Local art competition to bring color to billboards across Las Vegas

The Southern Nevada chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts recently announced the winners of its ArtPop Street Gallery competition — part of a national initiative to promote public awareness of the arts and display work from artists around Las Vegas.

Cheryl Hobbs, Diane Bush, Jennifer Burkart, J.K. Russ and Melissa McGill won the local competition. Their work will be viewable on eastbound U.S. Highway 95 between Las Vegas Boulevard and Eastern Avenue, northbound Boulder Highway near Nellis Boulevard, Interstate 15 near Wigwam Avenue and Jones Boulevard, south of Charleston Boulevard. The art displays will rotate throughout the valley over the next six months.

“ArtPop and I are on the same wavelengths,” Bush said. “I have been looking forward to crossing ‘billboard’ off my bucket list for 20 years.”

ArtPop, which stands for Art + Public Outdoor Project, got its roots in Charlotte, North Carolina, in January 2014. The national program looks to work with local arts organizations and outdoor media companies to help promote the work of local artists nationwide. The Las Vegas competition’s partners included Outfront Media, Clear Channel Media and the city of Las Vegas.

The competition encouraged artists to include themes and images that capture Southern Nevada’s “dynamism.”

“There are so many talented artists in Southern Nevada who are inspired by our own urban and natural landscapes, and the public display of their work will ensure that their art is seen by hundreds of thousands of residents and tourists,” said Dale Sprague, AIGA’s past president and the person instrumental in bringing ArtPop to Las Vegas.

The ArtPop competition has painted several cities across North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia and Florida.

Topgolf Las Vegas to host Lee Business School’s annual tournament

The UNLV Lee Business School alumni chapter will host its fourth annual Takin’ Care of Business Golf Tournament in mid-June at the soon-to-be-open Topgolf Las Vegas. The competition, a fundraiser benefiting student and alumni programs for the business school, is open to any golfer.

“We are thrilled to be one of the first organizations in Las Vegas to partner with Topgolf for a fundraising event and so pleased that they are stepping up to support the Las Vegas community from the start. Their energy is contagious,” said Erica Racek-McFarland, Lee Business School Alumni chapter president.

The tournament is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. June 22. Tickets are $150 for players and $100 for spectators, with group and sponsorship pricing available. Company names also can be put on a bay for $100. Net proceeds will benefit the Lee Business School Alumni Chapter of the UNLV Alumni Association.

Players will receive three hours of play at the new Topgolf center, a four-level, 105,000-square-foot facility next to MGM Grand, and TopgolfU instruction. Players and spectators will receive a buffet, unlimited nonalcoholic drinks and three tokens for alcoholic beverages for those older than 21.

For more information on event tickets and pricing, visit

Sports book puts ‘no smoking’ sign out

The Westgate recently announced its sports book went smoke-free.

“With the new nonsmoking policy and the recently completed renovations, the sports book has further established itself as the most renowned sports book in the world,” said Jay Kornegay, vice president of race and sports at the Westgate. “SuperBook guests will now be able to enjoy their favorite sporting events in the most comfortable sports book environment in Las Vegas.”

The new renovations bring a smoke-free environment that includes more than 4,488 square feet of high-definition video screens, the world’s largest light-emitting diode video wall and 400 seats and 19 wagering windows. The sports book also has private booths and a mobile app.

The sports book operates 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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