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From Las Vegas residents to world-renowned experts, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts features work from artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Read more about our amazing contributors below.

Outdoor Sculpture –William Behrends
Although not strictly a portraitist, nationally renowned sculptor William Behrends has excelled in that art; his portrait sculptures in bronze, marble and terra cotta have been widely praised for their likeness, quality of detail and sensitive evocation of character. Recent commissions include a bronze piece of Andrew Johnson for the Tennessee State Capitol Building, four bronze figures for the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia and a bronze-bas relief placed in the lobby of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Few sculptors involve themselves as thoroughly in every phase of the creation of bronze sculpture as does Behrends. He researches his portrait subjects extensively before beginning his clay studies. The crucial process of molding the completed clay model is done entirely in Behrends’ North Carolina studio.
Lobby Sculpture – Benjamin Victor
Benjamin Victor has the ability to create spectacular works of figurative sculpture. Victor joined the ranks of Michelangelo, Bernini and Daniel Chester French by receiving his first large commission at only 23 years old. At age 26, he became the youngest artist ever to have a sculpture in our nation’s foremost collection of figurative sculpture, the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capital. That bronze sculpture, which propelled his career, is the celebrated statue of Sarah Winnemucca.
Paintings & Outdoor Sculpture – Tim Bavington
Tim Bavington was born in England and received his BFA from the Art Center in California before making the permanent move to Las Vegas, where he completed his MFA at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His work is included in the public collections of Fredrick R. Weisman Collection; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Creative Artists Agency; Joslyn Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Museum of Modern Art and a number of other art galleries and institutions.
Paintings – Ed Mell
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Ed Mell has been creatively influenced by the majestic panoramas and vistas of the desert. Distinctly western themed, Mell is well- known for his modern paintings of the desert southwest. His interest in illustration led him to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. After graduation, Mell went to New York City and became art director of a large advertising agency, and later started his own company, Sagebrush Studios.
Paintings – David Ryan
Las Vegas resident David Ryan gleans inspiration from the slick colors and lines of cars, electronic gadgets and household appliances to transform mundane fiberboard into luxurious, enticing wall-sculptures. His multi-layered contemporary art pieces exercise composition and colorful brilliance with precision. Ryan’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including the Las Vegas Art Museum and Laguna Art Museum, in addition to solo exhibitions in Paris, New York, Washington D.C., Dallas and Los Angeles.
Artist – Shawn Hummel
Growing up amid the car culture of Southern California, and living amongst the intense chromatic environment that is Las Vegas, Hummel’s abstract imagery has an ‘other worldly’ quality. The simple yet seductive beauty of the Finish Fetish movement is echoed in the luminous quality of the laminated C-Print on aluminum, even more with the diptychs and triptychs that include a monochromatic panel of airbrushed automotive paint. Hummel’s work straddles the line between painting and photography and speaks of abstracted Formalism, Minimalism, Finish Fetish and Pop.
Outdoor Sculpture – Jennifer Main
Jennifer Main’s unique style is instantly recognizable for her whimsy and fearless use of vibrant color.  Some are deep and introspective while others are just to make you laugh and not take life so seriously. Jennifer likes to work in all mediums, but her favorite is acrylics as well as mixed media, incorporating collage and painting.
Outdoor Sculpture – Albert Paley
New York’s Albert Paley is a modernist American metal sculptor. He earned both a BFA and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Paley initially worked as a goldsmith and moved to Rochester, New York in 1969 to teach at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he now holds an endowed chair.  Paley is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect.
Paintings– Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with Hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and the Minimalist school. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing the simplicity of form found similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland. Kelly often employs bright colors to enhance his works. Ellsworth Kelly lives and works in Spencertown, New York.
Paintings – David Ryan
Las Vegas resident David Ryan gleans inspiration from the slick colors and lines of cars, electronic gadgets and household appliances to transform mundane fiberboard into luxurious, enticing wall-sculptures. His multi-layered contemporary art pieces exercise composition and colorful brilliance with precision. Ryan’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including the Las Vegas Art Museum and Laguna Art Museum, in addition to solo exhibitions in Paris, New York, Washington D.C., Dallas and Los Angeles.

Additional Artists Featured:

Phillip Argent
Larry Bell
Billy Al Bengston
Jane Callister
Eun Young Chi
Max Finklestein
Sam Francis
Red Grooms
Angela Kallus
Jacob Lawrence
Sol LeWitt
Roy Lichtenstein
Ed Malina
Robert Motherwell
Essie Pinsker
Matthew Radford
Frank Stella
Robert Tieman
Yek

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