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Department of Art News

The Department of Art at UNLV offers BA, BS, BFA, and MFA degrees in the unparalleled creative environment of Las Vegas.

Current Art News

Arts and Culture | June 8, 2020

Congratulations to the artists and designers included in the curated online exhibition that is part of the UNLV Donna Beam Gallery program.

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People | May 15, 2020

Eight UNLV Students Honored With 2020 Lance and Elena Calvert Awards For Undergraduate Research across a wide spectrum of research topics.

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Campus News | May 14, 2020

An enduring UNLV end-of-semester tradition is to highlight exceptional students who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Arts and Culture | May 13, 2020

MFA student organization to examine how experimental videos distract or react to social distancing restrictions.

People | May 8, 2020

In her transdisciplinary Honors College thesis project, UNLV senior Kendahl Servino investigates how our regard for our hands can reveal far more than we might expect.

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Arts and Culture | April 15, 2020

Each weekly episode focuses on a different art theme.

Art In The News

July 15, 2020

The politics don’t swarm out at you from Nanda Sharifpour’s installation One, on view in a large corner window of Soho Lofts, Las Vegas Boulevard and Hoover Avenue. A six-line poem, rendered in English and Farsi and backlit by bright, changing colors, One offers its commentary quietly, by induction; if you prefer political art delivered like a sack of doorknobs, walk nine minutes to Main Street for Izaac Zevalking’s mural Chain Migration (Lady Liberty bent over the hood of an ICE vehicle).

July 7, 2020

A look at creativity in a time of stress, in two parts.

Las Vegas Weekly
July 7, 2020

Our country might still be mired in pandemic-born states of social isolation, but on the walls of Core Contemporary gallery in the Historic Commercial Center District, 20 artists meet in visual conversation. The occasion? The gallery’s second annual national juried art show, Use Other Door.

Washington Post
June 29, 2020

On Oct. 9, 1986, at the height of anti-gay hysteria during the AIDS crisis, a biracial gay couple from Reno, Nev., made a remarkable announcement: They were going to create what some called “a gay homeland” in the Nevada desert.

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 7, 2020

UNLV’s Student Union Art Gallery showcases works created by eight Beginning Painting students in the exhibit “Seeing in Paint 2: Selections From Fall Beginning Painting.” Works by artists Emily Fisher, Sam Ganados, Micah Haji-Sheikh, Jasmine Hernandez, Olga Krolevich, Alina Lundquist, Jeremy Miller and Jessica Rios are on display through March 27.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 26, 2020

Sunday will mark one year that Heather Harmon has been working to give the people of Las Vegas their first standalone dedicated art museum.

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Recent Art Accomplishments

July 14, 2020
Laura Brennan, Sapira Cheuk (both Art) and Jean Munson (Art and WRIN) have published personal essays and images of their artwork as a part of Nevada Humanities' online program Heart to Heart. Their work considers the place of the artist amidst quarantine and pandemic.
July 13, 2020
Fawn Douglas (Art) is interviewed by UNLV alumnus Justin Favela, '10 BFA Art, on The Art People Podcast. They discuss her history as an Indigenous American artist and enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, talk about her role as a student and educator, and discuss her as advocacy work for the Nuwu culture and the many indigenous groups in...
July 10, 2020
Ashley Doughty (Art) is participating in the #100DaysofDemocracy challenge @100daysofdemocracy. Her posts will use graphic design to make complicated voting details hopefully more comprehensible, and visually appealing. Follow @100daysofdemocracy so you don’t miss the posts, and also see the work of many other great designers.
July 9, 2020
Emily Budd (Art) is included in Stone Fruit Magazine: Issue 3, a zine on queerness and religion, centered on the theme of sanctuary. Stone Fruit is a submission-based zine centered on queer people's experiences with organized religion, faith, and spirituality. The goal of the publication is to present works that address issues with nuance, and...
July 8, 2020
Erik Beehn (Art) is interviewed on The Museum of Non-Visible Art, a project by Praxis, hosted by Yale University Radio with more than 1,300 interviews in the archive. Beehn’s artwork employs painting, photography, printmaking, and installation to investigate an arc of mark-making techniques throughout the 20th century, and the evolution of...
June 25, 2020
Tim Bavington (Art) is included in Energy and Motion: Abstraction 2020 at Mark Moore Fine Art, an ARTSY online group exhibition including 18 artists focused on abstraction as defined by the painter Jackson Pollock: "Abstraction is energy and motion made visible — memories arrested in space." The online show is on view now through Sept. 13. Other...