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Jun 22, 2018
Sergio Salgado and Susanna Newbury (both Art) were involved in "Art and Public Lands," a panel discussion held at the Sahara West Library earlier this month. Salgado organized the event, which was moderated by Newbury. Panelists Sam Davis ('06 MFA Art), Fawn Douglas ('15 BA Art), Karla Lagunas ('17 BA Art), and Brent Holmes discussed interplay between fine art and public land conservation in their practice. Their work, among others, including that of Dave Rowe (Art), will be up at Sahara West Library as part of the exhibition "Monuments: Artwork Inspired by Nevada's National Monuments" through June 23.

May 9, 2018
Clarice Tara Cuda and Winnie Wu (both Art) received the 2018 Lance and Elena Calvert Award for Excellence in Creative Works and Advanced Undergraduate Research. Cuda, who will graduate Saturday with a BFA, created the 2018 sculpture "Power Suit," which examines traditions of mourning and materiality from the 19th century to the present. The sculpture will be on display at the Donna Beam Art Gallery through June 1 as part of the 2018 BFA Exhibition. Wu, a member of the Honors College who is scheduled to graduate in December with a BA in Art History, is the author of a paper, "Julia Margaret Cameron's Photographs as Paintings." The paper explores how photography (in the 19th century defined as a technology of truth rather than an art) was used to create fictional identities that played out in an illumination of literature, rearrangements of social class, and to position itself as a major art form like painting or sculpture. With the support of a generous endowment from Lance and Elena Calvert, the award recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that incorporate the use of University Libraries’ collections and demonstrate sophisticated information literacy skills. The judges mainly focus on the research process: the demonstration of library research skills, adept use of library resources and reflection upon the strategies used to investigate a research problem. Winners receive a cash prize and public recognition of their excellent work.

Mar 20, 2018
Alisha Kerlin (Barrick Museum), was named Outstanding Administrative Faculty of the Year by the College of Fine Arts.

Mar 14, 2018
Emmanuel Ortega (Art) and Uli Geissendoerfer (Music) recently received the Outstanding Part-time Teacher of the Year Award from the College of Fine Arts.

Mar 2, 2018
Aya Louisa McDonald and Susanna Newbury (Art) presented on their recent work at the 106th annual College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles Febr. 21-24. McDonald organized and chaired a two-part panel on the Changing Interactions between Japanese artists and the West Coast; her conference paper examined the relationship between the Mexican and California mural movements and the rise of muralism in Japan in the 1930s. Dr. Newbury spoke about grassroots artist mobilization in Los Angeles in the late 1970s at the Society of Contemporary Art Historian's panel on Microcommunities and cultural sustainability in contemporary art. The College Art Association conference consists of four days and over 300 presentations, panel discussions, workshops, special events, and exhibitions exploring the study, practice, and history of art and visual culture. As the best-attended international forum in the visual arts, the Annual Conference creates a community of practitioners, scholars, and the general public seeking to learn and connect. Also presenting was UNLV alumna, Katie Anania (B.A. Art History '06, Ph.D.UT-Austin, ‘16, Wallace Fellow at Villa i Tatti (Harvard University), and former art faculty Jason Hill and Kirsten Swenson.    

Nov 15, 2017
Cara Cole (Art) is presenting photographic work at High Noon Gallery, 106 Eldridge Street. New York, NY, Nov. 15-Dec. 10 with the exhibition opening at 6 p.m. Nov. 16. Cole’s complex photographic images both enchant and disturb, and their layered and accomplished surfaces reveal the kinds of experiences we have too few images of, and often no words for. Their content is structured to simulate dream, or hallucinatory, states. Like such states, the images easily give rise to stories — though not simple ones and not ones with conventional narrative closures.

Jun 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV Provost's office Sciences A full list of recipients is available online. To learn more about their projects, attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum on Aug. 9.  

Feb 1, 2017
Susanna Newbury (Art) has published a lead essay in Incendiary Traces, the catalog accompanying an exhibition on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art through May 14. Her essay, "The Intimate Technology of Remote Vision," addresses the visual rhetoric of remote warfare from the work of the 18th and 19th century artist Francisco de Goya to that of artists framing U.S. reception of perpetual war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the Middle East since 1990. She will be an invited scholar lecturing on this material at Pomona College on Feb. 23.

Jun 14, 2016
Susanna Newbury (Art) has published "Playtime," an essay exploring studio sets and the physical meditation of process at the heart of artist Barbara Kasten's photographic practice, in X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly (Summer 2016). "Barbara Kasten: Stages," a major retrospective of the artist's work, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art-Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles through Aug. 14.

Apr 26, 2016
Susanna Newbury (Art) and Maria del C Vera (Architecture) recently published their joint study "Arbitrage Las Vegas: A Portrait of Urban Games" in Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extraurban Studies. The article considers the roles of arbitrage, risk, and theories of gaming in the redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas.