Clark County Public Art is proud to present “Representation Matters,” a Black History Month exhibit focusing on identity through portraiture. A free and open public reception will be held on Friday, February 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery located at 500 S Grand Central Pkwy. Near Charleston Blvd. and the I-15 freeway. Works by 18 local artists of varying backgrounds and ages present their experiences and perceptions of what it means to be a member of the Black community or a Black individual. “Representation Matters” will be exhibited until Thursday, March 3, 2022
“Art transcends time. It shows struggle, triumph and often can predict the future,” Commissioner McCurdy said. “It is imperative that we are represented in all facets of our lives. It is an honor to exhibit, see and appreciate these pieces from such members of the artistic community.
The show was judged by Q’shaundra James, a Las Vegas artist who received her BFA from UNLV in 2016. Q’shaundra explores historical representations of black figures through portraiture and the concept of “The Veil” , which obscured African American self-perception. Her portraits evoke struggles with cultural viewpoints, objectification and identity.
Artists selected from young, amateur and experienced levels include Nalanie Applegate, X Darvianna, Dray, Nancy Erskine, Shereene Fogenay, Jazmine Harris, Ron Harris III, Abigail Holguin, Jalen Jones, Allura Lopez, Saundra Lyle, Matthew Maffatt, Ralph Megginson III, Kenneth Ruffin, Chelsea Rust, Chloe Stine, Janai Thomas and Kerric Thomas.
Clark County Public Art’s mission is to promote, encourage and connect the community with culture and public art around the Valley. More information about the program can be found on the website at https://bit.ly/3A88Tx2. The Clark County Public Arts Program is also available on Facebook and Instagram @CCPublicArts.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11th largest county in the nation and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services, and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.