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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

Arts and Culture | August 6, 2019

A short Q & A will follow the screening with artist and executive producer Tanja Hollander and director Robin Greenspun.

geometric art with face
Arts and Culture | August 5, 2019

"Connective Tissue" is the first large-scale assembly of works by renowned neuroscientist-turned-artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. It runs through Feb. 22.

Arts and Culture | July 2, 2019

For the first time, the Barrick is taking part of its collection out for a "pop-up" exhibition, partnering with Nevada Humanities.

portrait of man
Arts and Culture | June 20, 2019

Lara is the artist-in-residence at The Rogers Art Loft — a multidisciplinary artist residency dedicated to inclusivity, originality, and empowerment of artists.

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.

Art In The News

ARTnews
July 24, 2019

There are many arts for which Las Vegas is known. Contemporary art is not among them. The city has museums devoted to the Mob, and to its own famous neon signage, but it lacks a world-class art museum. When artist Wendy Kveck led school tours through the Guggenheim art collection formerly housed at the Venetian Resort, what bothered her most was not navigating kindergarten-through-12th-graders through a casino, but what she discovered about the kids’ experience of art: “Many of my students had never been to an art museum in their entire life,” she says.

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:

Recent Art Accomplishments

July 18, 2019
Susanna Newbury (Art) wrote "Artists at Work: Susan Silton," which has been published in East of Borneo, the interdisciplinary journal and archive on Los Angeles art. The essay and interview address Silton's life and work in Los Angeles as well as her deep engagement in public space and accessibility, queer subjectivity, and gentrification in...
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.