Showgirl Legacy Foundation: Showgirls! The Legacy of Glitz and Glam

Curator: Lou Anne Chessik, founder/president Showgirl Legacy Foundation

Showgirls! The Legacy of Glitz and Glam is an exhibit created from the 16th Annual Showgirl Art Competition and curriculum-based educational program, which inspires students to learn about the history of the iconic showgirl and stage show spectaculars through art.

This collaboration with Kelly Mabel, visual arts instructor at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, began in her classroom in 2007. By the second year, it moved into the Black Box Theatre at LVA for space to include over 250 valley high school students and community artists.

At LVA, students also have access to a panel of entertainers who share stories of what it was like to perform on some of the largest showroom stages in the world. These larger-than-life cabaret shows that ruled the strip from 1958-2016 had casts of over 100 singers, dancers, and showgirls in spectacular feathered and sequined costumes. The student visual artists then draw, sketch, paint, and use mixed media to create their interpretation of the iconic showgirl that documents and celebrates an era of Las Vegas entertainment history.

The artists submit their artwork to the competition for cash prizes, art materials, continuing education scholarships, and the opportunity for their showgirl art to represent the legendary icon of classic Las Vegas in this exhibit.

On exhibit at Sahara West Library from September 6, 2023 through December 10, 2023

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM