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The Barrick Museum: people, place, past present. Inside the Museum
Barrick Museum News. Issue 4: April 2011

Budget Cuts and the Museum

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We and other cultural institutions around the state have found ourselves in an extraordinarily difficult situation. We are facing challenges we have never experienced before and, as UNLV is confronted with the reality of catastrophic budget cuts, it is likely that State funding for the Museum will be eliminated. What does this mean? It doesn’t mean immediate closure but it does mean that the Museum will be completely dependent on the support of our community and supporters, through donations and grants, to remain open. While State funding for the Museum has remained relatively unchanged since the 1970’s, it will still be difficult to reach the $250,000/year necessary to support museum operations and dedicated personnel. In the next couple of months we will be rolling out several new programs to begin to meet this challenge and raise the necessary funds to remain open. These initial programs and projects include naming opportunities, a friends of the museum program, and an annual fundraising ball and auction. We will also expand our advisory board to include members from the community and make changes that will help us come out of this stronger and better prepared to serve the community.

This new challenge also comes at a time of growth and resurgence for the Museum - our visitorship has tripled over the last two years and we’ve partnered with numerous University and community organizations to bring you dynamic exhibitions and public programming. We have a strong volunteer base and are just formalizing a new intern program. This month will see the launch of our new book club and we’ll be hosting numerous events such as the Art and Desert Living Fair, Earth Day and gallery exhibitions. We have an amazing, dedicated, and passionate staff that advocate for the Museum every day. I hope you’ll join us and truly make this YOUR museum.

If you’d like to voice your concerns, share your ideas or show your support please send an email to Aurore Giguet.

Upcoming Exhibits

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Contemporary Mexican Masters to be displayed at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum - Contemporary Oaxacan Art: The Ruiz-Healy Collection

April 11 - May 13, 2011

Discover works by some of the best known artists from Oaxaca, Mexico including, Rodolfo Morales, Shinzaburo Takeda, Francisco Toledo -considered by many to be the greatest living Mexican artist - and eight other contemporary artists. The exhibition represents one of the best collections portraying the diversity and creativeness of the painters from the costal Mexican state.

This exhibit, presented by the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas and co-sponsored by the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum draws works from the Ruiz-Healy Collection - a gallery located in San Antonio, Texas that specializes in modern and contemporary works by Latin American artists – paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper.

Join the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas and the Marjorie Barrick Museum for an Opening Reception and Gallery talk by Patricia Ruíz-Healy, Wednesday April 13 6 - 8p. Catering for reception sponsored by Yayo Taco.


UNLV Hosts Feminist Art Show and Readings
Feminist/Las Vegas” Showcases Feminists Living and Working in Sin City

April 18 - May 21, 2011

Opening Reception April 22, 2011 6 - 8p featuring speakers and performances

Feminist/Las Vegas is a multi-discipline show of contemporary artists and writers living and working in Las Vegas. The art show will run in conjunction with an evening of readings and discussion about gender, sexuality, and inequality in the city of Las Vegas. 

In keeping with the broad and varied feminisms in Las Vegas, Feminist/Las Vegas showcases a number of artists doing varied contemporary work. Artwork by Danielle Kelly, Wendy Kveck, Nico Inman Holmes-Gull, Justin Favela, Laurenn McCubbin and Noelle Garcia. Performances by Danielle Kelly and Erin Stellmon, and readings by Kirsten Swenson & Dustin Wax. The opening night party will also feature a conversation with Clare Coss, a nationally acclaimed feminist social justice poet and playwright who will reflect on being feminist in a city as unique as Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is more than the Strip. We are more than our tourist-based industry. Feminists and queers live here. Feminist/Las Vegas explores the complexities of gender, sexuality, economy, social life, and culture. With a tourist industry built on vices, promoted by blatantly sexist, heterosexist, and racist advertising, feminists find liberation and voice through art and spoken word. 



From self-guided tours to special exhibition projects, the Marjorie Barrick Museum encourages the campus community to take advantage of all it offers. We are conducting a survey of academic faculty to help us better serve research and researchers at UNLV. We hope you choose to participate. Your answers are important to us and will help in establishing new programs. Survey

The Barrick Museum is looking for volunteers to greet visitors, assist in the library and general office help. For more information about the volunteer program and for an application visit our website.

Calling all Artists


The Barrick Museum needs a new design for its t-shirts.

 The Barrick Museum needs a fun new design for our t-shirts and we would like your help. The winning design will be printed on t-shirts which are given to volunteers, staff, donors and members of the Barrick Student Association.


The Barrick Museum needs a new design for its 2011 t-shirts and we're asking for local artists to design it. Create a unique design that incorporates elements of our logo. All submitted designs will be posted to the Museum's Flickr page. Museum staff will select five (5) designs for a public vote.


Design a graphic for the Barrick Museum's t-shirts following the guidelines. Then submit your design via email to

After submitting your design, check the Museum's Flickr page to view your design and the designs submitted by others.

Designs must be submitted by May 1, 2011. Submitted designs will be reviewed by Museum staff who will select the finalists. On May 15, 2011 voting on the finalists' designs will begin. Cast your vote for your favorite design before May 31, 2011 and remind all of your friends and family.

Check our website for complete details.