2018 Annual Arts Awards – June 14, 2017

Each year at the Arts Council’s Arts Awards and Membership Meeting, we recognize members of Augusta’s vibrant arts community who stand out for their dedication to and standard of excellence in the arts. Award Nominations are made by community members and chosen by committee.

2018’s event will be held on June 14, 2017. Save the Date! Tickets will be available in May 2018.

2017 Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Arts Awards winners! Learn more about these amazing arts community members in the August-September issue of Augusta Magazine, click here for full article.

President’s Award

Morris Museum of Art, celebrating 25 years

Artist Award

Leonard “Porkchop”Zimmerman
Graphic designer at Wier Stewart and creator of “Happy” campaign

Arts Professional Award

Trey Maxwell
Tracer Audio

Volunteer Award

Sue Alexanderson
President, Friends of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta

Media Award

Mary Frances Hendrix
Augusta Chronicle

Sponsor Award

Gold Mech



The Volunteer Award is given to an arts volunteer (must be associated with the arts organization in an unpaid capacity) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support an arts organization.

Examples: leaders of performing/exhibiting groups; community arts advocates; community arts organizers; arts event organizers; organization assistants

Arts Professional

This award is given to an individual who has achieved exemplary administrative achievement in the arts community of the River Region via his or her professional job as an organization?s leader or administrator.

Examples: Directors of organizations; arts promoters; arts workers; arts instructors; development personnel; grant writers; other types of employees of arts organizations

Individual Artist

This award recognizes exemplary artistic achievement in any arts discipline by a professional or semi-professional artist in the River Region. This winner is one who is dedicated to excellence and growth in their field and achieves recognition above and beyond the River Region.

Examples: Visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors, writers, choreographers

Media – Corporate or Individual

The Media award is given to a newspaper, television station, radio station, magazine or individual that has demonstrated extraordinary support for community arts activities by providing outstanding media coverage of the arts community.


A business/individual honored in this category provides significant financial support for the arts.