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Want to give more than a thumbs-up to your favorite local arts organization? Consider nominating them for the 2012 Lumies Arts and Business Awards.

“It’s an effort to recognize the outstanding artists in the community who are not recognized at the state level,” said David Hoyt Johnson, the Tucson Pima Arts Council's deputy director.

The nomination process closes at midnight on Thursday. Pima County residents can complete the form online. Both nominees and winners will be recognized at a June 15 awards ceremony.

The Lumies, put on annually by TPAC, are in their 12th year. They recognize local artists, educators, business partners and art patrons. The name, Lumies, stems from the hand-blown glass disc — designed by Tom Philabaum — that each winner receives.

TPAC has recognized more than 100 individuals in Tucson for their contributions to the creative community.

Moira Geoffrion, a retired University of Arizona faculty member and former Art Department director, received the Arts Educator Lumies award in 2011.

“It was a real honor and a surprise. They usually have very good candidates, ” Geoffrion said, “It was a nice capstone after many years of teaching.”

Geoffrion has lived in Tucson for 27 years. After serving as the Art Department head for 5 years, she returned to the classroom. In her years at the UA she covered a wide spectrum of disciplines — from sculpture to drawing and mixed media. She attests to the value of a strong art community and the Lumies awards themselves.

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“Across the board, in any field, I don’t think people get recognized enough for their contributions,” Geoffrion said.

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The Tucson Pima Arts Council has highlighted the achievements of more than 100 local individuals in the art community through the annual Lumies awards.

Lumies awards

To nominate a person or organization visit the Tucson Pima Arts Council website

Categories

  • Emerging Arts Organization: This award will be presented to an organization operating fewer than ten years, given in recognition of their innovation and creativity in their field.
  • Established Arts Organization: This award will be presented to an organization operating for more than ten years, given in recognition of their innovation, creativity and sustained excellence in their field.
  • Arts Patron: This award will be presented to an individual demonstrating outstanding leadership, evidenced by support in advancing the arts through advocacy and promotion of the arts through individual resources.
  • Arts Educator: This award will be presented to an individual demonstrating outstanding leadership, innovation, and creativity in arts education. Individuals may be involved in primary, secondary, or independent educational programs.
  • Arts Education Program: This award will be presented to an organization demonstrating outstanding leadership, innovation, and creativity in its arts education program.
  • Small Business Partner: This award will be presented for outstanding support of the arts by a business with fewer than 50 employees. This category recognizes a business that promotes the value of the arts as a strong, vibrant economic development partner through the donation of financial support, resources, leadership or other resources that promote the arts in the region.
  • Large Business Partner: This award will be presented for outstanding support of the arts by a business with more than 50 employees. This category recognizes a business that promotes the value of the arts as a strong, vibrant economic development partner through the donation of financial support, resources, leadership or other resources that promote arts in the region.
  • Public Art Partner: This award will be presented to a business or organization whose inclusion of public art has a positive impact on the community.
  • Emerging Artist: This award will be presented to an emerging artist for her or his outstanding innovation in a chosen field of art.
  • Artist Lifetime Achievement: This award will be presented to an individual artist who has sustained excellence and innovation in her or his art over a significant number of years.
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