Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) is pleased to announce its first free admission day on October 2 to thank loyal patrons and introduce new ones to BGFA. In honor of Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day which offers complimentary entry to designated museums and cultural institutions across the country, BGFA will welcome all guests free of charge to experience “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form,” an engaging survey of figurative art through the ages.

“Figuratively Speaking” drew immediate praise from Las Vegas art critics upon its debut May 1, 2010. Kristen Petersen of Las Vegas Weekly wrote, “If you’ve never been to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, now’s the time – this is the show to see,” and Danielle Kelly of the Las Vegas Sun lauded the exhibition for “taking a dusty theme and shedding new light on its subjective significance.”

Organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), “Figuratively Speaking” presents figurative works by 29 artists including Pierre-August Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Joseph Cornell, Roy Lichtenstein and more. The collection thoughtfully features more than 40 works – ranging from paintings and photographs to sculpture and video installations – to define the genre of figurative art as it was perceived in the late 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries.

“We are thrilled to open our doors to the public gratis and introduce first-time visitors to what we have to offer,” said BGFA Director Tarissa Tiberti. “This also is an opportunity to thank our regular patrons for supporting us throughout the year.”

The Gallery will be open October 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last admissions will be accepted no later than 30 minutes prior to closing. In order to gain complimentary entry, guests must visit BGFA online at to download an admission ticket. Tickets must be presented at the BGFA Box Office and are valid for up to two free admissions on October 2 only.

“Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form” is on view through January 9, 2011. Regular hours of operation for BGFA are Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older, $10 for students, teachers and military with valid ID. Children 12 and younger are free. For more information, call (702) 693-7871

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