A black and white image of a small human figure standing on a bare, grainy plain. The surface of the plain around them is inscribed with huge circles.

Michael Heizer's Circular Surface Planar Displacement, Dry Lake, Nevada, 1970. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni © Maya Gorgoni. Artwork © Michael Heizer. Featured in Modern Desert Markings. 

A painting rendered with expressive gestural brushwork. The top half of the image is filled with cropped-off letters that might read "INN." The bottom half is full of cropped, partial letters that look like "TU" followed by a curved shape that could be the start of "C" or "O."

Lel Kihm, Untitled, 2022, Acrylic and pigment ink on canvas. Featured in Am I Your Type.

Jan. 27, 2023


Upcoming Exhibitions

All: March 14 - July 8, 2023
Opening reception, March 24, 2023, 5 - 8 p.m.


Modern Desert Markings: An Homage to Las Vegas Area Land Art

Curated by Katie Hoffman and Hikmet Sidney Loe 
East Gallery and WorkShop Gallery

Land Art plays a unique role in Nevada’s artistic heritage. For this exhibition, curators Katie Hoffman and Hikmet Sidney Loe have selected ten artists to produce new work inspired by historic Southern Nevadan Land Art creations by Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, and Jean Tinguely. Working in drawing, sculpture, photography, and more, the artists bring fresh and critical eyes to these celebrated works from the 1960s and ‘70s, using a diversity of contemporary perspectives to address related issues such as land ownership, desert ecology, and tourism. Modern Desert Markings is also a living classroom where university students from Loe’s Land Art course will develop a growing body of research as the exhibition progresses. 

Modern Desert Markings includes work by Mark Brest van Kempen, Emily Budd, Adriana Chavez, Marisa J. Futernick, Michael Dax Iacovone, nicholas b jacobsen, Paula Jacoby-Garrett, Keeva Lough, Rachelle Reichert, and Jen Urso. This project is supported in part by the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities, and the National Endowment for Humanities. It was organized by Nevadans for Cultural Preservation and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. 


Am I Your Type

East, West, and Center Galleries

Am I Your Type is an exhibition centered around the communicative possibilities of text and typefaces. Here, artists, designers, and Las Vegas history come together to illuminate the intersection between written language and the visual arts. The exhibition features works from the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art’s permanent collection alongside art by local artists. They share space with archival materials such as casino promotions, vintage menus, and photographic documentation of vernacular lettering at public meetings and demonstrations. 

Am I Your Type includes work by China Adams, Stephen Antonakos, Robert Barry, Erik Beehn, Anthony Bondi, Catherine Borg, Elena Brokaw & Ramiro García, Eugenia Butler (feat. Eve Aschheim, Rod Baer, Elizabeth Grier, Julia Lohmann, John O’Brien), JW Caldwell, Carole Caroompas, Adriana Chavez, Michael Childers, Caralea Cole, John Connell, Matthew Couper, Justin Favela, Ben Denzer, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Dan Hernandez, Jean Giguet, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Darren Johnson, Martin Johnson, Danielle Kelly, Lel Kihm, Candice Lin, Mary Corey March, Toshie McSwain, Chis Mempin, Jung Min, Jerry Misko, Tom Pfannerstill, Lucian Octavius Pompili, Krystal Ramirez, Laurence Myers Reese, Larry Rivers, Mandolyn Wilson Rosen, Kim Rugg, Ed Ruscha, Andrew Schoultz, Sean Slattery, Joyce Straus, Laurens Tan, Geovany Uranda, Marty Walsh, and others. It was organized with help from UNLV Special Collections and Archives. Special thanks to Su Kim Chung, the head of Special Collections Public Services, and Aaron Mayes, the Curator for Visual Materials. 


Crowd Burst

Window Gallery

Combining street photography with reflective material, Heather Protz has created a compact new installation that brings everyone who passes by the Window Gallery into the space of a Las Vegas crowd. Protz is a prolific local photographer and educator who searches for moments that reveal the everyday life of Las Vegas. A companion piece to Crowd Burst will be exhibited downtown at Savidan Gallery during March. 







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 United States, we strive to create a nourishing environment for those who continue to be neglected by contemporary art museums, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ groups. As the only art museum in the city of Las Vegas, we commit ourselves to leveling barriers that limit access to the arts, especially for first-time visitors. To facilitate access for low-income guests we provide free entry to all our exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community activities. Our collection of artworks offers an opportunity for researchers and scholars to develop a more extensive 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 (UNLV).

All of the museum’s galleries are accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who cannot use stairs. Services such as sign language interpretation can be arranged. Please contact the museum to discuss your needs: barrick.museum@unlv.edu, 702-895-3381.

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.