This is what you will find in the galleries of Southern Nevada campuses during the opening weeks of Fall 2015.
Image: Elizabeth Blau “Lavender Berg” 2013 Acrylic on canvas
"Elizabeth Blau: Off the Cliff"
The College of Southern Nevada Fine Arts Gallery
Paintings by local artist Elizabeth Blau, an Arctic Circle Residency fellow, explore how landscapes transform and how they are remembered, says the release. Her intent “to find and depict the beauty of the rapid changes occurring in landscapes” comes after a summer in the Arctic documenting and drawing receding glaciers with scientists and other artists. Blau has exhibited nationally and teaches 2-D Design, Drawing and Painting courses at UNLV. Through October 2.
Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV.
"Basin & Range" at Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery is a group show of 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic media that "highlight the natural beauty of the area as well as Michael Heizer’s Double Negative." Closes September 5. Review via Las Vegas Weekly.
Paint This Desert has been posting brief tours of "Recent Acquisitions" and that will continue next week. The exhibition of recently acquired works to The Barrick Museum and Las Vegas Art Museum collections closes September 19. Review via KNPR.
Conversation with "Recent Acquisitions" artist Brent Sommerhauser in the Barrick Museum Main Gallery at 6 p.m. on September 16.
"The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection" closes September 19. Review via LV Weekly.
"French Connection" Showgirls at Lied Library "explores the origins of the city’s first French revues and features original costume pieces, costume sketches, set designs, programs, and photographs from the shows." Closes October 1.
Style Moderne: Art Glass from the Ruth and Mel Wolzinger Collection. The Barrick Museum. Through January 23, 2016.
Artist Lecture Series will be held on Thursday nights from September to December.
Nevada State College. Henderson, Nevada.
NSC: Being on art panels and committees places me in a position to agree to a news embargo. Often they are self-inflicted. What can be said about Nevada State College I have already posted. The young campus will be dedicating new buildings during Spirit Week, which will be highlighted by a visit from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. There are no galleries on the new campus , but the big buzz all summer was NSC's commitment to begin an art collection of local works. Details on those acquisitions will be forthcoming.
FIELD NOTES: World Photo Day was August 19 and Instagram was one way to support Korske Ara's 2009 idea to “unite local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography.”
The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift "Free to the World".
It's already known how hashtagging allows a user to join the next big internet thing, or just be specific which community to connect with. A quick look at a few months of #lasvegasstreetart on Instagram shows a growing exchange between locals showing off city walls and out-of-towners looking for them, often by following the locals. Here are a few for a World Photo Day 2015.
FIELD NOTE: Clark County’s latest public art project that will yield roadway medians to culture announced their ten artists today. From a field of more than 46 RFPs, a panel made of local artists and a Clark County Public Works Department representative picked the “Centered" artists to be Chris Bauder, Adolfo Gonzalez, K.D. Matheson, Chris O’Rourke, Zak Ostrowski, the team of Eric Pawloski and Robin Stark, Miguel Rodriguez, Jesse Smigel, Luis Varela-Rico and Holly Ray Vaughn. They will start with initial designs, revisit them, take on some community feedback, then work to fabricate and install works by May 2016. A dedication date for “Centered” will be determined.
ABOVE: James Turrell at Crystals monorail station.