COVID-19 - College of Fine Arts updates
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April 2, 2020 (2:00 P.M.)
All students will have the option to request an S/U grade (pass/fail) for the spring 2020 semester. This will provide flexibility to students & faculty in light of campus closures and changes in course content delivery related to COVID-19 emergency measures. All submissions will be approved.
Consult with your advisor before making this request to learn about any potential impacts. Petitions can only be submitted after final grades are posted.
For complete details about Spring 2020 Course Grading, please visit: https://www.unlv.edu/coronavirus/students
Note: An S/U grade will not impact your GPA.
MARCH 28, 2020 (2:00 P.M.)
Message from the UNLV Dance Department: During this unique time of social separation and distancing, the UNLV Department of Dance is going to move from making physical concert events, to creating some virtual concert events and video content. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube, and visit Come Dance with Us for department announcements. Stay safe, healthy, and moving!
MARCH 26, 2020 (4:12 P.M.)
An update for College of Fine Arts Students:
It is with deep regret that I share with you the College of Fine Arts will follow the lead of the University and postpone our separate College of Fine Arts Commencement Ceremony, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17.
You have worked so hard and we are so very proud of each and everyone of you for achieving this remarkable milestone. You deserve to be celebrated and we will do so in the near future, but for now, the health of you, your family, friends, and our community must be our top priority.
This is an evolving, fluid, and challenging time for us all. As additional details become available, we will do all we can to communicate with you. Please know we are deeply appreciative of both your patience and understanding.
Nancy J. Uscher
Dean, College of Fine Arts
MARCH 20, 2020 (4:26 P.M.)
Further Exhibitions Updates
Donna Beam Gallery:
- Homero Hidalgo’s MFA thesis exhibition was mounted and is now de-installed. Not many were able to view it because of the timing. He has a video of it in the works, which will be posted online shortly.
- Peter Mengert’s MFA thesis show is next. He has opted for a digital presentation of his thesis, and he is working out the specifics with his committee. Peter will not be installing work in the gallery.
- The Annual Juried Student Exhibition unfortunately is cancelled.
- The BFA 2020 exhibition is also to be presented digitally. Images of the artwork are to be provided by the BFA students, their artist’s talks will be recorded, and the package will be posted online.
Grant Hall Gallery:
- Shelby Westika was scheduled for her MFA Midway exhibition. She has opted to postpone her exhibition until the summer.
- The Alternative Photography exhibition is cancelled. They will have the option of installing their show during the summer to provide an opportunity for public viewing.
- The Las Vegas class exhibition is cancelled. They also will have the option of installing their show during the summer to provide an opportunity for public viewing.
Student Union Gallery:
- Seeing In Paint II, the current exhibition, is dark, and will be de-installed when circumstances permit.
- Laura Brennan’s photography class exhibition is cancelled. Laura will post the work as an online exhibition.
Tam Alumni Gallery:
- Inside My Mind, the current exhibition, is dark and will be de-installed when circumstances permit.
- The next exhibition is cancelled because of unsure availability of the gallery and previous commitments held by the artist.
MARCH 20, 2020 (2:26 P.M.)
Remote Libraries Reference & Consultation Services Available
Newest UNLV School of Architecture updates:
- Students have access to ARC Building using their proximity access cards only to gather materials and documents from the studios and must get out. Please do not gather more than 10 people in a studio. The workshops and computer labs are closed. The engineering building has an open computer lab that you can use.
- The SoA office will remain closed but our administrative assistants have transitioned to working remotely from home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for any assistance.
- The workshops are closed and will open only on an as-needed basis. Contact Kyle.firstname.lastname@example.org for the signup sheet to use the digital fabrication workshop.
MARCH 19, 2020 (10:45 P.M.)
Raphaël Feuillâtre has returned to France, and he will not be performing his concert on April 22. Our box office staff will reach out to patrons who have already purchased tickets for this concert. Patrons may also email email@example.com for more information.
Although we know the arts can provide a respite during difficult times, the safety and well-being of our patrons and staff are our paramount concerns. As directed by Governor Steve Sisolak, the Nevada System of Higher Education, and UNLV President Marta Meana have directed, the UNLV Performing Arts Center and the three facilities we operate are closed. Our staff is working from home. To contact a staff member, please email them. To contact the box office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. As information about specific events is decided, we will post below.
MARCH 18, 2020 (6:15 P.M.)
- Opera Las Vegas has cancelled their production, The Magic Flute, scheduled for June 5 and June 7. The box office will process refunds for ticket purchasers.
MARCH 18, 2020 (9:00 A.M.)
The Rockley Family Foundation Instrument Sale has been cancelled.
School of Music's statement:
With Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak's announcement last night, we feel the only responsible action is to cancel the instrument sale event this weekend. We will look at rescheduling when the time is appropriate. If you have any questions, call 702-859-2208 or visit the website. We wish everyone to be safe and stay healthy.
Also cancelled are these SOM events:
- Wind Orchestra Recording - April 13 - 20
- Desert Rose Choral Festival - April 24
- Love & Marriage - April 28 (Doc Rando)
- UNLV Symphony Orchestra - April 29
- Symphonic Winds - April 30
- Home Concert - May 1 (Doc Rando)
- Community Band - May 6
- Spring Jazz Festival - May 4 - 6
- Wind Orchestra, Sankofa - May 7
MARCH 17, 2020 (10:10 A.M.)
- The Performing Arts Center learned today that the Miró Quartet will not be coming to Las Vegas for their April 16 engagement. The engagement may be rescheduled for a later date.
MARCH 17, 2020 (9:00 A.M.)
The UNLV School of Music issues an update specifically for students. Read the entire message here.
MARCH 16, 2020 (2:56 P.M.)
Nevada Conservatory Theatre Ticket Updates:
Due to the COVID-19 cautionary steps to ensure the protection of students, faculty, staff, and guest artists, the Nevada Conservatory Theatre has shuttered its doors on the 2019-2020 season. After much deliberation, we have chosen to postpone our final production, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, until the fall of 2020-2021 Season. Loyal subscribers and patrons with tickets to the event may choose any of the following options:
- Redeem tickets for the fall 2020 production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
- Ask for the value of their ticket to be held as an online credit to be used for any other event in the Nevada Conservatory Theatre 2020-2021 season within the next year
- Donate the value of their ticket to the Nevada Conservatory Theatre
- or, Request a refund The UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office staff will be reaching out to subscribers and single ticket holders to discuss the options. For additional information, please email the box office at email@example.com.
MARCH 16, 2020 (2:20 P.M.)
UNLV Performing Arts Center updates:
Here is a list of the events that have been cancelled.
- Entertainment Engineering & Design: Setting the Stage March 13, 2020
- Clark County School District: Orff Festival March 14, 2020
- Clark County School District: High School Choir Festival March 16 & 17, 2020
- Clark County School District: Middle School Choir Festival March 18 - 20, 2020
- Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society: Spring Masterworks Concert March 22, 2020
- Barrick Lecture Series: Deepak Chopra March 23, 2020
- Clark County School District: Middle School Orchestra Festival March 24 - 26, 2020
- Performing Arts Center: Mnozil Brass March 28, 2020
- UNLV School of Music: Percussion Concert Evolution March 27 & 28, 2020
- Clark County School District: Dance Showcase April 1, 2020
- Nevada Music Educators Association: 2020 All State Music Festival April 3 & 4, 2020
- Barrick Lecture Series: Dame Helen Mirren April 6, 2020
- UNLV Department of Theatre: Moving Light Lab March 29 - April 17, 2020
- Boyd School of Law: Nevada Law Journal Gala April 10, 2020
- Nevada Conservatory Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors May 1 - 10, 2020
MARCH 16, 2020 (12:54 P.M.)
Starting March 23, please be aware that ALL UNLV College of Fine Arts Advising appointments will be conducted via virtual methods, either online, phone or email. We will be using the Zoom platform for one-on-one online meetings with our students. You will receive instructions sent to your RebelMail when you make an appointment that will let you know what you need to do to prepare for those meetings. Traditional phone appointments are also available if you prefer that method of advising.
You can schedule an appointment by calling 702-859-5390 or by clicking the link for "Campus Connect" in your Resources tile in MyUNLV.
Please be aware that starting Monday, March 16th, drop-in hours will be suspended until the university resumes in-person instruction. Remote advising locations and the advising center will be closed during this time. Please email your advisor if you have quick questions, have forms that need signatures, or need other assistance. Your advisor will return your email within 5 business days.
If you are unsure of who your advisor is, please locate your advisor by major on the university advising website. Contact information is available here. You may also email our general email account at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be checked daily.
MARCH 16, 2020 (5:54 A.M.)
For everyone's safety, the Barrick Museum of Art will temporarily close to the public, until further notice.
The closure will begin Monday, March 16, 2020. Our Spring 2020 exhibitions and events are delayed.
MARCH 14, 2020 (2:54 P.M.)
A message from Dean Nancy J. Uscher:
There is no higher priority for us than the health and safety of our patrons, artists, students, and employees. The university and College of Fine Arts are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the recommendations of the CDC and Southern Nevada Health District. It is with an abundance of caution that the college must cancel or postpone all events through April 12, 2020, including our 17th Annual College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame scheduled for April 7. The Barrick Museum of Art remains open with adjusted hours. We are delivering all instruction online beginning March 23, 2020.
This is a very fluid situation, and we will continue to update you as it evolves. We will send you updates on this platform, through our social media, and all of the latest developments can also be found here on the website linked below.
If you purchased tickets at the Performing Arts Center Box Office and have questions, please call 702-895-ARTS (2787).
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
MARCH 13, 2020 (1:45 P.M.)
UNLV Department of Art Labs, Classrooms, and Galleries Closed
After some limited hours this weekend, for safety reasons, we are closing our Department of Art labs, galleries, classrooms, and community projects. The move to online instruction means that we cannot conduct in-person instruction, and that we should avoid having groups congregate or students working unsupervised. At this point, BFA and MFA students can work individually in their assigned BFA and MFA spaces, but this could change, and we will not conduct courses or events in these spaces. These students will not have access to additional spaces.
Limited Department of Art Office Hours
Unfortunately, we cannot expect normal operations in the Department of Art Office. We will do our best to respond to email messages, but in-person hours and response to phone calls could be limited and/or sporadic.
UNLV Film updates:
- The goal is to minimize in-person interactions to reduce the spread of the virus.
- UNLV's campus offices will remain open, but classes will not meet in person after today.
- The transition to distance education means NO IN-PERSON meetings, gatherings, or activities for any UNLV FILM courses or work connected to our academic unit. This will most likely be the case for the remainder of the semester.
- All scheduled or anticipated productions are now suspended, whether they were planned on campus or off campus.
- No equipment will be checked out.
- All scheduled events are postponed. Where possible, they will still occur - but on a new (later) timeline. For example - Spring Flicks is now Fall Flicks. The Honors Celebration will occur at the beginning of the fall semester (in combination with the Fall Assembly).
- We are pursuing software access for specialized courses. NOTE: Adobe is making its software freely available to students at institutions affected by COVID-19. UNLV is working on the licensing application right now; an announcement will be made soon.
- Your instructors will be staying in close contact with you and providing online/distance/virtual experiences that will allow you to complete your courses.
- All materials, assignments, exams, etc. will be adjusted to accommodate our new situation.
- If you miss out on shooting or finishing projects involving in-person contact that you had hoped to do this semester, you will be welcome to use the studio and/or check out equipment over the summer; the specific dates of availability are TBD, and depend on the coronavirus situation.
- The key right now is for all of us to do our part to slow the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable members of our community. To show our solidarity and our empathy, we must work at a distance.
MARCH 13, 2020 (1:00 P.M.)
UNLV School of Architecture KJW LECTURE SERIES March 23 & April 15 Postponed
The following two lectures have been postponed to Spring 2021:
- Carlo Ratti
- James Trahan
MARCH 13, 2020 (11:14 A.M.)
UNLV Opera's "Orpheus in the Underworld" March 12-14:
- These performances are continuing as scheduled.
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art announced the following via email at 11:14 A.M. today:
- We're aware that many of our visitors are worried about large gatherings due to COVID-19. For everyone's safety and peace of mind, we have decided to postpone our reception on March 27th until further notice. We'll let you know when the event has been rescheduled.
- Currently, we don't plan to close the museum. The five exhibitions Excerpts, Almost Presidential, Centro, Yerman: Peaks and Valleys, and This is the Place, This Must be the Place will still be open for viewing from the 27th.
- We are also canceling events scheduled between Sunday, March 15, through Sunday, April 12. This includes all University Forum Lectures and the book talk with Bill Fox on April 9. To maximize resources the museum will be closed on Saturdays from now until April 12, until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.
MARCH 12, 2020 (8:28 P.M.)
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas announced the following via email at 6:36 P.M. today:
- Out of an abundance of caution, UNLV strongly advises cancellation or postponement of events held on our campuses beginning Sunday, March 15, through Sunday, April 12. The university will re-evaluate events scheduled after April 12 in the coming weeks to determine if additional cancellations are necessary.
- The Barrick Lecture Series events scheduled for March 23 (Deepak Chopra) and April 6 (Helen Mirren) are cancelled.
The Clark County School District also independently decided "all school, district, and non-district sponsored athletics, extra-curricular activities, assemblies, practices, and events are suspended effective immediately until further notice." The upcoming choir and orchestra festivals and the elementary Orff festival are cancelled.
The Performing Arts Center is working with internal and external clients to determine the status of other events on our calendar from March 15 to April 12, and information will be posted here.
MARCH 11, 2020 (3:43 P.M.)
Due to travel restrictions instituted by the U.S. government, Mnozil Brass will be unable to perform at the UNLV Performing Arts Center on March 28. Mnozil Brass may be able to return in November 2020.
Patrons with tickets to the event may choose any of the following options:
- exchange tickets for any other event on the Center's 2019-2020 season,
- ask for the value of their ticket to be held as an online credit to be used within the next year,
- donate the value of their ticket to the Center,
- or, request a refund.
The UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office will be calling or emailing patrons with specific information.
MARCH 10, 2020
We have a team of dedicated professionals who are closely monitoring information about coronavirus (COVID-19) released by the Southern Nevada Health District and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to public health officials, the risk of COVID-19 to the UNLV community remains low. There are no known COVID-19 cases on UNLV campuses.
We invite you to check unlv.edu/coronavirus, which is regularly updated with the most current information about COVID-19. The Performing Arts Center staff will continue to closely monitor developments and post on the announcements page on our website.