View of blooming cherry trees along calm strip of water, with the Washington National Monument in the background. An image of the IMLS logo appears in the top lefthand corner.
A young Native American girl in full regalia speaks into a microphone at the opening reception of Barrick exhibition "Spirit of the Land"

The UNLV Barrick Museum of Art's spring 2022 opening reception showcased the diverse artists, people, and places of Nevada. The Barrick, Las Vegas's only art museum, is a finalist for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)

Apr. 8, 2022

 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is among 30 finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is the only institution in Nevada to be selected as a finalist for this award.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.

“As the only art museum in Las Vegas, it is a special honor to receive this nomination and the recognition it brings to the arts in our city,” said Barrick’s Executive Director Alisha Kerlin. “We are committed to leveling barriers that limit access to the arts, especially for first-time visitors, and we aspire to create a nourishing environment for the multitude of diverse voices that make up our vibrant community. We’re grateful for the opportunity this nomination gives us to highlight the amazing things happening in Las Vegas.”

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.

“So many museums, so many libraries have done such good work over the last two very difficult years. We are proud to present the 30 finalists for the IMLS National Medal,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “Their work is emblematic of the response of the library and museum worlds to simultaneously fulfilling their mission and serving their communities.”

To celebrate this honor, IMLS is encouraging Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art’s community members to share stories, memories, pictures, and videos on social media using the #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals hashtags, and engage with IMLS on Facebook and Twitter

National Medal winners will be announced in early June. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions during a virtual National Medal Ceremony this summer.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website

 


About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.