Connecting with the Collection, City and Community
Each year, The Neon Museum’s artist in residence (AIR) has the opportunity to explore the museum’s collection and archives, and enjoy a broad range of cultural experiences within the City of Las Vegas.
Public engagement is an important aspect of the residency, and 2021 AIR, Gabriel Barcia-Colombo (GabeBC) gave an artist talk via Zoom and conducted a projection mapping workshop with UNLV College of Fine Arts students.
In addition, GabeBC utilized his studio space at the Juhl to record video of a number of Las Vegas locals. These came together in a composite video sculpture “Sin City Saint Machine” and as recreations of three iconic Las Vegas figures; Vegas Vic performed by Brent Holmes, Vegas Vickie performed by Laci Cerrone and Elvis, performed by Heidi Rider.
The 2021 Neon Museum Artist in Residence program was made possible by presenting sponsor Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with additional support provided by the Juhl and by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the state of Nevada.
GabeBC meets with Oscar Gonzalez, neon bender at Hartlauer Signs
Alisha Kerlin, Executive Director of UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art gives a tour of “Seeing/Seen” exhibition to GabeBC and Jennifer Kleven, Neon Museum Senior Development Officer.
Projection mapping workshop with UNLV College of Fine Arts students.
Las Vegas writers and curators, Erica Vital-Lazare and Sara Ortiz work with GabeBC and Neon Museum Curator & Exhibition Designer.
Jack Haynes and Neon Museum Executive Office Assistant, Kristie Harvego add a pirate renaissance dimension to the video project.
Celebrated social media influencer Laci Cerrone channels the iconic Vegas Vickie cowgirl.