The 2017 Governor's Arts Awards

Presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor

The 36th annual Governor's Arts Awards will be held

May 4, 2017

at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale.


 View the 2017 nominees | View the 2017 Finalists

The Selection Process

Each year, three volunteer selection panel comprised of community, business and arts leaders from across the state review the nominations for the Governor's Arts Awards based on the following criteria:

The significance of the contributions and achievements of the nominee
The range of individuals or groups served by the contributions of the nominee
The length and degree to which the nominee is dedicated to the arts

The Selection Panels:

Finalist Panel | Determines three finalists in seven categories from all nominees
Honoree Panel | Determines the honoree in seven categories from the finalists
Philanthropy Panel | Determines the Philanthropy Honoree


The 2017 Event

A “by invitation” reception for nominees, nominators, major event sponsors and other major supporters of Arizona Citizens for the Arts was held on Phoenix on February 20, 2017, to honor all nominees, announce three finalists in eight categories and announce the Philanthropy Honoree.


 The official image of the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards was announced at the nominee reception:

Love Your Earth, 2016
Chrysanthe Kapuranis

From the artist:
A symphony plays inside each of us, the harmony within, radiating outwards like music from an instrument
The earth speaks … listen to her song in the breeze
The earth gives, it is beauty … an open heart with all the colors of the rainbow
Deep shadows dance with light and become moments of change. Forms are born, then become a memory as new forms emerge
Earth’s pure essence is revealed in canyons, mountains, and deserts, … silence … the language of the earth’s soul
Protect Your Earth …
Love Your Earth


Governor's Arts Awards Gala

May 4, 2017
The Phoenician Resort
6000 E Camelback Rd | Phoenix, AZ
5:00-6:30 – Pre-Awards Cocktail Reception
6:30-8:30 p.m. – Dinner and Awards Presentation
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Silent Auction Checkout



A premium reserved table of 10 at the dinner, a half-page, full-color ad in the Arizona Capitol Times commemorative program, the opportunity to host a state legislator and his/her guest, special listing on the event website and the event program; year-round recognition as a Partner on the AzCA website. (We respectfully note that hosting arrangements for members of the Legislature will be coordinated by Arizona Citizens for the Arts.) 


A reserved table for 10 at the dinner, the opportunity to host a state legislator and his/her guest, a special listing in the event program; and a special listing in the event program.

For non-profits arts and culture organizations who are current with their dues to Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a reserved table for 10, the opportunity to host a state legislator and his/her guest, and a special listing in the event program.

Contact Kristyn to learn about becoming a member with us

$250 each for individuals

$200 each for staff of AzCA Organizational Members & Donors at the $300+ level

The deadline to purchase an ad in the commemorative program has passed.

Purchase a full or half page ad in the commemorative program. Advertise your organization, performance season, upcoming special event or pay tribute to the finalists and the inaugural Philanthropy Honoree.


Governor's Arts Awards History

Since 1981, over 175 distinguished Arizona artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators and individuals have been recognized for their passion, creativity and devotion to the excellence and diversity of Arizona’s arts and cultural community.

Beginning in 2006, The Shelley Award also has been presented annually to an Arizona individual who has advanced Arizona arts and culture through strategic and innovative work to create or support public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona. The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

The Governor’s Arts Awards event is much more than a tradition. The awards reflect more than three decades of the best in Arizona’s arts and culture community and the magnificent contributions they’ve made to our state’s arts and cultural heritage.


2016 Governors Arts Awards

See sponsors, nominees, honorees and artwork from the 2016 event



35 Years of Honorees

See ALL of those who have been honored in the rich

35-year history of the Governor's Arts Awards.