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Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

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Leadership in the Arts Awardee Delora Bertelsen accepts her award from Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert in 2010.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts were established in 1980 to recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Utah.

In 2007, the awards adapted to honor those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the arts. Today, the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

 

2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients were honored on May 7, 2015 in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards were presented by Julie Fisher, Executive Director of the Department of Heritage and Arts.

Governor Gary R. Herbert sent his congratulations to the 2015 recipients in a video message.

To nominate an individual or organization for a 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award, please fill out the form below and return it to Kirsten Darrington at kdarrington@utah.gov

2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Nomination Form


We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Arts Benefactor

BYU CFAC_logo Caine College
Logo Banner Pathway Associates sandy_logo
Utah Chamber Artists
Utah Shakespeare Festival

Arts Patron

Kimball Art Center

Plan-B Theatre Company

  Salt Lake Acting Company

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

UVU School of the Arts

  WSU Telitha E Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter

Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company

Nonprofit Academy for Excellence at the University of Utah

Park Silly Sunday Market

Spy Hop Productions

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah State Poetry Society

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Zions Bank

Past Award Recipients

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

2014 City of St. George, Mayor Jon Pike
Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Spy Hop Productions
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Timpanogos Storytelling Institute
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Shirley Ririe
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2013 Gunnison City, Mayor Lori Nay
Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Kim Schaefer
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Patricia A. Richards
Volunteer Leadership in the Arts Award
Wally Bloss
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2012 City of Ogden,
Mayor Mike Caldwell 

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Chris Roberts
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Artspace
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Teri Orr
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2011 City of Kanab,
Mayor Nina Laycook 

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
K. Newell Dayley
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
A. Scott Anderson
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2010 Sandy City,
Mayor Tom Dolan

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Rachel Wheeler
Education Leadership in the Arts Award
India Cultural
Center of Utah

Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Delora Bertelsen
Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
2009 Layton City,
Mayor Steve Curtis

Community Leadership in the Arts Award
Alice Perreault, Kindred Spirits 
Support of Children Through the Arts Award
Neighborworks Salt Lake, Maria Garciaz
Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
Anne Cullimore Decker
Individual Merit Leadership in the Arts Award 
2008 Gail Bunker
Community Leadership Award
Ferron Holt
Arts Education Leadership Award
Representative Greg Hughes
Legislative Leadership Award
Ruth Draper
Lifetime Leadership Award
2007 Representative Sheryl Allen
Public Leadership in the Arts Award
Beverley Taylor Sorenson
Support of Children Through Arts Education Award
Mayor Dave Sakrison
Local Elected Official Award
Kaziah Hancock
Humanitarian Award for Compassion Through the Arts

Governor’s Awards in the Arts Recipients, 1980 to 2003