Visiting an art gallery is probably not top of mind when one plans a trip to Las Vegas, but perhaps it should be. With a rich history of public art, an abundance of artists and dozens of galleries, Las Vegas has evolved from being just a city with bright lights and casinos to a mecca for art enthusiasts. Visitors can walk through Downtown Las Vegas to find murals, sculptures and innovative landscaping, all done by Las Vegas’ growing community of local artists. Art galleries sprinkled throughout the city house the work of some of the greatest artists in history.
Art in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is buzzing with creative energy that should be on your list of things to visit while in our fabulous city, from innovative art installations to world-class art galleries and museums. If you are an art lover needing that creative fix on your visit here, no need to fret. There are numerous exhibits, art galleries and installations in Las Vegas to set your mind at ‘easel.’ Here is a list to get you off to a ‘flying art.’
Art On the Las Vegas Strip
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Art Program brings a collection of art to the public, with over 733 works on display throughout the entire resort. From murals and sculptures to large-scale installations, the resort features immersive, interactive art by world-renowned artists, including Alex Da Corte, Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey and Maya Hayuk.
Wander to the resort’s lobby, and you’ll find a stunning sight of eight large columns wrapped in LCD displays. The pillars showcase dynamic digital art with four unique types of content: Show Moments, Digital Narratives, Digital Art and Generative Art and feature works from various renowned artists, including Yoko Ono.
You’ll get more than just coffee when visiting the Starbucks location at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It is home to French artist Georges Rousse’s first-ever permanent public art installation. The one-of-a-kind art piece is incorporated into the store’s architecture and plays space and reality.
At first glance, what appears to be just an ordinary vendor machine is also part art piece, of course! The Art-O-Mat is the result of Clark Whittington’s repurposing of old cigarette vending machines. Showcasing small works from over 400 artist collaborators worldwide, the Art-o-mat offers guests an interactive art experience they can take home. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas boasted the highest number of Art-o-mat machines in a single place and was the first resort to house the machines. Visit The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip for more creative art installations.
Resorts World Las Vegas
Resorts World Las Vegas, the newest resort on the Las Vegas Strip, recently launched self-guided tours for visitors to explore the resort’s eclectic art program. Guests may use their mobile phones to scan the QR codes on art pieces throughout the resort’s public spaces to learn details behind the creation of the art pieces.
Art lovers can expect to see masterpieces created by local artists and renowned names with a combination of fine historical art and modern, contemporary works. Resorts World Las Vegas had an entire design team and art consultants onboard to select each piece in an extensive process. The result is a dynamic art program that guests from around the world can all enjoy.
Some art highlights you will find in the casino include the Cloned Bulldog with Pet Bottle by William Sweetlove plastic sculptures or “clones” of animals, painted in different colors, carrying water bottles and wearing rain boots—a statement designed to make viewers consider the future and the impact of climate change. Donuts by Jaeyong Kim features painted faux donuts made of clay and presented with a glossy paint application. Red Beetle by Ichwan Noor is a sculpture of an iconic Volkswagen Beetle compressed into a large, red ball. You will find this located outside of Kusa Nori.
Park West Gallery
Park West Gallery inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is an unexpected treat and is actually the world’s largest art dealer. The company has had over 3 million art customers since 1969. Park West Gallery houses artwork ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to over one million. Visitors who tour the collections will find original pieces created by Salvador Dali and Toulouse-Lautrec. Park West also has an extensive collection of ceramic works by Pablo Picasso—the largest collection in the world! Park West hosts live-streaming online art auctions every weekend and recently hosted an art competition to support up-and-coming local artists called “Made in Vegas.” The winner, Kat Tatz, will receive a contract offer from Park West and a three-month exhibition of her artwork at its location inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
Art in Downtown Las Vegas
The charming Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas, officially known as 18b Las Vegas Arts District, is a great place to find the work of local artists. Check out The Arts Factory, where you will find dozens of studios and galleries that showcase local creators. This is also a space for visiting artists, concerts, poetry readings and theatrical performances. Additional galleries can be found in Art Square, three vintage buildings that also house bars and retail space. Graffiti Alley, which isn’t a traditional gallery, is worth visiting for the ever-changing murals and graffiti you will find in the hidden alleys of Downtown Las Vegas. Visit during First Friday, an event held on the first Friday every month focusing on culture, creativity, entertainment and features local art.
One of the most talented local street artists, who makes Downtown Las Vegas his art home, is Recycled Propaganda, aka Izaac Zevalking. His work explores issues from global history to current affairs. He is best known for his often gritty and occasionally shock-inducing imagery, which borders thought-provoking and controversial art. Art in its best form should stir emotions. He utilizes original digital images conveyed through media ranging from packs of stickers to large-scale murals. Recycled Propaganda has been operating out of Las Vegas for almost a decade. His gallery, Recycled Propaganda, has been in Downtown Las Vegas since 2019.
Priscilla Fowler Fine Art
Priscilla Fowler Fine Art houses Priscilla Fowler’s art studio and exhibition space for contemporary art by local, regional and national professional artists. Located in the Las Vegas Arts District center, this gallery/studio draws many local art-lovers and tourists, especially on First Friday. Recently named Best Art Gallery of 2020, Priscilla Fowler Fine Art regularly presents new exhibits to showcase new and seasoned talent.
Plaza Hotel & Casino
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is located across the iconic Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. In 2017, the hotel & casino commissioned artists to create three 21-story murals on its North Tower. The results were larger-than-life murals that serve as the perfect backdrop for selfies for tourists and locals alike. Behind Closed Doors was created by D*Face, who has always had a fascination with the people who stayed in various hotels, their lives and stories. The comic book style mural pays homage to the ‘hotel life.’ Cultivate Harmony by Shepherd Fairey carries a vital message, according to the artist. Fairey has said, “It is meant to have a decorative appeal as well as remind people that peace and harmony with each other and the planet itself are the only way to maintain what sustains us.” FAILE created a tribute to Cassius Marcellus, a collaboration of Brooklyn-based artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The mural was inspired by the famous painting of Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge.