The Governor’s Arts Awards, originally scheduled for last spring, were held virtually Oct. 29. The event is produced annually by Arizona Citizens for the Arts to honor artists, advocates and businesses from across the state. Twelve artists from across Arizona created artwork for the 17 honorees, who were selected from 37 finalists from 16 Arizona communities.
Dorothy Lincoln-Smith of Paradise Valley received the Individual Award for her many years of support and advocacy for Arizona’s arts and cultural community. Also during the presentation, Catherine “Rusty” Foley, former Arizona Citizens for the Arts executive director, and Bob Booker, former executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, received 2020 Shelley Awards.
The Governor’s Arts Awards were presented by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger. Event sponsors included the Herberger Foundation, APS, SRP, Judith Hardes, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale Arts, Mesa Arts Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, Theater Works, Laurie and Chuck Goldstein, Leslie and Jeffrey Rich, and Enid and Mike Seiden.
2020 GOVERNOR’S ARTS AWARDS HONOREES
Individual Dorothy Lincoln Smith, Paradise Valley
Shelley Award Robert Booker, Phoenix; Rusty Foley, Phoenix
Artist: Arlene Minuskin, Prescott
Arts Organization: Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek
Artist: Rhonda Urdang, Flagstaff
Arts Organization: Yavapai-Apache Artist Guild, Yavapai-Apache Nation
Philanthropy: Allan Affeldt & Tina Mion, Winslow
Artist: Jose Dorame, Yuma
Arts Organization: Yuma Arts Center, Yuma
Philanthropy: JoLiney and Jon Jessen, Yuma
Business: Rolls & Bowls, San Luis
Artist: Emilia Quiahuitl Villegas, Tucson
Arts Organization: Border Arts Corridor, Douglas
Philanthropy: Victor Navarro, Tucson
Artist: Chris Hamby, Peoria
Arts Organization: Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix
Philanthropy: Chuck & Laurie Goldstein, Paradise Valley
Business: Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea, & Gallery, Mesa
PHOTOS/SCREENSHOTS COURTESY ARIZONA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS