Founded in 2015, Settlers + Nomads is a regularly updated online project collecting interviews, essays, event listings, image galleries and other material into a growing compendium of information about contemporary art connected to Southern Nevada. A collaborative work in progress, the website assembles a curated roster of artists living and working in Las Vegas and an ever-growing list of artists, writers and thinkers who have passed through and contributed to the presentation and discussion of art in Las Vegas. The site also highlights cultural destinations in Las Vegas, public art, earthworks and members’ projects, while the blog features writing by visual artist-contributors. Many of the “Nomads” are regular contributors, reporting from locales such as San Francisco, Houston, Baltimore, and Dowagiac, Michigan. Offline, Settlers + Nomads organizes public events such as performances, screenings and panel discussions with visiting artists, aspiring to stimulate connections and conversation and increase the agency and visibility of the Las Vegas art community.
Publisher, founder WENDY KVECK is an artist, educator and advocate. She has lived in Las Vegas for 20 years, contributing to the community in various roles as an artist, volunteer, gallery director and board member for non-profit arts organizations and institutions including the Contemporary Arts Center, Cultural Alliance Nevada, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, and, most recently, the Indivisible chapter Desert Arts Action Coalition. Kveck’s studio practice interrogates contemporary media and art historical depictions of women as markers of vulnerability and chaos through the mediums of painting, drawing, collage and performance. She currently teaches as an adjunct graduate faculty member at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a 2018 recipient of a Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat residency fellowship through the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust. Please send inquiries, calendar information, news, or content proposals to email@example.com.
DANIEL SAMANIEGO lives and works in San Francisco. His hyper-detailed drawing installations are a meditation on queer persona. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2007 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and an MFA in Painting in 2011 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Samaniego has been an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2014). His project THE FILE, featuring studio visits, conversations and issues in new painting and drawing, is a regular feature on the blog.
Australian artist D.K. SOLE lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and works at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art where she is in charge of Research and Educational Engagement. She has exhibited in Las Vegas and Denver, Colorado. Instagram.
MIKAYLA WHITMORE, Las Vegas Native and UNLV graduate, has exhibited at multiple venues including P3Studio at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Contemporary Arts Center, and the Marjorie Barrick Museum. Her work explores the potential of the photographic image in an attempt to explore the way memory functions. During her solo residency ‘When the Night Comes’ she functioned as a archivist of memories seeking to re-order phantasmal visual instances in time. Using overlooked objects to create an installation to create a lucid mindscape corrupting memories over the course of a month. She currently balances her studio practice with work as a staff photographer, researching dinosaur species, and planting succulents. She is a regular blog contributor and the current curator on our Instagram page.
Settlers + Nomads: Artist Wendy Kveck Launches Website Highlighting Contemporary Art in Las Vegas, by Kristen Peterson, Las Vegas Weekly
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