Join us at the 48th annual Art Awards on Nov. 2

Celebrate the one-of-a-kind arts and culture that make the Wichita region memorable.

Nine Wichita area individuals, cultural organizations and businesses will be recognized for their work to further the growth and development of arts in the Wichita area during the 48th annual Art Awards dinner, held by the Arts Council and sponsored by Westar Energy, Culinary Catering, and the City of Wichita. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2 at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. A complete list of award winners is included below.

The festivities will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m.; dinner and a cash bar will follow. The awards ceremony will commence at 6:30 p.m. with performances by local musicians and artists throughout the evening.

When: November 2, 2017
Where: Century II Convention Hall, 225 W. Douglas

5:30 PM: Doors Open
6:00 PM: Dinner begins
6:30 PM: Awards program
8:30 PM: Event Concludes

Tickets are $60 per person or $750 for a reserved table of 10 (includes complimentary wine). Tickets are on sale at WichitaTIX.com or at the WichitaTIX box office in the Concert Hall entrance of Century II.


This Year’s Honorees:
Gordan W. Evans Award: Dr. Dennis & Ann Ross
Arts Organization: Northeast Area Strings Academy of Wichita (NASAW)
Arts Advocate – Individual: Colby Sandlian
Burton Pell Award: Dr. Jay Decker
Individual Artist: Rob Simon
Special Project: The Miro Project, Ulrich Museum
Arts Educator: Mary Sue Foster
Arts Advocate Group or Business: Trish Higgins
Youth Recognition: Zoe Corrigan
Chris Cherches Award: Eisenhower Airport Project, City of Wichita Airport Authority

View a list of award descriptions below.

History of the Art Awards
The Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council established the Annual Arts Council Awards in 1969 to recognize and honor those businesses, foundations and individuals who have displayed consistent and exemplary support of the arts and humanities in Wichita/Sedgwick County. These awards focus attention on the importance of the arts as they relate to the quality of life in Wichita/Sedgwick County and honor those who have made major creative achievements or significant contributions to cultural growth or development.

Award Categories

  • Gordon W. Evans Award – Given to a patron demonstrating outstanding leadership and special support for the arts.
  • Arts Organization – Given to a public, not-for-profit organization that presents or provides arts opportunities to the Wichita community and region.
  • Special Project – Given to a neighborhood, business, corporation or group that has provided support for a single event or project.
  • Arts Educator – Given to an individual who has devoted a career to teaching the arts in an educational environment.
  • Arts Advocate/Individual – Given to an individual or couple dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form or the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative or professional efforts.
  • Arts Advocate/Group or Business– An organization or business dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form or the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative or professional efforts.
  • Individual Artist – Given to an artist actively working in such categories as Choreography, Music Composition, Film/Video, Theatre, Interdisciplinary/ Performance Art, Two-Dimensional Visual Art and/or Three-Dimensional Visual Art, who has shown outstanding achievement.
  • Youth Recognition Award – Given to a high school and/or middle school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts.
  • Burton Pell Award – A new award created in memory of Mr. Pell a long time member and past president of the Arts Council. It will be given to an outstanding individual in music.

Past Art Award Winners

Arts Save Cities

The Arts Council believes that Arts Save Cities. We also believe: 

In Advocating for Public Art & Aesthetics
As one of the nation’s 50 largest cities, The Arts Council advocates for the importance of developing a public art program that ensures art and artists are as a part of the City’s public amenities design plans as the team of architects and engineers to enhance quality of life experiences throughout our city.

In Quality of Life Experiences for all Wichita Citizens
Quality of Life must incorporate the arts, beyond merely their aesthetic functions, in order to create a vibrant, inclusive and diverse community that fosters civic pride and participation, stimulates the economy, attracts tourists, revitalizes neighborhoods and addresses social problems. The arts must exist throughout civic structure – from youth programs and crime prevention to job training and race relations. The arts cross all quality of life boundaries to lift our community to a place of well-being for all citizens.

In Elected Offcials who Champion Arts and Culture in Wichita
The Arts Council will continue to be supportive of elected officials who foster the link between economic development and a thriving arts and cultural community. We will continue to identify appropriate times to speak at Council meetings in order to offer our recommendations and fulfill our responsibility documented in the current City of Wichita Cultural Plan to be the focal point on arts and cultural issues.

In Partnerships…

We offer our Arts Organization and Artist membership as an easy way to form partnerships and provide a united front – bringing arts/quality of life awareness and projects to everyone in our community.

…and Advocating for our Partners

As an Arts Organization or Artist member, be prepared to join a dedicated, passionate group of members who advocate for local arts organizations and artists and support special artist projects and events.

Learn more about Arts Council memberships and become a member today!

2016 Annual Arts Council Awards

Arts Council’s 47th Annual Art Awards

Eleven Wichita individuals, cultural organizations and businesses will be recognized for their work to further the growth and development of arts in the Wichita area during the 47th annual Art Awards dinner, sponsored by Westar Energy, Corporate Caterers, the Arts Council and the City of Wichita. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. A complete list of award winners is included below.

The festivities will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will follow. Tickets are $60 per person or $750 for a reserved table of 10 (wine included). Tickets are on sale at WichitaTIX.com or at the WichitaTIX box office in the Concert Hall entrance of Century II.

The 2016 Art Awards recipients are:

• Arts Advocate – Individual: Armando Minjarez
Given to an individual or couple dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form or the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative or professional efforts.

• Arts Advocate Group or Business: Planet Hair
An organization or business dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form or the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative or professional efforts.

• Arts Educator: Nick Johnson
Given to an individual who has devoted a career to teaching the arts in an educational environment.

• Arts Organization: Heart of America Men’s Chorus
Given to a public, not-for-profit organization that presents or provides arts opportunities to the Wichita community and region.

• Burton Pell Award: Lynne Davis
A new award created in memory of Mr. Pell a long time member and past president of the Arts Council. It will be given to an outstanding individual in music.

• Individual Artist: Thomas Douglas
Given to an artist actively working in such categories as Choreography, Music Composition, Film/Video, Theatre, Interdisciplinary/ Performance Art, Two-Dimensional Visual Art and/or Three-Dimensional Visual Art, who has shown outstanding achievement.

• Special Project: Redbud Bike Path
Given to a neighborhood, business, corporation or group that has provided support for a single event or project.

• Youth Recognition: Evan Schelton
Given to a high school and/or middle school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts.

• Chris Cherches Award: Wichita Art Museum “Art Garden”
An award presented by the Design Council to honor excellence in public art. The award is in honor of Chris Cherches, Wichita’s city manager for 18 years, who was a strong advocate for the arts in this community.

• Gordon W. Evans Award: Sondra Langel
Given to a patron demonstrating outstanding leadership and special support for the arts.

An additional award, the Sculpture WalkAbout Award of Excellence, will be awarded to Ed Langston for his sculpture, “Bernie’s Bird”.


FURTHER ASSISTANCE
For further assistance or information in preparing this form, contact Bernadette Bradshaw, (316) 303-8663 or bbradshaw@wichita.gov

List of Award Winners of past Art Awards Ceremony 2015

CityArts Boutique

cityarts boutique pottery
The CityArts Boutique carries one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and unique gifts made by local and regional artists who receive 70 percent of each sale. The CityArts Boutique is the perfect place to purchase gifts and support local artists at the same time. The Boutique has everything from bracelets made out of Kansas license places to ceramic vases to a 10-foot Robert Pin made out of steelthat is too big to simply be called a bobby pin.cityarts boutique Robert Pin

The CityArts Boutique is jam-packed with photography, paintings, blown glass and decorative pieces made by more than 35 local and regional artists, many of whom teach art classes at CityArts. The majority of items are between $15 and $50. With new items constantly added to the inventory, no two visits to the CityArts Boutique will be the same.
cityarts boutique clothing

Boutique hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Final Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information call CityArts at (316) 350-3245.cityarts boutique wall artcityarts boutique glasswork

Arts on Broadway First United Methodist Church

Arts on Broadway

Arts On Broadway is a non-profit organization with a mission to enhance fine arts opportunities for the metropolitan Wichita community. Experience the joy of fine performances from a wide variety of artistic genres in an inspirational venue. Dedicated to celebrating all art forms, Arts on Broadway is planning to host several events throughout each season to exhibit exceptional vocal and instrumental musicians as well as multiple disciplines of the visual arts.  Enjoy these exhilarating activities blessing the city.

Hosted in the sanctuary of the

First United Methodist Church in downtown Wichita, the venue promotes an atmosphere of architectual beauty while experiencing stimulating performances.

 

The recent addition of state of the art sound and video systems ensures all seats will provide an excellent aural and visual experience. We invite you to experience with us the best that the arts have to offer.

Contact us via email at  artsonbroadwaywichita@gmail.com

Visit our website for more information.

CityArts

CityArts Event Venue

Book your event at CityArts Event Venue.  Our facility can handle business meetings, family gatherings, Receptions, Showers, Birthday and Retirement parties for groups from ten to one hundred guests with tables and chairs provided.  With flexible booking rates, open catering and a sound system available for use it is a great place to hold your event.
CityArt Event Venue
CityArts is a focal point for all cultural arts in our community.  It is a home for gallery exhibitions and arts events.  Centrally located in the Old Town District, in walking distance from hotels, restaurants and shops.

For Booking Availability call 316-350-3245.

CityArts

334 N. Mead St

Wichita, KS 67202

Arts Council Names 2013 Award Recipients

Each year, the Arts Council honors individuals, foundations and businesses that have made significant contributions to the arts in the Wichita area.  The 2013 recipients are:

Chris Shank — Gordon W. Evans Award given to a patron demonstrating outstanding leadership and special support for the arts.

Joan Cole – Arts Advocate/Individual given to an individual dedicated to furthering the cause of the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative and professional efforts.

St. James Episcopal Church – Arts Advocate/Group given to an organization dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form specifically through its Guild Hall Players, its After-School Program featuring an arts-based curriculum, its annual Art a la Carte, and its three choirs.

Bluebird Arthouse – Business Award given to a business providing broad-based and continued support of the arts through its operation.

Exploration Place – Special Project Award given for its Star Wars Exhibit.

Aimee Geist – Arts Educator Award given to an individual who has devoted a career to instruction in the arts in an educational environment (the Ulrich at WSU).

Babs Mellor – Special Recognition/Individual Award given for outstanding contributions to the arts through her vast body of work and her instruction in sculpture spanning 40 years.

Theatre League – Special Recognition/Organization Award given for the important economic impact of the presentation of “The Lion King.”

Julianne McLean – Burton Pell Award given to an outstanding individual in music.

Friends of WAM – Arts Organization Award given to a public, not-for profit organization that provides arts opportunities to the Wichita community and region.

Curt Clonts – Individual Artist Award given to an artist actively working in one of the arts who has shown outstanding achievement.

Daniel Debolt – Youth Recognition Award given to a high school or middle school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts.

 

MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. – Chris Cherches Award given for outstanding work on a public works project.  This award is presented for the Lincoln Street Bridge and Dam project.

 

 The art awards will be presented at a gala banquet on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel Grand Ballroom, 400 W. Douglas.   A reception and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. with the awards program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.  Tickets are $50 each or $450 for a table of 10.  Seating is open with the exception of the reserved tables.  Tickets may be ordered through Nov. 4 at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-219-4849.

Artist Central

artistcentral

Artist Central

5014 E. Central

(316)686-2266

www.artistcentralwichita.com

Artslink

ArtsLinkArtsLink supports exchange between artists and arts organizations in the United States and other eligible countries.

http://www.cecartslink.org/grants/usa.html

Art Works

Artworks

Art Works

7724 E. Central, Ste. 300

(316)682-1481

www.artworksframes.com

Chenven Foundation

Chenven Foundation

Chenven Foundation

The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives unrestricted cash awards to individual artists for the continuation of their work.

http://chenvenfoundation.org/

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance.

http://www.craftemergency-grant/

Creative Capital

Creative Capital

Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services.

http://www.creative-capital.org/

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

The Foundation provides financial assistance to artists who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking, are in the early or developmental stage of their career, and demonstrate a commitment to making art a lifetime career.

http://www.elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org/main.html

Guggenheim Fellowships

Guggenheim_FellowshipGuggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

http://www.gf.org/about-the-foundation/the-fellowship/

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

The Pollock-Krasner FoundationThe Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

http://www.pkf.org/

Ucross Foundation

Ucross Foundation

Ucross FoundationThe Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year. Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks.

http://www.ucrossfoundation.org/residency-program/

Women’s Studio Workshop

Women's Studio WorkshopWomen’s Studio Workshop’s workspace opportunities are partially subsidized residencies that provide concentrated work time for artists to explore new ideas or a new process or media and to interact with other professional artists.

http://wsworkshop.org/program/workspace-residencies/

Art Advisory Committee

Who:

The Art Advisory Committee consists of the directors of the various attractions and arts organizations throughout Wichita and Sedgwick County.

What:

Created by the Arts Council, the Art Advisory Committee advises the Arts Council in the development and implementation of a plan to coordinate the community cultural resources for all museums/attractions/arts organizations in Wichita/Sedgwick County.

When & Where:

The Art Advisory Committee meets quarterly at the CityArts building.

Why:

The Art Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the Arts Council for the implementation of a community calendar of events, establishment of joint marketing programs for the attractions/organizations, coordination of exhibits, development of a strategic plan for increased participation and attendance, and establishment of strategies and programs to support and encourage increased cultural tourism revenue.

History:

On July 29, 1999, the Art Advisory Committee met with the purpose of creating a strategic plan for the future of arts and culture in Wichita. Representatives from nearly all major Wichita/Sedgwick County arts and cultural representatives were present. The joint facilitation was designed as an open forum where all attendants could openly converse about this subject. Their mission statement is:

“To assist and advise the Arts Council in the leadership and coordination of community cultural resources for the purpose of advancing the arts and culture in Wichita/Sedgwick County.”

This group is asked to meet when input form all the organizations is needed on major issues concerning arts and culture in Wichita.