Future of Art

They’ve worked hard, and now the 13 students in UNLV’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program are ready to showcase their works. The visual cornucopia of fine arts that is the 2010 BFA Exhibition will be unveiled April 23 in the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, as well as the Jessie Metcalf Gallery at the Richard Tam Alumni Center and Grant Hall Gallery.

Through June 4, you’ll see glass sculptures from Justin Crabtree, photography that incorporates all five senses from Felicia Gassen and sculpture influenced by family and culture from Justin Favela. Jerry Schefcik, director of Donna Beam, says to also watch for works by Nico Inman Holmes-Gull, who “seems hell-bent on reviving the avant-garde for a new generation.” Joshua Navarro, he says, “keeps the storytelling tradition of photography alive and well in a series of restless, paranoiac images that make you think twice about strangers in our midst.” And Yoshabel Cortez straddles the line as an artist and designer by “bilingually confront[ing] love and loss in strong images of women moving toward the edge of empowerment.” Opening reception 6 p.m. April 23, exhibit open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free.

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