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Department of Art News

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Current Art News

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

woman seated in front of art exhibition
Arts and Culture | April 7, 2021

A conversation between two art teachers on remote learning and the limitations of creating only in digital media.

A collection of various drawings, some framed, some not
Arts and Culture | April 6, 2021

This group exhibition documenting the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic through the work of 22 artists runs April 19 - July 9.

Portrait of Holly Samayoa is the Rookie of the Year in the Classified Employee of the Year Awards for 2020
People | February 3, 2021

After more than a decade, Holly Samayoa earned her UNLV degree and now has been recognized as the university's Rookie of the Year.

artist looking at reflection through a round mirror that is part of exhibition
Arts and Culture | February 2, 2021

Artist Lance L. Smith offers an exploration of diasporic systems of knowledge and their uses as tools for liberation.

Arts and Culture | January 12, 2021

This year, the university honors both 2020 and 2021 recipients - and the line-up of Las Vergas luminaries couldn't be brighter!

Art In The News

Las Vegas Weekly
April 15, 2021

In the sound sculpture “Gnaw,” a demented stuffed animal shakes while making weird chewing noises. In “Cradle,” plastic fingers are hot-glued together to form an organic tower that’s equal parts disturbing and comforting. In “Soap,” a rainbow of soap baseballs questions the masculine tradition of sports. And in “Bunting for Babylon II (Coke & Crystals),” a patriotic decoration is reimagined as a critique of runaway capitalism.

The Art People Podcast
April 6, 2021

On this episode Dr. Erika Abad interviews artists Lance L. Smith and Brent Holmes about their exhibitions currently on view at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

Las Vegas Weekly
March 12, 2021

What I know about abstraction in art is not much. Sure, I get the bare-bones idea of it—the freedom to create something that’s not representative, to allow the creative mind to wander where it will—but the why of abstraction sometimes eludes me. (I blame the editor in me; if something doesn’t make sense to me, it needs to be rewritten and revised until it does.) But in curating Two or 3 Things I Know About Abstraction—a 12-artist group show now at the Summerlin Library gallery—UNLV fine arts professor Pasha Rafat has anchored abstraction to a value I can get my head around: connection.

KNPR News
March 11, 2021

Fawn Douglas and A.B. Wilkinson spend most of their days at UNLV - one as a teacher in the College of Fine Art and the other as an associate professor of history - but they spend their nights and weekends working on a new arts and activism studio.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
March 5, 2021

Calling all art lovers! If you’re looking to check out a new exhibition, we’ve got just the thing for you in the Las Vegas Arts District. Renowned artist Frédéric Bonin-Pissarro will be featured at the Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery’s latest show, “Life Lines.”

Las Vegas Weekly
January 7, 2021

Last spring, Wendy Kveck taught an art class at UNLV called Finding America in Las Vegas. “I considered how the landscape and cultures of Southern Nevada have influenced artists’ work over the decades,” she wrote in a blog post for Nevada Humanities.

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Recent Art Accomplishments

April 19, 2021
Susanna Newbury (Art) has published The Speculative City: Art, Real Estate, and the Making of Global Los Angeles, with the University of Minnesota Press. A forensic examination of the mutual relationship between art and real estate in a transforming Los Angeles, the book argues that art and urban development shape each other's evolution The...
April 8, 2021
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones, Phillip Zawarus, Sean Slattery, Olga Townsend, Genevieve Tremblay, Francisco Menendez, Adam Paul (all Fine Arts), Althea Inns, Ted Weisman (OIT), and Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) contributed to a national online conversation about Envisioning a Post-pandemic Future for Arts and Media Higher Education...
March 30, 2021
Aaron Cowan, Erin K. Drew, Keeva Danielle Lough, John McVay, Laurence Myers Reese, and Emily Sarten (all Art) received congressional commendations from Congresswoman Dina Titus. Each MFA candidate was recognized for contributing to the arts and culture in Las Vegas. The commendation was presented to them on the occasion of exhibiting work at Test...
March 25, 2021
Ashley Hairston Doughty (Art) is one of 12 design educators included in the soon-to-be released book Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators by Kelly Walters. The book collects deep personal interviews with graphic design educators of color who teach at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.  The book centers the unique...
March 24, 2021
Susanna Newbury (Art) published "In Residence," a chapter in Amsterdam University Press' new Aesthetics of Gentrification: Seductive Spaces and Exclusive Communities in the Neoliberal City (ed. Christoph Linder and Gerard Sandoval, 2021). Newbury's contribution focuses on artists' role in urban economic development,  proposes an ethics of...
January 7, 2021
Hikmet Loe (Art) has been awarded the first Research Fellowship from the Holt/Smithson Foundation. Loe is an educator, writer, and curator whose research examines the changeable nature of the Earth, addressing perceptual and cultural constructs of the land. She joins the department of art this spring as a part-time instructor, teaching Land Art.