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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 | January 12, 2021

This year, the university honors both 2020 and 2021 recipients - and the line-up of Las Vergas luminaries couldn't be brighter!

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Campus News | December 9, 2020

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield to honor four Winter 2020 graduates for their academic, research, and community impact.

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Arts and Culture | December 9, 2020

After a semester of learning the behind-the-scenes operations at the Barrick, junior J. Walsea offers advice for any student seeking internships as the pandemic rages on.

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Arts and Culture | December 7, 2020

Following a public call for submissions, what returned tackled topics engendered by "Justice" from police brutality and Black Lives Matter to transgender civil rights, protest, decay and erosion, lives lost, equity, and reform.

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Campus News | November 19, 2020

Reasons for hope aren't just confined to UNLV's academic halls. Here are just a few places where 2020 inspired staff and students to find new paths forward.

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People | September 25, 2020

A little help from his father set a 4-year-old Atsushi “Sush” Machida on the path to becoming the College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year.

Art In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 22, 2021

Every fall, color experts and paint manufacturers reveal an exclusive color of the year. In the recent past, you could count on seeing a lot of grays and some attempts at finding the perfect accent for them. But after an unprecedented 2020, the 2021 selections are all over the board: red, blue, green, gold and more.

Las Vegas Weekly
January 7, 2021

Last spring, Wendy Kveck taught an art class at UNLV called Finding America in Las Vegas. “I considered how the landscape and cultures of Southern Nevada have influenced artists’ work over the decades,” she wrote in a blog post for Nevada Humanities.

December 11, 2020

Many areas of life have been compromised by the pandemic, and the visual arts are certainly one of them.

November 20, 2020

While some people across the Las Vegas valley can stay home, others still have to travel during the coronavirus pandemic. For those who take public transportation, following COVID-19 safety protocols are important than ever. The Regional Transportation Commission hopes by displaying art, they can inspire their riders to stay safe.

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 16, 2020

Busses are close-quarters, enclosed areas. Experts say COVID-19 can spread quickly in similar environments.

American Marketing Association
November 12, 2020

In a year overshadowed by a pandemic, schooling from home and the general stress of 2020, UNLV’s graduating graphic design seniors are making the best of a difficult situation. There are 16 students in the program that will be graduating this December without any pomp or circumstance. Traditionally, the students would be hosting a 250-person industry targeted event to promote their capstone graduating projects, but like most events this year, the networking showcase was cancelled. Nevertheless, that has merely caused the students to be more creative and nimbler in their brand promotions. This December the showcase will be presented as an outdoor art installation on the windows of UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

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Recent Art Accomplishments

January 7, 2021
Hikmet Loe (Art) has been awarded the first Research Fellowship from the Holt/Smithson Foundation. Loe is an educator, writer, and curator whose research examines the changeable nature of the Earth, addressing perceptual and cultural constructs of the land. She joins the department of art this spring as a part-time instructor, teaching Land Art.
November 30, 2020
Ashley Hairston Doughty (Art) visited Scripps College virtually to present on the topic of artists’ books and representing Blackness.
November 25, 2020
Kristin Hough and Daisy Sanchez (Art) are included in the Rogers Art Loft Year One Retrospective exhibition. Sanchez is an undergraduate student. 
November 16, 2020
Sapira Cheuk (Art) created an online exhibition on Instragram @unlvtheear, the department of art's Instagram page. Titled Here I am/Here We Are, multiple posts this week focus on first-generation experience and first-generation creatives in the UNLV community. Online, you'll see artworks and statements from students in art and design, education,...
November 13, 2020
Ashley Hairston Doughty (Art), along with public art consultant Mark Salinas, worked with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to design signage that would effectively educate the public about social distancing and safe transit riding practices at their main transit hub, the Bonneville Transit Center.  In partnership...
November 12, 2020
Cida de Aragon (Art) received an honorable mention in the Minimalist Photography Awards International Contest for her photograph, "Everyone's a Winner." She is an MFA student in art.