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The Barrick Museum: people, place, past present. Inside the Museum
Barrick Museum News. Issue 5: July 2011


Hello Friends


I hope you are enjoying a great start to the summer. We’ve been busy at the museum and big changes are underway. As you may have heard the museum lost its state funding. This is the biggest challenge the museum has faced in its 42 year history, but we’re determined to see it thrive and grow through community engagement and support. The first change has been the expansion of evening and weekend hours. Next, we’ll be rewriting our strategic plan, setting goals, and expanding the Museum Board. For an insider’s perspective of what’s going on I encourage you to read our relaunched blog, “An Inside View of the Barrick Museum”.

In this newsletter you’ll learn about upcoming exhibits, events and opportunities for you to get involved. It will be because of your interest and support that the Barrick can continue to enrich lives and serve as a resource for the university and Las Vegas community.

See you at the Barrick!
Aurore Giguet, program director

It's Your Last Chance

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The summer is shaping up to be an exciting one at the Barrick! Be sure to catch the last days of the juried show “89XXXhibition” (ends July 9) and solo shows Countenance: Self-Portraits by Jerry Shawback and Sereno: Art and Sculpture by KD Matheson (both end July 4).

New Hours


To better serve the Las Vegas community, we are adopting new hours effective July 1, 2011. The new hours will enable the Museum to better serve you by providing greater access. Visitors will be able to take advantage of free weekend parking in the lot immediately in front of the Museum (free parking starts 1 pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday).

The new hours are as follows:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Happenings

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Urbis Octaptych: The City . . . the times, the promise.
July 15 - September 10 

Local artist, Lincoln Maynard, has created a series of eight prolific new paintings specifically for this exhibition. Each is an untitled part of the whole, and, each a window, a mirror, and a portrait. In addition, the show will include a retrospective component with a selection of works from the artists collection. Join us for a public opening reception July 15th, 6 - 8 pm.

Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey
July 12 - September 14

Great Basin Exteriors is an exhibition of 30 photographs by three regional artists - Adam Jahiel, Daniel Cheek and Nolan Preece - that examines loss, change and abandonment in the American West. This exhibit was organized by the Nevada Arts Council. Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative - Traveling Exhibition Program and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature.


Sketch Saturdays 10 - 4 pm
We would like you to get inspired by our collection and discover your inner artist. We'll provide you with the paper and pencils to help find your inner masterpiece. Pick up free sketching and drawing paper, and pencils at the reception desk. This program is FREE

Saturday Story Time 1 - 1:30 pm
Bring your children to the Museum to escape the heat and participate in Story Time with Museum staff. Meet at the reception desk. This program is FREE.

Family Movie Day
Starting in August, every Sunday.

Call for Donations: We Will Survive Exhibition and Charity Auction


In response to losing our State funding the Museum will be hosting its first benefit exhibition and auction, “We Will Survive”. We are committed to the Las Vegas community and envision the Museum as a thriving gathering place for those interested in the arts and cultural history. We invite local artists to be a part of this benefit and donate work in support of the Museum.

An exhibition of select works will be on display in our main gallery September 24 - November 9, 2011. A closing cocktail party and silent auction of all submissions and donated items will be held November 9, 7 - 9 pm. Proceeds from the auction will directly support Museum operations and personnel. Paintings, sculpture, photography, and graphics are welcome. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations must be received by September 1, 2011. For further information please contact or

Call for Submissions: Let Them Eat Cake Exhibition


The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum invites Las Vegas artists at all levels to participate in their visual art exhibit “Let Them Eat Cake” celebrating all varieties of presentation and interpretation of the dessert we all know and love. Paintings, sculpture, photography, and other visual representations of cake are welcome.

The exhibit will occupy the community gallery of the museum from October 16 - December 12. Work in all mediums will be considered; final selection of works to display will be made at the discretion of the museum’s curatorial staff. Please email digital images of your submission to ; use the subject line “Cake submission” and include your name, title and dimensions of the work, and a phone number where you can be contacted. Submissions must be received by September 16, 2011.

An opening reception will be held on October 16, commemorating the decapitation of French queen and well-known cake advocate Marie Antoinette in 1793. For further information please contact or

Get Involved


The Barrick Museum New Collectors Club
This fall, the UNLV Barrick Museum will be launching its New Collectors Club, providing beginning and intermediate art collectors with the opportunity to meet personally with local gallery owners, artists, and other collectors. For more information, contact Dustin M. Wax at or by phone at (702) 895-3381.

Books at the Barrick
On the second Thursday of each month, 6-8pm, Books at the Barrick members gather at the museum to discuss books about museums and the art world. Upcoming titles include:

July 14: Guerilla Girls, The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

August 11: Thomas Hoving, Master Pieces: The Curator's Game

September 14: Edward Dolnick, The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece

October 12: Paul Werner, Museum, Inc.: Inside the Global Art World

November 16: Douglas J. Preston, Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History

December 14: Laney Salisbury, Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

 For more information, contact Dustin M. Wax, or (702) 895-3381.

Barrick Student Association
It's official! The Barrick Student Association is now CSUN recognized and is looking for officers and members.

The Barrick Student Association is for students who share a common interest in museums and a passion for art and/or cultural history. The BSA is dedicated to strengthening UNLV student involvement in the Barrick by creating and supporting the interactions with and connections to art, cultural history, UNLV students, and local artists. By becoming involved, UNLV Students will explore their own creative potential in the curatorial, writing, and programming realms; through events, exhibitions, and student-generated programs at the Barrick. For more information, call (702) 895.3381 or email

Coming This Fall. Mark Your Calendars!


Here’s a peek at what’s coming up this fall!

Rebel Art Party
On Wednesday, September 14 from 7 - 9 pm, the Barrick Museum is throwing a bash to welcome everyone back to campus. It’s a chance to learn more about the Museum, our programs, events and how you can become more involved. Join us for an evening of art, food, and music in the Museum’s historic exhibition hall. Get your art on!

Seduction of the Innocent: An Exploration of Banned Comic Books
In this exhibition you’ll take a journey through censorship with comic books, reproduced covers and original art from sequential art titles that have been spurned by libraries, communities and, yes, the once-mighty Comics Code Authority. On display September 30 - October 29.

“Tales from Fremont Street” Comic Book Anthology
November 2 - December 3, 2011 view original art, conceptual drawings and scripts from the locally produced noir comic book anthology "Tales from Fremont Street" . Viewers will get a glimpse behind the process that goes into creating illustrated fiction.

We Will Survive Exhibition and Auction
This Fall, the UNLV Barrick Museum asserts its determination to remain a leading part of the Las Vegas community with an exhibition titled “We Will Survive”. The exhibition will run September 23 - November 9 and will consist entirely of works by local artists donated to the Museum. On November 9 we will hold a closing reception and silent auction, with bidding on all the work included in the exhibition. Proceeds will directly support the Museum.

Let Them Eat Cake Exhibition
Come celebrate the most deliciously sponge-like of treats with an exhibition of artwork depicting and inspired by... cake! Opening on the anniversary of cake advocate and French monarch Marie Antoinette’s beheading, Let Them Eat Cake offers Las Vegas artists’ many-layered look at the popular dessert item. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 16, from 6 to 8 pm. Cake and milk will be served, of course.

Support the Barrick Museum


No gift is too small to support the UNLV Barrick Museum. The Museum is a nonprofit institution that relies on contributions from individuals and businesses to deliver programs, provide services and present exhibits.

For information on how to organize one-time donations, planned giving opportunities, or corporate partnerships, please contact Aurore Giguet at (702) 895-1402 or

Event Sponsorship
The Barrick Museum hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from opening receptions for new exhibitions to open houses serving the UNLV student body and greater Las Vegas community. We always welcome the donation of food, beverages, and other goods and services to help make these events a success. Your sponsorship will be noted in promotional materials, as well as, during the event itself. Please consider partnering with the Museum and helping us to make our events a success. For more information, contact Crystina Blaze at (702) 895-3381 or

Naming Opportunities
As the Museum faces elimination of State funding we are offering to select donors the opportunity to name public spaces, endowment funds and professional positions. These naming opportunities ensure that your generosity will be recognized for years to come.

Endowed Professional Positions $3,500,000 – 3,000,000
Museum Auditorium $1,000,000
Museum Lobby $750,000
Exhibit Hall Lounge $350,000
Exhibit Hall Theater $100,000
Curators Office $50,000
Preservation/Conservation Lab $50,000
Endowed Graduate Fellowship $250,000
Endowed Undergraduate Fellowship $200,000
Named Exhibit Project $75,000