Neatly-dressed people are walking around a large, well-lit room with white walls and a wooden floor. They are paying attention to artwork on the walls. Rows of dark panels hang on the farthest wall. A long multi-colored artwork hangs on an adjacent wall. The artworks are too far away to reveal details.

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Opening Reception, Spring 2023. Photo by Becca Schwartz/UNLV Creative Services

Apr. 12, 2023

Open Call for Art Writing

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Dry Heat Art Journal
Due May 1


Are you a Nevadan arts writer? Or do you have an article about art you'd love to write? The team behind Dry Heat is looking for people who will help us create a platform for writing that gives context and depth to the visual art community in Southern Nevada. If this sounds like you then we'd love to hear your proposal. 
Entries will be read by our guest creative editor, Jennifer Kleven, who has set a theme for the issue: Public Art. The four writers Kleven selects will be commissioned to create essays of 1500-2000 words for issue 3 of the Dry Heat arts journal. Each chosen writer will be paid a stipend for their article. 
What would we like you to send us?
A proposal for your article (what would you write about and why) plus a writing sample of 150-200 words and a writer's CV. Emerging writers are welcome to apply. 
What are we looking for?
We’re looking for overviews of genres, trends, groups, or theories; informed considerations of artists’ oeuvres; examinations of local art (past, present, and future); critical writing by artists reflecting on their practices, and other related ideas. Your proposal should focus on public art and Southern Nevada. 
What are we not looking for?
We don't publish time-sensitive writings such as exhibition reviews or promotional articles.
Where to send it?
Email your application on a single .pdf to by 5 p.m. PST on May 1, 2023. 
Applicants will receive a response after May 15 and finished articles will be due on August 4, 2023.
This project is supported in part by Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

About Jennifer Kleven

Jennifer Kleven is a life-long Las Vegan committed to expanding access to arts and culture for under-resourced local communities. Her love of art and community was honed at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she received a BFA in Art. Upon graduation in 2009, she opened a gallery in the former Emergency Arts building on Fremont Street, and exhibited local, national and international artists. Currently, she is Director of Advancement at The Neon Museum, President of the Nevada Museums Association, vice-chair of the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission, and a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and other agencies. She was the 2018 recipient of the WESTAF Emerging Leader of Color award for Nevada.

About the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to art that challenges our understanding of the present and inspires us to create a future that holds space for us all. Located on the campus of one of the most racially diverse universities in the U.S., we strive to create a nourishing environment for those who continue to be neglected by contemporary art museums. As the only art museum in the city of Las Vegas, we commit ourselves to leveling barriers that limit access to the arts. Our collection of artworks offers an opportunity for everyone to develop a deeper knowledge of contemporary art in Southern Nevada. The Barrick Museum is part of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Find Us
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is located in the heart of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. The museum is easily accessed from the west side of campus at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and University Center Drive. Drive east on East Harmon Ave until the road enters the campus and terminates in a parking lot. The Museum will be on your right, next to a desert landscape garden. Directions here. 
Visitors may park in metered, staff, and student spots free of charge after 7 pm on weekdays, 1 pm on Fridays, and all day Saturday.
Daily, weekly, or monthly permits can be purchased from Parking and Transportation Services.
Metered parking spaces for visitors can be found in the parking lot outside the Barrick’s entrance, along East Harmon Ave, and in the lot behind the Lied Library. Other metered green zones are available in the Cottage Grove Avenue Parking Garage and parking areas throughout campus. Download the “PayByPhone Parking” app from Google Play or the iTunes app store.