for Our Community – Arrowhead Arts Awards

Help us celebrate the best artists and arts advocates in the region. Many of us know an artist or arts advocate that deserves a little more recognition for all they do. Nominate that special artist for the Arrowhead Arts Awards! Here at ARAC we want to recognize those who contribute to the arts in our region with these two prestigious awards, which include cash awards. The deadline to nominate an individual is DECEMBER 11TH.


The George Morrison Artist Award

This award recognizes an individual artist whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the arts over an extended period of time.

The George Morrison Artist Award is named after internationally acclaimed visual artist George Morrison (1919-2000), who was an important member of the second generation of American abstract expressionist artists. Morrison was heralded for successfully synthesizing American Indian themes with abstraction and surrealism. As a life-long member of the Grand Portage Chippewa, he resided and worked for many years in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota.

Past award recipients have included: Dave Lynas, clay artists and teacher, Duluth; Jeff Savage, traditional artist and sculptor, Fond du Lac; Chris Monroe, visual artist and illustrator, Duluth; Elizabeth Jaakola, composer, songwriter, musician, Cloquet; Gareth Andrews, sculptor, Zim; Jim Northrup, poet, essayist, Sawyer; Cheng-Khee Chee, watercolor artist, Duluth; Mary Casanova, young adult author, Ranier; Connie Wanek, poet, Duluth; and Jim Brandenburg, photographer, Ely.

TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THIS AWARD, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW.

 The Award for Transformative Art

In 2020, ARAC created a new award for artists making a positive, transformative change in the arts culture of the region. The first award went to Terresa Moses and Jordon Moses, the founders of Blackbird Revolt.
The names of Jordon Moses and Terresa Moses came up repeatedly for work they have done for the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc, for the NAACP, the Umbra project, as well as the many projects of Blackbird Revolt. This new award was created because of the significance of what they have done and the importance of work like it in the arts.

TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THIS AWARD, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW. 

 The Maddie Simons Advocate Award

This award recognizes an arts administrator, arts educator, volunteer for a nonprofit arts organization, or artist whose involvement in a project or program has substantially contributed to the arts in the Arrowhead Region.

The Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award is named for Madeline Simons, the first volunteer Chair of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Board. A long-time resident of Grand Marais, MN, she owned a dance studio, helped start the Grand Marais Playhouse, the Lutsen Art Fair, and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

Past award recipients have included: Mary McReynolds, Virginia; Kathy Dodge, Grand Rapids; Amy Demmer, Grand Marais; John Faith, International Falls; Dr. Stanley Wold, Duluth; Cherie and Jerry Holm, Aitkin; Charlene Luoma, Britt; Cheryl Kramer-Milder, Cloquet; Patty Feld, Effie; and Betsy Bowen, Grand Marais.

TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THIS AWARD, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW. 

*To be officially nominated, you or someone else will have to write a formal letter of recommendation for the nominee.*