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Art All Around: Las Vegas Art Tour

Saturday, April 26, 9am - 4pm.                                                        Registration required

Art is alive and thriving in Las Vegas! Join the UNLV Foundation for a guided highlights tour of the city's local art scene.

Begin your morning with a champagne continental breakfast in the Donald H. Baepler Xeric Garden, often referred to as the "emerald in the desert," located at the entrance to UNLV's Barrick Museum in the heart of campus. A privately chartered coach delivers you to our first stop: CityCenter's Fine Art Collection. Michele Quinn, principal at MCQ Fine Art Advisory and curatorial advisor for CityCenter, will guide you through the $40 million art collection. Catch your breath and enjoy the art of food and wine at Spago with a specially prepared, four course luncheon by Chef Eric Klein.

Patrick Duffy, board president of the Las Vegas Art Museum, will lead a tour of museum holdings on loan from the UNLV campus to the Smith Center after lunch. Next, take private studio tours of UNLV alumni artists David Ryan, known for his colorful and dynamic abstract work, and Tim Bavington, creator of the vibrant sculpture in Symphony Park.

For the grand finale, join Aurore Giguet, program director of the UNLV Barrick Museum, and Deanne Sole, content specialist of the UNLV Barrick Museum, for a personally guided tour and closing reception of the UNLV Barrick Museum's exhibition Art for Art's Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection.

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UNLV Artist Lecture Series, Spring 2014

Jack Borgan                                                                                Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 - 8:30pm.                                                        Fifth Street School Auditorium

Jack Brogan may have set the standard for the Pacific coast artist. The curious can learn more in a monograph, "The Art Fabrication Business of Jack Brogan" by Margaret Miya Honda (University of Delaware, 1991.) His efforts are revealed in a series of three consecutive shows at the Katherine Cone Gallery in Culver City. The showcase features the work of John Eden, De Wain Valentine, Robert Irwin, Larry Bell, Helen Pashgian, John McCracken and many more superstars. The shows are aptly titled "You Don't Know Jack." Since the 1960s Jack Brogan has been an important facet of the art scene in Southern California, working closely with artists as a conservator, fabricator, and collaborator. He has helped artists who work with industrial and non-traditional materials, including Craig Kauffman, Robert Irwin, Larry Bell, Helen Pashgian, De Wain Valentine, and Peter Alexander—artists for whom surface quality and precision is tantamount to the experience of their sculptures and installations. Brogan continues to be an important resource for artists and institutions worldwide.

Amie Siegel                                                                                Monday, April 14, 6:30 - 8:30pm.                                                             UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium

Ranging from photographs, video, film installations, and feature films for the cinema, American artist Amie Siegel’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including City of Disappearances, CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; 5th Auckland Triennial, New Zealand; Amie Siegel, Part 1: Black Moon, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; The Talent Show, MoMA/PS1, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Russian Linesman, Hayward Gallery, London; 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Forum Expanded, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her videos and feature films have been shown widely including at the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, New York; BFI Southbank and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, Guggenheim Foundation, and is a recipient of the ICA Boston’s 2010 Foster Prize and a 2012 Sundance Institute Film Fund award.


Bill Kelly Jr.                                                                                        Thursday, April 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm.                                                              UNLV HFA 257

Bill Kelley, Jr. is an educator, independent curator and theorist based in Los Angeles. He graduated with a Master’s in 19th Century Colonial Art Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (UNM) in 2001. His current research focuses on collaborative and collective art practices in the Americas. His projects have included the 2008 exhibition ¿Por qué no te callas? Activismo, desobediencia y medios de comunicación, Arte Actual, FLACSO, Quito together with a public month-long workshop named Laboratorio de Arte y Espacio Social (LAES), sponsored by the Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador. In 2009 he organized the collective research project Proyecto Cívico: Diálogos e Interrogantes for the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico. He was most recently co-curator of the 2011 Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (MDE11: Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia 2011) and 18th Street Art Center’s Curator in Residence for 2012-2013. Bill is the former Director and current Editorial Adviser of the online bilingual journal LatinArt.com and currently teaches at Otis College’s Graduate Public Practice MFA program. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and is co-editing an anthology with Grant Kester of collaborative and dialogical art practices in the Americas entitled: Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010. Bill was recently appointed Researcher and Curator of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: L.A./L.A. for Otis College of Art & Design.


The City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs Spring Artist Lecture Series is presented by The Las Vegas Arts Commission and the UNLV Department of Fine Art

For further information, please call 702.895.3381 or email.

256 (Grant Hall Gallery)

March 31 - April 4
Reception: Thursday, April 3      6 - 9pm.                           

Students from ART 256 (Graphic Design I) investigate the possibility of digital medium in the creative process in this group exhibition. 

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

For further information, please call 702.895.3893.

MFA Thesis Exhibitions (Donna Beam)

March 31 – April 4                                                                                   Closing reception Friday, April 4, 6 - 9pm.

MFA Thesis Exhibition:  Austin Dickson, Chill Ass Art Genius 
The focus of Austin Dickson’s digital work is on life lived through the Internet, which has lead to a global language built solely on images. One hundred billion plus photos uploaded to Facebook alone demonstrates how significant the image has become. Dickson investigates how lacking in material substance these channels appear. No consideration is given to the nature of the Youtube video beyond how cute the cats are, nor how easily three hundred consecutive photos of an ex-girlfriend were viewed on Facebook. It is the underlying nature of these channels, both experiential and structural, that Dickson examines.

April 7- April 11
Closing reception Friday, April 11, 6 - 9pm.

MFA Thesis Exhibition:  Lolita Develay, Fixation
With the work of Lolita Develay, highly chromatic paint is tightly controlled with passages of realism and abstraction throughout all the work.  The duality of skill and technique with strong images belie and intentionally obscure the concept behind the work.  Influenced by her observations of Western cultural pursuit of self-actualization, these works are her perception of how capitalist values are manifest in consumerism.  They interpret our desires, our attractions, and our aspirations of the ideals of beauty.

Gallery hours:  Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday, 12pm to 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

For further information, please call 702.895.3893.

Lecture: Suzanne Joelson (Barrick Museum)

Suzanne Joelson,"Rhymes with Orange", 2013

Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 - 8:30pm.                                                                Barrick Museum Auditorium

Please join the College of Liberal Arts for the University Forum Lecture "Ideal or Real Deal, Art in Transition," a talk by Suzanne Joelson, professor, School of Visual Arts, NYC.

Are we less heroic than our mid-century forebears? What does it mean to compromise? Armed with examples from multiple creative disciplines – typography, architecture, literature, painting and sculpture – New York artist, writer and educator, Suzanne Joelson, will review the ways in which rapid changes in technology and world dynamics have affected our behavior and our art.

Event Sponsor: College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office and co-sponsored by UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum


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Critique & Conversation (Barrick Museum)

Victoria Reynolds, Ruban Rouge, Oil on panel. Las Vegas Art Museum Collection

Friday, April 25, 4 - 5pm.       Barrick Museum 

Flesh has been a dominant feature in Catholic visual culture since the Medieval period. Through the art of contemporary artist, Victoria Reynolds, we will analyze how this theme relates to the imagery presented in the Barrick's new exhibition "Private/Public: Images of Devotion from 19th and early 20th Century Mexico" curated by Emmanuel Ortega in the Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein Gallery.

Co-hosted by Emmanuel Ortega (PhD candidate in Ibero-American Colonial Art History from the University of New Mexico, UNLV Art History Instructor), Alisha Kerlin (Barrick Collection Manager) and DK Sole (Barrick Content Specialist).

Join the Museum the last Friday of every month for informal and in-depth discussions about art and ideas.

For further information, please call 702.895.3381 or email.

Curious Moments Recent Work by Stewart Freshwater (Metcalf Gallery)

“Dreaming Naiad,” charcoal on paper, 22” x 30”

Through April 25                                                                                          Tam Alumni Center: Metcalf Gallery

Stewart Freshwater, a very well known, longtime Las Vegas artist and 1975 graduate of UNLV, will be featured in a solo show in the Jessie Metcalf Gallery, Tam Alumni Center.  Known for his exquisite figurative work, Freshwater is showing a selection of recent drawings in graphite and charcoal.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

For further information, please call 702.895.3893.

Art for Art's Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Barrick Museum)

Through April 26, 2014                                                                   

Art for Art's Sake was the rallying cry of the 19th-century Aesthetic Movement, which believed that art should be enjoyed for its pure visual qualities. This exhibition reexamines this concept in a group of contemporary artists whose art focuses on sumptuous beauty and pure visual effects. Works by Mark Chariker, Iva Gueorguieva, Ali Smith as well as a number of artists who have resided or currently reside in Las Vegas including David Ryan, Tim Bavington, Brian Porray (born in LV), Thomas Burke, Yek and Jason Adkins allow us to revive Whistler's ideal that art should "appeal solely to the artistic sense of the eye."

This exhibition is curated by Billie Milam Weisman, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

Funding has been provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.


Large, energetic and loud: works from the Fredrick R. Weisman Foundation - Kristen Peterson, Las Vegas Weekly, January 29, 2014

Barrick's 'Art for Art's Sake' - winsome visual stunts and optical contortions - Dawn-Michelle Baude, Las Vegas Weekly, February 26, 2014

Museum hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Thursday until 8pm; Saturday, 12pm to 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

For further information, please call 702.895.3381 or email

BFA Final Exhibition (Donna Beam)

May 2 - May 30
Reception Friday, May 2             7 - 9pm.

BFA Final Exhibition showcases nine artists’ various disciplines of studies. Charlie Correales’ animation work reflects his versatility as an artist. Andrew Dwyer examines states of the mind by combining illustration and sculpture. Jonathan Estrada breaks the photographic barrier to gain deep understanding of an individual Brooke Fitzgerald reflects on herself by reimagining photographs as paintings that capture bygone moments of her grandmother. Richard Guillian’s process transforms the original image revealing a new way of understanding the work. Alex Kereczman uses fairytale motifs to depict personal experiences. Piotr Potoczny reexamines the way we perceive mundane objects by capturing their complexity and character. Rick Sjolie’s phantasmal work encourages the viewer to construct his own mythology. Gosha Tomasik’s kinetic sculpture transfigures and liberates utilitarian items.

An extension of the show will be held at the Grant Hall Gallery (GRA).

Donna Beam gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday, 12pm to 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

Grant Hall gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

For further information, please call 702.895.3893.

Jerry Lewis: Painted Pictures (Barrick Museum)

Untitled, 1970. color photo, 11" x 14"

May 9 - August 16

Painted Pictures, features original photographs by famed actor/director/comedian/singer/ philanthropist, Jerry Lewis. An avid and obsessive photographer throughout his entire lifetime, Jerry Lewis created this unique body of work during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Known to always have a camera by his side, his knowledge and use of the camera as a vehicle for expression is notably extraordinary. It is the strength of these works that allows this multi-talented entertainer to add the title of “artist/photographer”. The exhibition is curated by Michele C. Quinn, MCQ Fine Art.

As a complement to Painted Pictures, the Barrick Museum will host the Jerry Lewis Film Festival.

The museum will present weekly screenings of films by Jerry Lewis. The Nutty Professor, commemorating the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release, will kick-off the Festival on Thursday, May 15 at 6pm. in the UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium. Each week a different film will be viewed, the full schedule to be announced separately. The films are free to the public. Popcorn and light refreshments will be available.

Museum hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Thursday until 8pm; Saturday, 12pm to 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

For further information, please call 702.895.3381 or email.

Private/Public: Images of Devotion from 19th and Early 20th Century Mexico (Barrick Museum)

La Vendimia Mística (Mystic Harvest), Anonymous, c. 19th century, Oil on tin, 14" x 10".             Private, Las Vegas Collection

Currently on display
Barrick Museum: Braunstein Gallery

The images in this exhibition represent more than a group of small religious paintings. They embody the complicated artistic nature of Christian iconography, symbolism and private/public forms of devotion that were established in Mexico as the norm by the nineteenth century. Objects on display include ex-votos and retablos (small tin oil paintings presented as offerings in churches and sacred sites), wooden sculptures and milagros (small hand crafted silver offerings). These objects are the visual result of 400 years of private/public devotional practices that begun to take shape in Mexico after 1521. Their importance resides in the intricacies of the miracles narrated, the intended reception, and the type of information they reveal about private/public devotional practices in Mexico before and after the independence of 1821.

Curated by Emmanuel Ortega. Curator lead tours are avilable in Spanish or English every Thursday from 1 - 4pm

On view in the Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein Gallery

Museum hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Thursday until 8pm; Saturday, 12pm to 5pm; closed Sundays and holidays.

For further information, please call 702.895.3381 or email.

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