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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

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.

two drawings of men
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.

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.

Art In The News

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.

Southwest Contemporary
December 1, 2019

Southern Nevada–based artist Justin Favela’s work embodies the qualities of Las Vegas by affirming the startling originality of smart near-copies. Last spring, I visited Favela in his temporary studio at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Reliably buoyant, Favela can shed light on seemingly any aspect of the folklore of contemporary Las Vegas. The complex and teeming overwhelm of the city imbues his work. In the studio, he mused on Siegfried and Roy’s late white tiger, the four-hundred-pound Mantecore, who bit Roy onstage at the Mirage and left him paralyzed.

Las Vegas Sun
November 25, 2019

A new sculpture behind the Strip pays tribute to old Las Vegas and the entertainers who helped put Las Vegas on the map.

Las Vegas Weekly
November 22, 2019

Stewart Freshwater's North Las Vegas home doubles as a multispace studio. Stacks of drawings, sketches and art supplies fill the dining room, guest bedroom and even the master bathroom. Lacking the advantage of a north light window, Freshwater takes his work from room to room throughout the day, tempering the effects of inconsistent natural light, a major burden for many fine artists as the sun's angle changes.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 31, 2019

All morning, excited people stream in to gather free comic books. In the back of the store, patrons huddle by a table as comics are signed by their creators. A few fans dressed as comic book characters mingle with civilians in comic logo-laden T-shirts, while others huddle in conversation or stalk the racks in search of new finds.

Las Vegas Weekly
October 24, 2019

"Clark’s Las Vegas Townsite Map” (1905) greets visitors to the Block 17 exhibition at UNLV’s Donna Beam Gallery.

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Recent Art Accomplishments

December 3, 2019
Catherine Angel, Yasmina Chavez, Sapira Cheuk, Cara Cole, Alisha Kerlin, Wendy Kveck, Jung Min, Jean Munson, Jerry Schefcik, and Sean Slattery (all Art) have created exhibits this semester to highlight the creativity, research, learning, growth, and big ideas of their undergraduate and graduate students. More than 150 students have exhibited on...
December 2, 2019
Zully Mejia (Art) has an exhibit, "Self PorTRAITS,"  on view at the East Las Vegas Library until Feb. 9. The exhibit features realistic paintings of women the artist admires. She is an undergraduate.
November 22, 2019
Dave Rowe (Art) has taken the lead in the department of art this Fall to reinvent and reinvigorate the visiting artists program, sponsored by the College of Fine Arts. The department hosted or co-hosted 14 distinguished and award-winning visitors and speakers in a few short months. This programming brought the art community together in new ways....
November 21, 2019
William Bauer (History) and Fawn Douglas (Art) were featured speakers with Jack Malotte, an accomplished visual artist who focuses on Great Basin landscape, contemporary political issues faced by Native people, and environmental activism. Bauer proposed some historical/political context for Malotte's work. Douglas provided readings of some of...
November 20, 2019
Emily Budd (Art) will exhibit her work in a group show of 12 artists at the University of Arizona School of Art Joseph Gross Gallery from Nov. 22 through Jan. 23. The exhibit, The Snake Eats Its Tail, explores the relationship of creation to destruction with a particular focus on consumption in contemporary life.
November 19, 2019
Tiffany Lin (Art) spoke at the University of San Francisco in the fine arts program with design fundamentals students learning about social practice and socially engaged art. Tiffany lectured on her new project 23 VIEWS with an emphasis on strategies for successful collaboration and community engagement. 23 Views is a drawing series and social...