For Immediate Release :: June 18, 2012
Contact: Emily Düwel, 520-624-0595 x 19
TUCSON, AZ – Tucson Pima Arts Council is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2012 Lumies Arts and Business Awards.
Now in its 11th year, the Tucson Pima Arts Council created the Lumies to encourage everyone to celebrate the outstanding arts “luminaries” that contribute to Tucson and Pima County’s unique creative vitality.
As a testament to that vitality, this year’s Awards Ceremony—held on Friday, June 15th at El Casino Ballroom—enjoyed near-record levels of attendance and well-merited audience enthusiasm.
Speaking afterwards, TPAC Executive Director Roberto Bedoya noted, “It was a wonderful event and a true demonstration of how our community is made rich by the extraordinary talent, generosity and good will of its citizens.”
One hallmark of the 2012 Lumies is the amazing diversity of winners—from artists and arts institutions with international stature to individuals who have spent the better part of a lifetime providing artistic experiences for others to emerging young artists whose creative gifts show great promise for the future.
The list of 2012 Lumies Winners are as follows:
Artist Lifetime Achievement: George Hanson
Established Arts Organization: 91.3 KXCI Community Radio
Large Business Partner: Buffalo Exchange
Arts Patron: Jean-Paul Bierny (tied)
Arts Patron: Fletcher McCusker (tied)
Small Business Partner: Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea
Arts Education Program: The University of Arizona Poetry Center
Arts Educator: David Andres
Public Art Partner: Oro Valley Hospital
Emerging Arts Organization: Fluxx Studio & Gallery
Emerging Artist: Amy Briseño
The Tucson Pima Arts Council is grateful to everyone who contributed to making this year’s Lumies such a spectacular success, including winners, nominees, guests, staff/volunteers and sponsors. Special gratitude is owed to Old Pueblo Printers for the beautifully printed programs, Film Creations Ltd. for the outstanding short film spotlighting each of the winners, and to the Arizona Daily Star and The Loft Cinema for their promotion efforts.