Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series

The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is home to the Nevada Humanities bi-monthly Exhibition Series, which showcases the work of Nevada artists, writers, photographers, and other creative thinkers who explore and articulate a sense of place in the Silver State. This program is designed to engage viewers in a dialogue about aspects of the Nevada experience. We love joining with creative people to share our state’s special places – and the things they inspire – with a broad audience.

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, which is located in the Art Square Garden Courtyard downtown in the Las Vegas Arts District at 1017 S. First Street, #190. The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Preview Thursdays and the first Friday of each month for First Friday events. 

 

Razor Wire
Curated by Shaun T. Griffin

December 6, 2018 – January 23, 2019
Opening Reception – Thursday, December, 6 - 9 PM
Curator’s Talk and Poetry Readings by Cornell Wilkins, Durrell Grier, and Glynn Scott – 7 PM

The Razor Wire exhibition, curated by Shaun T. Griffin will feature the recent art and poetry from the Razor Wire Poetry Workshop held at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City. The exhibition includes a range of works in a variety of mediums, from acrylic painting, pen and ink drawings, pastel drawings, and many poems from the last few years of the workshop.  The new issue of Razor Wire, the journal produced periodically from the art and poetry created in the workshop, will also be featured.

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery
1017 S. First Street #190, Las Vegas, NV 89101 - 702.800.4670
Open Monday - Friday, 1 - 5 pm and until 9 pm on pre-view Thursday and the
first Friday of each month for First Friday events. Free and open to the public.

 

Seeing><Saying
October 11 – November 29, 2018
Artist reception: Thursday, November 1, 6 -9 p.m.
Curators’ Talk, Erik Beehn, David Ryan, and RC Wonderly 7 p.m.
 
 
In celebration of the Las Vegas Book Festival Nevada Humanities has partnered with Test Site Projects to produce a print portfolio of limited edition, collaborative works created by pairing literary and visual artists. The pairings include: Sam Gilpin and Sean Slattery; Oscar Oswald and Daniel Habegger; Lolita Hernandez and Marcus Civin; Vogue Robinson and Lance Smith; and Erica Vital-Lazare and JK Russ. 
 
Portfolio Project Studio Tour: Saturday, November 17, at 2:00 pm join the team at Test Site Projects, 1551 S. Commerce St., Las Vegas, NV to see how this project was created.
 
 
Support Nevada Humanities
Purchase a Limited Edition Seeing><Saying Portfolio
In celebration of the Las Vegas Book Festival Nevada Humanities has partnered with Test Site Projects, a fine art publishing house, to curate and produce a limited edition print portfolio of collaborative works pairing Las Vegas-based literary and visual artists. The artistic pairings include: Sam Gilpin and Sean Slattery; Oscar Oswald and Daniel Habegger; Lolita Hernandez and Marcus Civin; Vogue Robinson and Lance Smith; and Erica Vital-Lazare and JK Russ. The serigraphs created during these collaborations are featured in an exhibition titled Seeing><Saying, which are on display in Las Vegas at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery as part of the 2018 Las Vegas Book Festival’s Illustrated Word exhibitions. Fifteen limited edition portfolios of the Seeing><Saying serigraphs are available for purchase for $1,000 each. Each portfolio contains one of each of the six artworks included in the exhibition and is signed by the visual and literary artists involved. The serigraphs are printed on museum quality, Rives BFK 100% cotton paper. All proceeds from the sale of these portfolios and prints will support ongoing programs at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery and the Las Vegas Writes project.

Nevada Humanities is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Nevada and dedicated to connecting and transforming communities by sharing and amplifying the stories, ideas, experiences, and traditions of the diverse people of Nevada. A percentage of your contribution may be tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
 
Some individual artworks are also available for purchase at $200 each (only five prints are available of each serigraph); the diptych of two works by Lolita Hernandez and Marcus Civin is $400. Your purchase  may be made by check to Nevada Humanities or by using our online donation link at http://nevadahumanities.org/support. Please enter the total amount of your purchase in the box marked “other” and dedicate your donation to “portfolio” to purchase the portfolio, or enter the name of the artist if you are purchasing a single print. We will immediately mail you your artwork (insured), or you may pick up your purchase in our Las Vegas office.

For more information contact Bobbie Ann Howell, Nevada Humanities Program Manager, at bahowell@nevadahumanities.org or at
702.800.4670 Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190. Las Vegas, NV 89101 www.nevadahumanities.org
 
We warmly thank each of the literary and visual artists for their collaboration and Test Site Projects for making this portfolio possible.
 
 
     
 
The Las Vegas Book Festival is the celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated
word is sponsored by a collaboration of local public sector and nonprofit partners and
produced by the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas-
Clark County Library District Foundation, and Nevada Humanities. For more
information visit: lasvegasbookfestival.org.

 

Mojave: A Transcendent Desert on display at the Lost City Museum

Curated by Montana Black for Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series 

September 1 – October 28, 2018

Artist Talk and Poetry Reading – Sunday, October 7, 2 p.m.

My Nevada Hands on Art and Poetry Project – Sunday, October 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. While supplies last 

 

 

 

The desert landscape with its vast open space and seemingly endless sky has inspired deep mental, emotional, and spiritual journeys of reflection and revelation for many through the centuries. Artists and writers explore what this transcendent desert means to them through image and word.

 

The exhibition features a number of selected works in a variety of mediums and techniques including photography, drawing, stone lithography, painting, and poetry, from the following: Montana Black (artist), Angela Brommel (poet), Lisa Brown (poet), Daryl DePry (artist), Suzanne Hackett-Morgan (artist), Anne M. Hoff (artist), Bobbie Ann Howell (artist), Kathleen Nathan (artist), Joan Robinson (poet), and Jeanne Voltura (artist). These artists and writers explore what this transcendent desert means to them through images and words.

 

 

Mojave: A Transcendent Desert was part of Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series that showcases the work of Nevada artists, writers, photographers, and other creative thinkers and organizations that explore and articulate a sense of place in the Silver State. The series engages people in a dialog about the Nevada experience and most exhibitions take place at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Nevada Humanities Contact: Bobbie Ann Howell, bahowell@nevadahumanities.org, 702-800-4670, www.nevadahumanities.org 

 

 

Lost City Museum 

721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, NV  Phone: 702-397-2193

Open Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: $5 per person - Children Free

 

The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Information at: http://nvculture.org/lostcitymuseum/

Directions: North on Interstate 15 take Exit 93 NV State Route 169 OR take Exit 75 to NV State Route 169 through the Valley of Fire to Overton, Nevada.

 

 

 

 

Hearts4Vegas

August 2 – October 5, 2018

Opening Reception – Friday, September 7, 6 to 9 PM

Exhibition Talk – 7 PM

Art Workshops - Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25 – 6 to 9 PM

 

 

Hearts4Vegas Touring Exhibition was conceived from a desire to share the notes, condolences

and well wishes sent to Las Vegas City Hall from around the world with the greater Las Vegas

community. The exhibition shares the outpouring of love from the world with as many Las Vegans

as possible while the community heals from the tragic events of October 1, 2017.

 

Join us on Monday, September 24 or Tuesday, September 25 from 6 to 9 pm for a hands-on

workshop: Hearts4Vegas: Staying Strong One Year On and work with artist, JK Russ and artist

and art therapist Sandra Schmidt to create works that share our hopes, and help us to express

how we have found strength together. Experience the exhibition and the Las Vegas Community

Healing Garden as both community projects are located in the Las Vegas Arts District.

 

Hearts4Vegas Touring Exhibition was created by the city of Las Vegas Public Art Program for

more information about the city of Las Vegas Public Art Program call: 702-229-ARTS (2787) or

visit www.artslasvegas.org.

 

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery

1017 S. First Street #190, Las Vegas, NV 89101 – 702.800.4670

Open Monday - Friday, 1 - 5 pm and until 9 pm on pre-view Thursday and the first Friday of each

month for First Friday events. Free and open to the public. www.nevadahumanities.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neon AIR: Radiant Residents exhibition on display at Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Las Vegas
Exhibition Opens on May 31 and runs through July 26, 2018

 

An Opening Reception and Curator’s Talk will be held on Thursday, May 31 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, featuring a curator’s talk by Cynthia Behr Warso, who is Director of Education and Engagement at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, at 7:00 pm. This event is open to the public and free of charge. 

 

An Artist Reception and Talk will be held on Thursday, July 5 from 6:00- 9:00 pm at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, featuring artist resident Karl Orozco. His artist’s talk will begin at 7:00 pm and will include a special engagement project. This event is open to the public and free of charge. 

Karl will bring in a small game table and “The Maynilla Set” which are a unique set of mahjong tiles he has designed. He will share the background to the tile imagery and also give a short introduction to the game. Participants can then play a game of Mahjong for approx. 20 minutes. Prior knowledge of the game is not necessary, but those who know how to play may choose to assist those who are learning.

 

The Neon AIR: Radiant Residents exhibition displays artwork by inaugural artist Whitney Lynn, 2017 Artist in Residence Allison Wiese, and 2018 Artist in Residence Karl Orozco whose residency takes place July 2 through August 25. The Neon Museum’s National Artist Residency program provides access to the Neon Museum boneyard and archives plus accommodation in historic downtown Las Vegas to provide full immersion in the heart of iconic architecture and neon signage. This exhibit runs through July 26.

 

For more information about the Neon Museum visit: neonmuseum.org.

 

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery 

1017 S. First Street #190, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Gallery Hours: Open Monday - Friday, 1 - 5 pm and until 9 pm on preview Thursday and the 

first Friday of each month for First Friday events. Free and open to the public.
For more information, 702-800-4670 or nevadahumanities.org. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIFT: A Collection of Nevada Printmakers 

Curated by Anne M. Hoff, Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at the College of Southern Nevada.

 

April 5 – May 24, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6 – 9 p.m. Curator’s Talk 7 p.m.

 

An exhibition of Nevada artists exploring the dichotomy between the islands of sensory overload that are Las Vegas and Reno nestled amid the vacant expanses of the Mojave Desert and the Great Basin. Artists using a wide range of printmaking techniques, from intaglio, mezzotint, woodcut, serigraph, to engraving and more will be on display. Artists: Erik Beehn, Galen Brown, Catherine Case, Lauren Cardenas, Daryl Depry, Teal Frances, Candace Garlock, Yobana Graciano, Mary Hill, Anne M. Hoff, Bobbie Ann Howell, Eunkang Koh, Jack Malotte, Daniel Ogletree, Jeanne Voltura.

 

A rift in geologic terms is an area of the earth’s crust, that along which divergence is taking place, allowing a fault plane to intersect with the surface marking its path across the landscape, a crack, fissure, or a breakthrough. This exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions and events in conjunction with the Southern Graphic Council International Conference: Altered Landscapes, taking place in Las Vegas in April 4-6, 2018. Conference information: https://sgcinternational.org/conference/lasvegas/

 



 

“Reminiscences: Susanne Foretieri Friends, Family, Showgirls, and Color” Exhibition On Display at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Las Vegas

Exhibition Opens on February 1 and runs through March 28, 2018

An Artist Reception and Talk will be held, and is open to the public and free of charge.

This event will be held at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas, on Thursday, March 1, 2018 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm featuring an artist talk at 7:00 pm. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

CARTOONING THE PRESIDENCY: A CARTOON RETROSPECTIVE BY MIKE SMITH

AT THE NEVADA HUMANITIES PROGRAM GALLERY

Exhibition on Display August 3 through September 27, 2017, in Las Vegas

 

An artist reception and discussion will be held on Thursday, August 3, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, from 6 - 9 p.m., with the artist discussion scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery and the artist reception/discussion are open to the public and free of charge.

 

 



 

VIEWPOINTS FROM DUCKWATER:

A COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART BY NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIST JACK MALOTTE 

AT THE NEVADA HUMANITIES PROGRAM GALLERY

 

 

 

Exhibition on Display June 1 through July 26, 2017, in Las Vegas

An artist reception and discussion will be held on Thursday, June 1, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery,
from 6 - 9 p.m., with the artist discussion scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

 

 

 


 

 

“THANK YOU, GRACIAS, HAVE A NICE DAY” INSTALLATION TRANSFORMS

THE NEVADA HUMANITIES PROGRAM GALLERY

 

Exhibition on Display April 6 through May 24, 2017, in Las Vegas

An artist reception and discussion with the artists will be held on Thursday, April 6,
at the
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, from 6 - 9 p.m., with the artist discussion scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. 

 

 

 


 

 

Our Invisible Neighbors
An exhibition of paintings by Daniel Miller    

 

February 2 – March 29, 2017  

Opening Reception – February 9, 6- 9 p.m.

Artist Talk - 7 p.m.

 

An exhibition featuring paintings by Daniel Miller, “These works are taken from my observations of the homeless community that is often unseen yet is all around us. Exploring this subject visually I hope will help increase awareness of this national crisis and generate understanding, and engage the viewer to become involved in some aspect of a homeless outreach.”

 

 


 

 

Southern Paiutes artists share their songs, stories, and contemporary art.

 

December 1, 2016 – January 20, 2017

Curated by Fawn Douglas of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe.

 

The Paiute Voices exhibit will showcase four artists representing a few of the many Tribes from our region. Las Vegas Paiute, Shivwits Paiute and Big Pine Paiute artists come together to share their culture through contemporary art.

 

Sage Romero 

Native American artist Sage Andrew Romero, a member of the Tovowahamatu

Numu (Big Pine Paiute) and Tuah-Tahi (Taos Pueblo) Tribes. He is an accomplished Hoop Dancer and has traveled internationally sharing the culture of his people through song, story, dance and art. He is a digital artist and photographer.

Image Cree in Motion, Photography 

 

Theodore Tso 

Las Vegas Paiute Tribal member, and creator of Captain Paiute. Captain Paiute is the “Indigenous Defender of the Southwest”. The comic book character is a mix of contemporary art that tells a story of tradition and culture.

Image: Theo Tso’s Captain Paiute Comic Book cover

 

Fawn Douglas 

Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. Contemporary artist specializing in spray paint art as well as other mediums. A jingle dancer in the Pow Wow circle, she maintains her

culture while sharing her knowledge with the local Las Vegas youth.

Image: Untitled 

 


 

 

Journalism Saves Lives: Honoring the Las Vegas Sun’s Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, an Exhibition

October 6 - November 23

The exhibition is being presented in conjunction with the nationwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, the most distinguished award in journalism.

In 2009, the Las Vegas Sun was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for its investigation into the root causes behind the deaths of construction workers that occurred on the Las Vegas Strip — a systemic lack of enforcement of safety regulations. The Sun’s series of stories and editorials about these deaths led to changes in policy and improved safety conditions for workers in Las Vegas. By the end of 2008, journalistic work that had begun as a two-part series grew to include 53 stories and 21 editorials. The Journalism Saves Lives exhibition chronicles the Sun’s coverage of these issues – and the emotional toll the deaths took on workers’ families – with photography, video, and the original Sun articles. In the course of the Sun’s investigation and published findings, deaths among construction works along the Strip halted.

This exhibit is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and a grant from the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future, and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work. For their generous support for the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and Columbia University. The exhibition is also part of Vegas Valley Book Festival’s Illustrated Word annual series.

 

OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, October 6 / 6-9pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT
Saturday, October 15 / 3 - 4pm
Vegas Valley Book Festival
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

 


 

Transcribing Nevada
August 4 -- September 28, 2016

Nevada Humanities presents the exhibition Transcribing Nevada, on view August 4 through September 28, 2016, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, located at 1017 S. First Street, #190, in downtown Las Vegas. Transcribing Nevada is an invitational exhibition of Nevada artists and poets sharing selections from their sketchbooks and journals, offering a glimpse into how they explore a place, describe an experience, or develop an idea. The journals, poetry, and artworks on display examine the artists’ process of study, observation, and musings that in turn become important documents of specific places – in Nevada and beyond.

Selected works by poets: Angela Brommel, Andrew Hall, Jocelyn Paige Kelly, Heather Lang, Joseph Langdon, Matthew O’Brien, Joan Robinson, Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña; and artists: Jose Alverez, Montana Black, Gig Deipo, Stewart Freshwater, Suzanne Forestieri, Connie High, Mary Hill, and Gary Mar.

This exhibit is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

ARTISTS & POETS RECEPTION
Thursday, September 1 / 6 - 9 pm
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas

SPECIAL EVENT
Saturday, October 15 / 12 - 2 pm
Hands-on journals and sketchbook project at the Vegas Valley Book Festival
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Located at the Nevada Humanities Booth

For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival visit: www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org

 


 

Intersections: Art, Design, and the Neon Museum
June 2, 2016 -- July 28, 2016

Nevada Humanities presents the exhibition Intersections: Art, Design, and the Neon Museum, on view June 2 through July 28, 2016, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, located at 1017 S. First Street, #190, in downtown Las Vegas. Intersections features works that bring the visual artist and the commercial designer together to explore the distinctions and commonalities they share. Neon Museum staff, Cynthia Behr Warso, Education & Engagement Manager, and Maggie Zakri, Collections Manager curated this exhibition.

Intersections asks viewers to draw their own conclusions about the roles of artist and commercial designer - an artist who makes a work of their idea or expression versus that of the designer who works producing a product in collaboration with the goal of meeting a client’s need.  Both use specialized visual languages to create their works. Intersections, featuring collaborative works by visual artist Elena Wherry during her time as an artist-in-residence, proposed renderings for sign designs, and elements of a sign painters’ handiwork on historic neon signs, helps viewers discover where the roles of a visual artist and a sign designer ends, begins, or possibly blends. 

RECEPTION & MEET THE CURATORS
Thursday, June 2 / 6 – 9 pm
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas

SPECIAL EVENTS
Thursday, June 30 / 6-8 pm
June Artist-in-Residence: Whitney Lynn
Open Studio at 418 West Mesquite, Las Vegas

Friday July 3 / 7 pm
Pop Up Poetry – Featuring Poet Heather Lang, hosted by The Las Vegas Poets Organization
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas


Doom Towns: The People & Landscapes of Atomic Testing
March 31, 2016 -- May 26, 2016



Nevada Humanities presents the exhibition Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing on view March 31 through May 26, 2016, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, located at 1017 S. First Street, #190, in downtown Las Vegas. Doom Towns features the work of Las Vegas-based historian Andy Kirk and artwork by UK-based artist Kristian Purcell, from a new graphic history about the history of atomic testing forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2016.

A project three years in the making, the works featured in the Doom Towns exhibition bring together an exciting confluence of art and narrative to illustrate – and elucidate – this critical time in our nation’s history. Purcell, a traditionally trained artist, experimented with different forms and mediums in an effort to reconcile his artistic style to function in the graphic novel format. At the same time, Kirk, a professor of history and director of the Public History Program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, used oral histories, classified documents and photographs, films, and a vast library of secondary literature to create a concise and compelling narrative that brings to light, in a dramatically new way, the people, stories, and landscapes central to atomic testing.

RECEPTION & GALLERY TALK
Thursday, April 7 / 6 – 9 pm
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas
Meet the author and historian Andy Kirk, and view the artwork on display. Gallery Talk at 7pm


Fremont Middle School Celebrates 60 Years Through the Eyes of Its Young Artists
February 4, 2016 -- March 24, 2016

Nevada Humanities presented the exhibition Fremont Middle School Celebrates 60 Years Through the Eyes of Its Young Artists, February 4 through March 24, 2016, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Las Vegas. Curated by Clark County School District Arts Specialist, Melinda Stender, the exhibition featured student artworks from the John C. Fremont Middle School arts and cultural program. Celebrating the school’s sixty-year history, the exhibition artworks showcased the creativity and talent of Fremont students, while exploring their school’s history and their own school experiences.

ARTIST RECEPTION & CURATOR’S TALK
Thursday, February 4 / 5 – 9 pm
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas
Melinda Stender led a curator’s talk at 7 pm.

POP UP POETRY HOSTED BY THE LAS VEGAS POETS ORGANZATION
Friday, February 5 / 7 – 8 p.m.
Featured poet Angela Brommel.


Julian Kilker, Aesthetic Evidence: Place, Context, and Process in the Southwest
December 3, 2015 -- January 28, 2016

Nevada Humanities presented the exhibition Julian Kilker, Aesthetic Evidence: Place, Context, and Process in the Southwest from December 3, 2015, through January 28, 2016, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Las Vegas. The exhibition featured photography by photographer and researcher Julian Kilker that explored visual evidence in an age of extensive visual manipulation and data analysis. How do we interpret photographs in an age of big data? How is visual information emphasized or disguised? Themes from the disciplines of photojournalism and data analysis were explored together, informed by Kilker’s experiences using the Southwest region as a visual laboratory.

ARTIST RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK
Thursday, December 3 / 5 – 9 pm
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas
Julian Kilker led an Artist Talk at 7 pm.


A Nevada Collection: Poetry and Art
October 1 -- November 25

Nevada Humanities presented the exhibition A Nevada Collection: Poetry and Art, featuring artwork, poetry, and a selection of images created in celebration of the 14th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival, October 15 - 17.  A Nevada Collection, on view October 1 through November 25 at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, was comprised of a variety of artworks, poetry, and works created expressly for an art stamp project, by more than 20 artists and poets.  Throughout the exhibition and Festival dates, attendees could collect special trading cards featuring the poetry and artwork.

A Nevada Collection featured works by eleven poets: Becky Bosshart, Keith Brantley, James Joseph Brown, Shaun Christensen, Harry Fagel, Jeffery Bennington Grindley, Andrew Clark Hall, Shaun Leonard, Joan Robinson, Vogue Robinson, and Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña; and twelve artists: Diane Bush, JW Caldwell, Gig Depio, Susanne Forestieri, Stewart Freshwater, Yobi Graciano, Anne Hoff, Kim Johnson, Sylvester Collier/Left of Center Gallery, Su Limbert, Gary Mar, and Ron Maras.

ARTIST RECEPTION & CUSTOM STAMP PRINTING
Thursday, October 1 
Friday, October 2 
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas

STAMP PRINTING IN THE POETRY COURTYARD during VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 17
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Attendees were invited to bring a blank book to be stamped by the artists themselves 


ZAP! 7 The Artists Who Took Over Maryland Parkway
August 6 -- September 24, 2015

Nevada Humanities presents ZAP! 7 The Artists Who Took Over Maryland Parkway, August 6 through September 24, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, located at 1017 S. First Street, #190 in downtown Las Vegas. The exhibition features artwork by the artists that were commissioned by Clark County Parks and Recreation to create public art on utility boxes along Maryland Parkway, from Desert Inn Road to Russell Road. The exhibition reflects the style and direction each ZAP! 7 artist is pursuing in their own body of work, outside of the parkway project.

The artists featured in the exhibition are: Abraham Abebe, Chris Bauder, Gig Depio, Shan Michael Evans, Jon Salvador Gascon, Adolfo Gonzalez, Tatiana Hantig, Su Limbert, Sush Machida, Melissa McGill, Krystal Ramirez, Lisa Rock, Sean Russell, Nanda Sharifpour, Lance Smith, Erin Stellmon, Holly Vaughn, Eric Vozzola, Valentin Yordanov, and the UNLV Public Art Class comprised of Amy Cordes, Shirin Mogimi, Jeff Sarmiento, Alfred Pulido, Amanda Telleria, Burim Kalaveshi, Michelle Cardin, Michelle Flilmore, Hazel Guandique, Vanessa Torres, Katie Short, Karla Lagunas, Jessica Alvarez, Fawn Douglas and James Morefield.

The ZAP! 7 public art project on Maryland Parkway is the latest in a series of Clark County’s ZAP! public art projects that began in 2005. The ZAP! 7 artists each painted a group of utility boxes along Maryland Parkway for a total of approximately ninety-six (96) utility boxes. Major sponsors of the project include Nevada Energy, Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Traffic Division of Clark County Public Works.

ZAP! 7 ARTIST RECEPTION & GALLERY TALK
Thursday, August 6 / 5 – 9 pm
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas
Meet the ZAP! 7 artists and view the artwork on display. A special Gallery Talk takes place at 7pm with Patrick Gaffey, Cultural Program Supervisor, and Michael Ogilvie, Clark County Public Art Cultural Specialist.


8 Miles Out, 6 Feet Under: A Mural Installation by Miguel Rodriguez
June 4 - July 27, 2015

Nevada Humanities presents 8 Miles Out, 6 Feet Under, an exhibition featuring the work of Las Vegas muralist and sculptor Miguel Rodriguez. The exhibition will be on display June 4 - July 27, 2015, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, which is located at 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas.

Beginning June 4, award-winning artist Miguel Rodriguez will create an immersive mural on site at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, and welcome the public to visit the work in progress at scheduled times, culminating in the June 12 completed mural unveiling. Rodriguez is known for creating innovative and insightful works in a wide variety of mediums. Art that intersects with the public in unexpected ways is a hallmark of his work. His creations can be found in many public spaces from Clark County Wetlands Park to the Plaza Hotel and Casino, and now at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery.

“The 8 Miles Out, 6 Feet Under mural will be both two- and three-dimensional, and influenced by popular Nevada images and references. I hope it will inspire viewers to reflect on the ways in which iconic Nevada words and images have crept into our nation’s everyday culture,” says Rodriguez.

“I’m very excited to see this project unfold. We are pulling back the curtain on the artistic process and creating an interactive experience that gives visitors an opportunity to engage more deeply with Las Vegas as both a hometown and an iconic place. 8 Miles Out, Six Feet Under will explore how we live with everyday phrases and visual cues that are rooted in the history of Las Vegas and Nevada. We encourage people to come down, visit with Miguel Rodriguez, ask him questions, and really engage with these ideas,” says Christina Barr, Executive Director, Nevada Humanities.

VISIT THE ARTIST AT WORK

Miguel Rodriguez will be hosting public Q&A sessions while painting during specific dates and times from June 4 – 11, at Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas:

Thursday, June 4, from 5 – 9 p.m., as part of Preview Thursday events in the 18b Arts District

Friday, June 5, from 5 – 9 p.m., as part of First Friday events in the 18b Arts District

Tuesday, June 9; Wednesday, June 10; and Thursday, June 11, from 3 – 5 p.m.

ARTIST RECEPTION AND INSTALLATION UNVEILING

Friday, June 12, from 5 – 9 p.m., at Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas


Transient Landscapes
April 2nd -- May 29th, 2015

 

Nevada Humanities presents Transient Landscapes, an exhibition featuring thirteen Nevada artists, and curated by longtime cultural journalist Scott Dickensheets, on display April 2 through May 29, 2015. Dickensheets, who serves as the deputy editor of Desert Companion magazine, has been involved with the arts in southern Nevada for many years, and will present a special Curator’s Talk at the opening reception on April 2 at 7 p.m. The participating artists are: Jared Africa, Linda Alterwitz, Robert Beckmann, JW Caldwell, Justin Favela, Abigail Goldman, Brent Holmes, Sean Jones, Gary Mar, Marshall Schuettle, D.K. Sole, Erin Stellmon. The exhibition also includes artwork from the Vegas Vernacular Project, edited by Bryan McCormick and Geoffrey Ellis.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Thursday, April 2, 6 – 9 p.m. at Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas. Meet the artists and join Nevada Humanities for a special Curator’s Talk with journalist, and exhibition curator, Scott Dickensheets at 7 p.m.

POP-UP POETRY EVENTS: Hosted by the Las Vegas Poets Organization at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery
Friday, April 3, 7 – 8 p.m. Celebrate National Poetry Month with Nevada Humanities and poets Shawnte Orion, Bakeem Lloyd, and Jess Flo.
Friday, May 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Featuring poets Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña, Chhen Vegas to Cambodia, and Jeska Trevino.


Creating in the Desert
February 5th -- March 27th, 2015

Nevada Humanities brings together eleven artists from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Master of Fine Arts program to present an exhibition of artworks February 5 through March 27, 2015. The works, on view at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in downtown Las Vegas, explore the ideas and objects that have influenced the artists in their immediate environments. Las Vegas, with its stunning desert surroundings, shifting lights, and architecture, has provided unique settings and opportunities for these artists to further their creative activities. Artists included in the exhibition are: Audrey Barcio, Wendy Chambers, Austin Dickson, Maureen Halligan, Elizabeth A. Johnson, Camilla Quinn, Rebecca Pugh, Shelbi Schroeder, Christopher Skees, Emma Swales, and Thaddeus Zoellner.

OPENING RECEPTION:

Thursday, February 5 / 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas

POP-UP POETRY EVENTS: Hosted by the Las Vegas Poets Organization

Friday, February 6 / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Featured Poets include acclaimed actor and poet Sean Critchfield, and writer, director, and performer China Hudson.

Friday, March 7 / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Featured Poets include Nevada State College professor, and editor of 300 Days of Sun, Gregory Robinson, professor and poet Joan Robinson, and poet and writer James Joseph Brown.


Water Ways: Nature and Urban Relationships within the Southern Nevada Watershed.

Water Ways: Nature and Urban Relationships within the Southern Nevada Watershed
A Juried Exhibition of Artwork by Artists Ages 5 to Adult
Hosted by Nevada Humanities and the Clark County Wetlands Park

This project encourages artists and creative individuals to seek out vistas and present viewpoints of various ideas from areas of the valley watershed and the Clark County Wetlands Park.

OPENING RECEPTIONS:
Friday, December 5 / 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190
Sunday, December 7 / 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Clark County Wetlands Park Exhibit Hall, 7050 E. Wetlands Park Lane

A juried exhibit of artworks inspired by the Clark County Wetlands Park and Nature Center and the Clark County Watershed. There will be two exhibit venues: the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery and the Clark County Wetlands Park exhibit hall. Acceptance and awards selected by the jurors, with up to four awards of $100.