By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com
photo by Tom Willett
The Lumie Awards, designed by Tom Philabaum.
New Lumies are lighting up Tucson’s arts community, with the announcement and presentation Friday night at the Tucson Museum of Art of this year’s winners, presented by the Tucson Pima Arts Council. Nominations from the community were made in 10 different categories. A panel of judges chose the winners.
This is the 13th year for the Lumies Arts & Business Awards, presented to artists, art patrons and art educators who made exceptional contributions to the Baked Apple’s richly creative spirit in the past year.
The Lumie itself is a glass sculpture designed by Tucson-based and internationally recognized Tom Philabaum.
The winners of this year’s Lumies are:
Artifact Dance Company as the Emerging Arts Organization
Kimi Eisele as the Established Artist
The Loft Cinema as the Established Arts Organization
Julie Gallego for Artist Lifetime Achievement
Josh Schacter as Arts Educator: Photographer
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra for Arts Education Program
Karen Falkenstrom and Michael Kasser tied for the honor of Arts Patron
Randi Dorman as Civic Partner: Developer
General Growth Properties as Business Partner
Jennifer Nichols as the David Hoyt Johnson Arts Administrator