Las Vegas seeks input on City Hall sculpture finalists

The Las Vegas Arts Commission and the City of Las Vegas are seeking public input on the review process to select a sculpture for the new Civic Center Plaza in downtown Las Vegas. The artwork will be placed within the center of the plaza adjacent to the entrances of Las Vegas City Hall and the Civic Center building.

Three artists or teams have been selected as the top semifinalists to move forward in the selection process: Creative Machines, Cliff Garten Studio, and SOFTlab. The review panel will consider community feedback as part of the final review process. The City is collecting feedback through Feb. 22. Feedback form here.


Reno artist Peter Hazel has new public installation in California 

In December, Reno artist Peter Hazel installed two large, ceramic-tiled sculptures—an octopus and a sea otter—on The Embarcadero in Morro Bay, California, about 100 miles north of Santa Barbara. In an interview with KSBY Channel 6 in San Luis Obispo, Hazel encouraged kids to climb the octopus and vouched for its sturdiness. Here’s the full story.


5 Nevada orgs receive NEA funding

The National Endowment for the Arts announced on Jan. 21 that five Nevada organizations have been awarded a total of $75,000 in grants. The Nevada grants are part of a national awards package that includes recipients in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, totaling $32,223,055. The Nevada organizations and projects that have been funded are:

  • Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson City — $10,000 for an exhibition by Ruby Barrientos and related outreach activities.
  • Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Fallon — $10,000 to support a multidisciplinary art program for Indigenous artists
  • Nevada Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas — $10,000 for choreographer and composer collaborations as part of the Choreography and Composition Series
  • Poetry Promise, Las Vegas — $10,000 for a series of live stage performances by poets and spoken word artists
  • Artown, Reno — $35,000 for multidisciplinary arts presentations and engagement activities at the Artown festival

NAC grants for artists + organizations open

The Nevada Arts Council’s Project Grant for Artists opened yesterday, Feb. 1. The grant supports supports the production and presentation of artistic projects including exhibitions, performances, readings, and concerts. The deadline for this application cycle is April 1. The next application cycle is scheduled to open Aug. 1, with an Oct. 1 deadline. Additional grants for organizations that support folklife and education projects are also open. Info here.

Cover image: one of two Peter Hazel sculptures that was installed in Morro Bay, California in December. Photo courtesy of Peter Hazel. 

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Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.