Each year the city of Las Vegas Arts Commission and the city of Las Vegas sponsor the “Celebrating Life!” fine arts competition to recognize the talents of local and regional artists. Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral and Nye County residents age 50 or better are invited to enter original works in this 14th annual juried event. There is no fee to enter. A public reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St. The exhibition will be displayed there May 23-July 12.
Artists may enter original works in the following fine art media categories:
- Drawing and Pastel;
- Mixed Media (printmaking, collage, computer graphics, etc.);
- Painting (oil, acrylic);
- Sculpture and Ceramics (all 3-D media: hanging, wall or free standing; functional and non-functional);
- Watercolor and Gouache;
- Photography (black and white, color, digital, Xerox, etc.).
Each media category will be judged and awarded separately, with first ($250), second ($150), third ($100) and honorable mention (plaque) awards planned in each category. All entries will be eligible for the Best of Show award of $500.
The work must be ready for display, completed within the past three years, and not previously juried into a Celebrating Life! exhibit. Only one work per artist may be submitted. Entries will be accepted between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 22-23 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. This year’s judges will be Sharon Gainsburg, Brian Swanson and Marty Walsh.
Artists whose works are not selected for the Celebrating Life! 2014 exhibition will have the option to display their submissions in the Salon de Refusés exhibit in the Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery. This exhibit will remain on display May 23-June 12. Award-winning pieces from the Celebrating Life! 2014 exhibit will travel to the City Hall Chamber Gallery for display July 17-Sept. 11.
Celebrating Life! brochures with entry forms and complete submission criteria are available on request and online at www.artslasvegas.org/files/Celebrating_Life_Brochure_.pdf. For further information or to request a form, please call 702-229-1012.