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Kristen Peterson

Las Vegas Weekly Staff Writer

Kristen Peterson joined the Las Vegas Sun in 1998 as a general assignment reporter. In 2003, she turned her focus to the visual and performing arts and is now a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly. She's won seven first place awards through the Nevada Press Association: Best Entertainment Writing in 2013, 2012, 2010, 2007 and 2005. Best Feature Story in 2011 and Journalist of Merit in 2003.

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Scenes from a Las Vegas IKEA grand opening
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Nothing short of a spectacle was expected. The 40-minute left-turn wait on Durango Drive was understandable.
The unstoppable Larry Ruvo and his crusade to improve life in Las Vegas
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Larry Ruvo's examined life, from busboy to great benefactor of Las Vegas.
Open land is a blank canvas for big ideas in art
Monday, May 16, 2016
The Nevada Museum of Art’s David Walker discusses why our desert is perfect for art and if a museum is on the horizon ...
Nevada desert is home to must-see landscape art
Monday, May 16, 2016
On Interstate 15, 10 miles south of the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway, seven colorful stacks of boulders have captured the attention and imagination of drivers, beckoning them to stop and take a closer look. We explain what it is and ...
Ugo Rondinone’s ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ inspires roadside contemplation
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
An expected 19 million vehicles will pass the "Seven Magic Mountains" installation during its two years in the desert before it gets spirited away without a trace.
An eye-popping wallop of art just off I-15 has travelers making detours
Monday, May 2, 2016
“Seven Magic Mountains” is a poignant work of art with a message that inspires contemplation, but with the allure of a mid-20th-century roadside attraction.
A creative space: Art, literature and the five senses at the Nest
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Reading Room's art of the story.
Neon rhythm: A spontaneous symphony among historic signs
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Neon Museum artist-in-residence Jennifer Bellor is composing something different.
Finding the Southwest at Cactus Joe’s
Friday, April 22, 2016
A Blue Diamond nursery taking Las Vegas back to its roots.
Land art on the horizon: Get ready for Ugo Rondinone’s ‘Seven Magic Mountains’
Friday, April 22, 2016
The colorful rock totem installation is slated to open to the public May 11.
Burning Man, Fine Art and Kitsch walk into a bar ...
Highbrow vs. Las Vegas
Thursday, April 14, 2016
“Why should art, of all things, be free from critical dissection?”
Architecture gems: Las Vegas is more than just cookie-cutter homes
Monday, April 11, 2016
Transplants from other cities and visitors who venture outside the resort corridor often lament that Las Vegas is a suburban sea of beige stucco houses that lacks the character of older American cities. But if you know where to look, you can find some architectural gems in the valley, including some that have stood for decades ...
Swine races, rides and fried dough: A day at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale
Friday, April 8, 2016
The exhibition halls of small-town glory.
This Week in Arts: Philharmonic’s Gershwin, Rondinone’s public art and female figurines at the Barrick
Thursday, March 31, 2016
There's a new website for Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains.”
Stretching the canvas: A new program places artists' work on billboards
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wendy Hickey's promoting of the arts on available billboard space comes to town.
Bundy protest: Weighing liberty and justice on the courthouse steps
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Cliven Bundy’s supporters hold up signs—“Ranchers lives matter” and “Honk for freedom.” A tourist snaps a photo.
Farewell, Super Bloom: An appreciation of Death Valley’s wildflower phenomenon
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Thanks for the memories.
This Week in Arts: artist talks, exhibit openings and Visitor Made
Monday, March 14, 2016
The Barrick Museum is hopping this week.
Altering art: The unfortunate fable of ‘holy cheeseburger’
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Unless a contract says otherwise, artists who sell their works no longer have a voice in what happens to them.
A-Bombs, showgirls and African masks: a museum rhapsody in Las Vegas
Thursday, March 3, 2016
An inspiring mini-tour of our museumscape.
This Week in Arts: a costume tell-all, a Dave Hickey book talk and a priceless violin
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Costume designers promise to delve into the “comedy, the tragedy and the wardrobe malfunction” at the Nevada State Museum this weekend.
The Phil’s concertmaster on playing a priceless, nearly 300-year-old violin
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
It's a classical concert you don't want to miss.
New ownership at the Arts Factory calls to mind the good times and cantankerous bouts
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
Memories of former owner and longtime figurehead, Wes Myles, from his bocce-ball tourneys on the patio to his colorful protests over city codes.
Make Art at the Barrick: Visitor Made has guests responding to exhibits
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
With construction paper, X-Acto knives and protractors, visitors test the “My kid could make that” claim heard at contemporary art museums.
Artist Roscoe Wilson examines the ways we confine and manufacture nature
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
It’s contemporary America’s relationship with nature presented at its most extreme and bizarre.
Headed to Emergency Arts, Small Space Fest aims to be a total art immersion
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
The event is seeking submissions from new, emerging and established visual and performance artists.
This Week in Arts: Laurens Tan, public art designs and Downtown’s impending art immersion
Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
Holland-born Australian sculptor Tan is currently living in Beijing, following a 10-year stint “living as a pilgrim” in Las Vegas.
This Week in Arts: Art Chantry, the LV Phil Guild and aesthetic possibilities of renewable energy
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
The Philharmonic Guild is seeking donations for its instrument-collection program to get music in the hands of Valley students at charter schools.
How critical is art and design to the future of Maryland Parkway?
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
The Maryland Parkway Public Art Urban Art Design Plan was introduced this month at the first of four public meetings designed to gather input from the community.
Art critic Dave Hickey talks about Facebook — and his two new books about Facebook
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
"I have nothing in common with children today."
Justice through art: A group show at Left of Center takes on societal ills
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
The exhibit features works that touch on immigration, gender equality, homelessness, profiling, racial equality and LGBTQ equality.
‘Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century’ comes to Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Capturing a century, from Audrey Hepburn to Brigitte Bardot to Humphrey Bogart.
This Week in Arts: Ellsworth Kelly, Mozart and ArtPrize in Vegas
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Disruptive art, storybook ballet and a steampunk twist on Mozart.
Get intoxicated by Pink Martini's genre-bending musical whirlwind
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Very few bands have the ability to seduce listeners as powerfully as this 12-member “little orchestra.”
Westside Story: The legacy and heart of a historic neighborhood
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
West Las Vegas' history, culture, preservation and revitalization.
The Barrick Museum Teaching Gallery has UNLV faculty taping into the collections
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
From clay effigy vessels to contemporary art.
Artist Brent Holmes' new exhibit looks at Hellenistic ideas in 21st century Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Inverting Platos Theory of Forms
Fun with politics: An exhibit at Brett Wesley takes on election-season madness
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Amid patriotic bunting, the humorous works capture the circus of the American election season and its players.
Exit interview: Gina Quaranto on the Arts District, closing Blackbird and her final show
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
"I’m ready to move on, to not have that stress on my back."
CAC reopens this week showcasing some of Las Vegas’ more celebrated artists
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Revisiting an annual tradition.
Settlers + Nomads: Artist Wendy Kveck launches website highlighting contemporary art in Las Vegas
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
“All have glitter and dust on their boots and have been influenced or inspired in some way by this unique place we call home or pit stop..."
Talking tradition and presence with Paiute artist and activist Fawn Douglas
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
"A lot of people don’t know we’re here."
Valentin Yordanov’s abstracts explore the color and shape of cities
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
Mapping non-place and everyplace.
The art of conserving Picassos in Bellagio’s Picasso restaurant
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
The final touch.
High-tech: Julian Kilker’s photos are worth slowing down for
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Visual data in a data-obsessed society.
Kristen Hertzenberg returns for a holiday performance at the Smith Center
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
"It will be a little classical, a little country, a little theater and a whole lot of beautiful playing by my brother-from-another-mother/pianist extraordinaire Philip Fortenberry."
‘Contemporary Nevada’ aims to show the best art being created in the Silver State today
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
It will mark the first time in recent memory where a prominent museum of this scale focuses exclusively on contemporary work coming out of Nevada.
A pulse-checking effort aims to save Reed Whipple Cultural Center
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Rehabilitation of the center is possible, but it may depend on the rest of the Cultural Corridor.
Contemporary Arts Center returns with permanent home and new exhibit
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
New home in Soho Lofts in time for the Think Vegas symposium.
The presence of absence at Satellite Contemporary’s ‘Foreign Bodies’ exhibit
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Motivated by physicality, a tangible expression of presence and of the body.

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