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“¡Americanx!” Opens Oct. 1 in the Donna Beam Gallery

Gallery hosts opening reception for exhibition featuring local Latin contemporary artists during the College of Fine Arts Art Walk Oct. 12.
Arts and Culture  |  Sep 26, 2018  |  By Jennifer Vaughan
Media Contact: Jennifer Vaughan, 702-895-1575
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(Courtesy of Ed Fuentes)

UNLV presents the first group exhibition of contemporary works by local Latino/a/x visual artists Oct. 1 - 27 in the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 - 9 p.m. as part of the second annual UNLV College of Fine Arts Art Walk.

The Donna Beam Gallery presents “¡Americanx!,” an introduction to an emerging Latin art community in Las Vegas. Curated through the Donna Beam Gallery, “¡Americanx!” assembles a lively group of artists whose artwork runs the gamut of inspirational sources and cultural commentary with varied media, from painters to sculptors, photographers, illustrators, cartoonists, and installation.  “¡Americanx!” has UNLV introducing the depth and diversity of contemporary works produced by artists of Latino/a/x heritage who call Las Vegas home. 

“There is a wonderfully productive and expressive body of Latinx artists in this community,” notes Jerry Schefcik, UNLV director of galleries and exhibition curator. “This presentation only scratches the surface of the range of work being generated.”

Marcus Civin, UNLV’s new chair for the College of Fine Arts’ department of art says, "My life has been unfathomably enriched by my interactions with diverse artists and designers. My ardent hope is that UNLV can provide the same kind of inspiration I have experienced for our diverse and courageous student body and the fascinating community of Las Vegas.”

The artists include Omayra Amador, Yasmina Chavez, Natalie Delgado, Lolita Develay, Justin Favela, Ed Fuentes, J. Antonio Gomez-Morales, Adolfo Gonzalez, Karla Lagunas, Danny Martinez, Orlando Montenegro-Cruz, Raymond “StingRay” Pratt, Krystal Ramirez, Fernando Reyes, Miguel Rodriguez, Checko Salgado, Javier Sanchez, Sunday Slackers, Luis Varela-Rico, David Velix, and Jess Vanessa  

¡Americanx! is organized by Schefcik and co-curated by Salgado and Fuentes.

The Donna Beam Gallery encourages the understanding, appreciation, and making of visual art through exhibitions and accompanying programs for the university community, residents of Southern Nevada, and visitors to the city alike.

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