Arts Council

Governor’s Arts Awards

The next Governor’s Arts Awards will be February 27, 2015. Online registration is open!

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Folk artist and painter Tom Lucas, 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards recipient.

The 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards recipients have been announced! Go here for press release.

This year, Zachary Pullen, an illustrator from Casper; Jim Wilcox, artist and gallery owner from Jackson; and Tom Lucas, folk artist and gallery owner from Dubois will be honored at a gala event on February 27, 2015. Anyone is welcome to attend the dinner and award ceremony. The event starts at 6 PM with a social hour at Little America in Cheyenne; at 7, dinner and the awards ceremony will start. The Governor will give a state of the arts speech. There will be a small exhibition of work by the three artists. Join us! Invitations will be mailed in early January; online registration for the event is now available here. Seats are $55/person; see below for information on more ways to support the Governor’s Arts Awards! Many sponsorship opportunities are available. To register and pay with a check, please print, complete and mail the GAA RSVP form.

The Wyoming Arts Alliance will host its annual Arts Advocacy Day as well on the 27th of February. Please contact WyAA about how to participate.

Supporting the Governor’s Arts Awards

There are a number of ways to help sponsor the annual Governor’s Arts Awards:

  • Host a Legislator! Wyoming legislators are the guests of generous individuals and organizations who contribute to the legislator pool at $55/legislator. Donations can be used to support a specific legislator; if that legislator does not attend, the funds go into the pool to support any legislator. Donors can request to be seated with the legislator(s) they sponsor.
  • Table Sponsorship: Contribute $1000 and sponsor a table! Donors receive a reserved table for eight (8) people of their choice, two bottles of wine and sponsor listing in the program.
  • Donation of any amount. Donations are gratefully acknowledged in the program at the following levels:

Patron ($500+)
Friend ($100-$400)
Supporter ($50-$99)

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor at the Premier, Governor’s Circle or Corporate levels, please contact Sara Needles (307) 777-2416 or Michael Lange at (307) 777-7723.

  • Premier Sponsors are acknowledged as such on the invitation, program and during the awards ceremony. They have the opportunity to host the Governor and/or other elected officials, as available. They receive a reserved table of eight with two bottles of wine, and are invited to a pre-reception at the Governor’s Residence honoring awardees and major sponsors.
  • Governor’s Circle sponsors are acknowledged on the program and during the awards ceremony. They have the option to host elected officials as available. They receive a reserved table of eight with two bottles of wine, and are invited to a pre-reception at the Governor’s Residence honoring awardees and major sponsors.
  • Corporate Sponsors sponsor a specific part of the event and are acknowledged on the program and during the awards ceremony. They receive a reserved table of eight with two bottles of wine, and are invited to a pre-reception at the Governor’s Residence honoring awardees and major sponsors.

The 2014 Premier Sponsor:

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2014 Corporate Sponsors:

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Nomination Information

CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF 2014 GUIDELINES.

Any Wyoming citizen, organization, business or community may be nominated for a Governor’s Art Awards (GAA). Noted accomplishments should reflect substantial contributions, made in Wyoming, that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts. Special consideration will be given to nominees whose arts service is statewide. Previous GAA recipients are not eligible for nomination, but nomination of previously unselected nominees is encouraged. Current Wyoming Arts Council board members, staff members, contractors and members of their families are not eligible for nomination.

Governor’s Arts Awards is a gala event celebrating the awardees and the vibrancy of the arts in Wyoming. The event includes a social hour, dinner, the State of the Arts speech by the Governor, awards ceremony, and entertainment, usually by one of the awardees.

At the Feb. 28, 2014, event, we featured displays of art by award winners Guadalupe Barajas and Norma Sturges, and a lively performance from the Bar J Wranglers!

For a look at last year’s proceedings, go to the GAA invitation 2014. Se these videos about the winners, and of the awards.

For a full list of previous winners, please go to the Governor’s Arts Awards program page. A history of the event is also available there.