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At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, we wanted to build an art program that enhanced the experience of every single guest and wasn't just another painting or sculpture that blends into the background - not that we don't have paintings and sculptures for you to enjoy. Instead we built an art program that every guest – from the most novice observer to the most sophisticated critic – can touch, feel, hear and experience. Whether it's walking through the lobby, sipping on a cocktail in The Chandelier, or splitting Aces, The Cosmopolitan hopes to satisfy your cultural sensibilities and foster a greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of art and music. All while reaching audiences that might otherwise look past Las Vegas as an art destination.


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is committed to building a platform for art and culture as an integral part of the guest experience. The artist-in-residence program represents one component of its larger art program, in which international and local artists are invited to create projects that are interactive and participatory, giving guests the opportunity to connect at an authentic and personal level. The artist-in-residence program is developed and curated in partnership with Art Production Fund.

2015 Artists-in-Residence

Shantell Martin

(September 16 - October 11)

In her residency project titled “Record & Play,” New York-based artist Shantell Martin will use P3Studio as a lab where guests can come to share their story and listen to the stories of others. In the area of the studio dedicated to the idea of “Record,” guests will “record” who they are by bringing and leaving behind items that represent them (e.g., unwanted keys, a lock of hair, fingerprints) or recording their story in Martin’s “Who Are You” booth. In the area dedicated to “Play,” guests can view the curiosities and listen to the stories of others.

PAUSE featuring “I Promise to Love You” by Tracey Emin

As one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Tracey Emin's moving series of digital neon works, “I Promise To Love You”, is comprised of six artworks around the theme of love. In this unique moving image, the glowing words—made of digital neon lights—slowly spell themselves out, as if being written by the invisible hand of Tracey herself. The gentle electric pulsing of the text gradually builds into a searing, potent red, leaving the viewer in no doubt about the power of love.

Starting on March 25, 2014, “I Promise To Love You” will take over every LED sign at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for over 3 minutes, including the 65 foot marquee on the Boulevard Pool deck, the 3 signs at each of the Las Vegas Boulevard entrances to the resort and the LED sign inside the northeast entrance near The Henry. “New Friends” by David Shrigley, which has been playing on the Boulevard Pool and pedestrian marquees since late last summer will continue to be showcased on the half hour, but will be expanded to all LED signs as well.

PAUSE is an innovative public art program curated in partnership with Art Production Fund that transforms the Cosmopolitan’s LED signs into a spectacular large-scale digital canvas showcasing work from leading contemporary artists. Viewers are instantly transported from the everyday buzz of the strip to a thought-provoking place of contemplation and reflection. This urban art oasis turns an everyday sign into a cultural portal with the ability to touch everyone who passes by.


To build the most meaningful collection imaginable, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is collaborating with several organizations that share our perspective on art and agree that it should not be an intimidating or esoteric domain only appreciated by experts and scholars. From the Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help artists realize difficult-to-produce works while expanding public participation and understanding of contemporary art, to Art-o-mat, whose mission is to increase art consumption and believes that art should be progressive, yet personal and approachable, to our own Artist-in-Residence program, we have assembled, and will continue to assemble, like-minded, best-of-breed partners that will help us serve as a catalyst for creativity and culture and inspire interest in art and music.

Click here if you are an arts organization that would like to learn more about working with The Cosmopolitan.


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is committed to building a space where fresh, innovative and provocative content sits at the intersection of art and technology. Whether it’s using unique technology found no place else or challenging the tried and true assumptions about how to use familiar technologies like our 65’ marquee or in-house televisions, we infuse everything we do with an artful perspective. By commissioning work from prominent LED-artists like Leo Villareal and hosting temporary loans of video art from renowned artists like TJ Wilcox and Yoko Ono, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will feature one of the most compelling collections of new media art in the world.