Las Vegas Art Museum
Founding Museum Building Collections Exhibitions Art Education Programs Locations Hours Admission Visitor Services Mass Transit & Parking Access Application for Membership


The Las Vegas Art Museum organization, a non-profit organization supported by memberships, donations, and grants, opened in 1950 as the Las Vegas Art League. In 1966 it moved to historic Lorenzi Park. In 1974 the Art League became the Las Vegas Art Museum, the first fine art museum in the state of Nevada. It is listed on the National Registry of Art Museums. The We enter a new era with the opening in January 1997 of the Las Vegas Art Museum in its newly constructed facility at the Sahara West Library/Fine Art Museum. Top

Museum Building

The new museum-library project was designed by Tate & Snyder Architects in conjunction with Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. This state-of-the-art facility is 122,000 square feet and houses a library operated by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, and a 30,000 square foot fine arts museum operated by the Las Vegas Art Museum. The exhibition area consists of a main gallery and main adjunct gallery. The support areas include administrative offices, preparation rooms, workshops, museum gift shop, loading dock area, darkroom, and storage areas. The museum also features a 12,000 square foot, outdoor sculpture garden. The library and museum share an enclosed atrium and kitchen, and a multi-purpose room with a seating capacity of two hundred. Top


The museum collection consists of more than 175 works of art. Among these are the work of Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Larry Rivers, Edward Ruscka, Red Grooms, and Fritz Scholder. All mediums are represented, including bronze sculptures and ceramics. Top


Exhibitions tentatively planned for the 1997-1998 season are:

Main Gallery

    Colin Dodd
    Mark Anderson
    Stephanie Bell
    Marci Gehring
    Ann Stoddard
    Mark Mulfinger
    Mary Walker
    Carl Blair
    Linda Fantuzzo
    Eric Nord
    Jay Watkins
    Rex Barnes
    Katya Cohen
    Jim Craft

2. Las Vegas Architecture

3. Contemporary Latin American Art

4. Reincarnations: New Art Reclaiming Art History

5. Outsider Art: Folk, Self-Taught, Naive, Primitive

6. Return of Classicism in Art and Architecture

Visiting Exhibitions

1. Urban Images

2. Regional Characteristics in American Art

3. "Concerning the Spiritual in Art"

4. Portraiture

5. African Presence in American Art

6. Influence of Native American Culture on Contemporary Art

Side Gallery Exhibitions

1. Fall Art Roundup

2. "Helldorado"

3. "Art-A-Fair"

4. Watercolor Society Annual Show

5. Desert Sculptors' Association of Nevada

Additional Subject Areas

1. Photography

2. Pacific Rim

3. Canadian American

4. One-Person Shows Top

Art Education Programs for the Community

The museum has fostered the arts in the greater metropolitan area of Las Vegas and Clark County, providing art education for more than 1,450 students per year through classes and outreach programs. Artist workshops and on-going classes include adult and children's Saturday classes, At-Home Study children's classes, and a continuing program to provide art instruction for native-American children. Top


The Las Vegas Art Museum is located at 9600 West Sahara Avenue in the Sahara West Library and Las Vegas Art Museum facility. Top


Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays

Phone 702-360-8000

Fax 702-360-8080 Top


Adults $4.00

Children and students $1.00

Senior Citizens (65 Years) $3.00

Las Vegas Art Museum Members Free Top

Visitor Services

The museum features a gift shop carrying exhibition catalogues and a variety of art publications, fine-art prints, posters, LVAM logo apparel, original art, glass, ceramics, postcards, and art collectibles. Top

Mass Transit and Parking

The Las Vegas Art Museum is serviced by Citizen's Area Transit (CAT) and is 20 minutes from Las Vegas Boulevard (The Las Vegas Strip). Ample free parking is available within the museum complex parking area. Top


Entrances, rest rooms, telephones, and other facilities are accessible to physically challenged visitors. Top

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January 6, 1996