4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV, United States
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Check their website for a schedule of current and upcoming exhibits.
The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery at the University of Nevada Las Vegas is a small gallery that displays many kinds of art—from traveling exhibits to the work of UNLV's talented art community. Donna Beam's displays change regularly, giving visitors a reason to make repeat visits since they're likely to see something new each time.
Donna Beam hosts seven to 15 exhibits each year, along with lectures. The emphasis is on contemporary art and different types of media. The work of undergraduate and graduate students is, of course, regularly displayed. Juried competitions are also a regular feature. The gallery isn't limited to students, however, and displays the work of established and noted contemporary artists as well.
In 1969, long before the Arts District got going in downtown Las Vegas, the first incarnation of what would eventually become the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery opened at UNLV. This early art gallery provided a place for artists to display their work, and for residents to enjoy that work. In Las Vegas, a city often cited as lacking in culture, this was no small feat. The gallery's website outlines its current mission: "… to provide a setting whereby individuals can 'acquire the knowledge and common experiences that enhance critical thinking, leadership skills, aesthetic sensitivity, and social integrity.' "
In addition to its main gallery, Donna Beam is also responsible for three satellite galleries at UNLV: the Jessie Metcalf Gallery at the Richard Tam Alumni Center, the lobby of Artemus Ham Concert Hall, and the lobby of the Judy Bayley Theater.
Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Special arrangements may be made for groups. The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays.