Amid rumors of poor ventilation, no air conditioning and canceled leases, the once-promising Art Center at Neonopolis is officially closing. According to Rohit Joshi, owner and operator, leases on the galleries and studios are being allowed to lapse as of June 1.
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Originally a multiuse building with shops, a food court and a movie theater, the facility itself is not exactly well-suited to an arts center: renovation would be necessary to accommodate the needs of a fully functioning artists’ studio. Ventilation and circulation are essential, as well as 24-hour access for the 2 a.m. painter. Joshi says that poor foot traffic and a tepid economy negatively affected gallery sales. He plans on “restructuring the art center to fit the Neonopolis building … [and] reopening by the end of the year with a different strategy.” The Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art will remain open. As for the Art Center, stay tuned.