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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

collage of BTS-themed artwork
People |

With an artist's attention to detail, the administrative assistant and BTS 'stan' leaves an early impression on on her Lee Business School colleagues.

group of people stand in front of the Sphere
Arts and Culture |

Students receive scholarships while their artwork is run in rotation throughout the summer on the world's largest LED screen.

colorful artwork on utility box in front of apartment complex
Business and Community |

Designs on utility boxes at The Degree were created by College of Fine Arts students.

Las Vegas Sphere featuring the red, white, and blue of U.S. flag
Arts and Culture |

There are more than two dozen UNLV entries in the college division of the contest. Voting ends on June 5, 2024.

Las Vegas Sphere featuring the red, white, and blue of U.S. flag
Arts and Culture |

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
Arts and Culture |

Inspired by the Mario Basner Passion Project fund, the student exhibition runs through May 15.

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

Susanna Phillips Newbury (Art) presented the invited lecture "Forensics: The Cultural Power of Art & Real Estate" at the MAK Center for Art & Architecture in Los Angeles on June 27, 2024. Los Angeles has long invested in contemporary art and real estate development as a long-term strategy for cultural growth. More than 70 years into…
Jerry Schefcik (Art), chair of the Nevada Arts Council Board, chaired the panel review of 85 Project Grant for Artist applications requesting a total of $249,692 in support of the production and presentation of individual artist’s projects including art exhibitions, performances, readings, concerts, the creation of art, portfolio building, and…
Hikmet Loe (Art) met with American Institute for Conservation (AIC) conference attendees at artist Robert Smithson's earthwork, Spiral Jetty. Situated along the north shore of Great Salt Lake, the work engendered conversations regarding the upkeep that earthworks may require, and the ideas of entropy the artist espoused that leads its owner and…
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…