Mario Basner and Deanna Riley with Dean Nancy Uscher
Jul. 18, 2022

Dean Nancy Uscher and the College of Fine Arts are pleased to announce the establishment of the Mario Basner Passion Project Fund. Photographer Mario Basner and his wife, Deanna Riley, wish to encourage students to identify and carry out a passion project unique and meaningful to them. The fund will provide financial support for Art Department students enrolled at UNLV majoring in photography, and will facilitate associated costs and provide opportunities to travel, domestic or foreign, in order to experience creative immersion in a subject matter or location, discover agency, and find their voice through photography. 

"We are so grateful to Mario and Deanna for their very gracious gift," said Dean Uscher. "Community partnerships are a vital component of our students' education. It is through these innovative and rich partnerships that we are able to offer students a truly distinctive education."