Las Vegas Is Truly "The City of 100 Murals"
"Hey, look at that! Who painted that wall?"
What you may be seeing around town are Centennial murals, part of an art and education project designed to commemorate Las Vegas' 100th birthday.
Back in February 2005 an invitation went out to public and private businesses to host murals throughout the valley. Each participating business was asked to 1) agree to house a mural which would be designed and created by local artists, and 2) pledge to maintain the mural for a minimum of five years.
So far, 48 murals have been completed, with lots more coming. Some are indoor, some outdoor, some are permanent, others temporary. They vary in shape, size and texture. They display a wide variety of themes, although most of the themes relate to our town's rich history and culture-these are history lessons writ large.
Enthusiasm for the project soon got out-of-hand, and the Centennial's plan for 100 murals turned into great expectations of 180 or more. Contracts have been written for 78 murals at public and private sites and 104 murals in public and private schools across the valley. A guide and map detailing the murals will be published as part of the program.
The Centennial Commission sends grateful thanks to two generous partners in this project -- Home Depot and American Family Insurance.
Murals completed as of 7/19/2005
"Mural In A Day" by Markus Tracy, 6' x 17' portable on canvas
- City of 100 Murals. Markus Tracy and students of Elaine Wynn Elementary School prepare a portable mural ("Mural In A Day"). Acrylic on canvas, 6' x17,' a montage of historic neon signs drawn from the Neon Museum Boneyard.
"Discover Las Vegas" by Erin Stellmon, 7' x 15', Lied Discovery Children's Museum
- Lied Discovery Children's Museum, 833 Las Vegas Blvd., North. Erin Stellmon ("Discover Las Vegas"). Acrylic on an interior wall, 7' x 15,' a whimsical image of Raphael Rivera, an early Mexican scout/explorer, atop his horse throwing out his lasso with a bilingual message, "Discover Las Vegas-Explorar el Futuro," encircled by a group of children.
"Godby Family Mural" by Patty Sullivan, 10' x 13', Avenue B & Nevada Way in Boulder City
- Boulder City, Avenue B & Nevada Way. Patty Sullivan ("Godbey Family Mural"). Exterior wall-mounted ceramic tile mural, 10' x 13,' on the corner of Ave B and Nevada Way. A reproduction in brown sepia tones of an historic photograph of Godbey family members standing at a Hoover Dam construction site.
"Big V" by UNLV Public Art Class under the direction of Pasha Rafat; 16'x18', interior window of Flora Dungan Humanities Building
- University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Flora Dungan Humanities Building, Maryland Parkway. Public Art Class & Pasha Rafat ("Big V"). Dedicated on February 7 with Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and UNLV President Carol Harter officiating. Digital image printed on translucent vinyl affixed to the large east window in the building lobby, 16' x 18.' A colorful multi-hued design in a V configuration referencing the numerical date 5/15/05 and the abstraction of truth in academic life.
- Las Vegas Natural History Museum, 900 Las Vegas Blvd., North. Edwin Bigelow ("Paleo Refraction"). Acrylic on interior wall in the Prehistoric Mammal Gallery, 8'x 15,' a tableaux of pictographic "rock art" markings, cultural motifs of the valley's native inhabitants, reflected in the neon glow of modern Las Vegas.
"Employees Dream" by Ashley Stroud and students from Elaine Wynn Elementary School, 6' x 15', Wynn Las Vegas Resort
- Wynn Las Vegas Resort, 3145 Las Vegas Blvd., South. Ashley Stroud, Wynn Design Team & Elaine Wynn Elementary School ("Employees' Dream"). Acrylic on canvas, 6' x 15,' in the employee dining area. An interpretive montage of images from 5th grade students at Elaine Wynn Elementary School envisioning what the newest resort on the Strip will be like.
"The Old Ice House" by Tate Wright, 24' x 56', TNT Building
- TNT Building, 1701 E. Oakey Blvd. Tate Wright ("The Old Ice House"). Acrylic on exterior wall, 24'x56.' A rendering of the facade of the original Ice House that stood near that site in the early 1900s.
- Golden Gate Casino & Hotel, One Fremont St. Diane Bush ("Glamorous Gamers of the Past"). A suite of photographs installed in the upper story windows of the hotel-facing Fremont Street-representing historical figures who stayed at the Golden Gate in different eras. The images will be printed on translucent vinyl panels affixed to the glass windows and will appear as figures peering out onto the street.
"Pyramids at Red Rock Canyon" by Ozzie Villate, 14' x 20', Fremont Hotel and Casino
- Fremont Hotel & Casino, 200 E. Fremont St. Ozzy Villate ("Pyramid at Red Rock Canyon"). A 14' x 20' landscape of the Red Rock Canyon area. A desert tableau where hilly peaks become gigantic dice in a surreal topographic landscape. Acrylic on the south wall of the building on the 3rd Street pedestrian mall.
"Interpretive Vision" by Dray, 10' x 20', the Funkhouse
- Funkhouse, 1228 S. Casino Center. Dray ("Interpretive Vision"). A 10' x 20' acrylic work on the north side of the building. A cubist montage celebrating historic and contemporary culture of Las Vegas.
- Old Mormon Fort State Historic Park, 500 E. Washington. Brad Giles. The artist has created an original oil painting that will become part of the Fort's collection, with a large scale digital reproduction (10' x 20') printed for exterior/interior display. Multiple funding partners.
- Home Depot, 2200 E. Serene. Team Depot has created an 18' x 40' mural on the building exterior, facing the Expressway.
McDonalds, Lake Mead at Martin Luther King. A project coordinated by the Five Star Group working with youth from the West Las Vegas Arts Center. Artist Dayo Adelayo has interpreted students' work for a digital "fixed" banner on the exterior of the building. Possible reproduction on paper cups
"American Heritage" by Lucita Woodis-Junes, 12' x 16', Las Vegas Indian Center
- Las Vegas Indian Center, 2300 W. Bonanza. Artist Lucita Junes created an acrylic mural on the exterior of the building by collaborating with area youth on a mural design celebrating Native American heritage.
"Lights of Las Vegas" by UNLV Public Art Class, 18' x 80', Gamblers General Store Annex
- Gambler's General Store Annex, 500 E. Main. An acrylic mural sweeping across the building facade depicting a bird's-eye nighttime view of Las Vegas lights. A project of the UNLV public art class.
"Zap!" by K.D. Matheson, 4' x 2' diameter
"Zap!" by Suzanne Hackett-Morgan, 3' x 4'
These are three of 10 murals on utility boxes in the Winchester Arts Neighborhood.
"Zap!" by Susan Forestieri, 4' x 4'
- - 25. Clark County Cultural Affairs / Winchester Zap! Project (10 sites). Ten artists have painted utility boxes at roadside sites around the Winchester Cultural Center neighborhood: Susanne Forestieri, Dolores Nast, Jorge Catoni, Shan Michael Evans, Mary Walsh, Anthony Johnson, Erin Stellmon, Suzanne Hackett-Morgan, K.D. Matheson, and Jose Bellver.
- City Hall Elevator Murals. Digital images of original works by Mary Warner have been installed in the four City Hall elevators offering a unique setting for a Centennial Murals project.
- KEEN 17 TV. A collaborative interfaith mural by multiple faith organizations and churches in the Las Vegas Valley. A portable mural that will be displayed at numerous sites over many years.
- - 34. Community College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Rd. Seven murals. Linda Wadleigh, Graphic Design Instructor worked with students to create seven portable murals to be displayed at sites on the Cheyenne Campus.
"Roy Rogers" by Paul Richardson, 15' x 15', Walgreens at Fremont Street Experience
"Rex Bell" by Paul Richardson
- - 36. Walgreens at Fremont St. Two murals. Digital reproduction
of original works by Paul Richardson in the style of Hollywood movie posters celebrating Roy Rogers in the Las Vegas Heldorado Parade and Clara Bow with her husband, cowboy star Rex Bell, a Las Vegas resident.
- Fremont Street Parking Garage. Mary Waner and Rayann Figler created
a wall-mounted light mural/sculpture as part of a commission by the Las Vegas Arts Commission.
AFAN Mural by Lane Olson, 6' x 9' portable on canvas
- AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada) Mural. A portable mural on canvas by Lane Olson unveiled at the annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas, to be displayed at various sites.
- - 48. Las Vegas Springs Preserve. ("Untold Stories"). Nancy Rahija, Amanda Farrar, James Dillon Wright, Lucita Woodis-Junes, Dray Willmore have worked with local school students and the Springs education staff to produce a total of 10 digital murals to be installed on the sound-wall along US 95 ($35,000 project).
Artists under contract and/or design/production under way:
- Women's Cancer Center, 1094 East Sahara Ave. Karen Wheeler
is completing a mural for the lobby of the Southern Nevada Area Health Education Center. Unveiling will be during the World of Women Expo at the Stardust Hotel.
- Heritage Park, 900 Las Vegas Blvd., North. Artist Brandon Davey is working with youth and community members on a Youth Initiative Coalition project to create a tile mural as part of the shade structures in Heritage Park, downtown near the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
Las Vegas Premium Outlets
- Las Vegas Premium Outlets and the Las Vegas Outlet Center, Grand Central Pkwy. and Las Vegas Blvd., South. Artist Carrie Jenkins is creating a suite of fashion-related images ("Head to Toe"), digitally reproduced as a series of 3' x 2' banners installed along the outdoor corridors of the Premium Outlet Mall.
- Arts Factory, 101 E. Charleston. Artists from Cirque Du Soleil are creating a large-scale acrylic mural on the exterior of the S2 building located in the heart of the Arts District.
- Lewis Avenue Corridor at 4th Street. A partnership with the Las Vegas Arts Commission to commission a work by nationally acclaimed artist, Alexis Smith, at a site on the Lewis Avenue Corridor and on a theme related to language. Funded as a signature project of the Cultural Working Group under the Centennial Commission ($25,000 project).
- Holsum Lofts, Charleston Blvd. Artist Thomas Whitfield will work on a project coordinated by ChefLive (Kristi Steele) funded as a YNAPP youth project on the exterior of the new loft development in the Arts District. YNAPP stands for Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program.
- Reed Whipple Cultural Center, 821 Las Vegas Blvd., North. Artist Brandon Davey is creating a ceramic tile mural around the entrance of the Studio Theater in a motif suggesting a theater curtain.
- Liberace Plaza, 1775 E. Tropicana Ave. UNLV Professor Tom Holder has been commissioned by the Liberace Museum to paint a mural on the exterior wall of Liberace Plaza celebrating the master showman's life and legend.
Culinary Union Local 226
- Culinary Union Local 226, 1630 S. Commerce St. Artist Ken Spencer from Larger than Life will create a mural celebrating the history of this important labor union in Las Vegas.
- Nevada State Bank / House of Blues Foundation, 4th St. and Carson. The House of Blues Foundation has commissioned Mr. Imagination to create a work on the exterior wall of the vacant Nevada State Bank on 4th and Lewis.
- Nevada State Bank, 4th St. and Carson. Catherine Borg will create a 30-day projection mural framed through the storefront windows of the two-story fa�ade of the vacant Nevada State Bank on Las Vegas Boulevard on themes related to place and displacement.
- WestCare, 5659 Duncan Dr. at Rancho and Duncan. Lisa Clark will create a ceramic mural on native vegetation themes on a freestanding decorative wall at the north side of the building.
- AFL CIO Laborers' International Union, Local #872, 4201 E. Bonanza, Suite 1094. Artist Mark Brandvik will create an interior mural related to labor themes in the development of Las Vegas.
- Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. David Dace will create an interior mural celebrating the birthday of Las Vegas in collaboration with students from the International Academy of Design and Technology. Mural site is the LVCVA Visitors' Center.
- Cashman Center. Jerry Misko is creating an acrylic mural sweeping across the retaining wall of this convention site-an abstracted neon sign image referencing the nearby Neon Museum Boneyard.
- Blue Diamond mural. Heather and Andrew Love will create a mural on the exterior wall of the Blue Diamond Village Market on themes related to this rural community of Blue Diamond just west of Las Vegas.
- Paradise Park, Children's Dental Clinic, 4770 Harrison Dr. Artist Andrew Love will create a mural on this facility by collaborating with youth associated with the dental facility and the Oral Health Coalition.
"Metro Mural" (rendering) by officers and staff of the Metropolitan Police Department, 4'x16', to be displayed at various facilities.
- Las Vegas Metro, 400 Stewart Ave. Staff and officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are completing a large interior two-panel mural depicting the history of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. Eight Metro officers and staff are working under lead artist Patrick Taylor. The completed mural will rotate for display at various command centers throughout the city.
Nevada Recreation & Parks Society
- Nevada Recreation and Parks Society, Dula Center, Bonanza and Las Vegas Blvd. Miguel Rodriguez has been commissioned by the Nevada Recreation and Parks Society to create an exterior mural on this downtown facility related to the history of parks in Las Vegas.
- Rafael Rivera Community Center, 2900 Stewart Ave. Artist Argu will collaborate with area youth on a mural at the Rafael Rivera Community Center in the heart of the Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods.
- Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Jerry Misko will create a mural on the exterior of the convention center complex on Desert Inn.
- University of Nevada Las Vegas. The UNLV Public Art Class will create a translucent window mural on the theme of language for the Lied Library on campus.
- FOX 5 TV. Artist Suzanne Hackett-Morgan will create an exterior wall mural.
- Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas Blvd. Angela Jackson will create an exterior wall mural.
- Bible Museum in the Arts District, Main & Charleston. Tom Umholtz will create an exterior wall mural-a $10,000 project.
Junior League/Morelli House, 861 Bridger Ave. Artist Margaret DeClerk will create an interior wall mural on themes related to the history of one of Las Vegas' most important civic organizations -- the Junior League.
- Manpower Building, Third & Bridger. Local mural group, "Larger Than Life," will create an interior mural at the site of the first church in Las Vegas, the First United Methodist Church on Bridger, built in 1905.
- Channel 8 TV. Artist Mark Melnick will create a mural on the facility exterior on the theme of local broadcasting.