Former Las Vegas Art Museum sends inventory to UNLV

Art never disappears. It only takes vacations.

Well, maybe three years is more of a sabbatical.

So it is with the inventory of the former Las Vegas Art Museum (LVAM), which succumbed to the economy and shuttered its doors in February 2009. Now, its homeless inventory will land at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, it was announced today.

In a partnership, the university will display LVAM’s collection throughout the campus and in the community. “We promised in our closing dialogue that we would at some point open our doors again and share with the community the gift that is the LVAM,” Patrick Duffy, president of the museum board, said in a statement. “In this partnership with UNLV, we know this makes for a great continuation of LVAM.”

A debut date for the collection has yet to be set, though the university is eyeing early spring. However, they have scheduled a “teaser” exhibition, also in the spring,under the guidance of UNLV art curator Jerry Schefcik.

“We are honored, proud and delighted to welcome the LVAM collection to the UNLV community and know that we are the best fit to help ensure this collection is seen by students, educators, the community and tourists,” said Jeffrey Koep, dean of the College of Fine Arts, in a statement.

“The LVAM collection contains some of the very best visual art in Las Vegas. This is indeed a boon to all students at UNLV. However, the real desire is to share the collection with the Las Vegas community, especially the children who are students in the Clark County School District.”