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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 submission is now closed and the artists selected are Blanco de San Roman, Pan Pantoja, Alex Fleiner, Heather Jones, Joe C. Rock, Rex Norman, Mike Lucido and the two alternates in case someone cannot make it to the mural marathon is Nate Clark and Dave Cherry.

The competition will be 10am on July 13th to 10am on the 14th. There are cash prizes for first ($2,000), second ($1,000) and third place ($500). The Red Bull truck will be there as well as food vendors and artist vendors. A portion of Virginia Street will be closed for the event, a 24-hour show open to any and all viewers.

“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.”

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