Denise Scott Brown

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Denise Scott Brown is a trailblazer in the practice of architecture and urban planning. In 1972, she co-authored Learning from Las Vegas, stirring much controversy at the time. Today, her book continues to be an influential force for architects and students.

Dale Chihuly


Dale Chihuly is an American master artist, known for over 50 years of innovative experiments with light, space and form. Renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, Chihuly is widely credited for transforming and transcending the traditional forms and function of glass.

Leslie Jackson Chihuly


Leslie Jackson Chihuly, President of Chihuly Studio, ensures ongoing organizational strength to assist Dale Chihuly in realizing his vision, encompassing all aspects of his art. Committed to furthering access to the arts, she serves on the boards of the Pilchuck Glass School, Vassar College, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Guy Laliberté

Guy Laliberté (Invited)

Entrepreneur Guy Laliberté is best known for his success in creating Cirque du Soleil, one of the largest live entertainment empires in the world. The longest-running Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas include Mystère, KÀ, and O.

Myron Martin

Myron Martin

At the helm of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Myron Martin is called the “keeper of the vision” for The Smith Center. Now six years old, he has shaped The Smith Center into a cultural cornerstone for the Las Vegas community.

Claudette Robinson


American soul singer-songwriter, Claudette Robinson was a member of The Miracles and the first female artist ever signed to a Motown-affiliated record label. After life as an entertainer, she is now focused on making a positive impact on the lives of today’s youth.

Tim Bavington '90 MFA

Artist and Educator

Tim Bavington

Tim Bavington is an artist of international acclaim. Most visible is his major commission for Symphony Park at The Smith Center called “Pipe Dream” where each colorful pipe represents a note in the classical masterpiece, “Fanfare for the Common Man,” by Aaron Copland. He is also an associate professor of art at UNLV.