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.
2018 GOVERNOR’S ARTS AWARDS HONOREES
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
PHOTOS BY BOB RINK