Teacher works with student in drawing class

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 | October 8, 2019

This exhibition celebrating artists of African heritage living in the Las Vegas area opens as part of the 3rd Annual UNLV Art Walk and runs through Dec. 7.

dancer before outdoor audience
Arts and Culture | October 4, 2019

Co-presented by philanthropist Susan N. Houston, the College of Fine Arts hosts the free annual Art Walk to honor the Las Vegas community for its dedicated support of the arts and culture in Southern Nevada.

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

Los Angeles Times
October 8, 2019

Sick of your selfie self yet? Likely not. The Museum (and I use the term loosely) of Selfies opened last year in Hollywood as a place for anyone to Insta indulge. Now a second site will open in the Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 25.

Southwest Contemporary
October 1, 2019

I show up while a workshop is in progress at the back of Core Contemporary. The artist Sapira Cheuk is teaching some beginner techniques of Chinese brush painting to local Las Vegans. The participants are intent on painting their own inky bamboo gardens.

Daily Beast
September 24, 2019

Fun. Excitement. Indulgence. Relaxation. Over the years, Las Vegas has prided itself on giving visitors an anything-goes escape they can’t find anywhere else on the planet. And while the city still delivers on that promise, it seems Vegas is cornering the market on something totally new: Inspiration.

Colossal
September 13, 2019

Textile artist Amanda Browder collaborates with the communities she’s working in to built site-specific architectural interventions. Using hundreds of yards of donated fabric with bright colors and patterns, Browder and her volunteer teams stitch together enormous panels that resemble crazy quilts. The panels wrap around bell towers, sheath elevated walkways, and drape from gables and eaves to give passersby a new experience of familiar buildings.

Full Bleed
September 12, 2019

Tim Bavington hit me with flowers. With seven-foot bouquets of flowers, to be precise, smack-dab in the middle of two large paintings on the wall of his downtown Las Vegas studio.

Metropolis
September 10, 2019

Each year in September, Metropolis dives deep into the world of textiles, profiling industry leaders, surveying techniques, and showcasing radical new projects. Here, we highlight five artists pushing the boundary of their craft.

Recent Art Accomplishments

October 17, 2019
Sapria Cheuk and Emily Budd (both Art) along with alumni Holly Lay, '19 MFA Art; Karin Miller, '13 BA Art; Mary Sabo, Art; Sierra Slentz, '01 MFA Art; and Mikayla Whitmore, '10 BFA Art, are participating in the first Bullfrog Biennial at the Goldwell Open Air Museum and Red Barn Art Center in Beatty, Oct. 25 - 27, curated by a panel of artists,...
October 10, 2019
Sapira Cheuk (Art) is included in a group exhibition titled Femella, which will be on display Oct. 10 - Dec. 7 at Golden West College Art Gallery, the gallery associated with Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. The exhibition focuses on female archetypes and feminine representations.
October 2, 2019
Adam Turl (Art) will be presenting at the London Historical Materialism conference on a panel he organized titled "Salvaging Utopia in Contemporary Art." Other presenters on the panel with include David Mabb, Program Leader of the MFA Fine Art (Studio Practice) at Goldsmiths University, London, and Anupam Roy, an artist featured in the 2018 New...
September 25, 2019
Sang-Duck Seo (Art) will be presenting about his research, pedagogy, and creative practice in design as a part of the Visiting Artists and Scholar Series at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. He will visit to engage with faculty members, students, and the local community through public presentations, workshops, in-...
September 20, 2019
Lillehammer Allen (BMI) and Susanna Newbury (Art) sat down to write about land art, mariscos, and Las Vegas for Nevada Humanities' Double Down blog. The essay, Double Down's first bilingual entry, looks at alums Justin Favela, '14 BA Art, and Mikayla Whitmore's, '10 BFA Art, tongue-in-cheek installation of a sculpture called Seven Magic Tires in...
September 17, 2019
Laurence Myers Reese (Art) won a competitive UNLV Graduate Professional Student Association (GPSA) grant for research involving diversity, performance, gestures, soft sculpture, work, labor rights, ability, and exploration of the physical and social position of the transgender body as laborer. He is an MFA student.