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The College of Fine Arts provides an academic experience that heightens awareness of the physical, intellectual, and cultural world. We diligently prepare students for professional employment and/or post-graduate study in their artistic area.

Current Fine Arts News

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.

art illustration that shows a wolf, train, and other elements
Arts and Culture |

From classic plays to exciting new voices in American theatre, the season promises to be thrilling, thought provoking, joyous, and immediate.

exterior look of the composer showroom building
Arts and Culture |

The UNLV Film Documentaries class created this 15-minute film about the revitalization of Las Vegas’ Historic Commercial Center.

commencement profile (josh hawkins/unlv)
People |

President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates who have shown exemplary commitment to both the community and their studies.

students in spring
Campus News |

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

Christian Shelton stands in front of a tall flashlight sculpture
People |

With encouragement from a chorus of faculty, Christian Shelton learns to make a lasting impression.

Fine Arts In The News

Desert Companion

When Nikki Corda founded the Nevada Women’s Film Festival in 2015, she had no idea she was creating a Las Vegas institution. A CSN film professor at the time, she was just looking for a student club project. “I noticed there was a disparity between how many women students we had at the time and male students,” Corda recalls.

Las Vegas Sun

The public can officially vote, for the first time ever, on the outward appearance of the Sphere. Voting is open now through June 5 in the inaugural Sphere XO Student Design Challenge, Sphere Entertainment Co. announced today. The program is the first opportunity for members of the public to create art for the Exosphere, the venue’s outer shell that has gained worldwide attention for its many forms — from the moon to a smiley face.

Las Vegas Review Journal

The song’s opening line tells the story of Las Vegas — then and today. “Bright light city, gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire.” “It showed you there was more to Las Vegas than mobsters and the Rat Pack. That message had value,” Las Vegas historian Michael Greene says of the titular tune from the 1964 film “Viva Las Vegas.”

Fast Company

From tennis ball studded stilettos to a custom Celia Kritharioti minidress emblazoned with a movie poster, Zendaya has gone all-in on the theme for her promotion of the new tennis flick Challengers.


The Beverly Theater is branching out and launching a movie distribution company called Ink Films. On Friday, theater officials said film consultant Mike Plante as Head of Distribution for the company.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

Las Vegas based International Conductor, Maestro Taras Krysa returns from Ukraine Concert Tour inspiring and bringing a sense of normalcy to life during war time.

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Recent Fine Arts Accomplishments

Amy Brown (Music) published an article titled "The Progression of Technology Integration in the Music Classroom to Support Student Engagement: Part I-Using Google Keep" in the Journal of General Music Education. This article is part of the Musical Idea Series, highlighting unique topics for the general music classroom.
Assistant professor Adam Paul (Film) was interviewed for Fast Company magazine's article, "How 'Method Dressing' is Boosting Films at the Box Office." The article examined the phenomenon of film stars appearing at red-carpet premieres dressed similarly to characters they play in those productions. Paul, who has expertise on the craft of acting…
Linda Lister (Music) was asked to be the stage director for the Opera Las Vegas production of The Billy Goats Gruff. Featuring several UNLV alumni and UNLV senior Chase Gutierrez, this show will tour public libraries and community centers across the valley. It teaches children important tools for dealing with bullies and fostering friendship 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…
UNLV faculty John McMurtery and postdoctoral scholars Marta Plominska and Dawid Mzyk (all Music) performed at the 3rd International Low Flutes Festival in Washington D.C. They performed works by Laurence Dresner and Ali Ryerson for two low flutes, as well as "Waha'yoo Winds: Nevadian Images" for alto flute and trombone, which was written by Jakub…
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) published a review article in the Journal of the American Musicological Society. The piece examines Nathan Link’s A Poetics of Handel’s Operas. It appears in vol. 77 no. 1, pp. 247-50 of the journal.