This year's artists were handpicked by Arizona Citizens for the Arts through a collaborative process with our member organizations, board members and first-hand research.
The artwork, provided as awards to each of the honorees, is underwritten by the Arizona Lottery.
Chrysanthe Kapuranis explores the duality of forms, often by merging abstract mark making with organic shapes and meaningful life experiences. She begins connecting seemingly disparate concepts through research, examining nature, and photography. She uses texture, transparency, and hidden messages within the painting to bring further meaning to the work.
“Art is love and the pursuit of discovery. Art is harmony and balance. Art is realizing the divine symmetry and natural beauty of the world that we all live in. It is through the sharing of art that I hope to encourage your own pursuit of discovery and harmony.”
Chrysanthe Kapuranis is a graphic designer in the Division of Human Resources at the University of Arizona. She has an extensive background telling stories for a variety of education and non-profit organizations. She has exhibited at numerous public venues. Chrys has a bachelor’s degree in Design Science from Arizona State University and is pursuing a degree at the UA in Fine Arts in 2D/Studio Art.
BRYAN DAVID GRIFFITH
Bryan David Griffith explores contemporary issues through painting, photography, sculpture, and installation, often by using simple materials in unconventional ways. His work is held in public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; University of Michigan Museum of Art; Center for Creative Photography; and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. He has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S., with recent solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography near Boston and the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Bryan is the winner of the 2016 Viola Award for Excellence in Visual Arts, Flagstaff's most prestigious honor for an arts achievement, along with a 2016 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum. He is represented by Bentley Gallery in Phoenix.
His recent work explores the idea that dualities—light and darkness, life and death, object and emptiness, forest and fire—aren’t opposed forces, but rather part of the same continuous cycle; one can’t exist without the other. The juxtaposition of soft organic lines with geometric forms conveys our desire to compartmentalize and control capricious natural processes like wildfire, often with unintended consequences. Each piece in Rethinking Fire is a precarious attempt to capture the ephemeral essence of fire by using fire itself to create paintings, sculptures, and installations.
Travis Ivey, born in Cheyenne, WY, is an artist living and working in Phoenix, AZ. His artistic practice is comprised of two bodies of work. Under his alter ego, “HANK,” Ivey creates paintings of the vast western landscape with an emphasis on human ecology and the environment. Alternately, his other work originates in the imaginative and introspective, and is created using found and collected by-products from society and his personal life.
Corn Maiden “Emergence”
Ramson Lomatewama is an award-winning glass artist, kachina doll carver, and poet. Born into the eagle clan, his life on the Hopi reservation is clearly the heart of his art and poetry. His way of experiencing the world through the arts is a clear reflection of his rich heritage and the timeless culture of the Hopi people.
Although ceremonies and cultural activities play a major role in his life, Ramson continues to dedicate time to schools, universities, and museums as a visiting scholar and artist. He is currently living in Hotevilla, AZ on the Hopi reservation, writing and creating his hand-blown glass art.
No, I Will Not Do Your Nails
Manipulated Photography printed on archival pigment ink on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper
Bobbi McMurry incorporates techniques from photography, painting, drawing and collage to create images that are layered, textured narratives. Her primary imaging and processing tools are mobile applications.
Bobbi was honored to have her work shown in the Mira Mobile Exhibit, at the Mira Forum Gallery in Porto, Portugal, and the Abstractions of the Ordinary Show at Jan Kossens Contemporary in NY, NY. She has recieved numerous accolades including first place prizes in the Mobile Photo Awards. Her images are featured in major art/photography blogs and magazines including: The Hand magazine, and the Huffington Post. She is a columnist for TheAppWhisperer.com providing inspiration, showcase curation, and interviews of other artists using mobile applications as their medium.
McMurry spent nearly two decades as a magazine Art Director and volunteered extensively for Art Masterpiece -a national art enrichment program for youth. Bobbi McMurry holds a BFA from Arizona State University.
Mary Meyerʹs work explores the shapes, patterns, and symmetries that connect our bodies with the natural world. Driven by materiality and process, her work is strongly influenced by ab ackground in traditional stone carving and foundry casting methods. Meyer’s wall panels and installations are comprised of various media – wood, paper, wax, ceramic, sand – with an emphasis on reflective components such as metal castings, found objects, and graphite surface treatments. Originally from the Midwest, she works full time from her studio in Arizona, her home for 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, where she received the MFA Fellowship.
In 2016, Meyer was recognized as one of the city’s 100 Creatives by Phoenix New Times. Notably, she was awarded an Artist Grant through Contemporary Forum, a support arm of the Phoenix Art Museum. She has served as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College, and has taught sculpture workshops for the Visions Youth Program through the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and is represented in numerous private collections.
Bonny Stauffer has been a working artist in Prescott, AZ for 40 years. She holds a fine arts degree in painting, and has extensive training in the graphic design field. Bonny has incorporated both areas of art in her 22-year career at Yavapai College as a graphic designer, a member of the art faculty, and as Dean of the Visual and Performing Arts Division. Throughout her career as an artist and educator, she has exhibited her paintings at universities, art centers, and galleries, often integrating digital and traditional processes in her work. Her paintings and prints are in private collections throughout the US.
As a full-time studio artist, Bonny spends long periods of time drawing and meditating in nature as a process for exploring creative expressions of her love for the earth. Her work consists of constructed paintings, watercolors, drawings, and digital paintings, all based on the ever-changing process of life in the universe.
Janet Towbin is an award-winning artist whose paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs are exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has had seven solo exhibitions, in addition to participating in many group exhibitions spanning nearly three decades. Her art is in museum collections, private collections, and commercial venues throughout the United States.
Arriving in the Phoenix area in 2008, Janet was selected as an artist-in-residence at Mesa Art Center’s printmaking studio. In 2015, she began an extremely productive collaboration with Santo Press and printed over 50 editions in two years. Janet is a featured artist at Andaz Resort and Spa in Scottsdale where her artwork is in every guest room as well as in the resort’s restaurant and meeting rooms.
Janet’s current work focuses on obsessively drawn patterns. The complex drawings begin as simple motifs that are reworked into intricate, repeating images drawn with graphite on paper. Many of Janet’s drawings are subsequently translated into relief prints, taking them in a completely new direction through the addition of color.
Alysa is a third generation glass artist and has over 20 years of experience in glass, teaching classes and creating custom work for private collections. In 2009, Alysa came to SGS to teach our fusing, mosaics, and stained glass classes. Alysa’s creativity knows no limits, ranging from intricate stained glass projects to Southwest- and ocean-themed mosaics and fused pieces. Her range of knowledge makes her a fantastic instructor for students looking to create any type of glass art in our Warm Shop.