Lumies Arts & Business Awards


A Gala Evening of Fun, Food, Music and More

Honoring the Luminaries of the Community

Tucson Museum of Art Plaza

Friday, September 18th @ 6.00pm

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A project of Tucson Pima Arts Council, In partnership with business, government, and the arts community.


The Lumies Arts & Business Awards celebrate those individuals, organizations and businesses that make Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality. TPAC invites the public to submit nominations of those arts ‘luminaries’ who have made a profound impact on the lives and communities of Southern Arizonans.  This year we have streamed lined from eleven categories to seven. Please be sure to read each category criteria carefully.
The seven categories are: Arts Education Award, Arts and Cultural Advocate,  Business Award, Artist Award,  Arts Organization Award, The David Hoyt Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts,  Emerging Artist or Arts Organization (see below for definitions).

An independent panel of judges will recommend the winner of each category to the Tucson Pima Arts Council. Nominees will be announced in July. Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Nominee investment in their field or artwork.
  • Significance of the achievement or contribution.
  • Scope of the populations served by the nominee.
  • Nominee’s service or connection with a larger community.
  • Strength of the nominating form and the letter of support.


Arts Education Award: Awarded to an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in arts education and/or youth work. May apply to a program for youth and/or adults.

 Arts and Cultural Advocate Award: Awarded to an individual or organization who has significantly contributed to the Tucson and Pima County cultural community and has raised the visibility of Southern Arizona’s arts and culture sector. This may include work through direct advocacy efforts as well as promoting the value of the arts.

Business Award: Awarded to a private-sector business that actively supports and promotes local arts organizations, programs, and individual artists through advocacy and/or community outreach and involvement initiatives such as work-place based gallery exhibitions, volunteerism, scholarships, and a variety of other activities that promote the value of  arts and culture in our community.

Artist Award: Awarded to an individual artist that has demonstrated excellence, originality and ingenuity in the local arts and culture sector.

Arts Organization Award: Awarded to a public or private arts organization that has demonstrated excellence in serving the people of Tucson and Pima County. This may include exemplary work across disciplines, as well as advocating for and promoting the value of arts and culture in Southern Arizona.

The David Hoyt Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts: Awarded to an  individual, or arts administrator who has demonstrated excellence, resilience, integrity, and resourcefulness in the arts and culture sector.

Emerging Artist or Arts Organization Award: Award to an individual, collective, or organization with 3 years or less of operating experience that has demonstrated excellence in Southern Arizona’s arts and culture sector. May apply to a program for youth or by youth.

Thank you for your nomination!

Lumies Arts & Business Award  “Turquoise Reptilian”
Designed by Renowned Local Artisan Thomas A. Philabaum


2015 Lumies Award Categories & Nominees

Artist Award

  • Fernando Romero, Luca Lashes
  • Steven Eye, Solar Culture
  • Michael Cajero
  • Catherine Nash
  • Wil Taylor
  • Bill Mackey
  • Adam Rex
  • Joe Pagac
  • Ben Olmstead & Simon Donovan

Arts and Cultural Advocate

  • Arizona Public Media
  • Stevie Mack, Crizmac Art & Cultural Materials

Arts Education Award

  • Maria Gawne, Broadway Camp LLC
  • Jon and Kathy Thuerbach, Christian Youth Theater
  • Brett Goble, City High School
  • Linda Cato, Linda Cato Art
  • Linda Solomon, Pictures of Hope
  • Mary Anne Lisney, Romero House Petters, Inc
  • Stories That Soar!
  • Chelsea Farrar, University of Arizona Museum of Art
  • Janice Jarrett
  • Herschel Kreloff

Arts Organization Award

  • Ben’s Bells Project
  • Cirque Roots
  • Esperanza Dance Project
  • Live Theater Workshop
  • Lonely Street Productions
  • Odyssey Storytelling
  • The Drawing Studio
  • Tucson Fringe
  • Tucson Pastel Society
  • Xerocraft Hackerspace
  • Rialto Theatre

Business Award

  • Jim Click Automotive Group
  • Northern Trust Company
  • Sarnoff Art Materials
  • Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

David Hoyt Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts

  • Rick Wamer, WamerMime
  • Paula Fan
  • Jeff Yanc, The Loft Cinema
  • Debbie Overbey,
  • Mark McLemore host of Arizona Spotlight, Arizona Public Media
  • Lynn Davis, Tucson Jewish Community Center

Emerging Artist or Arts Organization

  • Exploded View
  • Jazz in January
  • Musical Mayhem Cabaret
  • Safos Dance Theatre