Arts & Culture at Nevada State College
Live. Learn. Connect.
“The art collections and public works we fund and implement are some of life’s most exponentially important societal and historical narratives. Art communicates past life to the present and present life to future generations –our values, hopes, trials and tribulations.”
- Jesa Townsend, Nevada State College Arts & Culture Advisory Council
At Nevada State College, excellence fosters opportunity, empowering and inspiring a diverse population of students. The Office of Arts and Culture furthers this mission by supporting the creative endeavors of our students and our community. Some of these endeavors include: The Artist at Work series, The Campus as Museum, Nevada State Student Galleries, temporary art exhibitions, unique cultural events, and collaborations with local arts and culture organizations.
Your gift to the Office of Arts & Culture supports these initiatives, and in the process helps a diverse group of primarily first-generation students gain a deeper appreciation of the role of art in our culture.
If you would like to support our new music initiative to increase on-campus performances, workshops, and student access to pianos and equipment, please write Music at Nevada State in the optional message field of your gift.
The Artist at Work
This series seeks to engage the campus and community in conversations about topics like what art-making as work looks like, the role of the artist in the workforce, STEAM initiatives, the arts as advocacy, and the arts as a driver of economic development and tourism.
The Campus as Museum
The Nevada State College Permanent Art Collection features 71 works by 34 Nevada artists. The collection can be found in the Rogers Student Center; the Liberal Arts & Sciences Building; the Nursing, Science, and Education Building; and the plaza.
Nevada State College Student Galleries
In a collaboration between the Office of Arts & Culture and the Humanities Department, student work is featured in the Rogers Student Center.
The college has four spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Select previous exhibitions have included:
- Basin and Range curated by Checko Salgado and Jerry Schefcik through the Nevada Arts Council’s Nevada Touring Initiative
- Ongoing exhibit featuring the artwork of K-12 artists through an arts education partnership with City Lights Artists’ Gallery
- Artwork from Studio 8 Ten in partnership with Transition Service
Arts & Culture Performances and Events
Our inaugural Arts & Culture event on September 26, 2015, set the bar high with a reading by Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, at Nevada State College. This event was in partnership with Clark County, the inaugural Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson, and Poetry Promise, Inc.
Since then in its role as a community cultural center for southern Nevada, the Office of Arts & Culture has offered a rich variety of free public programs at the college such as guided tours of the Nevada State College Art Collection, poetry readings and workshops, musical performances, film viewings, lectures, seminars, workshops, and arts-based faculty development such as an exploration of the arts as a healing modality.
Cover Image Credit:
Jeff Fulmer. Fishhook Cactus. acrylic on wooden form. 2014
Jeff Fulmer. Saguaro. acrylic on wooden form. 2014
Jeff Fulmer. Ocotilla. acrylic on wooden form. 2014
David Ohlerking. Scorpion Mountain. oil on wood panel. 2015
Photo Credit: Ian Probasco
Story Image Credit:
Gig Depio. Born Free. oil on canvas. 2014