Sunday, February 12, 2012


Las Vegas, Nevada -- Actor-comedian Richard "Cheech" Marin will host The First Annual Fine Art Awards (ARTV) being held in the Premier Ballroom of the MGM Grand the weekend of October 28th and 29th.

Known for comedy in his many television and film roles, but serious about art, Cheech Marin will welcome the fifty nominated fine artists from around the country at the awards ceremony. The ARTV honored artists work in a total of thirteen categories including oils, acrylics, watercolor, muralists, glass, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, new movement/media, public art installation, and group project. There will also be an award given to Artist of the Year.

Cheech Marin is one of the nation's foremost collectors of Chicano/Mexican-American art, and his private collection has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the world. His "Chicano Visions: American Painters On The Verge" is now on a major tour of art museums nationally through 2008. A second tour titled "The Chicano Collection" featuring digital reproductions of paintings, has just begun its national tour in Los Angeles.

"We are especially pleased to have Mr. Marin as our host," said Audrey Roberts, creator and executive producer of the show. "Not only is he an enthusiast of the art world, but his presence at our awards show brings well-deserved attention to his two important art exhibits which are now touring." Audrey Roberts has long been a champion of the arts. She has been a major contributor to the Nevada Institute for Contemporary Arts, UNLV's Fine Art Gallery, and The Las Vegas Art Museum. "Now more than ever it is time for the arts to flourish," she says of her innovative new awards show, "and this will be unlike anything the public has seen before. This is, after all, ART so the audience can expect many surprises."

In addition to the awards ceremony, the First Annual Fine Art Awards' nominated artists will be creating art in their chosen medium working live outside the Premier Ballroom for the audience to enjoy as they arrive for the ARTV Awards.

"The public rarely gets to see creative artists working, up close and personal," says Ms. Roberts. "They usually only see the finished product hanging in a gallery. We want to give them the bigger 'picture' and a truly unique experience." Ms. Roberts promises there will be many unusual surprises on the red carpet as well.

A special "Lifetime Achievement Award" will be presented posthumously to Anthony Quinn, famous on screen as an Oscar-winning actor, but in private life, an important artist himself. Quinn is a favorite of Las Vegas art collectors. Mr. Quinn's "Lifetime Achievement Award" will be accepted by his widow Katherine Quinn.

For additional information regarding ARTV and the First Annual Fine Art Awards or to purchase tickets to the show please visit the web site at This unique and exciting awards show will be taped for a future televised airing as well.

"We are trying to keep the arts alive and thriving," Ms. Roberts says, "and it is up to all of us to do it."

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