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Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

With comfortable seating for 1,832, excellent acoustics, great sightlines, and a spacious, beautifully decorated lobby with a gallery wall of fine art, the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall is a grand venue the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in Nevada.

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Ham Concert Hall was completed in 1976 and contains more than 51,000 gross square feet of space. This facility serves as a cultural home for a wide range of performances, from light opera, folk, and pop music to ballet, jazz, and full symphonic productions. The hall's sloped seating provides excellent sight lines from every part of the house. A greenroom adjacent to the hall serves as a meeting and reception area for musicians and guests. The box office for the Performing Arts Center is located on the south side of the parking garage.

A technical fact sheet, seating map, and driving directions can be found on the Performing Arts Center website.

For further information on hours of operation, reservation and rental procedures, access privileges, and other questions, please contact Larry Henley, director of artistic programming and production, at 702-895-4712 or larry.henley@unlv.edu.

Judy Bayley Theatre

Home to many of UNLV’s performing arts groups, this attractive 550-seat space features a raked auditorium, a fully-rigged, proscenium stage, and a thrust-apron that can be used as an orchestra pit. Perfect for a wide variety of productions, the Judy Bayley Theatre features plush, comfortable seating and top notch lighting equipment.

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The theatre — named after the Hacienda owner who was the first woman to own and operate a successful hotel and casino in Las Vegas — houses the department's four main stage productions each season. The theatre features:

  • A 550-seat theatre with continental seating on one level.
  • A proscenium, or archway at the front of the stage, with a maximum opening of 40' wide and 20' high, and is adjustable with black velour masking. There is a 12' deep apron, which is raised and lowered hydraulically. The working stage depth is 39'' from the plaster line. The total width of the stage from wall to wall is 80'. The height from stage floor to the bottom of the grid is 68'.
  • A stage floor that is edge-grain pine and covered with masonite and painted black. A series of 4' x 8' traps makes up an area 16' deep x 40' wide. The floor has excellent resiliency for ballet and other dance.
  • A fully-equipped rigging system with 34 single-purchase counterweighted battens. Each batten is 45' in length and has a low trim of 5' and a high trim of 62' above the stage floor. Lifting capacity of each batten is 1000 lbs. The operating gallery is located stage left at stage level.
  • A grand drape, located directly upstage of the proscenium that is hand drawn at the fly rail. It is deep red velour and is 45' wide x 30' high. Velour masking consists of five sets of black legs (10' wide x 30' high), four black borders (75' wide x 10' high), and one set of black stage curtains (each panel is 37' wide x 37' high, 2 panels total).
  • An ETC Expression 3 lighting console with manual and computer operation. The console also has manual override faders, and effects programming capability. Cueing of the board can be done by either submaster loads or keypad. Lighting cues can be stored on diskette. There are three ETC Sensor Dimmer Racks, 96 each.
  • A sound control board located in the left control booth. The booth is glassed in with sliding windows. The sound console is a Mackie SR32.4 with 2x DOD SR231 QXLR 2 ch. Graphic EQ. and 1x Sanson S-Patch Plus 48 pt. balanced patch bay.

Dressing rooms, a costume shop, and a scene shop located directly behind the stage.

Black Box Theatre

The Black Box Theatre is home to many of the University’s graduate, undergraduate, and experimental student performances. A very flexible space, it can accommodate 120 – 175 non-fixed seats in arrangements for small recitals, lectures, dance, and other social events.

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The Black Box Theatre, where the department light lab is located, houses three second season productions each year. The theatre features:

  • A stage space (including the auditorium) of 46' x 46' with perimeter aisles and masking drapes surrounding all sides. The height is 21' from the floor to the grid. There is a second floor walkway and railing on three sides with the control booth on the fourth side. The walkway is 14' from the stage and 8' wide. The balcony railing is 3' high.
  • Flexible seating arranged on movable risers with a maximum capacity of 220 people.
  • A stage floor painted black masonite over edge-grain pine, over 2 rows of sleepers, over concrete.
  • An Izenour Stretch Wire Grid. Limited rigging may be done off the grid. Lighting is accomplished by attaching short pipes to the supporting pipes of the stretch wire grid.
  • Lighting control, which is ETC Express 24 subs with programmable codes. The Strand Century dimmer system consists of 140 - 2.4 kw (CD-80). The lighting load circuits are hard-wired to dimmers and patching is by means of "soft-patching" through the control board.
  • Sound equipment that includes a Mackie SR24.4 Mixing Board, three Crown 300A ampracks, four Bose 901 Series V speakers permanently installed at each corner, four movable Klipsch Heresy speakers, a Denon CD/Tape Deck, Sony CD player, and a Dual Tape Professional.

A green room, and dressing rooms directly off the stage.

Marjorie Barrick Museum

The Marjorie Barrick Museum (the Barrick), formerly the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History, is a well-known venue for engaging exhibitions and events. Founded in 1969 and located at the heart of UNLV, the Barrick promotes engagement with the visual arts among a broad community including UNLV students, faculty, and staff; the greater Las Vegas community; and the national and international art community. In December 2011, the Barrick joined the UNLV College of Fine Arts and became the anchor of the Galleries at UNLV. The six galleries and one museum that make up the Galleries are each entities in their own right linked through a common mission and common administration.

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Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery

The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada Las Vegas hosts an outstanding and diverse schedule of changing exhibitions throughout the year. Whether one-person shows, group shows, theme shows or competitions, the exhibits feature work by regionally and nationally recognized contemporary artists as well as UNLV faculty, and students. Past exhibitions included such artists as Peter Alexander, Ed & Linda Blackburn, Karen Carson, David Geise, Luis Jimenez, David Levinthal, Hung Liu, Richard Misrach, Ellen Phelan, David Reed, Larry Rivers, Jim Shaw, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robert Zakanitch.

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The gallery also hosted exhibitions organized by Crayola Crayon, Inc., American College Theater Festival, and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The Donna Beam Gallery also manages three satellite galleries on campus: the Jessie Metcalf Gallery, located in the Richard Tam Alumni Center featuring the work of UNLV alumni, faculty and students; and the lobbies of the Artemus Ham Concert Hall and the Judy Bayley Theater. Each venue hosts exhibits of the work of individual artists or small group shows. The mission of UNLV and the Donna Beam Gallery is to provide a setting whereby individuals can "acquire the knowledge and common experiences that enhance critical thinking, leadership skills, aesthetic sensitivity, and social integrity."

The gallery's focus is on the "critical thinking," and "aesthetic sensitivity" elements of the university's mission. The gallery supports those ideals by drawing upon resources available from scholars and critics in the field for its exhibitions, publications and lectures. The focal point of the gallery is on contemporary art with emphasis on content, concept and craft in diverse media. The gallery is capable of attracting artists from across the United States to fulfill its objectives. The primary goal is to educate our audience, and also to excite, enlighten and entertain. The number of exhibitions hosted in any given year varies from seven to 15.

The gallery also serves as classroom and laboratory for students learning gallery management practices. An art gallery has been part of the university campus since 1969. First situated in Archie C. Grant Hall, it was relocated in 1981 to the Alta Ham Fine Arts Building. It has since been remodeled and enlarged, and the name it now carries is in honor of the daughter of Thomas Beam, the benefactor whose generous donation made the expansion possible. The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery is devoted to providing a year-round, visual arts center for the UNLV academic community, residents of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, and visitors to the city. The gallery is open to the public on a regular basis throughout the year with no admission charged.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM and by special arrangement for groups. The gallery is closed Sundays and holidays.

If you have questions or would like to be placed on the mailing list, please call the gallery at 702-895-3893 or send an e-mail to jerry.schefcik@unlv.edu.

Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center

The Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center (BMC) is the newest addition to the Department of Music. The building was completed in the spring of 2001 and contains more than 35,000 gross square feet of space.

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The Beam Music Center offers:

The location of this building on campus and some additional information can be found at Beam Music Center.

For further information on hours of operation, access privileges, and other questions, please contact the Department of Music office at 702-895-3332.

Paul Harris Theatre

The Paul Harris Theatre, named after the emeritus director for the Department of Theatre, is a 99-seat house that is used primarily as an acting studio but is also home to the One Acts Festival, and the Ten Minutes Play Festival.

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The theatre features:

  • A 20-foot archway, or proscenium opening.
  • Lighting and drapes that are hung off a box truss with four chain motor drives. Lighting consists of 36 dimmers, a Strand 320 series control board and a 50 light rep plot.
  • Two lighting pipes, located over the house and accessible by focus tracks. Dressing rooms and a green room up a level accessed from stairways at the back of the stage.