Mikayla Whitmore In Case of Emergency

Mikayla Whitmore, In Case of Emergency, 2019, archival metallic inkjet print.

Dec. 16, 2019



The Work Shop and Extinguisher Gallery
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Exhibition Dates

January 13 - February 8, 2020

Known for photographs that explore the mental and physical landscapes of Southern Nevada, Mikayla Whitmore comes to the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art with a series of new works that depict “the emotional space of learning to navigate while willfully getting lost.” By noticing unfamiliar materials in everyday settings she conjures up those aspects of our lives that go unresolved and the fallible strategies we develop to cope with them. In Between a Rock and a Cliff, the artist treats photography as a process of archaeological discovery, unearthing questions about life, death, and her own queer identity. 

Mikayla Whitmore is a queer artist living and working in Las Vegas. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2010 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her practice includes photography, photojournalism, and installation. She is often entranced by the desert, ritual magic, and tropes of science fiction. She currently balances her time between her studio practice and a full-time freelance photography career, researching scorpions, and road-tripping into the desert. Whitmore has exhibited work at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Nevada, David B. Smith Gallery, Colorado, P3 Studio, Nevada, and Humble Arts Foundation. Her editorial clients include ESPN, Vox Media, Vice, Huck Magazine, and The Guardian. 

Closing Event and Tie-Dye T-shirts

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 1-4 pm.

We’ll have limited supplies of special edition Between a Rock and a Cliff t-shirts for you to tie-dye while you’re talking to the artist at her closing reception. Come early (or bring a shirt of your own) to avoid disappointment. The t-shirts are free, but donations are welcome. This reception will run from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. 2020. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. Parking on campus during the event is free.

About The Work Shop 

Located in the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Work Shop is a flexible space for meaningful artistic play and research.

About the Extinguisher Gallery

A repurposed fire extinguisher cabinet in the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art lobby, the Extinguisher Gallery is an intimate space for surprising and innovative work.


Not Your Grandfather's Landscapes by Kris Vagner for Double Scoop 

In Las Vegas, an Artist’s Neon-Tinged Compositions Riff on Social Media Aesthetics by Nicholas Russell for Hyperallergic 

Exhibition Catalog

Mikayla Whitmore's Between a Rock and a Cliff designed by Chloe Bernardo.


Tour the exhibition with a video by Shahab Zargari. Voice by D.K. Sole. 

Free Admission

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to the arts.

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 Swenson Street. 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.

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Visitors may park in metered, staff and student spots free of charge after 7 p.m. on weekdays, 1 p.m. 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.