LAS VEGAS - August marks American Artist Appreciation Month, so what better place to celebrate than in Las Vegas. Not often thought of as a destination for arts and culture, Las Vegas has a wide variety of offerings within the cultural spectrum, providing a new dimension in addition to the restaurants, shows and nightlife that the Entertainment Capital of the World is famous for.
Across the Strip and the greater Las Vegas region, visitors can experience a variety of permanent and visiting exhibitions, with many being free to access. Some examples of places to view artwork include:
The only comprehensive Warhol collection in the United States (outside of his namesake museum in Pittsburgh), ‘Warhol Out West' opened in February 2013 and showcases works from the iconic American artist. The collection revolves around the depiction of all things Western and features 56 of Warhol's works, including paintings, sculptures and photographs.
This travelling exhibition showcases some of National Geographic's most remembered and celebrated photographs from its 125-year history, including many by top American photographers such as Steve McCurry and Nick Nichols.
The Arts Factory is the geographic and creative center of the 18b Las Vegas Arts District, housed in a 50-year-old warehouse in downtown Las Vegas. On the first Friday of every month, visitors head to the area to explore the galleries, watch performers and enjoy street vendors up and down Art Way and Main Street as part of ‘First Friday.'
A new installation by internationally-acclaimed, Los Angeles-based artist James Turrell opened in June 2013, making it the latest addition of the CityCenter Fine Art Collection. The commission for Crystals transformed the monorail station and incorporates the extensive oeuvre that Turrell has developed, including Space Division, Wide Glass and Shallow Space Construction.
As the first major collection of contemporary art in Las Vegas to be integrated into a public space, the CityCenter Fine Art Collection features work by both international renowned and American artists, including Maya Lin, Nancy Rubins and Frank Stella.
The CityCenter Fine Art Collection encompasses a multitude of styles and media. Acquisitions were carefully chosen for their artistic value and cultural significance; while commissions for site-specific installations allowed these artists to command their vision within the space.
Focused on preserving one aspect of Las Vegas' vibrant history, the Neon Museum is a collection of classic neon signs from the 1930s to present day. The collection includes more than 150 historic signs displayed across a two-acre campus. Also part of the collection are 11 refurbished, vintage neon signs on display throughout downtown. Included in the relics are the signs for the Moulin Rouge hotel and Stardust Casino, both by Las Vegas native and "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign creator Betty Willis.
For further information on Las Vegas' cultural offerings, please visit www.LVCVA.com/article/art-culture/803/.