An image at Lee’s Ferry by Aurora Berger, a photography student at Prescott College, has been selected for use on the program cover and invitations to the 35th annual Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards dinner and celebration on March 23 in downtown Phoenix.
Berger’s image, Mile Zero, is a full color archival pigment print from 2015. The photo at Lee’s Ferry, “is the first point of contact with the Colorado River for anybody traversing the Grand Canyon by boat,” Berger said. “Its rippling waters reflect hope and new beginnings for the days to come.”
As an artist with a visual disability, her artwork reflects how she sees the world by focusing on the colors, depth and immersion in the environment of her work. Primarily a portrait photographer, she recently began experimenting with landscape and abstract images.
Ms. Berger’s work was chosen after Arizona Citizens for the Arts issued a call for artists to college-level fine arts students.
“We received a remarkable selection of submissions from deeply talented young artists statewide, but Aurora’s image really stood out for us,” said Arizona Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Catherine “Rusty” Foley.
Berger splits her time between Prescott and her hometown of Strafford, VT. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design before deciding to step away from the more commercial part of the art world and transfer to Prescott College to further develop her personal work.
The Governor’s Arts Awards dinner and celebration will recognize winners in seven categories from among the 75 artists, arts organizations, advocates, businesses and educators who were nominated. Since 1981, more than 175 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards.
This year, the business category has been split into two divisions, a new category for small businesses with 1-99 employees and a second for businesses with more than 100.
Winners will be announced on March 23 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. 3rd St. The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor.
Childsplay founder David Saar also will be presented with the 11th Shelley Award which annually recognizes an Arizona individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona. The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
The pre-awards cocktail reception, which includes a no-host bar and silent auction, begins at 5 p.m. The dinner and awards presentation starts at 6:30 and will conclude at 8:30. Individual tickets are $200 for businesses and individuals and $150 for Arizona Citizens for the Arts members. Sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $1,500.
For registration information and to purchase tickets, visit www.azcitizensforthearts.org.
Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a 34-year-old 501 c3 organization, acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Arizona at the State Legislature, in local city halls and partnerships with business and community leaders involved in building and supporting quality of life in Arizona.