Beloved Eureka art collector Wally Cuchine dies at 75

EUreka County Deputy Sheriff Tyler Thomas confirmed by phone today that Eureka art collector Wally Cuchine died Sept. 15 at the age of 75. The sheriff’s office was unable to release additional details as autopsy results are pending.

Cuchine was born in Helena, Montana in 1947 and graduated from Helena High School in 1966. He served in the Air Force for four years, lived in Las Vegas, graduated from Sierra Nevada College (now Sierra Nevada University) with a degree in environmental science. , and settled in Eureka, population 480 at last census.

Cuchine has collected the work of Nevada artists for decades and has amassed over 2,000 pieces, possibly the largest collection of Nevada art in the world. The trailer he lived in and his “Shed Gallery” in another trailer on his property were filled with art from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. In 2013 he donated much of his collection to the Ely Art Bank in Ely, where some of the works are on permanent display.

Cuchine was beloved by many in the Nevada art community. If anyone from the Double Scoop audience or beyond would like to share a photo, video, memento or memento of them, please email it to [email protected] We will compile and publish them in the coming weeks.

The catalog for the traveling exhibition Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada contains an overview of his collection.

Short film by Julia Moreno and Shevawn Von Tobel in 2019, Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collectiontells his story:

Cover photo: A still from the film by Julia Moreno and Shevawn Von Tobel Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection.

Norma D. Ross