Arizona Artists Create Awards to Honor Outstanding Contributions to Arts and Culture

In a true celebration of the arts, nine Arizona artists created the awards that will be presented to honorees at the 38th annual Governor’s Arts Awards. The Arts Awards recognize artists, arts organization, businesses, educators and individuals for their substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide. This year, 21 Governor’s Arts Awards finalists in seven categories have been selected from communities around the state, and the honorees will be announced tonight, Thursday, March 7, at the Renaissance Downtown Phoenix, 100 North 1st Street. The award artists work in a variety of mediums, throughout the Valley and around the state:

  • Penelope Quinn, Phoenix, creates mixed media images on canvas, “luvin’ the feeling that happens during the creation” that vary in size and media.
  • Joan Baron, Scottsdale, an environmental artist, educator and master gardener whose studio practice focuses on hand-made vessels and wares addressing her passion for sustainable practices that embrace More Clay Less Plastic.
  • Dan Hoglund, Scottsdale, incorporates graphite and acrylics on canvas to inspire rustic, minimalistic and simple visions of the environment around us.
  • Emily Randolph, Phoenix, an award-winning author, publisher and graphic designer, is known for her innovations in resin and photographic applications.
  • Kristine Kollasch, Phoenix, works in many mediums, from steel, to clay and every color in-between.
  • Lisa Scadron, Tucson, shapes multiple layers of textures, vivid colors and iridescent materials into abstract paintings that are at once ethereal and earthy.
  • Valerie Ostenak, Phoenix, is a painter and a sculptural jewelry designer/maker whose work is about energy and flow and their affect on us in both a microcosm and macrocosm point of view.
  • Scott Stanton, Tempe, includes a blend of salvaged and up-cycled artificial flowers from cemetery rubbish bins, hand stitched into sturdy paper to create large-scale works with plenty of three-dimension texture.
  • Joan Waters, Tempe, originally from England, finds inspiration in seeing how light and shadow interact with her welded steel sculptural forms of desert plants.
  • Zanereti, Scottsdale, utilizes the soft gradients and colors of the desert, along with its natural flora to bring life to his printmaking.

The 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards finalists in each category are:

  • Artist: Craig Bohmler, Scottsdale; Julia Chacon, Inspiracion Flamenca, Phoenix; Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix.
  • Arts in Education, Individual: Edith Eubank, Scottsdale; Erica Herman, Casa Grande; Tate Rich, Bisbee.
  • Arts in Education, Organization or School: Act One, Phoenix; Arts for All, Inc., Tucson; SOUNDS Academy, Phoenix.
  • Business, Large: Desert Financial Credit Union, Phoenix; Nationwide, Scottsdale; The Storytellers Project – Phoenix and Tucson.
  • Business, Small: Benner-Nawman, Inc., Wickenburg; Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix; Manley Films and Media, Phoenix.
  • Community: City of Yuma Littlewood Fine Art & Community Co-Op, Yuma; Phoenix Center for the Arts; PSA Art Awakenings, Phoenix.
  • Individual: Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley; Michael Fenlason, Tucson; Vincent VanVleet, Phoenix.

In addition to these seven honoree categories, Philanthropy honorees include Susan and Bill Ahearn of Phoenix and Louise and James Glasser of Tucson. The 2019 Shelley Award will be presented to Joanie Flatt, arts advocate, philanthropist and longtime communications expert in the Valley.

The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor.  Since 1981, more than 200 distinguished artists, individuals, cultural organizations, educators, businesses and philanthropists have received Governor’s Arts Awards.

The event begins at 5pm with a pre-awards cocktail reception, followed by dinner and awards from 6:30-8pm.  For information, visit

Governor’s Arts Awards Winners To Be Named March 24

Congratulations to the 66 individuals and organizations from 22 communities who have been nominated in six categories for the 34th annual Governor’s Arts Awards because of their substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 24 at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 North 3rd Street.

Sponsors for the 2015 event are: Presenting Sponsor, SRP; Nominees’ Sponsor, APS; Artist Award Sponsor, Arizona Lottery.

Since 1981, 166 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards

Nominees, by category, and their hometowns are:


Bobb Cooper, Phoenix
Navya Dasari, Scottsdale
William Eaton, Sedona
Barclay Goldsmith, Tucson
Peter Hill, Fountain Hills
Dr. Jeffry Jahn, Tucson
Greg Joseph, Sun City
Simon Kregar, Tucson
Annie Lopez, Phoenix
Mark McDowell, Scottsdale
Dr. Baruch Meir, Phoenix
Jenna Raskin Moreines, Phoenix
Randy Murray, Phoenix
Michelle Rouch, Vail
Eric Schoen, Phoenix

Arts in Education – Individual

Megan Dallas, Youngtown
Esmeralda DeLaney, Phoenix
Dr. Carole Drachler, Phoenix
Diane Fournier, Phoenix
Sharon Seder Meko, Mesa
Lee Anne Park, Scottsdale
Susan C. Ramos, Coolidge
Dr. Margaret E. Schmidt, Tempe
Jerry Schutte, Tempe
David Simmons, Peoria

Arts in Education – Organization

Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria
Arizona Thespians, Avondale
Arts Express, Tucson
Ballet Etudes, Gilbert
Childsplay’s EYEPlay Program, Tempe
Live Theatre Workshop, Tucson
Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Phoenix
Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Phoenix
Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse, Prescott
‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, Prescott
VSA Tucson, Tucson
WHAM Art Association, Surprise
Wickenburg Children’s Cultural Organization, Wickenburg


Arts Intersection, Gilbert
Copper Point Mutual, Phoenix
Crescent Crown Distributing, Mesa


Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Phoenix
Flagstaff Arts Council, Flagstaff
Ghostlight Theater, Sun City West
Orchestra Northern Arizona, Flagstaff
Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix
Potter’s Hand Productions, Sedona
Release the Fear, Phoenix
Safos Dance Theatre, Tucson
Theater Works / Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, Peoria
West Valley Art Council’s Gallery 37 Program, Surprise
West Valley Pops Band, Sun City
Young Arts Arizona Ltd., Phoenix


Bear Frazer, Phoenix
Laurie and Chuck Goldstein, Paradise Valley
Carmen Guerrero, Mesa
JA Jance, Tucson
Michael Kasser, Tucson
Robert Machiz, Scottsdale
Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley
Ben Sandoval, Mayer
Susan Silverman, Phoenix
Mollie Trivers, Phoenix
Dominique van de Stadt, Paradise Valley

The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor. For more information, visit

Deadline For Arts Award Nominations Approaches

Governor's Arts Award logoNominations for the 31st annual Governor’s Arts Awards, which will be presented in six categories to individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona, must be in by December 16.

Nomination categories are Artist, Individual, Community, Arts In Education Organization, Arts In Education Individual and Business. Honorees will be selected by an independent panel of judges. Winners will be announced at the Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony in March at the Herberger Theater, 222 East Monroe in Downtown Phoenix. The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts ( in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts ( and the Office of the Governor. Since 1981, 144 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards.

Nominations must be completed online by 5pm, December 16. To complete a nomination application, go to For more information, call 602.253.6535.

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