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Posted Apr 7, 2012, 8:38 am
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.