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Arts Council Celebrates 50th Annual Art Awards

Contact: Thomas Dalton, Arts Council Marketing Committee Chair |

The 50th Annual Arts Council Awards will be held from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W Museum Blvd. Tickets are $50 per person, or $400 per table, and include a cash bar reception, dinner and awards presentation. Tickets are available now at the WichitaTix Box Office inside Century II and online at

The annual Arts Council Awards were established in 1969 by the Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council in order to recognize and honor those businesses, foundations and individuals who have displayed consistent and exemplary support of the arts and humanities in our community.

This year, 12 outstanding Wichita area individuals, cultural organizations and businesses will be recognized for their roles in furthering the growth and development of arts in the Wichita area during the Art Awards presentation— three more awards than in previous years.  Also new for 2019, the Arts Council is pleased to award a $500 scholarship to the Outstanding Achievement in Art – Youth Award recipient.

2019  Arts Council Art Award Winners

Outstanding Achievement in Art – Individual Award
Patrick Duegaw

Outstanding Achievement in Art – Youth Award
Lauren Zoller

Outstanding Arts Organization Award

Gordon W Evans Art Leadership Award
Connie Bonfy

Burton Pell Achievement in Music Award
Craig Owens

Arts Advocate Appreciation Award – Individual
Lela Meadow-Conner

Arts Advocate Appreciation Award – Group or Business
Greteman Group

Special Project Recognition Award – Group
Horizontes Project

Special Project Recognition Award – Individual
Sara Harmon

Arts Educator Recognition Award
Jim Hellman

Outstanding Achievement in Arts Programming (New Award)
Wichita Art Museum – Monet to Matisse Exhibit

Chris Cherches Award
Wichita Public Library – Advanced Learning Library

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