37th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards

37th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards dinner raises money for Arizona Citizens for the Arts

The 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards at the Arizona Biltmore on March 22 attracted 500 guests from across the state. The 37th annual event raised funds to support Arizona Citizens for the Arts advocacy efforts with a focus on arts education in the schools.

In all, nine awards were presented, including the 2018 Shelley Award, which was given to Alberto Álvaro Rios, Arizona’s inaugural state poet laureate and currently chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. The second annual Philanthropy Award was presented to Judith Hardes of Phoenix for her long-time commitment to arts and culture organization across the state. In a rare tie, Valley jazz icon Dennis Rowland and celebrated sculptor Doug Hyde of Prescott were named Artists of the Year.

Billie Jo and Judd Herberger were the presenting sponsor. Steve Yarbrough, Arizona Senate president, and J.D. Mesnard, speaker of the house, helped present the awards to honorees.

Arts in Education Organization honoree Foothills Fine Arts Academy. Artist Saskia Jorda is holding the award.

Arts in Education – Individual: Dennis Ott, Sedona

Arts in Education – Organization: Foothills Fine Arts Academy, Glendale

Small Business: Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe

Large Business: Vestar, Tucson

Community: Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg

Individual: Sam, Phoenix

Shelley Award: Alberto Álvaro Rios

Philanthropy Award: Judith Hardes, Phoenix

Artists of the Year: Dennis Rowland, Phoenix, and Doug Hyde, Prescott


Abbey Messmer and individual honoree Sam

Carrie Seid and Doug Hyde, co-artist of the year 

Katharina Roth, Dennis Rowland, SRP General Manager Mark Bonsell, Doug Hyde and Carrie Seid

Carmen Guerrero and Sunnee O’Rork

Charlize and Alan Augenstein

Cindy Dach, Changing Hands Bookstore, and artist Laura Spalding Best

Cindy Ornstein; Renee Lopata, Mesa Arts Center development director; Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO Scottsdale Arts; and Kathy Wills, board chair Scottsdale Arts

Cathy Weiss, Del E Webb Center for the Performing Arts executive director, and artist Claire Warden

Dennis Rowland and Sydney Blaine

Sen. Steve Yarbrough, Judith Hardes, glass artist Virgil Jones, Judd and Billie Jo Herberger, and Rep. J. D. Mesnard

Shelley Cohn, after whom the Shelley award was named, Albert Alvaro Rios and Melissa Cody

Susan Franano, Tucson Symphony; and Jessica Andrews, managing director emeritus Arizona Theatre Company

Tom Wilson, Tami Lewis and Robert Booker

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