TPAC Announces 2012 Lumies Arts & Business Award Nominees

May 4, 2012

Tucson Pima Arts Council has announced the slate of nominees for the 2012 Lumies Arts and Business Awards, which celebrate the outstanding businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who help build the unique and distinctive character of Tucson and Pima County.

Nominees for this year’s Lumies include bedrocks of the arts and culture community whose patronage has buoyed organizations and artists through the economic difficulties of the past year as well as brand new arts programs and organizations whose work has already made a big splash.

The Artist Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a county resident for an outstanding creative body of work, includes a diverse cadre of local superstars.  Tucson Symphony Orchestra music director George Hanson; visual and performing artist To-Ree-Nee Wolf McArdle; artist and curator Gail Marcus Orlen; botanical illustrator Manabu Saito; and visual artist Marvin Shaver have all received nods in this category.

The Outstanding Emerging Artist Awards recognize newer talent who show exceptional promise.  The nominees are poet Amy Briseño; visual artist Mel “Melo” Dominguez; musician Sergio Mendoza; and muralist Joe Pagac.

Nominees for the Outstanding Established Arts Organization include treasured Pima County institutions 91.3 KXCI Community Radio, Children’s Museum of Tucson, Museum of Contemporary Art, New ARTiculations Dance Theatre, Rhythm and Roots, University of Arizona Press, and UA Presents.

They will be recognized alongside newcomers in the Outstanding Emerging Arts Organization nominees Fluxx Studio & Gallery, the Fund for Civility, Respect & Understanding’s Antibullying Task Force, Stories that Soar!, and Velociprints.

Winners will be announced at the Lumies Arts & Business Awards ceremony on June 15, 2012, at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson.

The annual celebration includes a casual reception, dinner, awards ceremony, and post-event dancing.  This year’s musical performance will be Emerging Artist nominee Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, who will infuse his unique brand of “classic big band Latin indie mambo” music for the delight of guests, nominees, and winners.  The general public is invited to attend and toast the accomplishments of the entire region’s arts and culture movers and shakers.

“The arts and culture sector continues to be an economic driver for Pima County,” said Roberto Bedoya, TPAC’s executive director.  “Our thriving local arts and culture scene, from galleries to concert venues, theatres to festivals, museums to literary centers, keeps local money local and attracts tourist dollars from across the country. The Lumies celebrate our arts and culture leaders who work hard and contribute much to our cultural vibrancy.”

To demonstrate the symbiotic relationship and partnerships between arts and business, the Lumies recognize both small and large businesses for their nurturing, support, and championing of local arts endeavors.

Outstanding Large Business Partner nominees include Buffalo Exchange, which sponsors an annual arts award; General Growth Properties, which sponsors myriad arts events at Tucson and Park Place Malls; and the Tucson International Airport, which displays a variety of art by local and regional artists.

Outstanding Small Business Partner nominees are Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, home to the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam events; Cemrock, which assists public artists and constructrs rock-like facades for our cultural institutions; Feast, which displays local art; Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, PC, which turned its offices into a rotating art gallery; and Tucson Botanical Gardens, which extends invitations to artists to curate shows on its grounds.

Arts and culture organizations rely heavily on support from donors and volunteers as well.  The Outstanding Arts Patron award nominees include exceptional individuals whose commitment to growing arts and culture opportunities in our region had a significant impact on a variety of organizations.  The nominees for 2012 are Jean-Paul Bierny, Al & Marilyn Cook, Fletcher McCusker, and Julie Sasse.

This year’s newest category, the Oustanding Public Art Partner, recognizes significant contributions to public art display by a business or orgnization.  The inaugural nominees include Beyond Bread, Northwest Medial Center – Oro Valley Hospital, and Tucson Medical Center, all of which have made steps to curate public art collections on their grounds.

Because of the significant value arts education has on the intellectual and social development of all county residents, especially children, TPAC also sponsors categories to recognize exceptional programs and teachers.  The Oustanding Art Educator Award nominees include David Andres, Mariana Carreras, and Stevie Mack.  Outstanding Arts Education Program nominees include Odaiko Sonora, Pan Left Productions, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson Arts Brigade, and Tucson Jazz Institute.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online here.  Admission is $35 in advance or $45 at the door.