The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to the arts. Located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Barrick promotes a powerful awareness of the arts through programs of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community activities. Programming is driven by a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The Barrick Museum of Art promotes a scholarly awareness of art and provides all Southern Nevadans with a robust schedule of free, community-accessible museum- standard visual arts programming. Recognizing that a history of representation enriches a community, the museum is forming a diverse collection of artists with connections to the Southern Nevada region. Research, conservation, and the pursuit of radical interdisciplinary practices are welcomed. By cultivating a robust, free program of exhibitions and events, the Barrick continues to be a place where the arts can become part of everyone’s life.
The Barrick was founded in 1967 as a natural history museum for the higher education community; after years of showing both artifacts and artworks, it solidified its identity as an art museum in 2012 by joining the UNLV College of Fine Arts. Since then it has hosted a regular program of artist talks, community art workshops, and rotating exhibitions of contemporary and ancient art.
The Museum houses a number of collections available to the public and the UNLV community, including artworks from the former Las Vegas Art Museum; Nevada’s portion of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel 50x50; ceramics from the diverse cultures of Mesoamerica; and works by indigenous and other artists with connections to the Las Vegas area. Exhibitions at the Museum have included objects from these collections as well as installations of work by local and international artists.
The Barrick supports initiatives that promote arts awareness throughout the region, and regularly collaborates with community partners.In 2017 it created an annual program — “Bus to the Barrick” — that raises funds to bring local schoolchildren to the exhibitions for tours and workshops. Targeting schools in underserved areas, the ongoing program has shared practical experiences of visual literacy with thousands of Clark County School District students to date.
Ultimately the Museum’s goal is to be an asset to all Nevadans who are searching for a deepened sense of pride in their state.