Sixty artists, arts organizations and administrators, businesses and philanthropists from 20 communities across Arizona have been nominated for 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards.

Finalists will be announced in February at special events in Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson, Yuma and Winslow representing the five statewide regions from which nominations were submitted.

Winners will be announced at the 39thannual Governor’s Arts Awards on March 26 at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street in Mesa. Individual tickets are $250 for Arizona Citizens for the Arts members and $300 for nonmembers.  Reception begins at 6 p.m. with awards presented from 7:30-9 p.m. A one-hour After Party will start at 9 p.m.

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Nominee Receptions are planned Feb. 1 at the Yuma Arts Center, 254 S. Main Street in Yuma for the Southwest District; Feb. 13 at Carver Museum, 415 E. Grant Street in Phoenix for the Central District; Feb. 19 at Hotel McCoy, 720 W. Silverlake Road in Tucson for the Southeast District; and. Feb. 27 at the La Posada Hotel, 303 E. 2ndStreet in Winslow for the Northeast District. The Northwest District reception date and location in Prescott will be announced shortly.

The full list of nominees and their hometowns includes:

Artist Award: recognizing a living Arizona artist of significant merit, leadership or reputation whose creations or contributions enrich the state and the field of the arts. This category is open to artists of all artistic disciplines.

Ying Xia Gao, Phoenix

Chris Hamby, Peoria

Tania Katan, Phoenix 

Lucy Wong, Gilbert 

Bobb Cooper, Phoenix 

Liliana Gomez, Phoenix 

Steven Ciezki, Phoenix 

Such & Champ Styles, Tempe 

John Suttman, Winslow 

Rhonda Urdang, Flagstaff 

Arlene Minuskinulia Chacon, Prescott 

Quiahuitl Villegas, Tucson 

Jose Dorame, Yuma  

Arts Administrator | Organization: recognizing a nonprofit arts organization or a person that has demonstrated significant support for or participation in activities fostering excellence in, appreciation of, or access to arts in the State of Arizona. 

Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler 

WHAM Art Association, Surprise 

Dansense~Nrtyabodha, Inc., Scottsdale 

Community Performance and Art Center, Green Valley 

Border Arts Corridor, Douglas 

Andre Licardi, Glendale 

Yuma Art Center, Yuma 

Carolyn Eynon Singers, Scottsdale 

Joy Patridge, Scottsdale 

Prescott Center for the Arts, Prescott 

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Flagstaff 

Flagstaff Community Band, Flagstaff 

House of Broadcasting Radio & Television Museum, Inc, Phoenix 

Nancy Lattanzi, Sedona 

Sam Gomez / Sagrado Galleria, Phoenix 

Marcia Meyer, Paradise Valley  

Scottsdale Arts, Scottsdale 

Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek 

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale 

Lead Guitar, Tucson 

Yavapai-Apache Nation Aritst Guild, Camp Verde  

Young Arts Arizona LTD, Phoenix 

Dr. Julian Ackerly, Tucson 

Scottsdale Philharmonic, Scottsdale 

Kathy Allen, Tucson 

Littlewood Community COOP, Yuma 

Sonoran Glass School, Tucson 

Yuma Orchestra Association, Yuma 

Rising Youth Theatre, Phoenix 

Teniqua Broughton, Phoenix 

Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix 

SOUNDS Academy, Phoenix 

Business: recognizing for-profit businesses that demonstrate significant support locally or statewide for the arts through contribution(s) of time, energy, personnel, expertise, financial support and/or other activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to the arts. This category is not limited to arts-related businesses and may include retail, hospitality, services, manufacturing or any other business sector. 

Rolls and Bowls, San Luis 

Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery, Mesa 

On Media, Phoenix 

Partridge & Associates CPAs, PLC, Scottsdale 

LDVinci Art Studio, Chandler  

Philanthropy: recognizing extraordinary philanthropic leadership through the contribution of financial resources to non-profit arts and culture organizations, and by encouraging the philanthropic support of others.

McKivergan Foundation, Yuma 

Dorothy Lincoln Smith, Paradise Valley 

Allan Affeldt, Winslow

Chuck and Laurie Goldstein, Paradise Valley 

Jon & Liney Jessen, Yuma 

Victor Navarro, Tucson


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