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24-Hour Mural Marathon, June 30 & July 1

For Immediate Release

Thu, Jun 21, 2018


Sara Robbins



Reno Art Fest event aims to continue beautification of The Heart of Reno

RENO, NV (June 21, 2018) – Circus Circus’s 24-Hour Mural Marathon will kick-off a month of celebrating Reno’s budding arts culture with the 5th annual event, June 30 and July 1. As part of Reno Art Fest and with support from Artech and the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, the Mural Marathon will challenge seven artists to paint an original mural in a 19’7” wide by 14 feet high panel on the Virginia Street side of Circus Circus in just 24 hours.

The seven incredibly talented artists were selected by an esteemed panel to compete for a grand prize of $3,000, 2nd place prize of $2,000 and 3rd place prize of $1,000. Painting will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and end at 10 a.m. Sunday. Judges will announce the top three paintings at 12 p.m. 

“Since the creation of the Mural Marathon in 2014, the City of Reno has seen many efforts to add more art everywhere and it has vastly changed the way the Heart of Reno looks by making it more colorful, more walkable and more photographic, ” said Cindy Carano, Executive Director of Community Relations for THE ROW.  

Based on application and mural concept, the Selection Committee chose the following artists to beautify the side of Circus Circus: Nathanial Benjamin (Reno), Bryce Chisolm (Reno), Jamie Diana Darragh (Reno), Marv Riley (Austin), Emily Ding (Friendswood, Tex.), Jenn Ponci (Gold Country, Calif.) and Sebastian Coolidge (Tampa). Each artist will receive a stipend of $750 for materials and is responsible for his or her own equipment and labor. There are cash prizes for first ($2,000), second ($1,000) and third place ($500). Murals will remain on display for an entire year until the next annual competition occurs.

The selection committee consists of five people from various local business who have a background in and passion for art. The committee, which includes Ahren Hertel, Marcio Decker, Matt McIver, Melissa Melero and Mark Salinas, will also pick the top three murals at the event.

Spectators are invited to watch the artists in action while they work and are encouraged to check out other Reno Art Fest events which includes:

  • Controlled Burn’s Fire Fest – a fire and flame effects show that starts June 30 at 6 p.m. on Virginia Street. Live entertainment includes Bernie Beauchamp’s Puppets, DJ Nikki Smiles, PolyEster’s Costume Contest, Taiko Drummers, Mystic Moon Belly Dancers, Flameology and Envision Drummers. 
  • Cre8tiv Zone – an interactive area of art activities for kids of all ages. 
  • Artists Sale – over 75 national, regional and local artists with a variety of media available for purchase from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Saturday Celebration – a fun night of food trucks, beer gardens and revelry at the Playa Art Park, concluded with a march to Wingfield Park to kick-off Artown 2018.

Follow along with the Mural Marathon using #CircusMurals.


Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERI) presents a one of a kind, unified and distinguished resort experience with THE ROW—a newly branded destination in the heart of Reno, uniting the Eldorado Resort Casino, Circus Circus Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Stretching across four city blocks, THE ROW encompasses 25 restaurants, 22 bars and lounges, 11 nightspots, over 4,000 luxury rooms and suites and 227,000 square feet of casino space with 3,000 slot machines and 125 table games. In addition, THE ROW has over 4,100 of the best Team Members in the industry. For more information about THE ROW, located in the heart of Reno, visit, follow THE ROW on Instagram and use #TheRowReno when uploading your photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


About Circus Circus
Circus Circus is a family-friendly vacation destination highlighted by the reimagined, award-winning Carnival Midway, 1,572 remodeled hotel rooms and eight unique dining options including El Jefe’s Cantina, a food court and Yogurt Beach. For more information about Circus Circus, visit or follow Circus Circus on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #CircusReno when uploading your photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


About Reno Art Fest 2018
Reno Art Fest 2018 celebrates local and regional artists in downtown Reno with an outdoor, open-air art market, family-friendly entertainment, a beer garden, local food trucks and a weekend packed with activities.

Artech and CWB Events, with the support of generous community donors including Circus Circus, The City of Reno, Reno Tahoe and Sierra Arts Foundation will present a group of more than 40 talented local and regional artists to present their art for sale at the second annual Reno Art Fest event. The relocated event combines an art sale with two days of celebrating the arts on north Virginia between 4th and 6th Streets.


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