Site Specific Award: Community Arts Leader


Bobbie Ann Howell a native Nevadan, she grew up in beautiful Lee Canyon, Nevada, a mountain community northwest of the Las Vegas valley, she attended school in Indian Springs and Las Vegas, graduating from Western High School. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from Abilene Christian University, Abilene Texas.  She received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Drawing from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill. 

She has taught at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, and been faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the College of Southern Nevada teaching, drawing, life drawing, sculpture, foundry, two and three dimensional design, printmaking, and painting. Howell creates her artwork from her studio, B.E.S.T. Arts 4 U, in Las Vegas, Nevada; she is active in teaching and presenting workshops, preparing exhibits, working within the cultural community, as well as exploring ideas and experiences across the western landscape. Her works are in public and private collections across the United States, and she received the 2018 Nevada Arts Council Visual Art Fellowship Award.

Howell has served a variety of arts organizations including, Director of Education for the Nevada Institute for Contemporary Arts, manager and educational coordinator at the Rio Hotel & Casino’s Treasures of Russia Exhibition, exhibition from the Peterhof Museum in St. Petersburg Russia, and Clear Channel Corporation’s Titanic: The Exhibition and for the Nevada Arts Council as Community Arts Development Program Associate.  An opportunity to develop cultural programs for a new City of Las Vegas, facility led her to become Cultural Center Coordinator at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, a center that combined dual programs in one facility presenting cultural and arts programs, classes, concerts and senior programs. She also served as Exhibit Designer for the Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada, and as the Artist in Residence at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum.  Ms. Howell currently works for Nevada Humanities as program manager in southern Nevada.