for Our Community – Arrowhead Arts Awards
The Annual Arrowhead Arts Awards recognize two outstanding individuals in the region who have made major contributions to the arts in the region. The awards include the George Morrison Artist Award and the Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award. Recipients must reside in one of the seven counties of the Arrowhead Region; Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis.
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: 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.
If you would like to nominate someone for the George Morrison Artist Award, please fill out the nomination form below and submit it to the ARAC office. Nominations are taken all year long.
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: 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.
If you would like to nominate someone for the Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award, please fill out the nomination form below and submit it to the ARAC office. Nominations are taken all year long.
If you would like additional information about these awards, please contact the ARAC office by email, or by calling (800)569-8134 or (218)722-0952.