The Smith Center for the Performing Arts features a diverse collection of artistic styles throughout our campus, including commissioned pieces, pieces from private collections, and pieces on loan to The Smith Center.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will also display a number of art pieces that are commissioned, pieces from private collections, as well as on loan to The Smith Center.
Artist – Tim Bavington
Located on the second floor of Reynolds Hall is a commissioned art piece by internationally recognized artist, Tim Bavington. Music is the genesis of Bavington’s paintings. Through synthetic polymer paint, Bavington acts as a translator between the aural and the visual as he transforms guitar solos, melodies and bass lines into vertical bands of color. “Fanfare for the Common Man,” a 20th-century American classical music work by American composer Aaron Copland, was selected by The Smith Center as the musical “muse” from which Bavington would pull his paintings. The composition was carefully selected by The Smith Center, as it resonates with its message to serve the common man, or in The Smith Center’s scenario, the community. This piece mirrors on canvas his sculpture featured on the east end of Symphony Park.
Artist – Shawn Hummel
Hummel’s multi-panel, five-foot high by ten-foot wide installation, leosgoldenmean, demonstrates his concern for subtleties in the surfaces and graceful abstract nuances of light on elements of architecture, musical instruments and custom car details. The resulting composition references the golden spiral and the Fibonacci sequence. The piece is featured in the Mezzanine Lounge within Reynolds Hall.
Artist – Ellsworth Kelly
Plant Lithograph Series (6) are featured in the Dee and Don Snyder Founders Room
Artist – Jennifer Main
To Wish Upon a Star is on display in Boman Pavilion, the Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education. This piece is customized for The Smith Center; the sheet music featuring Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. This classical piece resonates with The Smith Center’s message to serve the common man, or in The Smith Center’s scenario, the community.
Artist – Ed Mell
Paying homage to its strong Southwestern heritage, The Smith Center recruited painting artist Ed Mell to create two distinctive pieces specifically for the performing arts center. Mell’s paintings, Luminous Bloom I and Luminous Bloom II, reside within the lobby of Boman Pavilion.
Artist – Petrena Shaw
Wilbur, a bronze sculpture of a pig is featured in the Dee and Don Snyder Founders Room is on loan from the collection of Fred W. and Mary B. Smith.
Mary B. Smith (1939-2010) was dedicated to her family and community. A native of Arkansas, she was also a fervent fan of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Her love for the “Hogs” inspired her collection of over 2,000 pigs.
Artist – David Ryan
David Ryan created two wall pieces, Fritz and Lang, specifically designed for The Smith Center, which are displayed on the upper level of Reynolds Hall. Nearly eight feet in height and seven feet in width, Ryan’s designs evoke a different energy than his previous work. His inspiration derives from an assortment of musical instruments and both pieces will contain the ability to reflect light.
Artist – Miriam Schapiro
I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can (1984) and Master of Ceremonies (1985) features dancers and cut out patterns that are famously Schapiro. The lively abstract qualities of the pieces maintain Schapiro feminist viewpoints often found in her works. (Pieces courtesy of the “Collection of Elaine Wynn).
On Loan from the Las Vegas Art Museum Collection
Many wonderful works of art from the Las Vegas Art Museum Permanent Collection are on extended loan to The Smith Center courtesy of the LVAM & UNLV Partnership. Patrick Duffy, President of Las Vegas Art Museum, together with its Board of Directors are responsible for establishing a partnership with the University of Nevada Las Vegas to exhibit and lend works of art from the LVAM collection. Through this a very generous agreement, twenty-nine pieces of contemporary art are on display at the Smith Center in public and administrative spaces of Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion. The LVAM collection features many important works of art by international, national, regional, and local artists. This is a wonderful opportunity to share important art from the LVAM collection with the public in a very appropriate community cultural venue. Among the pieces on display at The Smith Center are works by Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Sol LeWitt, Larry Bell, Tim Bavington, Shawn Hummel, and David Ryan. The Smith Center is honored to feature such valuable works of art from the Las Vegas Art Museum Collection.
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