25 Art Exhibits to See (For Free!) this Summer

Ahh, the dog days of summer! It's that time of the season when the temperatures are high, the days are long and, let's face it, keeping cool is at the top of your priority list. 

In addition to visiting your local library branch for storytimes, classes, live performances, and checking out materials, we're here to remind you that 14 of our libraries offer art galleries, and just like all library resources, they are free and open to the public. 

Below we've rounded up two dozen exhibits in our libraries this summer. We encourage you to stop by as many as you'd like (gallery visits earn kids and teens Summer Challenge points through July 31, after all!), sign the guest book, and take pictures. Because when you find the perfect photo opportunity for your Instagram grid, well, there's not much that's cooler than that.

Don't forget to tag us in your photos @LVCCLD!

28th Street by Checko Salgado

A compilation of photographs documenting the 28th St. community.

Through July 7 at East Las Vegas Library

Paintings by Dale Cox

Dale Cox’s paintings focus on nostalgia and beauty, depicting subjects the artist knows and loves.

Through July 9 at Whitney Library

Vegas Golden Knights by Las Vegas News Bureau

Las Vegas News Bureau photographs documenting the Vegas Golden Knights’ inaugural season

Through July 16 at West Charleston Library

Frozen in Flux by Benjamin Schmitt and Benjamin Johnsen

Frozen in Flux features artwork that explores the contrast between the state of being static and fluid.

Through July 14 at Windmill Library

Unraveling Identity by Denise R. Duarte

An exhibition that compares the diversity of plants with definitions of human sexuality and gender identity.

Through July 20 at Sahara West Library

Everybody Has a Dream Juried Exhibit by Las Vegas Artists Guild

Art presented by members of the Las Vegas Artists Guild, juried and judged by invited art professionals.

Through July 20 at Sahara West Library

Desert Companion’s Seventh Annual Focus on Nevada Showcase

A showcase of finalists’ photographs from Desert Companion’s Seventh Annual “Focus on Nevada” feature.

Through July 28 at Sahara West Library

The Varied Faces of Water by Hannelore Lowery

Paintings depicting water.

Through August 6 at Spring Valley Library

Unsheltered by Daniel Miller 

A series of paintings depicting the homeless with the purpose of increasing awareness.

Through August 11 at Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center 

Detroit: Art in Decay by Christopher J. Brandstetter

Photography by Christopher J. Brandstetter showcasing Detroit buildings in decay.

Through August 13 at Enterprise Library

Making Marks by Fabulous Las Vegas Scribes

Calligraphy and paper arts.

Through August 27 at Clark County Library

Exploration by Chase R. McCurdy

Paintings and photos charting an exploration through time, space, and humanity.

Through September 3 at West Las Vegas Library

A New Fall by Stephanie Serpick

Intimate paintings of unmade beds and tossed sheets.

Through September 7 at Laughlin Library

Life Is Colorful by Jorge A. Betancourt-Polanco

New paintings by artist and author Jorge A. Betancourt-Polanco.

July 9-September 8 at East Las Vegas Library

Images Left Behind by Ronaldo Dizon

Photographs from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia representing the impermanence of time by capturing moments that will never be again.

Through September 10 at Centennial Hills Library

2019 Annual Electronic Image Competition by Nevada Camera Club

Photographs from the 2019 Electronic Image Competition.

July 11 through September 15 at Whitney Library

| ˈpalət | by Wade Hampton

Portrait, landscape, and still-life oil paintings realistically rendered with loose, expressive brushstrokes.

July 16 through September 17 at Windmill Library

Into Africa by Christine Wilson

Photos and glass art focusing on five animals of Africa.

July 18-September 22 at West Charleston Library

Beyond Borders by Valentin Yordanov

Bright, colorful, abstract paintings created by retired musician and pit boss James Pakala.

July 26 through September 28 at Sahara West Library

Surfacing by Kim Johnson

Mixed media paintings, assemblage, and an interactive installation.

July 30-October 6 at Sahara West Library

Expressions in Clay by Nevada Clay Guild

Ceramic work by members of the Nevada Clay Guild.

August 1 through September 28 at Sahara West Library

Cornish Assault: Painting Series 1 by Matt Ortego

Paintings envisioning a world dominated by chickens.

August 8 through October 22 at Spring Valley Library

Then & Now: The Boneyard by The Las Vegas News Bureau and Neon Museum

The Las Vegas News Bureau and the Neon Museum present photos of classic Las Vegas signage.

August 13 through October 15 at Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center

Code Blue by Amit Chauhan and Jaime Cornelio Jimena II

Drawings and photos created by healthcare professionals.

August 15-October 20 at Enterprise Library

Comic Books by teens at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center

Art created in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center and inspired by comic books.

August 29 through November 3 at Clark County Library

See even more upcoming exhibits at our galleries here