Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Circus Circus Reno Hosts Artist Competition

RENO, Nev. - Circus Circus Reno is sponsoring the Artown Family Series and hosting the ''Future Artists Competition'' as part the City of Reno's Artown Festival, July 1-31. Future Artists sponsors also include Reno News & Review, The X 100.1 FM, University of Nevada Reno School of Arts, Digiprint, and Somersett.

Designed to showcase local youth talent, the competition accepts submissions from students, kindergarten through grade 12, within a 50-mile radius of Reno. Submissions must reflect a tasteful theme and can be dropped off at Circus Circus between May 1 and June 10. Submissions can range in size and a variety of mediums are acceptable, including: oil; acrylic and watercolor paints; mixed media collage; and pen, crayon, charcoal, and pencil drawings.

A panel of accomplished artists and educators will judge the winners in four age categories: kindergarten through third, fourth through sixth, middle school, and high school. Judging is based on professional criteria: originality, integrity in relationship to the subject, technique, use of color, composition, use of materials, and enthusiasm in approach.

Cash awards for the top three places in each category will be given to both the artist and their school’s art program. Last year, Circus Circus gave away cash awards totaling $3,500 to artists and schools. This year, $4,500 in awards will be presented at Wingfield Park by the Truckee River on July 25. The winning submissions will be displayed throughout the month of July at Circus Circus Reno. They will then be on display at the University of Nevada Reno’s Church Fine Arts Building July 28 through Aug. 12, with a gallery reception on July 28.

All artwork must include the student’s name, phone, address and name of their school. Submissions may not be matted or framed and can be sent to Circus Circus c/o Valerie Sarich, 500 N. Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89503, or in a drop box in the Circus Circus Lobby labeled “Future Artists Competition.” For more information, please contact the Circus Circus Reno marketing department at 775-328-9291 or Sarich at vsarich@mrgmail.com.

The City of Reno's Artown Festival is a month-long summer arts festival that features over 200 events produced by more than 60 cultural organizations and businesses in more than 50 locations citywide. This is the fesitval's tenth anniversary.

Circus Circus Reno Hotel & Casino is located in th heart of Downtown Reno and offers world-class circus acts as well as casino gaming.

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