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.
There are a number of ways to help sponsor the annual Governor’s Arts Awards:
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.
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 full list of previous winners, please go to the Governor’s Arts Awards program page. A history of the event is also available there.