The Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame at UNLV was founded in 2003 to honor past and present residents of Southern Nevada who have made a significant impact in the areas of visual arts, performing arts and/or architecture.
Each year inductees are presented with The Sidney Award, named for Academy Award-winning director and Las Vegas resident George Sidney who was posthumously inducted in to the inaugural Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame at UNLV in 2003. Sidney, a three-time Academy Award-winning director and producer, worked with such legends as Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Howard Keel, Ann-Margret, and Lana Turner. He directed great films such as "Anchors Aweigh," "Show Boat," "Kiss Me Kate," "Viva Las Vegas," and "Annie Get Your Gun."
2015 inductees are:
- Keith G. Boman, M.D., arts advocate
- Gary Nelson, director
- Paul Curtis Steelman, architect
- Jack A. Rappaport, Dean's Medal recipient
- Joe Aldridge '79, 2014 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year, associate professor/director of entertainment & engineering design program