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Department of Art News

The Department of Art at UNLV offers 5 NASAD accredited degrees and several exhibition spaces including the Donna Beam Gallery and Marjorie Barrick Museum in the unparalleled urban desert environment of Las Vegas. Highlights of our academic year include a Fall Visiting Artist Lecture Series and a Spring Artist in Residence program.

Current Art News

artwork made of crepe paper
Arts and Culture | May 30, 2019

The event is free and includes hands-on activities, storytime, and more. All ages welcome.

two men on white background
Arts and Culture | May 30, 2019

Podcast hosts UNLV alumni Babelito and Favyfav and professor Erika Abad for a conversation about Latinx representation in the media and Las Vegas.

a mace on a stand
UNLV History | May 18, 2019

The processional marshal at commencement will be wielding the mace — a 12-pound symbolic weapon for defending the university and its people.

watercolor painting
Arts and Culture | May 10, 2019

Graduating art major Zhe Zhang turns her gaze to UNLV's campus.

Christen Lena Gomez working at her computer.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant makes educating children about the diversity within the Latino community fun.

Research | April 16, 2019
UNLV’s Research & Creative Honors Program provides undergraduates with unique opportunities that prepare them for graduate studies.

Art In The News

Las Vegas Weekly
February 28, 2019

When Marcus Civin decided to move from Maryland to Las Vegas to start his new role as Department Chair of UNLV’s art department, it was the diversity of the university that caught his attention.

Desert Companion
February 6, 2019

Someone in the impromptu barbershop quartet jokes about performance art being “all bullshit,” setting off a rumble of laughter in an audience of artists, performers, art lovers, and writers, all familiar with the conflicted nature of the medium. It’s another evening of RADAR, a new, regular Downtown performance event. Frequently not as palatable as more traditional painting and sculpture, nor easily defined or understood, performance art can be a difficult medium to establish in a local art community, though it’s been a fixture in some cities for years. Still, it’s natural that an art movement such as this would grow in the shadow of the Strip — and it feels long overdue.

KSNV-TV: News 3
January 30, 2019

The Nevada Arts Council is unveiling a new traveling photo exhibition – “Home Means Nevada” which will start its journey in the hallways of the Nevada Legislature during the 2019 session.

Gallatin News
January 28, 2019

The work of Las Vegas artist Erik Beehn is on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery. The exhibit will be an installation, meaning that Beehn will build some of the art on location. The show is based on the novel “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Las Vegas Weekly
January 7, 2019

New year, new artistic endeavors. What does 2019 have in store for the Las Vegas arts and culture scene? What do our city’s creative folk wish to see in the new year? We polled some of the local movers and shakers, asking them to share their cultural New Year’s resolutions, hopes, plans and wishes. Here’s what they had to say:

ARTFORUM
May 21, 2018

The University of Nevada Las Vegas announced that interdisciplinary artist, critic, and educator Marcus Civin has been named chair of the department of art at the College of Fine Arts effective July 15.

Recent Art Accomplishments

June 7, 2019
Susanna Newbury (Art) received a 2019 Millard Meiss Publication Grant from the College Art Association [CAA] for her forthcoming book, Speculations: Art, Real Estate, and the Making of Global Los Angeles (University of Minnesota Press, 2020). Twice a year, CAA awards grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support book-length...
April 9, 2019
Susanna Newbury (Art) presented her research on Los Angeles artists engaging with the long tail of gentrification through real estate and development policy at the Aesthetics of Gentrification: Art, Architecture, and Displacement conference at the University of Oregon's Slow Lab in Portland. The conference assembled international scholars...
March 6, 2019
Jared Turcotte (Art) is representing the UNLV Ice Hockey Club Team on the USA Team at the 2019 World University Games now taking place in Kasnoyarsk, Russia. Turcotte is one of only three freshmen — and one of only 22 collegiate athletes total — to be picked for the USA Team at the World University Games. He is in his second semester as a member...
February 11, 2019
Marcus Civin (Art), Pete Reyes (Academic Resources), Clarence Gilyard (Film), and Nevada Conservatory Theatre (Theatre) all were recognized by Desert Companion/NPR in their "Best of the City 2019" issue in February. All were included in the Arts + Entertainment section. Civin was selected as "Best Figure in Local Culture," while Reyes was selected...
November 5, 2018
Ed Fuentes (Art) is a new faculty member as well as a UNLV graduate ('18 MFA Art) whose thesis exhibition has been selected to be a solo show at the Riverside Art Museum in California in February.
October 30, 2018
Susanna Newbury (Art) recently appeared on the KCHUNG radio program 9am to discuss her research on art and urban development, and issues of ethics and justice in American oratory. KCHUNG is a freeform community radio station based in Los Angeles, broadcasting locally at 1630 AM and nationally over the web.