Nevada Humanities Program Gallery

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.

The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is located at 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas, in the Art Square Garden Courtyard downtown within the 18b Arts District. The Program Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., and open late until 9:00 p.m. on Preview Thursdays and the first Friday of each month for First Friday events which includes Pop-up Poetry with the Las Vegas Poets Organization who present a wide range of poetry presentations each month.

 

 

MOJAVE: TRANSCENDENT DESERT EXHIBITION AT THE NEVADA HUMANITIES PROGRAM GALLERY

November 30, 2017 – January 25, 2018

Opening Reception – Thursday, November 30, 6 - 9 PM

Curator’s Talk & Poetry Reading - 7 PM

 

 

 

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), Suzanne Hackett-Morgan (artist), Anne M. Hoff (artist), Bobbie Ann Howell (artist), Kathleen Nathan (artist), Joan Robinson (poet), and Jeanne Volutra (artist). These artists and writers explore what this transcendent desert means to them through images and words.

 

Special Project: Wednesday, December 20, 1 to 5 p.m.- A hands-on project working with exhibition artists and poets to make your own art button in time for that special hand made holiday gift. While supplies last.

 

 

 

 

NEVADA CROSSROADS: ARTISTS AND POETS EXPLORE AN INTERWEAVING OF REFLECTIONS ABOUT OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE 

Exhibition on Display October 5 through November 22, 2017, in Las Vegas

 

Saturday, October 21 / 12 - 3 p.m.

Join us for a hands-on journal and sketchbook project during the Las Vegas Book Festival taking place in the Nevada Humanities booth at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101. For more information about the Las Vegas Book Festival visit: www.lasvegasbookfestival.org 

 

 


 

 

 

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.