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Circus Circus Reno Presents the 24-Hour Mural Marathon July 13th-14th

In conjunction with Artown, Circus Circus Reno is hosting the first Reno 24-hour Wall Mural Marathon. Selected Artists will compete for the grand prize while painting individual murals on one of seven (7) panels on the exterior of the Circus Circus main building facing Virginia Street. All murals will remain on display on the Circus Circus Building for an entire year, until the second annual competition. This will be a welcoming message to all who travel south on Virginia Street and a permanent art installation, which will benefit the community and beautify the downtown area.

“I truly believe every great city has a great downtown,” said Richard Bartholet, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) faculty member and president of the Regional Alliance for Downtown (RAD). “This mural concept on Circus Circus Reno started when Howard Rosenberg (UNR art professor) and I walked through the city from the Courthouse to the University. We saw there was a lot of potential to spruce up the Circus Circus Reno building facing Virginia Street, which would in turn do wonders for the community. Those discussions got the ball rolling to this Mural Arts Project with Circus Circus Reno.”

Each artist will receive a stipend of $750 for materials, but will be responsible for his or her own equipment and labor. Entry submissions will be accepted June 9th-27th and artists will be selected July 3rd with a minimum of three artist spots reserved for locals. For the forms, waivers and additional information, please visit for Headliners and Special Events. Send all entries, which will include a bio, three examples of work completed and an idea or example of what the mural will look like, to no later than midnight June 27th.

The competition will be 10am on July 13th to 10am on the 14th. There will be seven artists with two alternates and cash prizes for first ($2,000), second ($1,000) and third place ($500).

“Artown is inclusive of all arts events during the month of July,” said Beth Macmillan, Executive Director of Artown. “One of the goals of the festival is to see art on every street corner and in spaces where you least expect to see it. This is a wonderful addition to the downtown and excellent use of blank canvases.”

Circus Circus Reno is an MGM Resorts International® Destination with six unique dining options. Enjoy the free circus acts at the midway as well as games for all ages. For more information visit find us on Facebook, friend us on Foursquare, follow us on Twitter, text “CCR” to 86318, download our Mobile app or call 775.329.0711. Big Art Little Time

24-Hour Mural Marathon during the month of July is part of the 19th annual Artown festival, July 2014. The month-long summer arts festival features approximately 500 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by U.S. Bank, NV Energy, Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno Tahoe USA, Grand Sierra Resort, Washoe County, Wild River Grille KOLO 8 News Now, Reno Media Group, KUNR Public Radio and KNPB Public Television. Additional support is received from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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