News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV

member station


Visual Artists Show Resilience During The Pandemic


(AP Photo/John Locher)

In this April 22, 2020, photo, a man in a mask rides a scooter by coronavirus inspired artwork on plywood covering the doors and windows of a temporarily shuttered donut shop in Las Vegas.

Many areas of life have been compromised by the pandemic, and the visual arts are certainly one of them. 

After years of big art openings that doubled as parties, social distancing kept most artists holed up at home or in their studios.

But that just meant more time to create — and create they did. With so many people staying home, many of those artists took to the internet and social media to sell their work remotely. And some of them sold enough to pay their bills.  

Galleries may have been closed or had limited access, but exhibits and shows carefully continued — and art lovers didn’t have to miss a thing with new virtual tour options.



Support comes from


Alisha Kerlin, executive director, Majorie Barrick Museum at UNLV; Lance Smith, artist; Cindi Reed, staff writer, Las Vegas Weekly; JW Caldwell, artist; 

You won’t find a paywall here. Come as often as you like — we’re not counting. You’ve found a like-minded tribe that cherishes what a free press stands for.  If you can spend another couple of minutes making a pledge of as little as $5, you’ll feel like a superhero defending democracy for less than the cost of a month of Netflix.

More Stories

KNPR's State of Nevada
Beyond The Streets NYC 2019.
NPR Extra