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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

display of multiple light strings in shape of campfires
Arts and Culture | November 22, 2023

Thanks to the generosity of artist friends, the museum has a range of drawings, prints, paintings, and more to take home this December.

digital artwork of a long-haired figure with a green background
Arts and Culture | November 8, 2023

The show features fiber arts, painting, photography, photo-based mixed media, sculpture, and textiles.

female performing ballet outside
Arts and Culture | October 5, 2023

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.

six colorful macarons
Arts and Culture | September 25, 2023

The Department of Art MFA cohort shares their recent work exploring a wide range of formal and conceptual concerns at the UNR Student South Galleries through Oct. 16.

three individuals wearing body paint with sky in background
Arts and Culture | August 24, 2023

The free event will open on Sept. 28 with a reading by the film's writer and narrator — activist and Oglala Lakota poet Layli Long Soldier.

focus on smiling woman at legislature session
Arts and Culture | May 5, 2023

McKenzie Easter helps lobbying efforts to secure $5.1 million in state funds for construction plans.

Art In The News

Deseret News
March 18, 2023

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
June 26, 2022

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

December 13, 2021

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.

College Art Association of America
December 7, 2021

Scroll down to meet this year’s candidates and submit your online voting form.

New York Times
November 30, 2021

His status as an art-world outsider, and as a staunch defender of “beauty” in art, drew him legions of fans and enemies alike.

November 26, 2021

Dave Hickey, a critic, popularly known for his book "Art Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy," has passed away at the age of 82.

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Recent Art Accomplishments

October 30, 2023
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 "…
October 24, 2023
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…
October 12, 2023
Hikmet Loe (Art) was published twice in the international, peer-reviewed journal, Weber: The Contemporary West (Fall 2023, vol. 40, no.1). Both appear in the journal's subfocus, Art of the American West. The first, "A Conversation in Water and in Ochre: Where Hope Lies," is multi-authored with Nan Seymour and Elpitha Tsoutsounakis. The second…
October 5, 2023
Emily Budd's (Art) sculptural work, Digging Feet (the Grinding Search), is on view with the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance exhibition, Of the Land, at the Lightwell Gallery at Oklahoma University. The exhibition, curated by Anna Tsouhlarakis, is dedicated to creative and visual expressions on the complex dialogue about land. Artworks for the…
September 19, 2023
Emily Budd (Art) published an essay titled, "Aluminati: Rekindling a Forgotten Future of Foundry," for Couch in the Desert. The essay describes the importance of growing an inclusive and expanded foundry project, Aluminati, and the impact of its work.
September 9, 2023
Emily Budd (Art) was interviewed in Mysteries of the Abandoned: Hidden America, Season 2, Episode 1, on Discovery, about the queer history of Rhyolite, Nevada, and her public sculpture that memorializes it.