Founded in 1950, LVAM is Nevada's oldest and largest art museum. In 1997, it moved into the Sahara West Library & Fine Arts Museum, a spectacular new $20-million building designed by the architectural firm Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, of Minneapolis.
The library/museum complex is a state-of-the-art facility designed and contructed to Smithsonian standards. It contains 30,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a large outdoor terrace being developed as a sculpture garden.
MISSION FOR THE COMMUNITY
LVAM's purpose and ambition are to help lead the greater Las Vegas community, which possesses unequalled resources of popular culture and entertainment, toward a distinguished future as an important center for the fine arts in the 21st century.
EXHIBITIONS & ONLINE PRESENCE
In keeping with the startling newness of Las Vegas itself, LVAM emphasizes the exhibiton of contemporary art: international, national and regional, stressing art after Post-Modernism. The museum is first in the world to begin an online permanent collection of Web-based art on the Internet and is planning a school of art and scholarship program for the digital arts. Its first of a kind Artist-in-CyberResidence, Rodney Chang, Ph.D., is also the recipient of a new directorship for museums, that of Director of Internet Programs. LVAM's Web site officially went online on March 19, 1998 with the assistance of Creative Frontiers Publications of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Further, the museum both originates exhibitions
exhibitions, and will host traveling shows, on a wide variety of world art. Its permanent
collection includes work by Larry Rivers, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, and Red
LVAM also fosters the visual arts in Las Vegas and Clark County by providing art education through museum workshop classes for all ages, and through its outreach program for public schools. Curriculum and goals for its school of digital art is in planning.
A little known group of dedicated volunteers at LVAM are the members of the Docent Council. Required to spend nine months in training, these ladies and gentlemen attend weekly classes to study art history from pre-Renaissance to beyond Post-modernism, and learn to perfect guiding skills. Docents are expected to be thoroughly versed in "Art after Post-modernism," and to be able to present each new exhibit in an interesting and understandable manner (no mean feat in itself, given the frequency of new exhibits at LVAM). The docents are also expected to attend most openings, artist's lectures and seminars, as well as other museum-related events. They then make themselves available for the regular 2:00 tour on Saturday, and for groups who have scheduled an appointment for a guided tour.
The Docent Council provides a wonderful resource for the
Las Vegas Art Museum and these ladies and gentlemen deserve a great deal of credit.
It is their hope that long-time members of the museum, as well as newcomers, will take
advantage of the regular Saturday tour or get together a group of ten or more and book a
special tour. Persons interested in becoming an LVAM docent are welcome to inquire
about the program.
ANNUAL JURIED COMPETITIONS
* Fall Art Roundup
* Nevada Watercolor Society
Located in LVAM's lobby, the store carries art books,
exhibiton catalogues, fine art reproductions, posters, cards, jewelry, logo glassware and
apparel, totes, fine gifts, and original art.
An online mail order store for this site is planned.
Benefits of museum membership include:
* Free admission to all LVAM exhibitions
* Bi-monthly newsletter
* Invitations to all LVAM exhibitons openings, receptions, lectures, and other social and special events
*10% discount on purhcases in the museum stgore (except orginal art)
Tues - Sat 10 AM to 5 PM
Sun - 1 PM to 5 PM
The Las Vegas Art Museum is a private, non-profit organization supported by admissions, memberships, donations and grants.