The College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame at UNLV was founded in 2003 to honor distinguished individuals and organizations that have made a profound impact on the arts, including visual and performing arts and/or architecture, in Las Vegas and around the world.
2019 Inductees and Award Recipients
Hall of Fame Inductees
Carolyn Goodman Mayor of Las Vegas
Carolyn Goodman is an American politician. She held the role of First Lady of Las Vegas for 12 years during her husband’s tenure as Mayor of Las Vegas. In 2011 she became the second female to be elected Mayor of Las Vegas, succeeding her husband.
Oscar Goodman LVCVA Host Committee Chairman
Oscar Goodman was Mayor of Las Vegas from 1999 to 2011. Prior to his political career, he was a successful criminal defense attorney with a colorful client list. As Host Committee Chairman of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, he is Las Vegas’ No. 1 Ambassador for tourism.
Ronald Husband American Character Animator
A distinguished UNLV alum, Ronald Husband holds the distinction of being the first African American animator and the first African American supervising animator for Walt Disney Studios, retiring after 38 years with The Walt Disney Company.
Frankie Moreno Musical Artist
Frankie Moreno is a singer, showman, songwriter, musician and more. Since the young age of ten, he has been wowing audiences and performing his own brand of piano-pounding Rock n’ Roll from The Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall. His music is highly contagious and his playful stage antics are audience pleasers.
Dean's Medal Recipients
John Katsilometes is the man-about-town columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His Kats! column appears daily on page 3A and is updated regularly on the R-J’s website, under the tab “KATS!’ He also hosts PodKats, a podcast centered on star entertainers, and appears weekly on Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV Channel 13.
Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns
Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns are one of the most exciting, versatile, and creative bands on the scene today. Formed in Las Vegas in 1999 by vocalist/guitarist Jerry Lopez, SF&TFCH are a collection of the finest musicians in the city—musicians who spend much of their time touring or backing artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Celine Dion and Donny & Marie Osmond, or performing in other major shows on the strip. These days, they get together on Monday nights at 7:30, on stage in Las Vegas to bring their special brand of “healing” to their audience, themselves, and to the music scene in general.
2018 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year
Michael Del Gatto, AIA '96 and '99 2018 Alumnus of the Year
Michael Del Gatto earned a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from UNLV in 1996 and a Master's degree in the same discipline in 1999. He has been a principal of Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects since 2005 and the new UNLV Hospitality Hall is one of his recognizable projects.
Guest parking will be available in the multi-level parking structure next to UNLV Performing Arts Center known as Cottage Grove Parking Complex, located on Cottage Grove Avenue, off Maryland Parkway. From there you will have the option of walking or taking a free "cart shuttle" from the Cottage Grove lot to the Student Union building throughout the evening.
Maryland Parkway Construction
Here are some important parking instructions from the Box Office regarding access to the parking structure.
The developers of the new apartment complex on the corner of Cottage Grove and Maryland Parkway have temporarily shut off access to Cottage Grove from Maryland Parkway. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Given the closure, directions for how to get to the Performing Arts Center follow:
If you're headed east on Flamingo from Swenson
Go to Claymont St.
Turn right on to Claymont St.
Go to Cottage Grove Dr.
Turn left on to Cottage Grove Dr.
The College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has become a leader in preparing students for careers in the arts. Our students have gone on to become award-winning producers and directors; they have danced on Broadway and on the stages of some of the most extraordinary shows in the world; and they have designed award-winning resorts, golf courses, and gaming properties. Their success can be attributed to their talent, excellent faculty, and the firsthand experience they received while studying in a city such as Las Vegas.
Many of our students have been inspired by, and learned much from, generous artists who have given so much of their time – persons such as Tony Curtis, Phyllis McGuire, Vince Falcone, Matt Damon, Anthony Zuiker, and other individuals who have taken time out of their demanding schedules to teach UNLV students.
It is only fitting that the UNLV College of Fine Arts establish the College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame at UNLV to honor those people who have contributed to the arts in Southern Nevada.
2018 Inductees — Denise Scott Brown, Dale Chihuly, Leslie Jackson Chihuly, Guy Laliberté, Myron Martin, Claudette Robinson; Dr. Harvey Allen, William Lowman Dean's Medal recipients; Tim Bavington '90 MFA, 2017 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year
2017 Inductees — Lance Burton, Matthew Gray Gubler, Willie Harris; Carol Channing, Debbie Reynolds, Dean's Medal recipients; George Grove '01, 2016 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year
2016 Inductees — Marlena Shaw, Hugh Taylor, Johnny Thompson; Patrick Duffy, Dean's Medal recipient; Danielle Kelly '07, 2015 College of Fine Arts Alumna of the Year
2015 Inductees — Keith G. Boman, M.D., Gary Nelson, Paul Curtis Steelman; Jack A. Rappaport, Dean’s Medal recipient; Joe Aldridge ‘79, 2014 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year
2014 Inductees — Tim Bavington, Sue Kim, Joe Williams (posthumously); June T. Brennan, Dean’s Medal recipient; Ronnie Vannucci '11, 2013 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year
2013 Inductees — Vincent Falcone, Joel Bergman, Jeanette Farmer; Robin & Danny Greenspun, Dean’s Medal recipients; Eric Whitacre ’95, 2012 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year
2012 Inductees — Penn & Teller, George Garlock, Peter Foy (posthumously); Edward D. Smith, Dean’s Medal recipient; David Howryla ’97, ’00, 2011 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year
2011 Inductees — Danny Gans (posthumously), Roger Thomas, The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre; Thomas Schoeman, Dean’s Medal recipient
2009 Inductees — Bernice Fischer, Lorraine Hunt-Bono, Liberace (posthumously), Siegfried & Roy, William E. Snyder FAIA
2008 Inductees — Robert Goulet (posthumously), Clint Holmes, Tony Marnell, Vassili Sulich, The Killers
2007 Inductees — Nancy Houssels, Rich Little, Thomas Schoeman, Anthony Zuiker
2006 Inductees — Frederic Apcar, Mary Healy Hayes, John Klai II, Wayne Newton
Who would you like to see in the College of Fine Arts Hall next year? Nominate your choice for next year's Hall of Fame Award! Please complete the downloadable nomination form and either mail or fax the completed form to:
College of Fine Arts
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 455013
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5013