Each year, our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts partner with the Governor’s office to celebrate the best in Arizona’s arts and culture community and the magnificent contributions they’ve made to our state’s arts and cultural heritage. 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.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, nine more Arizona arts luminaries will be added to this list at the 36th annual Governor’s Arts Awards.

In lieu of a plaque or a mass-produced statuette, each Governor’s Arts Award honoree receives a one-of-a-kind work of art created by an Arizona artist. You can learn more about the artists behind the works on the Arizona Citizens for the Arts website.

Chrysanthe Kapuranis
Love Your Earth
Oil on canvas


Bryan David Griffith
Sine Qua Non (F1701)
Accumulated petroleum smoke on paper


Travis Ivey
Time Map
Recycled security envelopes


Ramson Lomatewama
Corn Maiden “Emergence”
Hand-blown Glass



Bobbi McMurry
No, I Will Not Do Your Nails
Manipulated Photography printed on archival pigment ink on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper


Mary Meyer
Luster 3
Cast aluminum, wood, graphite, sewing needle


Bonny Stauffer
Surprise Spring/Carina Nebula
Digital painting printed on archival fine art paper




Janet Towbin
Grand Variation I
Laser cut lino over archival inkjet print


The 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at The Phoenician Resort.For more information, please visit www.azcitizensforthearts.org/governors-arts-awards