Aspiring Artist Scholarship

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to Grant Local, Aspiring Artist a Four-Year Scholarship to UNLV College of Fine Arts

Selected artist to create an original site-specific mural celebrating the thriving and diverse Las Vegas community.


Las Vegas (Sept. 22, 2021)  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is thrilled to partner with the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ (UNLV) College of Fine Arts to present Diversity in Art | A Celebration of Las Vegas, a contest seeking ambitious local artists who wish to continue their education in the arts to create an original mural about what makes Las Vegas unique and diverse. The site-specific mural will join the resort’s Art Collection. The selected artist will also be granted a four-year scholarship to UNLV to further their art education, paid in full by The Cosmopolitan.

Charitable Giving has remained a major pillar within The Cosmopolitan’s ethos for over a decade, putting forth more than $5.6 million in charitable donations towards learning and student enrichment, food and hunger relief, diversity and inclusion, military and veteran support, first responders and accessible art. An extensive program unlike any other on the Strip, the resort’s approachable and guest-facing Art Program removes the velvet ropes and allows guests to interact and immerse themselves with the contemporary installations while fostering a greater awareness and appreciation for the arts.

Through this exclusive partnership with the UNLV College of Fine Arts, the resort seamlessly incorporates its Art Program with its charitable focus on Diversity & Inclusion by asking aspiring local artists to enter for the chance to create a mural depicting the thriving and diverse Las Vegas community. The mural will be displayed in the back-of-house employee entrance, serving as an expressive and artistic welcome to the resort’s diverse staff of more than 5,000 employees.

“Las Vegas is an incredibly resilient community that is home to some of the most outstanding and diverse talents in the world. From local artists and entertainers to homegrown chefs and business-owners, diversity is in Las Vegas’ DNA,” said Daniel Espino, Chief People Officer at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “As a resort, we made a pledge to support both our employees and local community through our Diversity & Inclusion efforts to better the lives of those in need with awareness, education and support. We are thrilled that through this exclusive partnership with the UNLV College of Fine Arts, we are better able to incorporate Diversity & Inclusion into our Art Program while making a local artist’s dream to further their education possible.”

“We in the College of Fine Arts at UNLV are very grateful to The Cosmopolitan for partnering with our college in a mural competition to create a permanent art exhibition celebrating diversity & inclusion. The concept is inspiring and so very important for the Las Vegas community,” said Nancy J. Uscher, Dean of the UNLV College of Fine Arts. “I want to acknowledge the transformative impact that a full scholarship from The Cosmopolitan will have on the life of a young artist from Clark County. We are truly honored to be a part of this deeply meaningful community collaboration.”

Contest Details:

  • Sept. 22 – Oct. 15: Submissions open

Local artists can submit 2 – 5 sample artworks, one letter of recommendation, and a one-page personal statement detailing their history and love for Las Vegas; what makes Las Vegas unique and diverse and why they are looking to further their education in the arts.

  • Oct. 29: Ten finalists will be notified
  • Nov. 19: Final sketch submissions due
  • Dec. 10: Winner will be announced

Once selected, the winner will bring the diversity mural to life as a permanent art installation within the resort’s robust Art Program. Additionally, the winner will be awarded a four-year scholarship for continuing their education in the arts at UNLV. Both the cost of materials to create the mural and scholarship will be covered by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Those interested in participating can submit for consideration here: Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 15.


About The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a unique luxury resort and casino that offers a decidedly different perspective. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Cosmopolitan’s distinct vertical multi-tower design features more than 3,000 guestrooms with residential living spaces, private terraces and breathtaking views of the city skyline. Luxury amenities include a premier lineup of world-class culinary experiences; an intriguing mix of bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues; 100,000-square-foot-casino; award-winning spa, salon and fitness center; unrivaled pool district and an eclectic line-up of hand-selected boutiques. For more information visit: and follow us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

About the UNLV College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts, a creative nexus anchored within the vibrant and diverse culture of Las Vegas, boldly launches visionaries who transform the global community through collaboration, scholarship, and innovation.

At UNLV we illuminate the power of the arts amidst breathtaking advancements in science and technology. In doing so, we are creating a global destination at the forefront of transforming arts and design. To accomplish this we encourage agency, inventiveness, problem-solving, and big-idea thinking in our students, faculty, and staff. We make education relevant through curriculum and effective learning outcomes. We are passionate and compassionate, principled and supportive, joyful and kind. We believe in inclusion, invention, transformation, engagement, and rigor. These vital principles underpin all our efforts and guide us in fulfilling our mission.

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