in Oakland when he was just 17 years old.

Today, Jack Malotte’s rich and colorful creations tell the tale of the issues and people that impact his life.

At the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, where Malotte’s art now lines the walls of several galleries, the artist was recently in-house greeting fans with a warm and genuine smile, as they admired his work.

Most of Jack’s art reflects years living in Nevada’s Great Basin and his Native American heritage; "I was born on Schurz Indian Reservation in '53 and my mom and dad lived over on South Fork Reservation.”

He still remembers the moment - 60 years ago - when he was inspired to become an artist like his uncle; "I was probably about six, maybe, and he used to sit at the table at my grandma's house and my other uncle would come and sit across and they'd drink coffee in the morning and he'd sit there with his sketch book and draw it out."

Jack's own sketch books and other tools of the trade, as well as a small fraction of the paintings, illustrations and silk screens - even a mural he's created - are now on display at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Some of it's political, much of it is personal.

"The feathers represent spirituality,” explains Malotte, “and the land is just the land. I've always like the landscapes, always."

Malotte's art will remain on display through October of this year, as Jack heads back home to Duckwater to continue creating; "I have silk screening I've been wanting to do, I've been doing these other drawings," Jack tells, with a gentle laugh, "...And start these other projects I have going. It's just a continuation."

This Saturday, July 13th the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony - and the Nevada Museum of Art - are celebrating Native American art, culture, community, and tradition with a FREE, all day, interactive event at the museum.

At 2:00 pm Jack Malotte himself will be there to give a talk.

For more details on “Reawakening the Great Basin: A Native American Arts and Cultural Gathering” -


July 13, 2019

10 am – 5 pm