UNLV has a long history of supporting the visual arts beginning in 1969 with an art gallery in Archie C. Grant Hall. The gallery was relocated to the then, newly-constructed Alta Ham Fine Arts Building in 1981, and in 1987 it was remodeled and enlarged. The name it now carries is in honor of the daughter of Thomas Beam, the benefactor whose generous donation made the expansion possible. The gallery is open to the public on a regular basis throughout the year with no admission charged.
The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery actively supports the university’s mission of, “discovery through research, scholarship, and creative activity.” 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 schedule offers the work of artists hailing from right here at UNLV, throughout the U.S., and from lands across the globe.
The mission of the Donna Beam Gallery is to encourage the understanding, appreciation and making of art through exhibitions and accompanying programs for the UNLV academic community, residents of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, and visitors to the city alike.
The Donna Beam Gallery draws upon artists, scholars and critics of national and international acclaim to fulfil its programming goals. The focus of the gallery is on contemporary art with emphasis on concept, content, and craft in diverse media in support of classroom instruction. Our purpose is to educate our audience, to excite, enlighten and entertain, and to enrich the art curriculum of the university. In any given year the gallery presents from seven to 15 exhibitions be they one-person shows, group shows, theme shows, faculty exhibitions, MFA thesis shows, BFA group shows or juried competitions. 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 a unique opportunity to experience art first-hand.
- Jessie Metcalf Gallery in the Richard Tam Alumni Center
- Student Union Art Gallery
- Grant Hall Gallery
- Healy Hayes Gallery in the Artemus Ham Concert Hall lobby
- Fischer Gallery in the Judy Bayley Theater lobby
- Doc Rando Rectal Hall Gallery in the Beam Music Center