MONUMENTS Exhibition Opening in Las Vegas
Artists showcase work inspired by Nevada’s three national monuments

LAS VEGAS – Nevada’s three national monuments are featured in an art exhibition opening today in The Studio at Sahara West Library. The MONUMENTS exhibition showcases work inspired by Tule Springs Fossil Beds, Basin and Range, and Gold Butte national monuments. The exhibition opens today and runs through June 23. An opening reception will be held on May 3rd.

Works of art include paintings, wall murals, photography, sculpture, and sound. Featured artists are Fawn Douglas, Sam Davis, Natalie Delgado, Brent Holmes, Dave Rowe, Checko Salgado, Sierra Slentz, Doug Bibo, Fred Bell, UNLV photography and graphic design students, and the winners from a juried competition hosted by the Friends of Gold Butte and Protectors of Tule Springs.

“The diversity of artists who have contributed to this show is astonishing,” says Checko Salgado, curator for the exhibition and UNLV professor of photography. “It is incredible to see the creativity inspired by the amazing national monuments we have in our state.”

In addition to the well known artists in the show, UNLV students created content for the exhibition. Checko Salgado partnered with Friends of Gold Butte to lead three on-the-ground tours for UNLV of Gold Butte National Monument. The Photography for Graphic Design class was assigned the task of creating promotional materials for the exhibition. Students in the Commercial Photography class took outdoor portraits and landscape photos.

“This exhibition has touched many people beyond the artists, from the UNLV students who went to Gold Butte to researchers who were studying biological soil crusts to our volunteers who served as models and tour guides,” says Jaina Moan, Executive Director of Friends of Gold Butte. “The result is a multi-sensory experience of Gold Butte National Monument. We feel so honored to participate in the creation of art dedicated to a place we love.”  

The MONUMENTS exhibition will be open every weekday from 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m., and on weekends from 10:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. The opening reception will be held on May 3rd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.