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

November 5, 2021
Since reopening in August 2020, UNLV’s Barrick Museum has been going full-tilt with exhibitions, often showing several at one time.
November 5, 2021
At one time, accessing works of art in Las Vegas meant visiting galleries or a private collection, perhaps traveling to a city with renowned art museums. Usually, those trips would mean visitors would observe the artwork while it was hanging on the wall or sitting in a sculpture garden.
October 14, 2021
The new exhibition in the East Gallery of UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is vastly different from nearly every other art exhibit you’ve seen.
September 9, 2021
There’s no fitting women like Erica Vital-Lazare into a box. To her College of Southern Nevada students, she’s a professor of creative writing. To the literary scene, she’s an inspiring force, moving from one blooming project to the next, like the busy and exceptionally brilliant bee that she is.

Articles Featuring Alisha Kerlin

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Arts and Culture | August 27, 2019
For some CCSD students, the UNLV program offers their only opportunity to go to an art museum.
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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.
Ross Bryant
Campus News | January 5, 2018
A compilation of media coverage profiling just a few of the many people of UNLV who made news in 2017.
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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.