UNLV presents the first group exhibit of modern works by local Latino/a/x visual artists Oct. 1 – 27 in the Donna Beam Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 – 9 p.m. as part of the second yearly UNLV College of Fine Arts Art Stroll.
The Donna Beam Gallery presents ” ¡ Americanx!, “an intro to an emerging Latin art community in Las Vegas. Curated through the Donna Beam Gallery, ” ¡ Americanx! “assembles a vibrant group of artists whose artwork runs the gamut of inspiring sources and cultural commentary with diverse media, from painters to carvers, professional photographers, illustrators, cartoonists, and installation. ” ¡ Americanx! “has UNLV presenting the depth and diversity of contemporary works produced by artists of Latino/a/x heritage who call Las Vegas house.
“There is a splendidly productive and expressive body of Latinx artists in this neighborhood,” notes Jerry Schefcik, UNLV director of galleries and exhibition manager. “This presentation just scratches the surface area of the series of work being generated.”
Marcus Civin, UNLV’s new chair for the College of Art’ department of art says, “My life has been unfathomably improved by my interactions with diverse artists and designers. My ardent hope is that UNLV can offer the exact same type of motivation I have actually experienced for our diverse and courageous trainee body and the fascinating community of Las Vegas.”
The artists include Omayra Amador, Yasmina Chavez, Natalie Delgado, Lolita Develay, Justin Favela, Ed Fuentes, J. Antonio Gomez-Morales, Adolfo Gonzalez, Karla Lagunas, Danny Martinez, Orlando Montenegro-Cruz, Raymond “StingRay” Pratt, Krystal Ramirez, Fernando Reyes, Miguel Rodriguez, Checko Salgado, Javier Sanchez, Sunday Slackers, Luis Varela-Rico, David Velix, and Jess Vanessa ¡ Americanx! is arranged by Schefcik and co-curated by Salgado and Fuentes.
The Donna Beam Gallery motivates the understanding, gratitude, and making of visual art through exhibits and accompanying programs for the university community, citizens of Southern Nevada, and visitors to the city alike.