Back in the day, the Contemporary Arts Center, then known as the Contemporary Arts Collective, would mount an annual exhibit highlighting “premier” artists in Las Vegas, the best of the best working in contemporary art— literally, La Crème.
Now that the CAC has moved into its new permanent home in Soho Lofts—returning to brick-and-mortar after more than a year and a half of nomadic exhibits and events—its first show is a nod to its younger self and tradition, a contemporary throwback to La Crème. The exhibit, Taste, samples some of the most celebrated work coming out of Las Vegas. Many have had P3Studio residencies or solo shows in town; some are part of permanent collections belonging to the Barrick Museum or Las Vegas Art Museum; and seven are among the 17 artists from Las Vegas being featured in Contemporary Nevada: State of the State at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno in October.
The names should sound familiar: Justin Favela, Sean Russell, Adam Morey, Daniel Habegger, Wendy Kveck, Chris Bauder, Mikayla Whitmore, Linda Alterwitz, David Ryan, Shawn Hummel, Brent Sommerhauser, Alisha Kerlin, Mark Brandvik, Sierra Slentz and Elizabeth Blau. Their works, including some previously shown, were selected for being influenced by the local landscape, industry and culture.
Taste Through February 12; Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; opening reception January 15, 5:30-8 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center, Soho Lofts, 900 Las Vegas Boulevard S. #150.