Repeated Refrains


“Repeated Refrains,” RNO’s first public art piece, is scheduled to be installed in early March, right before the grand opening of the Ticketing Hall.

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) initiated a solicitation process to find the perfect fit and received 62 qualifying submissions from artists worldwide. Dixie Friend Gay amazed and delighted our Art Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees with her nationally acclaimed works of art.

First Public Art Commission


The 450-foot installation incorporates both 2D and 3D elements creating a collage of natural textures, paintings, and other elements that relate to the natural world of the Reno-Tahoe area.

“The Reno-Tahoe area is full of rich hues, natural beauty and iconic images. This vibrant piece is also a representation of that richness – the textures and colors of the seasons, the micro and macro elements, and the shifting landscape.” – Dixie Friend Gay.

About the Artist


Dixie Friend Gay is a nationally acclaimed artist with a career spanning over three decades, drawing inspiration from her connection to the natural world. Her diverse artistic portfolio includes public art, sculpture, painting, and drawing. She is most notably known for her public art commissions, with installations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the Port of Miami, Indianapolis International Airport, Sam Houston State University, and Texas A&M Galveston.