Alisha Kerlin

Executive Director, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
Expertise: Art Curation, Visual Arts, Storytelling, Studio Arts


Alisha Kerlin is the executive director of UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Kerlin's expertise entails the curation and exhibition of art works, and facilitating connections between the general public and media with local artists.

Prior to joining UNLV, Kerlin worked as an art instructor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an archivist at the Greene Naftali Gallery in New York. Since joining the university in 2012, Kerlin has focused on leveling barriers that limit access to the arts by creating initiatives that target the academic community, first-time visitors, and K-12 schoolchildren. Kerlin's role as executive director serves as a link for the university to a top-tier cohort of emerging scholars and artists.


  • M.F.A., Fine & Studio Arts, Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Bard College
  • B.F.A., Fine & Studio Arts, University of Tennessee

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Alisha Kerlin In The News

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
The Rebel Recovery Program will offer several scheduled and pop-up mental health events.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
Art workshops are an essential component of UNLV's healing and unity initiatives. UNLV students, faculty, and staff can attend art-making workshops at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Participants can create paper dolls, collages, and attend crochet lessons. These workshops are part of the broader UNLV recovery program, aimed at supporting those affected by the campus shooting on December 6.
K.V.V.U. T.V. Fox 5
Close to 1,000 people utilized crisis counseling in the days following the December 6 shooting. Thousands more are expected to need resources.
Broadway World
Taking place throughout the 9th edition of the fair, the inaugural Directors Summit will bring together a diverse group of emerging art museum leaders from across the US.

Articles Featuring Alisha Kerlin

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Arts and Culture | February 15, 2019

Kerlin has more than a decade of museum and gallery experience in addition to her professional practice as an artist, educator, curator, and researcher.

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Arts and Culture | December 7, 2017

Museum director Alisha Kerlin is building a network of collaborators from disparate disciplines and inventing new ways to entice the community to campus.

Single visitor looking at the Tested Ground museum exhibit
Arts and Culture | June 12, 2017

How to use the Barrick Museum’s new exhibit to talk to your children about the environment.