MOJAVE: Transcendent Desert

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery
1017 South First Street, #190
Las Vegas, Nevada
Thursday, November 30, 2017

As part of its bimonthly exhibition series, Nevada Humanities presents the exhibition Mojave: Transcendent Desert, from November 30, 2017 through January 25, 2018, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, at 1017 S. First Street, #190, in Las Vegas. Guest curator, Montana Black has brought together a selection of artists and writers whose works demonstrate a deep connection to the landscape. Black notes, “The desert landscape of the Mojave with its vast open space and seemingly endless sky has inspired deep mental, emotional, and spiritual journeys of reflection and revelation for many through the centuries.”

The exhibition features selected works in a variety of mediums and techniques including photography, drawing, stone lithography, painting, and poetry, from the following writers and artists: Montana Black (artist), Angela Brommel (poet), Lisa Brown (poet), Suzanne Hackett-Morgan (artist), Anne M. Hoff (artist), Bobbie Ann Howell (artist), Kathleen Nathan (artist), Joan Robinson (poet), and Jeanne Volutra (artist). These artists and writers explore what this transcendent desert means to them through images and words.

Guarded by majestic Joshua trees, the Mojave Desert is situated between the Great Basin Desert to the north and the Sonoran Desert to the south; it is a rain-shadow desert of mountains and arid valleys that encompasses over 54,000 square miles in southeastern California, across southern Nevada, and into portions of Arizona and Utah. Formidable and fantastic, it is a landscape that asks respect from its human visitors for its precious endemic plants, the fragile desert crust, scarce water reserves, and an array of wildlife.

“Seeking out ways to explore Nevada’s unique landscapes often brings us to places of reflection, awe, and all the complexities found in this endless source of inspiration for the community is vital in telling Nevada’s full story,” says Christina Barr, Executive Director of Nevada Humanities.

An artist reception and poetry reading will be held on Thursday, November 30, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery from 6 - 9 p.m., with a curator’s talk, artist introductions, and poetry reading scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.

Hands-on Special Project: Wednesday, December 20, 1 to 5 p.m. join us and exhibition artists to make a drawing or poem button of your own or for that special Mojave holiday gift.

The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is located at 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas, in the Art Square Garden Courtyard downtown in the Las Vegas Arts District. The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 - 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Preview Thursdays and the first Friday of each month.