Mission & Vision

The department of art seeks to educate creative professionals who can continue in careers as practicing artists/designers/art historians and make contributions to the “creative class.” The department also aims to offer public programming to the campus and the community.

Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Art at UNLV, a distinctive hub for visual art, graphic design, and art history. The Department of Art is an integral part of a comprehensive educational and cultural experience at UNLV. Students from across campus and hundreds of art, design, and art history majors fill thousands of seats in our courses. Curricular and programmatic offerings address the interests of the extraordinary students at UNLV and provide unique opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and partnership.

Students in the Department of Art develop both traditional and contemporary skills that build towards professional practice. Students examine visual and material culture, develop conceptually challenging questions, engage with cutting edge technology, define their individual styles, and imagine expansive possibilities.

The Department of Art works hand-in-hand with Las Vegas. One of the most affordable big cities in the US, Las Vegas is the place to be. The Department of Art has begun building a new Fine Arts Complex that will be a nexus in Las Vegas—versatile, networked, safe, welcoming, and accessible. This new building will accommodate presentation, exhibition, teaching, research, and large signature events.

We look forward to your participation with us on our many amazing creative journeys!

Dave Rowe
Chair of Department of Art