Wyoming Arts Council

Governor’s Arts Awards

2022 Governor’s Arts Awards Recipients

The recipients are Anne Mason, artist and arts administrator from Laramie; The Actor’s Mission, a community theater from Rock Springs; and a posthumous award to Clarene Law, a legislator, businesswoman, and arts patron from Jackson.

A big thank you to the 2022 Governor’s Arts Awards’ premier sponsor

Event details 

Friday, Feb. 24, 2023

Little America Hotel & Resort

Social hour: 6 PM

Dinner: 7 PM

Awards ceremony: 8 PM

Dress: Cocktail attire

Cash bar

Governor’s Arts Awards Sponsorship opportunities

Why sponsor the Governor’s Arts Awards? Contributions make this prestigious event possible and provide complimentary seating for elected officials. It also highlights the importance of arts and culture in Wyoming; which strengthens the economy, improves academic performance in our schools, drives tourism, creates social engagement, and sparks creativity and innovation. Governor’s Arts Awards Sponsorship levels can be found here. If you’re interested in sponsoring please fill out the Governor’s Arts Awards Sponsorship Commitment form.

  • Governor’s Circle $5,000
  • Advocate for the Arts $2,500
  • Table Sponsor $1,000
  • Patron of the Arts $500
  • Art Enthusiasts $250

For sponsorship information please get in touch with Brittany Howell at brittany.howell@wyo.gov or 307-214-2701.

Tickets are on sale now!

To purchase a Governor’s Arts Awards table or individual tickets click here.  The Wyoming Arts Council is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact accessibility coordinator Josh Chrysler at 307-256-2010 or joshua.chrysler@wyo.gov to request any disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accommodations.

What is the Governor’s Arts Awards?

Established in 1982, the Governor’s Arts Awards recognize excellence in the arts and outstanding service to the arts in Wyoming. These awards were first made possible by an endowment from the Union Pacific Foundation in honor of Mrs. John U. Loomis, a lifelong patron of the arts. Over the years, individuals and organizations from more than 35 Wyoming communities and statewide organizations have been honored for their dedication to the arts in Wyoming. Nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Arts Awards have closed. They will open again in September 2023. 

List of Governor’s Arts Award recipients, 1982-2021


Bronwyn Minton, Jackson | Charles Belden (posthumous), Meetseetse |

Debora Soulé, Rock Springs | James Bama, Wapiti | Off Square Theatre Company, Jackson


Dr. Valerie Innella Maiers, Casper | John and Nancy Schiffer, Kaycee | Margaret Wilson, Laramie | Sue Simpson Gallagher, Cody


Wendy Bredehoft, Laramie | Jim Jackson, Sheridan| Robert Martinez, Riverton | WYO Theater, Sheridan | Wyoming Music Educators Association


Elaine Henry, Big Horn | Karyne Dunbar, Shell |Keith Seidel, Cody | Marsha Knight, Laramie

Art 321/Casper Artists Guild, Casper | Susan Moldenhauer, Laramie | Leslie O’Hashi, Cheyenne | Dr. Patrick Patton, Casper

Forrest Mars Jr., Big Horn (Posthumous) | Marianne Vinich, Lander | Adam Duncan Harris, Jackson | Tim Sandlin, Jackson

Cedric Reverand and Paul Taylor, Laramie | Chris Navarro and Brian Scott Gamroth, Casper | Sarah Rogers, Sundance | Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Thermopolis

Tom Lucas, Dubois | Zachary Pullen, Casper | Jim Wilcox, Jackson

Guadalupe Barajas, Cheyenne | Babs Case, Jackson | Bar J Wranglers , Wilson | Bruce Richardson, Casper |Norma Sturges, Casper

AVA Community Art Center, Gillette | Jalan Crossland, Ten Sleep | Lynn Munns, Casper

Eagle Bronze Foundry, Lander | Michael C. Poulsen, Cody | Dr. Seymour Thickman, Sheridan | PALS: Promoting Arts in Lander Schools, Lander

Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum, Big Horn | Michael Masterson, Powell | Stage III Community Theatre, Casper | pARTners, Jackson | Nancy Curtis, Glendo

Don Butler, Sheridan | Duane Evenson, Gillette | Naoma J. Tate, Cody | Louise Wesswick, Rock Springs | Wyoming Educators of Secondary Theatre

Park County Arts Council, Cody | Jerry Palen, Saratoga | Diane Springford, Lander Tandem Productions, Sheridan

Lander Community Concerts Association | Neil Hansen, Powell | Mike McClure, Lander | Tucker Smith, Pinedale

Candra Day, Jackson | Razmick Sarkissian, Sheridan | Barbara Smith, Rock Springs | Creative Arts Program, Ark Regional Services, Laramie

William Missouri Downs, Laramie | Neltje, Banner | Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Kemmerer | Ucross Foundation Residency Program, Clearmont

All City Children’s Chorus, Cheyenne | Gaydell Collier, Sundance | Dr. Jane Leland Iverson, Cheyenne | Holly Turner, Casper

Art Association, Jackson | Casper Children’s Chorale | Rod Garnett, Laramie | Susie & Mick McMurry, Casper

Jo Crandall, Pinedale | John S. Giarrizzo, Powell | The Honorable Stanley K. and Mrs. Roberta “Bobby” Hathaway, Cheyenne

Arts in Action, Riverton | Dr. Sloan and Anna Marie Hales, Cheyenne | The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson | Ronald Steger, Laramie

Dancers Workshop, Jackson | Sara Wiles, Lander | Lynne Livingston Simpson, Laramie

Susie Dowler, Gillette | David Romtvedt, Buffalo | Dr. Patricia Tate, Laramie

Wind River Artists Guild & Headwaters Community Arts and Conference Center – Dubois

Janet Ahlquist, Casper | Earl Sams Lightner, Jackson | Sophie Pelissier, Sheridan | Sublette County Artists Guild, Pinedale

Hands in Harmony, Cheyenne | Tom Empey, Casper | Joffa and Bill Kerr, Jackson | Platte Valley Arts Council, Saratoga

David B. Anderson, Douglas | Elizabeth Guheen, Clearmont | D. Michael Thomas, Buffalo

Jo Campbell, Gillette | Jackson State Bank | Bud Boller, Dubois | Wyoming Writers, Inc.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West (previously Buffalo Bill Historical Center), Cody | Dr. Gladys Crane, Laramie | Margaret Peck, Riverton | Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne

Ronnie Bedford, Powell | Jean Paulene Goedicke, Casper | Margaret Small Mains, Laramie | Washakie County Museum and Cultural Center, Worland

William D. Weiss, Teton Village | ARTCORE, Casper | Wyoming Secondary Art Educators Association

Margery Barber, Lander | William Dubois, Cheyenne | Albany County Elementary Art Program, Laramie | Key Bank of Wyoming, Cheyenne

Grand Teton Music Festival, Teton Village | Harry Jackson, Cody | Eva McAdams, Fort Washakie | Wayne McIntire, Casper

Peter H. Hassrick, Cody | Donald L. King, Sheridan | Ann Simpson, Cody | Cheyenne Little Theater Players

Margaret Coe, Cody | George Hufsmith, Jackson | Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper | Powder River Arts Council, Gillette

Mary Back, Dubois | Mountain Bell Foundation, Cheyenne | James Boyle, Laramie | Arts Edition, Casper Star Tribune

Gertrude Krampert, Casper | Elizabeth (Betsy) Taggart, Cheyenne | University of Wyoming Art Mobile, Laramie | Western Arts Trio, Laramie

Symphony and Chorale Society of Cheyenne | James T. Forrest, Laramie | Harmon Watt, Riverton | KUWR Wyoming Public Radio, Laramie

Casper Symphony Assocation | Rock Springs/Sweetwater County | Pamela McCool – Jackson | Stagehands of Cheyenne

Union Pacific Foundation, Cheyenne | Pinedale Fine Arts Council | Charles Levendosky, Casper

Unicover Corporation, Cheyenne | Fine Arts Council of Saratoga | Historical and Cultural Association | Tonia Burnette, Riverton

Contact: Brittany Howell