LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Clark County students can now enter for the chance to see their art on the Sphere this summer.

On Thursday, Sphere Entertainment Co. announced the inaugural Sphere XO Student Design Challenge, which will give select Clark County students the chance to see their artwork on the Exosphere. The challenge is a collaboration between the Sphere, Clark County School District, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, according to organizers.

Eight student winners, ranging from elementary to college, will be selected to have their artwork displayed by a combination of public voting on and a panel of professional artists who have designed for the Exosphere.

All CCSD students from fourth to eighth grade will be invited to participate (a total of 125,000 students), and district administrators will select 294 students to represent the district. The best 60 submissions will be chosen by administrators to be digitized for final judging and voting.

60 students from CCSD high schools and UNLV will be selected to participate in the contest “based on the student’s demonstrated passion for art and digital design.” Those selected will be provided with a VR headset and custom-design tools to aid in the creation of their art. They will also receive hands-on tutorials from Sphere designers on how to create art specifically for the Exosphere.

All 60 works will be digitized for the final voting process.

The challenge will kick off this month and will be themed around the 4th of July, with the winning artwork debuting on the big screen on July 4.

In addition, winning high school and UNLV students will receive a $10,000 education scholarship from the Sphere while winning elementary and middle school students will earn a $10,000 donation to their school’s art program. They will also win tickets for their entire school to attend The Sphere Experience this fall.

“Sphere is more than a venue – it is a new entertainment medium uniting art and science to broaden our understanding of what’s possible through artistic and technological innovation,” said Jim Dolan, Executive Chairman and CEO, Sphere Entertainment. “Sphere XO Student Design Challenge is an opportunity for us to engage Las Vegas students by introducing them to Sphere’s technology, and meaningfully give back to the community by inspiring its future.”


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