Welcome to the new Friday art news roundup! This is where you’ll find short pieces of Nevada arts-industry news on achievements, accolades, and whatever news comes across my desk on a given week.

If you’re looking for exhibitions, calls for artists or event news, you can find those on our statewide visual arts calendar. (And You can post your own events there, too.)

UNLV to honor alums + artists in April ceremony

Art critic and former UNLV professor Dave Hickey will be among the 2020 Hall of Fame awardees to be honored in the 2021 ceremony. Photo: courtesy UNLV

After pandemic-related delays, UNLV set the date for its 17th Annual College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame Gala Celebration for Tuesday, April 13. The event will honor inductees from 2020 and 2021 and recognize additional members of the arts community for their achievements, including:

Hollywood Actor Ann-Margret—2021 inductee

Art Critic Dave Hickey—2020 inductee

Comedic Magician Mac King—2020 inductee

Comedian Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson—2020 inductee

Artist Justin Favela—Koep Dean’s Medal

Smith Center VP of Education Candy Schneider—Koep Dean’s Medal

Stage director and educator Giovanna Sardelli—Alumni of the Year (2020)

Artist Sush Machida—Alumni of the Year (2021)

Trumpeter + Vocalist Brian Newman—Las Vegas Newcomer Award

The event location and ticket price are forthcoming. Check here for additional details.

Grad school deadlines approaching

Considering grad school? The deadline to apply to UNLV’s MFA program is Feb. 2. More info here. UNR’s deadline is Feb. 15. More info here.

Omega Mart ticket sales open

Tickets are now on sale for Omega Mart, a surreal grocery store art installation inside AREA15 in Las Vagas. The opening date is opening Feb. 18.

Nevada Museum of Art virtual STEAM Conference

The Nevada Museum of Art, in partnership with Desert Research Institute’s Science Alive program, will hold the 2021 NV STEAM Conference for Nevada educators Feb. 3-6. This year, participation is expected to grow significantly, as the event goes virtual, reaching educators from all corners of the state.

Artist Relief Grant applications open

The Nevada Arts Council is awarding $1,000 relief grants to Nevada artists impacted by the pandemic. The application and requirements have been simplified to make the process as easy as possible. Grants will be one-time emergency relief payments that must be expended by June 30, 2021. The application deadline is Jan. 29.

Neon Museum acquires Ehikhamenor sculpture

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas announced the acquisition of a major new work by 2020 National Artist in Residence, Victor Ehikhamenor. “Like Water God Riding His Dragon” references a poem by Yusef Komunyakaa and incorporates neon elements within a sculpted canvas landscape of iconography.

The piece will be displayed in the Museum’s expansion, slated to open this year in what is now the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 N. Las Vegas Blvd. You can see more of Ehikhamenor’s art in the Neon Museum’s 360-degree, self-guided virtual exhibition.

Reno collector Jack Bacon seeks research help

Collector and author Jack Bacon is in the process of photographing artworks for his new publication, “The Latimer School,” and is looking for the following:

  • Latimer Art Club charter members of 1921: Mattie S. Conner, Marguerite W. Erwin, Dora Groesbeck, Hildegard Herz, Nettie (Elizabeth) McDonald, Minerva Pierce, Echo Mapes Robinson, Delores Samuel Young, Mr. Kromberg, and Lorenzo P. Latimer
  • Early member: Nevada Wilson – Born Tuscarora/Elko 1877-1961 (moved to CA)

If you have leads on any of the above, please contact Jack Bacon at 775-322-1901 of JB@JackBacon.com.

INOVA’s Art of Innovation awardees announced

INOVA Luxury Apartments at the Summit mall in Reno has named winners of The Art of Innovation competition on Jan. 11. Their work will be on display at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the new Reno Ice.
Among the 10 prize winners, 20 student prize winners, and 42 honorable mentions, there are at least five locals. Here’s a glimpse at their winning entries. Full list here.

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Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.