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Join Us for the 51st Annual Art Awards | November 4 at WAM

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

The 51st Annual Arts Council Awards will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W Museum Blvd. Last year, out of an abundance of caution, the Arts Council’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel our 51st annual Art Awards dinner. This year, we are pleased to announce that the event will go on!

Tickets are $75 per person and include cash bar reception, dinner and awards presentation. Seating will be limited to 200 attendees in order to promote safe social distancing, so please be sure to grab your tickets before they sell out! Tickets are available now at the WichitaTix Box Office inside Century II and online at WichitaTix.com.

This year, twelve outstanding Wichita area individuals, cultural organizations and businesses will be recognized for their roles in furthering the growth and development of arts in the Wichita area during the Art Awards presentation.

The annual Arts Council Awards were established in 1969 by the Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council in order to recognize and honor those businesses, foundations and individuals who have displayed consistent and exemplary support of the arts and humanities in our community.

Thank you to our generous sponsors, without whom we would not be able to honor deserving artists and art advocates and to celebrate the many ways art impacts the Wichita community, from education to entertainment, economic development, and everything in between. There is still time to join their ranks and sponsor the Art Awards— Visit WichitaTIX.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities!

View Past Art Award Winners

2021 Annual Arts Council Awards Nominations

After the difficult decision to cancel the 50th Annual Art Awards due to the pandemic, the Arts Council is especially proud to carry on this longstanding tradition in 2021. We are looking forward to celebrating this year’s honorees on Thursday, November 4 at the 51st Annual Art Awards dinner, to be held at the Wichita Art Museum. Save the date!

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Arts Council Awards! Submit the form below to nominate online or download a printable nomination form here to mail in. View the list of Art Awards winners from previous years.

Deadline

Nominations must be received online or in the CityArts offices, 334 N. Mead, by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021. Nominations will not be accepted after the deadline.

Online Nomination Form:

  • 2021 Arts Council Art Awards Nomination Form

    Nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021
  • 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.

    Today’s Arts Council is proud to carry on this longstanding tradition and looking forward to celebrating the 2021 honorees on Thursday, November 4th at the 51st Annual Art Awards dinner to be held at the Wichita Art Museum.

    DEADLINE
    Nominations must be received online (or in the CityArts offices, 334 N. Mead) by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021. Nominations will not be accepted after the deadline.

    CATEGORIES

    • Gordon W. Evans Art Leadership – 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 / Individual – Given to an individual that has provided support for a single event or project.
    • Special Project / Group – 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 Achievement in Music Award – Created in memory of Mr. Pell, a long time member and past president of the Arts Council, to recognize an outstanding individual in music.

    ELIGIBILITY
    Any individual, business, organization or institution currently residing in Wichita or the surrounding area involved in arts and cultural activities located in the area at the time of nomination is eligible to be nominated.

    INELIGIBILITY
    Self-nominations, posthumous nominations and previous Arts Award winners are ineligible. Arts Council Board members or organizations with whom they are directly involved (and their families) are not eligible for nominations. If needed, the Arts Council will make decisions on any unusual circumstances that might occur after the nomination committee has met.

    NOMINATIONS
    Nominations are accepted from Kansas citizens and organizations seeking to recognize individual artists, art educators, advocates, organizations, individual patrons, and patron organizations. Nominations may be submitted with or without the knowledge of the nominee.

    SELECTION
    Award recipients will be chosen from among the nominees by the nomination committee, which will include members of the Arts Council. At the discretion of the panel, selections may include more than one award in a category. Conversely, the panel may decide not to give an award in every category if the total ranking does not merit an award.

    SELECTION CRITERIA
    The criteria the panel will use to rank and select awards will be:
    Significance and magnitude of the creative achievement
    Length of time and intensity of activity dedicated to the arts.
    Leadership that stimulates growth, support and/or availability of the arts
    Contributions to excellence in the arts.

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

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Further Assistance

For further assistance or information in preparing this form, contact Bernadette Bradshaw by email or by phone at (316) 303-8663.

Meet Us at CityArts for May Day SWA

Take a stroll outdoors and view the 2020-21 Sculpture WalkAbout!

May Day is SWA Day in Wichita! On Saturday, May 1, join us to celebrate and explore Sculpture WalkAbout in Downtown Wichita. Arts Council members will be at CityArts from 4-6pm.

Many of the artists will be on hand for questions and brochures will be available, showing the locations of the 15 sculptures. Visitors are encouraged to take selfies with the artwork and share them on their social media platforms with hashtags #ICTart and #MayDaySWA for the chance to win prizes! Council Member Cindy Claycomb, an Arts Council Ex-Officio Board Member, will present the Award of Excellence to one of the sculptors.

The Arts Council and the City of Wichita present an annual opportunity for regional sculptors to display their work by creating the outdoor Sculpture WalkAbout exhibit. This project is meant to advance the cultural awareness of the arts in our community, as well as enhance the aesthetics in Wichita. 

Entries are currently open for the 13th Annual Sculpture WalkAbout, to be on display from July 1, 2021-July 31, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit Wichitaarts.com/2021-swa-call. . Deadline for applications is June 14, 2021.

Call For Artists 2021-2022 Sculpture WalkAbout

13th Annual Outdoor Sculpture WalkAbout will be on display in Wichita, Kansas July 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Call for Artists The Arts Council and the City of Wichita present an opportunity for regional sculptors to display their work by creating the outdoor Sculpture WalkAbout exhibit. This project is meant to advance the cultural awareness of the arts in our community, as well as enhance the aesthetics in Wichita. Each chosen sculpture will be on display for one year, beginning July 1, 2021. All sculptures must be installed no later than August 1, 2021.

Entry Procedure & Artist Responsibilities Artist may enter up to three (3) works in jpg format on a compact disc. An entry form, along with artist statement and bio, must accompany the jpgs submitted. Maximum of three (3) alternate views of each work submitted is acceptable. Please clearly label all material with artist’s name, title of work, dimensions and media. All submitted material becomes the property of the Arts Council. Selected artists must sign a contract in which they agree to the following: To allow the artwork to remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. In the interest of public safety, the City of Wichita has the right to remove damaged sculpture in the event the repairs are not promptly and satisfactorily completed by the artist.

Criteria for Selection Open to all regional artists 18 years or older. All artwork must have been completed within the last five years. Artwork selected must be free-standing, made from suitable materials for long-term outdoor displayAttention to scale and presence of the sculpture in an open outdoor venue should be considered.

Pedestal & Site Location Pedestal heights vary from 18” – 30”. All entries must be capable of being securely installed to the pedestal mounting base plate. Arts Council, Inc., reserves the right to select the location for the sculptures but will make efforts to accommodate requests for specific locations by the artists on a first come, first served basis. Detailed information concerning the base plate is available from Bernadette Bradshaw, 316-303-8663 or bbradshaw@wichita.gov.

Honorarium Artists who are selected for the 2021 Sculpture WalkAbout will receive a $750 honorarium for the participation of new works. Artists selected to retain a work for a second year will receive a $250 honorarium. Artists selected for the exhibition will enter into a one-year contract with the Arts Council, Inc., upon notification of acceptance.

Delivery and Return of Artwork Artists are solely responsible for the delivery and installation arrangements of their artwork. Artists will be required to contact Bernadette Bradshaw prior to the installation and again at the removal of their artwork at the exhibit’s end.

Organized by:

Sponsored by: Dr. Alan and Sharon Fearey | The Arts Council | City of Wichita

Information: Bernadette Bradshaw Arts Council, Inc. 334 N. Mead, Wichita, KS 67202 316.303-8663 bbradshaw@wichita.gov

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51 | The 2020 Art Awards – Less Gala, More Giving

Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the Arts Council’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel what would have been the 51st Annual Art Awards. This was a tough call to make – this event is one of our favorite ways to honor deserving artists and art advocates and to celebrate the many ways art impacts the Wichita community, from education to entertainment, economic development, and everything in between.


In lieu of the in-person Art Awards this year, we are committing the budget for our annual event to support local artists during these trying times. In addition, we are thrilled to announce that $25,500 has been pledged as matching funds for the Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund. WCERF provides rapid response, need-based grants to independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity and whose livelihoods have been impacted by the current public health crisis.


We hope that you will join with the Arts Council in supporting this important effort to aid our creative community. To take full advantage of these matching dollars, we must raise the same by November 5 for a total of $51,000 on what would have been Wichita’s 51st Annual Art Awards!

Local artist Wade Hampton has created a custom illustration (you can see a sneak peek in the “51” above) that may be downloaded with your donation of $50 or more. Wade asked that his fee be donated to WCERF, to get us started off right!

Please consider making a personal or business donation before November 5, 2020 to double your support of Wichita artists.

Take The Kansas ArtsVote Pledge

Americans for the Arts Action Fund has launched an exciting and educational ArtsVote campaign with artwork designed by renowned contemporary artist and Americans for the Arts Artists Committee member Shepard Fairey. Entitled “Make Your Vote Count,” the focus of the campaign is to educate artists and arts advocate voters on the important and clear steps they need to take to make their vote count and to do it EARLY. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are dramatically changing the way citizens can vote with confusing new rules, new deadlines, and new certification systems.

Arts Action Fund has created State Voter Factsheets for all 50 states and 6 territories so that artists and art advocates have the tools they need to make wise choices this November. Download the Kansas ArtsVote Pledge one-pager for the latest election rules and deadlines to help voters to check the status of their registrations, request an absentee ballot (if applicable), learn when early voting begins, and find exactly where to vote. 

Once the pledge is taken, signers will be provided exclusive access to high resolution, downloadable images of the bold, new ArtsVote graphic. Exclusively designed for the Arts Action Fund, Shepard Fairey’s ArtsVote artwork is in both English and Spanish and comes in a variety of sizes for social media, websites, and Zoom virtual backgrounds.

Wichita Creatives Fund | Emergency Relief for Wichita-area Artists

Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund

Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund | Donate Now

The Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund was created for individuals working in the art and creative sector who have been impacted by the current public health crisis. The primary concern is for the well-being of our community’s creatives – specifically, independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity. The fund will provide $500 rapid response, need-based grants to help offset the lost wages affecting so many in our creative community.

The fund launches with $25,000 from the COVID-19 Connection Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Arts Council (who will also act as the fiscal sponsor). Organizers would like to raise at least $50,000 by this Friday, April 17th when applications open. The first round of grants will be awarded on Friday, April 24th.

Arts supporters may DONATE to the relief fund via their website, or by using the PayPal donation button below:

The idea arose from a collective zoom cocktail hour with a group of Wichita arts and culture organizers and advocates a few weeks ago, including Kristin Beal (Co-Founder, Program Director, Harvester Arts), Shannon Boone (Owner, Chief Chaos Coordinator, Shay Chic Productions), Emily Brookover (Director of Community Development, Downtown Wichita) Ann Keefer (Vice President Program Development, Wichita Festivals, Inc.),  Lela Meadow-Conner (CEO & mother/founder, mama.film) and Kate Van Steenhuyse (Co-Founder, Executive Director, Harvester Arts). Local artist Hannah Scott has been hired to design graphics for the campaign.

“We all work for arts and cultural and/or advocacy organizations. In our daily practice and throughout history, we know that the arts are fundamental to human existence. Preserving our local culture and the health of our community’s creatives is essential to the health of our ecosystem, which requires the constant infusion of artistic energy,” said the group. 

“People have historically turned to the arts during times of strife, and now this cultural moment is no different. Artists are our keepers of history, they will reflect on the unprecedented times we are living in. If we want to have a vibrant city to come back to we have to support and engage our talent. If there ever was a time, it’s now. No donation is too small and we hope to continue our community fundraising efforts through the week (and beyond) so that we can support as many creatives as possible.”

For more information and to apply,
visit WICHITACREATIVES.COM

Applications open at 9:00am on Friday, April 17th.

See the Arts Council’s COVID-19 Resource List for more helpful links.

COVID-19 resources for the Wichita Arts Community

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

The Arts Council has been anxiously monitoring the spread of coronavirus and the ongoing impact it will have on the Wichita arts community. This page is meant to serve as an informational resource for local artists and arts organizations, to help us all get through this situation together.

We are pleased to support the Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund.

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