UNLV has a history of supporting the visual arts beginning with its first art gallery launched in 1969 in Archie C. Grant Hall. A second gallery was added in 1981 with the then, newly-constructed Alta Ham Fine Arts Building. In 1987 it was remodeled and enlarged, and the name it now carries, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, is in honor of the daughter of Thomas Beam whose generous donation made the expansion possible. The gallery is open to the public on a regular basis throughout the year, and no admission fee is charged.
The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery actively supports the university’s Top Tier mission of, “…achievement through education, research, scholarship, creative activities and clinical services.” The gallery provides a venue for art exhibitions that tap into the variety of creative activities in contemporary art and encourages freedom of individual thought, expression, and artistic consciousness. A year-round exhibition schedule offers the work of student and faculty artists, artists from the region and throughout the U.S., and from lands across the globe.
The mission of the Donna Beam Gallery is to stimulate and enrich the cultural vitality of a diverse UNLV community and all who visit the gallery.
The Donna Beam Gallery draws upon recognized artists, critics and scholars to fulfill programming goals. The focus of the gallery is in support of classroom instruction. Our purpose is to educate our audience, to excite, enlighten, and inspire, and to enrich the art curriculum of the university. In any given year the gallery presents from seven to 15 exhibitions, which can range from one-person shows, group shows or theme shows, to faculty exhibitions, MFA thesis exhibitions, BFA group shows or juried student exhibitions. The gallery also serves as a teaching gallery for students learning gallery practices.
There are six additional venues on campus under the auspices of the Donna Beam Gallery each offering singular opportunities to experience unique works of art.
- Jessie Metcalf Gallery in the Richard Tam Alumni Center
- Student Union Art Gallery
- Grant Hall Gallery
- Doc Rando Recital Hall Gallery in the Beam Music Center
- Healy Hayes Gallery in the Artemus Ham Concert Hall lobby
- Fischer Gallery in the Judy Bayley Theater lobby