Uniquely located inside one of the university’s three original buildings, the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum is entering its fiftieth year of service to the Las Vegas community. We regard this milestone as an unparalleled opportunity for growth and change.
The Barrick is not only an educational and exhibition space, it is also southern Nevada’s most important collecting institution. We house the artworks from the Las Vegas Art Museum, and we are the caretakers of Nevadan portion of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel 50x50 Collection, one of the most famous and inspiring donations of contemporary art in recent American history. Our contemporary works are complemented by a large number of cultural artifacts, ranging from examples of skilled weaving by members of the Southwest’s indigenous Paiute to thousand-year-old ceramics from the diverse cultures of ancient Mesoamerica.
With these collections in place we run a rotating schedule of exhibitions sourced from our own vaults, in tandem with works never before seen in Las Vegas. Our auditorium provides us with a place to show experimental art when it is not hosting one of the campus’ regular University Forum lectures and Visiting Artist talks, all of which are free to the public. Engaging hands-on art activities are available in the lobby for visitors of all ages.
We are developing a core collection of contemporary artists with ties to southern Nevada into an unprecedented asset to art scholars, historians, and Las Vegans from all walks of life who are searching for a deepened sense of pride in their city. Our position within the College of Fine Arts on the UNLV campus provides us with many opportunities to broaden the educational scope of our mission, giving all of our artists the chance to have their work studied by a wide and questioning audience. UNLV students use the Barrick as a place to undertake internships and we encourage members of the campus family from every department and specialty to enhance our effectiveness by integrating their talents with ours in collaborative curatorial projects.