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Annual Juried Student Exhibition (April 12)

The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery presents the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition beginning April 12 and continuing through April 27. The exhibition is open to all UNLV undergraduate students. This year the judge is Artist in Residence Erin Cosgrove from Los Angeles.  All media is eligible including but not limited to painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramic, and video.  The reception will be Friday, April 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm during which the announcement of awards will be made.

MFA Open Studios (April 11)

The UNLV Department of Art is pleased to announce the Spring 2013 Graduate Open Studios event:

Thursday, April 11 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Come and visit the MFA studios, along with the works of 12 of our current graduate art students. Grab a drink with MFA candidates and experience the vibrant array of art and artists UNLV has to offer. Take advantage of this rare and intimate opportunity to meet and engage with these up-and-coming artists and see their work firsthand. Light refreshments will be served.

The Master of Fine Arts Program at UNLV is a three-year, full-time, studio-based program. The program provides a highly individualized experience, and its interdisciplinary nature encourages wide-ranging experimental and intellectual exploration. MFA students work with an expanded community of professional artists, critics, and curators from around the country who participate in the weekly Visiting Artist Lecture Series, teach undergraduate courses, and participate in both a Midway and a Thesis exhibition as a part of their studies at UNLV.


Abraham Abebe
Lauren Adkins
Nathan Cote
Lolita Develay
Austin Dickson
Scott Grow
Camilla Oldenkamp
Rebecca Pugh
Lisa Rock
Shelbi Schroeder
John Stoelting
Cindy Sullivan


The Graduate Fine Arts Studios building is located at 4510 S. Maryland Parkway, on the corner of Maryland and Harmon, in what was once an old Carl’s Jr. fast food franchise. Limited parking is available on site and on nearby streets. Please note that on site parking is permit parking until 7pm. There is some limited paid meter parking across the street on the campus as well.

Muse: Call for Art

Visting Artist Lecture: Lisa Blatt (April 22)

Photographer Lisa K. Blatt will be giving a lecture April 22, 6-11 pm as part of the Art in Public Places Lecture Series. The lecture series is a collaboration between the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission and UNLV Department of Art. The lecture will be held in the Robert L Bigelow Physics Buiding (BPB) room 102.

Artist Statement

The desert attracts me with its light, beauty, simplicity. I stay for its complexity, contradictions and secrets.

My explorations include camping on a live volcano in Antarctica (world’s largest desert), dodging gun wielding locals and exploding bombs.

My interests include how perception is shaped by how and what we see, media and cultural perspectives and offering a landscape-type experience.

My art explores the intersection between the still and moving image, nature and culture, perception, and how landscape may represent being and non being, presence and absence, infinity and finality.

My work examines how landscape may be defined by what is not visible, what is memory or what is trace (ex. historic events with no remaining visible evidence like radiation from test bombs.)

Void. Power. Solitude. @ Grant Hall Gallery

UNLV senior undergraduate students Mark Combs, Holly Vaughn and Amanda Haymond have organized a new exhibit, opening May 1, at the university's Grant Hall Gallery. Combs, Vaughn and Haymond are studio art majors with emphasis in sculpture. The art show will showcase their new sculptural work completed this semester in advanced sculpture. The closing reception will be held in the Grant Hall Gallery on the UNLV campus from 6-9 pm on Friday, May 3.

Artist in Residence Lecture: Erin Cosgrove (May 1)

Erin Cosgrove, UNLV's Artist in Residence, will be giving a lecture on May 1 at 7 pm inside of the Barrick Auditorium.  Erin is an artist and writer who uses video, animation, books, painting, scrolls, timelines, installation, and performance in her artwork. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1998. She received her BFA from The University of Minnesota in 1996 and an MFA from ULCA in 2001.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe including one-person shows at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles; Printed Matter, New York; and Espace Croise Centre d'art Contemporain, Roubaix, France. Her art is represented in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Her work has been included in shows at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Galleri S.E International Contemporary Art, Bergen, Norway; Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco; Rogue Wave at LA Louver, Los Angeles; The Armory Show, New York; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany; The Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria; and Arco, Madrid.

Emergent Environment @ TAM

Cure. Bed Rest.

Kimberly Johnson: Emergent Environment

Where: Jessie Metcalf Gallery. Richard Tam Alumni Center, UNLV

When: April 5 - May 31, 2013

Viewing Hours: Weekdays 8 am-5 pm

2013 BFA Exhibition (May 3)

Donna Beam Fine Arts
May 3 - June 1, 2013 Opening reception: May 3, 7-9 pm

Grant Hall Gallery
May 3 - May 10 Opening reception: May 3, 7-9 pm

The UNLV Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidates of 2013 are proud to present recent works developed through- out our final year of attendence. Each Candidate has recieved funds from the Devos Scholarship for our final year at UNLV. The candidates will be exhibiting variations of work using many different materials and various subject matter; this includes video, performance, installation art, painting, sculpture, multi-media works, and photography.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidates will give and Artisit Talk in the Barrick Museum on Friday, May 3 from 5-6:30 pm. The Opening Reception immediately follows the Artist Talk in the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery on Friday May 3 from 7-9 pm. 2013 BFA Exhibition will be on display from Friday May 3 - June 1st at Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. Part Two will be on display in Grant Hall Gallery from May 3 - May 11, located at 4505 Maryland Parkway on University of Las Vegas‘ campus.

The UNLV BFA Candidates of 2013 are Christina Brous, Juan Gabrielle Brucelas, Lisa Cheung, Devin Duitsman, Chloe Green, Olivia Jane, Cory Mcmahon, and Lauren Verardo.

Barrick Films Presents Deville Cohen

During the month of April, the UNLV Barrick Museum will kickoff its occasional Barrick Films series with New York based filmmaker Deville Cohen.

Cohen’s films POISON (2011) and Cabbage Tree (2007) will be shown inside of the Barrick’s auditorium:

Tuesdays (9 am - 3 pm)
Thursdays (9 am - 3 pm)
Saturdays (12 am - 5 pm)

Cohen combines elements of theater, sculpture, college, and cinematography in his films as he explores the ways in which individuals interact with their surrounding environment, both imagined and physically present. Sets, characters, and props become entangled in psychic dramas saturated with humor, desire, and anxiety.The protagonists of POISON, an 8-ball and a die, meet at a gas station and hit the road, meeting various natural and man-made scenes, composed entirely of photocopies, paperclips, ladders, and other improvisations.

“We’re excited to kickoff the Barrick Films series with the work of Deville Cohen,” said managing director Aurore Giguet, “Cohen’s use of black-and-white Xerox images create a fragile delicate environment that reflects on the collapsible nature of human logic and relations. Something I think we can easily relate to in Las Vegas.”

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: Deville Cohen (born in Tel Aviv, Israel, 1977) lives and works in New York, NY. He received his MFA from Bard College in 2010. His work was included in Greater New York, 2010, PS1, NY; Stagecraft, University of South Florida Institute for Research in Art, 2011; BOMBbash, Marlborough Chelsea, 2011; D. COHEN, A KOSCHMEIDER, J. WINTER, Foxy Production, 2011; POISON, Louis B James (solo); and Campaign at C24, among others. Website: devillecohen.com.

Pre-Columbian Sacrifice: The Burden of the Elite (May 9)

Pre-Columbian Sacrifice: The Burden of the Elite will open at the UNLV Barrick Museum on May 9. The exhibition is being curated by students enrolled in Gallery Practices (ART 309).  The student-produced exhibition explores the central themes of ritual sacrifice, feasting, blood letting, and the ancient ballgame using artifacts from the Dr. Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. The opening reception will be held May 9 from 6-8 pm