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August 01, 2012
The UNLV College of Fine Arts celebrates the UNLV/Las Vegas Art Museum partnership in the newly redesigned Barrick Museum during a special preview exhibition and reception at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 18.
The Las Vegas Art Museum (LVAM) and the UNLV College of Fine Arts announced the partnership in November to exhibit the extensive LVAM collection throughout the UNLV campus and in the Las Vegas community.
Tickets to the preview exhibition are $100 and may be reserved by calling 895-ARTS (2787).
LVAM, which closed its doors February 28, 2009 due to economic factors, began 61 years ago as an art league and became a fine art museum in 1974.
"We promised in our closing dialogue that we would at some point open our doors again and share with the community the gift that is the LVAM," said Patrick Duffy, president of the LVAM board. "In this partnership with UNLV, we know this makes for a great continuation of LVAM. UNLV offers a partnership for growth, community involvement and collaboration with Las Vegas's many like-minded fine art organizations, visual and performance inclusive, and exclusive to the Las Vegas community."
"We are honored, proud and delighted to welcome the LVAM collection to the UNLV community and know that we are the best fit to help ensure this collection is seen by students, educators, the community, and tourists," said Jeffrey Koep, Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
"The LVAM collection contains some of the very best visual art in Las Vegas. This is indeed a boon to all students at UNLV. However, the real desire is to share the collection with the Las Vegas community, especially the children who are students in the Clark County School District." Koep continued. "Combined with UNLV's Braunstein collection of Pre-Columbian and Ethnographic Art, we have a collection that has the ability to open the eyes of the next generation to the wonders and joys of visual art. These young citizens of Nevada will be key in building an arts community in Las Vegas. Together, LVAM and UNLV can truly provide unique learning opportunities."
The Barrick Museum transitioned from the Harry Reid Center late last year to join the College of Fine Arts.
"As many have noted, the Barrick Museum has begun a transformation to exhibiting more and more visual art. Joining the college allows the museum to continue in this direction and creates a synergy between it and the other UNLV galleries, such as the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery," said Koep. "It creates the opportunity to expand our exhibition schedule to the benefit of our students and the residents of Southern Nevada."
The Barrick Museum was founded in 1969 and includes the Mannetta Braunstein Research Library, which is focused on the history of art, architecture, and archaeology of Mesoamerica and general museum studies.
"In addition, the fabulous collection of Pre-Columbian Art generously gifted by Dr. Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein to UNLV will be able to be more fully utilized by students and scholars," continued Koep.
"I believe the Barrick Museum will flourish and become a destination for not only Las Vegas residents, but visitors to our wonderful city. I know Marjorie Barrick, who did so much to enhance learning at UNLV and Southern Nevada, would be pleased to see her legacy carried forward in this manner."
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