The College of Fine Arts 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.
Inductees and Award Recipients
Hall of Fame Inductees
Denise Scott Brown (Invited) Architect & Urban Planner
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 American Glass Sculptor
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 President/CEO, Chihuly Studio & Chihuly Workshop
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 (Invited) Founder, Cirque Du Soleil
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 President and CEO, The Smith Center
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 First Lady of Motown, member of the Miracles
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.
Dean's Medal Recipients
Dr. Harvey Allen Broadcaster and Educator
In addition to teaching at UNLV and CSN, Dr. Harvey Allen has had an illustrious career in broadcasting and entertainment in Las Vegas, acting and singing on The Strip. Today, he continues to use his talents and resources to champion various charitable causes.
William Lowman Arts Administrator
William “Bill” Lowman has assisted in the development and training of many artists. He helped found the Las Vegas Symphony and the Nevada School of the Arts. He created Idyllwild Arts Academy, the first independent boarding high school for the arts in the Western U.S., retiring in 2011 as Idyllwild Arts’ President.
2017 College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year
Tim Bavington '90 MFA Artist and Educator
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.
The 2018 College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame is Sponsored By
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.
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 Alumna 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