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Department of Art News

The Department of Art at UNLV offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that enable students to find success in the unparalleled creative environment of Las Vegas. Our students develop traditional and professional skills that help them define their unique styles, engage with cutting edge technology, and mix traditional and contemporary skills that build towards professional practice.

Current Art News

Las Vegas Sphere featuring the red, white, and blue of U.S. flag
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For Sphere’s first design contest, celebrating the 4th of July, two winners from Art, Architecture, Film, Engineering, and Mathematics will have their designs showcased on the Exosphere.

wooden exhibit featuring photos, candles, and packages of candy
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Inspired by the Mario Basner Passion Project fund, the student exhibition runs through May 15.

empty performance stage with background that reads the composers room
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The series, 'Arts in the Center,' will run Feb. 28 to June 5 at Historic Commercial Center and will highlight works from CFA schools and departments.

The UNLV community gathers for an an event in the Barrick Art Museum.
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Students go beyond the canvas to spark their artistic perspectives and sculpt their creative futures.

collage of six people
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The event, which will be held at Fontainebleau Las Vegas, honors those who have made a significant impact in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.

detail of colorful acrylic on canvas abstract painting
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Solo exhibitions will feature six artists from the art department's studio-based and research-focused program.

Art In The News

Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas community members will have the opportunity to see their artwork displayed on the Exosphere — the viral outer shell of the Sphere that has gained worldwide attention over the last year for its repertoire of designs, including advertisements for movies, grinning emojis, giant basketballs and more.


The visual and performing arts are in full swing throughout the state. Making good on its promises to bring more activity and people to Commercial Center, Clark County has just launched a program with UNLV, which will produce cultural events at the East Sahara complex.

New Books Network

Underlying every great city is a rich and vibrant culture that shapes the texture of life within.

Deseret News

On the northeast side of the Great Salt Lake, a little over a hundred miles from Salt Lake City, lies perhaps the most notable piece of land art ever made, and due to record-low water levels caused by a drought that threatens the very existence of the lake, the Spiral Jetty is more visible than ever.

The Salt Lake Tribune

Like any work of art, the value of Spiral Jetty — easily the most recognizable artwork in Utah — depends on how you look at it.


Last summer Lisa Rock left her house as seldom as she could. She says it's because of what was happening right outside her door.

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Recent Art Accomplishments

Ty Suksangasophon (Art), has been invited to present at the 40th PsyArt conference of psychology and the arts. He will be attending the five day event in June 2024 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in which he will be discussing the "Synchronicity of the Painting Process" to the global attendees of professionals and academics in the field of art and…
On June 23, 2023, Hikmet Loe (Art History) participated in Critical Ground, hosted by Granary Art Center in Ephraim, Utah. The day-long exploration of arts criticism generated conversation to move dialogue outside the art centers of New York City and Los Angeles. Loe's performative talk, which was reinvisioned in a paper, posits how art criticism…
Susanna Phillips Newbury (Art) presented "Over the Horizon," a paper drawn from her research on the concomitant rise of Las Vegas and military surveillance technology in the 1990s and 2000s at the Center for Communication and Culture, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon). The project seeks to examine theories of vision and urban growth…
Susanna Phillips Newbury's (Art) 2021 book, The Speculative City: Art, Real Estate and the Making of Global Los Angeles, was reviewed in the latest issue of Art Bulletin, published by the College Art Association (CAA). The book was previously a finalist for CAA's Charles Rufus Morey Award.
Hikmet Loe (Art History) presented a lecture on Oct 24 for writer-in-residence Terry Tempest William's Harvard Divinity School seminar, "Walking the Inland Sea: Desert Contemplation and Great Salt Lake." The lake's current decline and degradation due to long-term drought was discussed through the lens of the earthworks "Spiral Jetty" (1970) and "…
Emily Budd (Art) has published a creative essay titled, “Cruising the Monuments of the Outskirts of Las Vegas,” for the ecoartspace publication, The New Geologic Epoch. Budd’s essay reimagines Robert Smithson’s seminal work, “A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey,” to explore the possibilities of Queer Renewal among a set of environmental…