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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

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Arts and Culture | December 18, 2019

Create, connect, and explore! Join the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art for a day of all-ages art exploration and hands-on creativity.

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People | December 11, 2019

Alumna Jaimee Newberry turns a mommy-daughter holiday project into a booming custom clothing company.

A student uses printing equipment in an art studio.
People | December 6, 2019

Students and professors use extended campus hours to prepare for finals week.

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Arts and Culture | December 2, 2019

The fall semester is wrapping up in the department of art. Enjoy any of these 12 spectacular experiences in the 12th month of the year.

portrait of woman
People | November 25, 2019

Jean Munson of the Women's Research Institute of Nevada credits professor Joanne Goodwin, the institute's director emerita, as having been an important mentor.

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.

Art In The News

Luna Luna
February 17, 2020

I define authentic as something derived from a lived experience. Every creative endeavor should be produced from a place of honesty. Creating any type of cultural artifact should be done in earnest. The world is already too cluttered with lies manufactured by disingenuous and profit-driven motivations. Keeping your creative space true is an exercise in freedom.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 8, 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.”

Las Vegas Weekly
December 26, 2019

This year, Las Vegas visual, literary, theatrical and performing arts scenes took several decisive steps forward. Here are just a few of the year's highlights.

Double Scoop
December 12, 2019

Last Friday, Dec. 6, the Master of Fine Arts students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas held an open studios night. Andrea Heerdt dropped by to find out what they’re working on. She caught up with five of the program’s 12 MFA students and asked them to describe their current work. The biographical notes we included here are condensed versions of student bios provided by UNLV. 

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 6, 2019

UNLV’s Master of Fine Arts candidates show off their recent works Friday at the Open Studios event.

Settlers + Nomads
December 2, 2019

The latest exhibition of work by Yasmina Chavez reminds me how protean she is, how flexible, how much she surprises you.

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Recent Art Accomplishments

February 13, 2020
Ashley Doughty (Art) will present at the 108th annual College of Art Association Conference in Chicago this month. She will present on a panel called Black, Brown + Latinx Graphic Design Educators, chaired by Kelly A Walters from The New School, Parsons School of Design. Other participating designers are representing the College of New Jersey,...
February 10, 2020
Erik Beehn (Art) is interviewed by the first department of art Transformation Fellow Amanda Browder on the podcast "Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk Without the Ego." Browder and Beehn discuss Beehn's work as an artist and printmaker and their takes on art scenes in Las Vegas.
February 10, 2020
Sapira Cheuk and Fawn Douglas (both Art) have work that is included in an exhibit, Margaret, Are You Grieving, that is on view at Nevada Humanities Program Gallery. Several UNLV alumni, including Montana Black, Lance Smith, Kim Garrison, and Steve Radosevich, also are part of the exhibit.
January 28, 2020
Sean Slattery (Art) is included in the Mojave Madness group exhibition at the Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, Feb. 8 - April 12. This show, curated by Michael McCall, includes more than 40 artists responding to life in the desert.
January 22, 2020
Sapira Cheuk (Art), Chad Scott (Teaching and Learning), and Richard Zwiercan (Libraries) are participating in an exhibition titled Existing in Thought, which is on display through March 4 at Winchester Cultural Center gallery. The exhibit features 42 works of art by 34 selected artists. Russian-born guest curator Valentin Yordanov has exhibited...
January 22, 2020
Anne H. Stevens (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies), along with alumna Molly C. O'Donnell, '15 PhD English, have co-edited the collection The Microgenre: A Quick Look at Small Culture with Bloomsbury, released this month. Contributors to this collection of essays about highly specific cultural genres include Megan Becker, John Hay (...