Wes Isbutt earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, Calif. He is the founder and owner of Studio West Photography, a commercial studio based in Las Vegas, NV that services local and national clients, such as the MGM/Mirage, Sony, and Gourmet Magazine. Studio West and its promotional events have formed the nucleus of the Las Vegas arts community.
Isbutt’s experience in property redevelopment and restoration, along with the sponsored events he has initiated for the benefit of Las Vegas culture, the establishment of the 18b Las Vegas Arts District, and the City management relationships he has built over the past decade set him apart in the Las Vegas developer’s landscape. For his many contributions to the Las Vegas community and his role in founding the 18b Las Vegas Arts District, Isbutt has been recognized by numerous awards, feature articles, and by distinguished citizens of both the business and cultural circles of Las Vegas:
- Contemporary Arts Center, President 2009
- Advertising Photographers of America, President1996
- American Institute of Graphic Artists, founding board member AIGA LV 1997
- 18b Las Vegas Arts District Neighborhood Association, Vice President (current) and founding President
- Las Vegas Sculpture Park Association, Secretary and founding member (current)
- American Planning Association 2007 national conference, Guest Speaker
- Recipient of 2 proclamations from Las Vegas Mayor and City Council
Debra Heiser is principal of Heiser Design, a graphic design boutique that specializes in effective visual communications. Born and raised in North Dakota Heiser combines a focused work ethic with a passion for design. Each design challenge is approached with this focus and creativity to define the project, establish its objectives, and determine solutions.
A known leader in the Las Vegas design community, Heiser has served on the Executive board of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Las Vegas Chapter, a national organization that serves to promote the value and ethical practices of graphic design. During her tenure, she served as creative director and project coordinator for AIGA 18b Arts District branding project, the only grant of its kind, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and in collaboration with the Cultural Affairs division of the City of Las Vegas.
Heiser currently sits on the board of the Downtown Design Review Committee as a commissioner for the City of Las Vegas.
She has lived in Paris, France and San Francisco, Calif. where she earned her degree in graphic design at The Academy of Art University.
Through the Arts Factory, Isbutt and Heiser continue to build community by donating facilities for art education, drawing classes, poetry readings, live musical and avant-garde theatrical productions, as well as a meeting place for the 18b LV Neighborhood Association. Their redevelopment of the Arts Factory is one of the most successful examples of “adaptive reuse” Las Vegas has seen to date and has become the hub for creative arts in downtown Las Vegas, including First Fridays, a monthly art walk in the 18b arts district. They have further provided a social gathering space where one can be inspired by gourmet cuisine, classic cocktails and contemporary art with the opening of Bar+Bistro. Always innovating, they will soon be adding the first designated Urban Lounge in Las Vegas as an adjoining feature (construction completion is expected in the 4th quarter of 2010).