Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery

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About the Gallery

The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery at UNLV hosts an outstanding and diverse schedule of changing exhibitions throughout the year. One-person shows, group shows, theme shows and juried competitions can be seen.

The gallery is devoted to providing a year-round, visual arts center for the UNLV academic community, residents of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, and visitors to the city. The gallery is open to the public on a regular basis throughout the year with no admission charged.

The DBG is one of six venues on campus where you can find a variety of exhibitions from local to international:

The DBG draws upon artists, scholars and critics, and arts organizations nationally and internationally for its exhibitions, publications and lectures. The focus of the gallery, though not exclusively, is on contemporary art with emphasis on concept, content, and craft in diverse media, which is in support of classroom instruction. The goal is to educate our audience, to excite, enlighten and entertain, and to enrich the art curriculum of the university. The number of exhibitions hosted in any given year can vary from seven to 15. The gallery also serves as classroom and laboratory for students learning the practices and procedures of galleries and museums.

Gallery History

An art gallery has been part of the university campus since 1969. The Art Gallery was first situated in Archie C. Grant Hall. It was relocated in 1981 to the then new Alta Ham Fine Arts Building. It has since been remodeled and enlarged, and the name it now carries is in honor of the daughter of Thomas Beam, the benefactor whose generous donation made the expansion possible.

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