Governor’s Arts Awards

17 artists, advocates, businesses statewide receive awards during virtual ceremony

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.

Alumguaro Rojo, created by Jose A. Benavides, Chandler

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 FoundationAPSSRPJudith Hardes, the Frank Lloyd Wright FoundationScottsdale ArtsMesa Arts CenterChandler Center for the ArtsTheater WorksLaurie and Chuck GoldsteinLeslie and Jeffrey Rich, and Enid and Mike Seiden.


Individual Dorothy Lincoln Smith, Paradise Valley
Shelley Award Robert Booker, Phoenix; Rusty Foley, Phoenix 

Northwest Arizona
Artist: Arlene Minuskin, Prescott
Arts Organization: Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek

 Northeast Arizona
Artist: Rhonda Urdang, Flagstaff
Arts Organization: Yavapai-Apache Artist Guild, Yavapai-Apache Nation
Philanthropy: Allan Affeldt & Tina Mion, Winslow

Southwest Arizona
Artist: Jose Dorame, Yuma
Arts Organization: Yuma Arts Center, Yuma
Philanthropy: JoLiney and Jon Jessen, Yuma
Business: Rolls & Bowls, San Luis

Southeast Arizona
Artist: Emilia Quiahuitl Villegas, Tucson
Arts Organization: Border Arts Corridor, Douglas
Philanthropy: Victor Navarro, Tucson

Central Arizona
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


Billie Jo Herberger presents Shelley Award to Catherine “Rusty” Foley. Watercolor, Persistence of Nature, by Ry Sedrick, Phoenix

Abraham Andrade, Rolls & Bowls, business award recipient, SW Arizona

Artwork created for awardees. Left: Blue Lips by Scott Stanton, Scottsdale, created from recycled artificial cemetery flowers, beads, buttons and embroidery floss. Right: Cielo by Elijah Bourque, Scottsdale, bronze.

Chris Hamby, artist recipient, Central Arizona

Jessica Sanchez, Douglas

Joseph Benesh, executive director Arizona Citizens for the Arts

Lauren Henschen, CEO Phoenix Center for the Arts, recipient of the arts organization award, Central Arizona

Qosmic Qadence, host

Bob Booker, recipient of the Shelley Award, with the award namesake Shelley Cohn

Victor Navarrok, recipient of the philanthropy award, Southeastern Arizona

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