2022 Arts Council Art Awards Gala

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Enter the dimension of imagination. The 2022 Arts Council Art Awards gala and ceremony is a celebration of art organizations and artists that have made significant contributions to the arts and cultural landscape of our community. This year’s event has a new Halloween theme — A Spooky Soiree.

The 2022 Art Awards gala is Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Downtown, Evansville. The Arts Council honors organizations and individuals in seven categories, five of which will be announced at the ceremony.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious Mayor’s Art Award and the Arts Council Award. Two Mayor’s Art Awards will be given out in 2022 to make up for the cancelled event in 2020, honoring Pat and Lisa Shoulders for their vision and leadership in creating the “Healing Arts” plaza at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, and Robert and Marianna Wright, for their support of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Sciences and the Evansville Philharmonic.

The Arts Council Award will be presented to Old National Bank, for the ONSD and Old National Bank Hub murals. In addition, the Arts Council will posthumously honor John Engelbrecht and John McNaughton for their extraordinary and foundational efforts to advance the arts in our community.

The following groups and individuals are nominated for the 2022 Art Awards.

Arts Project Award

  • Easter Seals Early Learning Center Arts Enrichment Program
  • Allison Brown, The Foundry Center for the Arts
  • Corderro Smith, Tepe Park Basketball Court Mural
  • Patrick Higgs, Victory Film Festival
  • Stephanie Osborne, YART

Arts Educator Award

  • Jane Gilbert, Visual Arts Teacher, McGary Middle School
  • Nancy Raen-Mendez, Instructor in Art and Design Department, University of Southern Indiana
  • Sheryl Schuster, Fine Arts Specialist, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

Performing Artist Award

  • Roy Carter, Sr.
  • Deena Laska-Lewis

Visual Artist Award

  • Jakob Bilinski
  • Homer Duke
  • Hannah Jones
  • Julia Starr
  • Britton Starr
  • Rachel Wambach

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The winner of each category will be announced at the Art Awards gala, A Spooky Soiree. The event is 6-9 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 22, and will include artist demonstrations, dinner, and an awards ceremony.

Tickets for the event are available via the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana website. For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase a table, please contact Executive Director Anne McKim.

For more information about the Art Awards, please contact Zach Evans.

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