The Public Education Foundation Presents:

The Real Las Vegas 

Juror Statement

Shawn Hummel

This group exhibition of 33 artists explores the theme The “Real” Las Vegas. Works in the exhibition, all 2 dimensional in form, range from photography,paint, and video and from spiritual to documentary. This collection of works seeks to capture, suspend, even transcend a moment or series of events in and around this “place”. We are presented with images both real and composed: an arrow pointing to this particular place on this particular planet,  the “magic hour” that is unlike any other place or time, the beauty of our Mojave desert surroundings and “The Meadows” from which Las Vegas gets it’s name, the hard edges that are found just under the surface or around the corners, and the influence of human interaction and subsequent impact. All of the works share a common thread- perceptions of Las Vegas, what it means to live here, to explore here, to learn and grow here. The “Real” Las Vegas is as diverse as Las Vegas itself.
 

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WCTA Students' Work

Student's Workplace
Student's Workplace

For me, the real Vegas is a desk, a laptop, a pencil, and a lot of work. Josef Esguerra

Big City
Big City

Las Vegas to me is a giant city with many different parts and opportunities. The city has so much to offer and at night shines so bright with the variety of lights on the strip. Alexandra Dvorsky

Breath of Fresh Air
Breath of Fresh Air

Las Vegas is more than the Strip to me. It is not a tourist attraction but it is home. The desert and mountains are what comes to my mind when thinking of Las Vegas. Lisa Ly

An Undiscovered Magic
An Undiscovered Magic

Las Vegas is more than just its casinos and big parties, the nature and history Las Vegas holds makes up the city. The undiscovered magic Las Vegas has is the beauty of nature and the history it holds. Madeline Mancini

Nature and Neon
Nature and Neon

My piece represents the two different sides of Las Vegas. It shows the beauty of the desert landscape but also of the nights from the city. I believe that is shows both sides because during the day everyone takes in the view of the mountains at Red Rock or while driving around Las Vegas, and at night everyone enjoys all of the flashy lights from the casinos and hotels. Especially the strip. Lauren Franken

Child's Bike
Child's Bike

This bike represents the Real Las Vegas to me, because Vegas is history. No matter where you go in Vegas, you can find some piece of the history. Even things like this rusty old bike represents how old Vegas is, therefore there is a lot of history. Mikalie Schmidt

The Real Danger
The Real Danger

When I think of Las Vegas i think of the Hoover Dam. This is a big monument in the valley and many people visit it every day. This picture also shows the dangers of this city. Jadan Zavestoski

The City That Lit
The City That Lit

Las Vegas is the land that has ignited the youth of my past, present, and future. It’s the city that lit up my life. Pearl Lee