*Above are images of public art projects completed by UNLV students.
City of Las Vegas Arts Commission in partnership with the UNLV Department of Art, Public Art Class invites public to upcoming lectures April 8 and 22 at UNLV and Historic Fifth Street School
The City of Las Vegas Arts Commission in collaboration with the UNLV Department of Art announces the fourth and final installment in a lecture series coordinated by Professor Pasha Rafat, who teaches the course “Art in Public Places” at UNLV. The annual series of lectures are free and open to the public, and each features nationally and/or internationally renowned artists working in the public realm. Famous speakers from past years’ series included sculptor Robert Irwin, architect Vito Acconci, environmental artist Mary Miss, and digital light projection artist Akira Hasegawa. Last month, Trevor Paglen spoke on March 4 at UNLV about his project with Creative Time of New York, “The Last Pictures,” wherein selected photos were burned onto a chip and launched via satellite; and John Kilduff did a performance piece in the Fifth Street School fountain court on March 18th, based on his widely-followed YouTube video clips from his online show, “Let’s Paint TV”, followed by question-and-answer remarks. Paul Kos, an internationally exhibited Bay Area artist whose work spans all media and includes large-scale installation and public art, spoke April 8th at UNLV.
The upcoming and final speaker will be Lisa Blatt, a photo, video, and installation artist whose work is informed by remote landscapes. Blatt will speak at 7pm on April 22nd at the Historic Fifth Street School auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St.
About the artist-lecturers:
Paul Kos, a founding member of the Bay Area conceptual art movement, has exhibited internationally and was recently featured in the Guggenheim Museum exhibition, The Third Mind. Kos has received numerous grants and awards including, Dodd Chair at the University of Georgia, a Eureka Fellowship, a Flintridge, a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, a Tiffany and six NEA Fellowships. Besides his studio practice, Kos has made large scale public art installations including: Poetry Sculpture Garden with Poet Laureate, Bob Hass, at 199 Fremont, San Francisco and “every thing matters” for the Bishop Collection at the new UCSF Campus.
Lisa K. Blatt’s work has been exhibited widely internationally and domestically, including: Polar Extremes, a solo show at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography Reykjavik, Iceland (2009), Sound Design for Future Films, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2008), the Shanghai Biennial (2007) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Paranoia at the Freud Museum in London, England (2007) and Proyecto Circo at the 8th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba, Air Cube+ Land/Art at the Richard Levy Gallery in New Mexico (2009), 2011 WPA Experimental Media Series, Juror Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, Washington, DC with screenings including: Phillips Collection Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC and First Look at the Sean Kelly Gallery, New York where she was juried in by Cindy Sherman, Adam Fuss, and Jack Pierson.
She has been awarded many grants and residencies including the National Science Foundation’s Antarctica Artist and Writers Program (2008), and The Center for Land Use Interpretation (2006, 2007, 2011). In 2005, she camped and worked in the Atacama Desert in Chile for over a month with a scientist team from Nasa and Carnegie Mellon.
For more information contact:
Patricia Walsh | Cultural Programs Specialist
Office of Cultural Affairs
Las Vegas City Hall
495 S. Main Street 4th Floor
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Prof. Pasha Rafat, Graduate Coordinator
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Department of Art
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5002
The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Department of Art, Art in Public Places was initiated by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission in 2001. The goal of this course was to provide the art students with a hands-on experience to develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in the field of public art both locally and as a potential career.
The course focused on both permanent and ephemeral projects as well as site-generated (2D/3D) projects and temporary installations within the community and the UNLV campus. Influential artists, architects and city planners were invited for lecture/workshops during the course semester. The Arts Commission provided support for the class through sponsorship of lectures by artists working in public art.