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Dean’s Message

The College of Fine Arts is one of the most rapidly growing fine arts colleges in the country. Students enrolled in our art, architecture, dance, film, music and theatre programs work with a diverse and gifted group of faculty to build their talent and explore the artistic realms of their disciplines.

As we move into the 21st century, young artists will be challenged to bring a “freshness” to their disciplines. At UNLV, we are preparing students for this challenge by fostering an environment that encourages risk taking and thinking “outside the box.”

The quality of our program is, in part, manifested through the achievements of our faculty, students and alumni. Some of their accomplishments include playing at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, performing on Broadway and exhibiting their art in cutting-edge galleries. Students have also performed regularly at the famed Edinburgh Arts Festival and have created architectural designs for buildings in Las Vegas, a city that has been coined “the city of the future.” Faculty and alumni have won national acclaim, receiving Emmy, Grammy, and Showtime awards, as well as the coveted MacArthur “genius” award, just to name a few.

We have also instituted the “Celebrity Speaker Series,” a program that matches legendary artists and entertainers with fine arts students. Matt Damon, Tony Curtis, Vincent Falcone, Tod Suzuki, Phyllis McGuire, Mike Merrick and the late multi-Oscar winning director George Sidney are a few of the celebrities who have participated in our program.

These programs are aimed at helping students build a network of artists that will enable them to exercise their talent upon graduation. More importantly, we hope that through their artistic journey, students will discover that talent and skill must be developed over a lifetime and that the education they receive at UNLV will provide an artistic base to which they may always return with confidence.

Jeffrey P. Koep, Ph.D.
College of Fine Arts