First Ever ‘Made in Vegas’ Art Competition Names Winner

Visit Tatz art display at the Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace

By Toni Gonzales | Las Vegas, NV | Park West Gallery

Ladies and gents, we have a winner. Kat Tatz has been named as the champion of the Park West Fine Art Museum and Gallery Made in Vegas art competition. “I was so surprised and so shocked and overjoyed of course. And then, I thought to myself, I can’t remember the paintings that I submitted,” Kat recalls the moment she won to OTS. 

Her lack of recollection can be blamed on the fact that Tatz was recovering in the hospital from ulcerative colitis when she came across the competition and decided to enter. “I was scrolling on Facebook and I thought it would be interesting to enter. So I did. I wasn’t exactly aware of what was going on,” says Kat. Upon hearing she was a finalist, her first item of business was to track down what pieces of hers she had submitted (seen below). 

Art by Kat Tatz

Kat was one of 500 entrants into the first ever Made in Vegas art competition put on by Park West Gallery. The pool of local artists were soon whittled down to ten before the public was invited to select the top three. Then before long Kat was on the receiving end of a phone call with the good news. 

Kat will get a one-year contract and a three-month exhibition with Park West Gallery where her work will be hung on walls next to greats like Dali, Picasso and Rembrandt. Not a bad deal for the long time Las Vegas resident. “Well, I’ve been in Las Vegas for over 55 years and I’ve been painting since I was four. My dad was an artist and my grandfather was a sculptor. So I kind of learned from my background there,” says Kat.  Her environment would inspire her art which she describes as “pop surrealism and a little bit of lowbrow impressionism.”

Art by Kat Tatz

Even though Kat has big named clients like Mandalay Bay on her resume and appearances on HGTV’s DIY to the Rescue, she remains loyal to Las Vegas.  

“I came from the downtown Las Vegas, Arts District and that’s where I had my start with the First Friday and I just met so many awesome artists, a few of whom were in this contest as well. I just think it’s such an exciting atmosphere.”

Kat’s work is currently on display at the Park West Gallery located in the Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace. To see more of her work check out her website. Park West Gallery is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is free. More info can be found on their website

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