Mikayla Whitmore: Between a Rock and a Cliff


Jan. 13, 2020 - Feb. 8, 2020, 9am to 5pm

Office/Remote Location

The Work Shop Gallery; Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
A photograph of Southern Nevada with some art in the scenery.


Exhibition Dates

January 13 - February 8, 2020

Known for photographs that explore the mental and physical landscapes of Southern Nevada, Mikayla Whitmore comes to the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art with a series of new works that depict “the emotional space of learning to navigate while willfully getting lost.” By noticing unfamiliar materials in everyday settings she conjures up those aspects of our lives that go unresolved and the fallible strategies we develop to cope with them. In Between a Rock and a Cliff, the artist treats photography as a process of archaeological discovery, unearthing questions about life, death, and her own queer identity. 

Mikayla Whitmore is a queer artist living and working in Las Vegas. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2010 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her practice includes photography, photojournalism, and installation. She is often entranced by the desert, ritual magic, and tropes of science fiction. She currently balances her time between her studio practice and a full-time freelance photography career, researching scorpions, and road-tripping into the desert. Whitmore has exhibited work at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Nevada, David B. Smith Gallery, Colorado, P3 Studio, Nevada, and Humble Arts Foundation. Her editorial clients include ESPN, Vox Media, Vice, Huck Magazine, and The Guardian. 

Closing Event and Tie-Dye T-shirts

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 1-4 pm.

We’ll have limited supplies of special edition Between a Rock and a Cliff t-shirts for you to tie-dye while you’re talking to the artist at her closing reception. Come early (or bring a shirt of your own) to avoid disappointment. The t-shirts are free, but donations are welcome. This reception will run from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. 2020. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. Parking on campus during the event is free.

About The Work Shop 

Located in the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Work Shop is a flexible space for meaningful artistic play and research.

About the Extinguisher Gallery

A repurposed fire extinguisher cabinet in the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art lobby, the Extinguisher Gallery is an intimate space for surprising and innovative work.

Admission Information


Contact Information

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

External Sponsor

UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art