2016 MoNA Luminaries Legacy Artists and Award Recipients, photo by C.B. Bell, III
2016 MoNA Luminaries Legacy Artists and Award Recipients, photo by C.B. Bell, III [From left to right: Saya Moriyasu, John Sutton, Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Tony Angell, Dr. Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Zac Culler, Bill Holm, George Rodriguez, Patti Warashina, Fay Jones, Alfredo Arreguin, and Robert Jones]


Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 5:30pm

MoNA Luminaries Northwest Artist Awards

This year, four Luminary Awards and an Art Historian Award were named in honor of those who have left a lasting impact on our region including artists Tony Angell, Alfredo Arreguin, Fay and Robert Jones, Patti Warashina, and art historian Bill Holm. These awards were then given to artists of promise as chosen by a distinguished nominating panel and jury.

Artist nominations  were made by a panel of museum professionals including France Trépanier, Aboriginal Curator-in-Residence, Open Space Arts Society, Victoria, B.C., Brandon Reintjes, Senior Curator, Missoula Art Museum, and Rock Hushka, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum. Juror Beth Sellars, Curator, Suyama Space, Seattle, chose one artist to receive an award in each category.
The awards recipients were announced at an awards dinner at the Seattle Yacht Club on September 29, 2016.

  • The Tony Angell Award for Sculpture was given to artist trio SuttonBeresCuller: John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler.
  • The Alfredo Arreguin Award for Mid-Career Artists was given to Saya Moriyasu.
  • The Fay and Robert Jones Award for Painting was given to Denzil Hurley.
  • The Patti Warashina Award for Emerging Artists was given to George Rodriguez.
  • The Bill Holm Award for Art History was given to Dr. Charlotte Townsend-Gault.

Each of the four winning artists receives a $1,000 honorarium and will be featured in a group exhibition at MoNA.
During the evening, a special In Memoriam tribute to arts patron Mimi Pierce included a short video of her life that was created by her nephew. 

Thank you for supporting MoNA's future exhibitions and permanent collection stewardship.

Marge Bickel
Lynn Hays & Nancy Nordhoff

Michelle Bufano | Chihuly Garden & Glass
Duff & Sharon Kennedy
Greg Kucera & Larry Yocom | Greg Kucera Gallery
Steven Murray & Jennifer Rust
Rod Proctor & Lynn Ries
Herb & Lucy Pruzan
Christopher Shainin & Hope Wechkin
Peter & Norma Shainin
Ken & Jan Wherry
Klaus & Marcia Zech

Chap & Eve Alvord, In honor of Mimi Pierce
John & Terry Bursett
Bob & Sarah Christensen
Phen Huang | Foster / White Gallery
Curt & Gretchen McCauley
Gary & Mary Molyneaux
Casey & Susan Schanen | Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar

Artist Advocate
Parks & Ginger Anderson
Jacqueline Barnett
Bruce Bradburn & Meg Holgate
Linda Dailey
Dave & Clara Duff
Rory & Madeleine Fish
Genevra Gerhardt
John & Roodi Hancock
Karl Holzmuller & Sherry Chavers
Mark & Jeanne Johnson
Karen Kaufmann
Mary Lindenberger
Sina Pearson
Erik Pihl
Jon Wood | Abmeyer + Wood
Have questions about the MoNA Luminaries? Contact Development Director, Liz Theaker at (360) 466-4446 x 104 or lizt@museumofnwart.org.


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