More than twenty organizations and individuals were nominated for the 2022 Art Awards celebration, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana announced on Thursday.
The annual celebration honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts and cultural landscape of the Evansville community. The event is Saturday, Oct. 22 at DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Evansville. The Arts Council will give out awards in seven categories, including the prestigious Mayor’s Art Award. Most of the recipients will be announced at the ceremony, but the Arts Council announced the winners in three categories on Monday.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will present two Mayor’s Art Awards 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 Orchestra.
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
The winner of each category will be announced at the Art Awards gala, A Spooky Soiree. The event 6-9 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 22, and will include artist demonstrations, dinner, and an awards ceremony. Tickets for the event are available to purchase at this link.
For more information, please contact Zach Evans.