March 22, 2018 at the Arizona Biltmore

More than 500 arts supporters from all corners of Arizona and all parts of the community gathered at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to celebrate the phenomenal individuals and organizations that comprise our vibrant and growing arts sector in Arizona.

9 new honorees joined more 200 individuals and organizations that have been honored since 1981.

Alberto Ríos was honored as the 2018 Shelley Award HonoreePerformances from Ioannis Goudelis, Cold Shott & the Hurricane Horns and Bridget Marlowe & Elise Kurbat punctuated the evening. 

72 Artists, Arts Organizations, Businesses, Educators and Individuals from 20 Arizona communities were nominated in eight categories this year.

We want to acknowledge ALL of the 2018 nominees, who are wonderful individuals and organizations that do so much for arts and culture in Arizona and deserve to be recognized for their talent, innovation and immense efforts.

On February 6, 2018, nominees, sponsors and guests gathered at Herberger Theater Center to celebrate this year’s nominees and announce three finalists in each category as well as the 2018 Shelley Award and Philanthropy Honorees. The celebration consisted of a cocktail hour, live entertainment and a semi-formal program.

Billie Jo & Judd Herberger were the Presenting Sponsor, APS was the Nominee Reception Sponsor; SRP, the Evening Program Sponsor;  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Artist Award Sponsor and SNEAKY Big Productions was the Video Production Sponsor.