Sacramento Arts & Business Council Art Awards Nominees Announced

The Sacramento Arts & Business Council has announced the finalists for the annual Art Awards Gala!

Check out the amazing list of community members and come celebrate at the awards ceremony on January 17th, 2018! If your business is interested in being an event sponsor, please contact Grigio’s principal and Arts & Business Council Board Member Jennifer Jackson.


Business + Arts Philanthropy Award –                                                                           

  • Five Star Bank – Mike Rizzo, CFO
  • The McKinley Village Partnership – comprised of The New Home Company & Riverview Capital Investments
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District, SMUD

Outstanding Service Award                                                                                                                      

  • Laurie E. Nelson – President of the Sacramento Arts Alliance – home of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera
  • James Wheatley – Stories on Stage
  • Verge Center for the ARTS – Liv Moe, Executive Director

Leadership in the Arts Award –

  • Shaun Burner – Artist, co-founder of M5 Arts, co-owner of 1810 Gallery
  • Dennis Mangers – Community Leader, Founder “Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists”
  • Maya Wallace – Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Member

Emerging Artist                                                                                                                        

  • Delgreta E. Brown
  • Lindsey M. Dillon
  • Natalie McKeever

Emerging Arts Leader –

  • Mima Begovic – Gallerist, Artspace 1616
  • Veronica Delgado – Public Affairs/Communications, Sac State
  • Andru Defeye – Poet, Sol Collective

Arts Educator of the Year Award –

  • Kathleen S. Lynch – Poet/Essayist/Artist
  • Deidre Trudeau – Arts Educator
  • Suzanne Adan & Michael Stevens –  Artists and Art Professors, Sacramento City College

“Oh Yes! I Remember That” Award –

  • Behind the Barre” – Capital Dance Project
  • PorchFest – Musical Community Event
  • Wide Open Walls – Mural Festival

Visual Artist of the Year –                                                                                                       

  • John Yoyogi Fortes – Artist
  • Marc Foster – Artist
  • Julia Couzens – Artist

Performing Artist of the Year

  • Capital Dance Project – Independent Collective of Professional Dancers
  • JAMBALAYA – Musical and Performance Collective
  • Sequoia – Performance Art Dance Group

Arts Journalism Award –                                                                        

  • Comstock’s Magazine – Winnie Comstock
  • Jamila Khan – Visit Sacramento/Sac365
  • Sacramento Magazine – Joe Chiodo, Publisher

Muriel Johnson Award for Arts Advocacy

Ron Cunningham & Carinne Binda Artistic Directors, Sacramento Ballet