Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976. Koons lives and works in New York City.
Koons gained acclaim for his public sculptures, such as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992) shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Another floral sculpture, Split-Rocker (2000), was installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Palace of Versailles and Fondation Beyeler.
Koons has also received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Most recently, Secretary of State Clinton recognized Koons for his participation in the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies program with the first-ever Medal of Art. In 2009, the Royal Academy of Arts presented Koons with the John Singleton Copley Award, Koons received The Governor's Awards for the Arts Distinguished Arts Award and President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d'Honneur.
Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip features 2,716 luxurious guest rooms and suites, an approximately 111,000 square foot casino, 15 restaurants, a nightclub, spa and salon, an on-site 18-hole golf course, approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and approximately 74,000 square feet of retail space.
Encore, an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, opened on December 22, 2008. Encore is located immediately adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and features a 2,034 all-suite hotel, approximately 72,000 square foot casino, 5 restaurants, 2 night clubs, a spa and salon, approximately 60,000 square feet of meeting space and approximately 27,000 square feet of upscale retail outlets.
The resorts feature an array of publically displayed art, including works by the renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero, Raoul Dufy, Miriam Schapiro, Frank Owen, Tim Bavington, Viola Frey and Kazumi Yoshida. For additional information on the resort, visit www.wynnpressroom.com or www.wynnlasvegas.com.