A message from outgoing Director, Aurore Giguet

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As I leave my position as Director of the Marjorie Barrick Museum, I want to express my gratitude for the opportunities I’ve had at the Museum over the last 23 years. The experience has provided me with many wonderful memories, a sense of pride, and has allowed me to grow into a leader. There are many exciting plans ahead for the Barrick, none of which would be possible without the fantastic staff, volunteers, and you, the supporters of the Museum.

This fall, the Barrick will be kicking off a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary which will include a new membership program and a “50 works for 50 years” initiative with the goal of adding 50 new works to the growing art collection — several new works have already been added this summer. The Barrick was founded as an arm of the Desert Research Institute, and has grown, transformed, and survived over the past five decades because of the committed and passionate staff, and its community supporters. The future is bright for the Barrick.

As the only recognized museum on the campus of UNLV, the Barrick Museum is the cornerstone of art on campus. The Museum has tremendous potential to bring to fruition important aspects of the University’s strategic plan, and it should be a true partner in promoting the mission of the University to achieve Top-Tier status. Conceived as a social space designed to engage students, faculty, and the public through exhibition areas and public programming the Barrick is a unique multi-purpose facility that supports activities that enhance student, campus, and community life. The Museum has the capability to be a hub of intellectualism and cross-departmental collaboration and the birthplace for programs that become a part of UNLV’s fabric.

On any given day at the Museum, you can find visitors engaged in lively discussions, reading, studying, creating, and viewing the exhibitions. Through the Museum, visitors gain access to the diverse riches of the University and gain hands-on exposure to the larger world of artistic creativity. During my tenure at the Museum, I have strived to make the Barrick a welcoming and engaging place. Believing that museums take their character and quality from the communities they serve.

I have had an amazing 23 years, and I look forward to supporting my successor and continuing to champion the Barrick from afar.

Wishing you all the very best,



Here are few of my favorite recent staff photos. People make the place and the Barrick has the best. Plus it would be hard to make a selection of exhibition and programming photos, just too many amazing things to choose from.



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