Champion of the Arts Award

Recognizing exemplary support, promotion, financial generosity, and individual volunteerism for arts and culture in our community!

2018 - Holiday Night by Jim Hutton and Warm Glow by Joan Anderson

Annual Champion of the Arts

Cultural groups, organizations, and local citizens nominate Grand Junction businesses and individuals for this honor to recognize their generosity, dedication, promotion, and support of the arts, and the award winners are selected by the Commission on Arts and Culture. The awards to these recipients are artwork by local artists.

In the fall of each year, the Commission on Arts and Culture invites nominations for the two annual Champion of the Arts Awards. The awards are given to one Grand Junction business (located within the city limits) or organization, and one individual who/that epitomizes leadership, generosity, and dedication towards arts and culture. The selection criteria are:

  • A consistent and on-going commitment to support, sustain & promote arts & culture/artists/arts organizations
  • Financial donations and underwriting support and/or generous in-kind professional support and assistance
  • Extensive volunteer time and continued, sincere, above-and-beyond involvement (for individuals).
  • The above criteria may not be part of the job description of the nominee
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted
  • Deadline for nominations is November 5, 2018 by 5:00pm



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Congratulations to the 2018 Champion of the Arts Award Winner

Each year, the Commission on Arts and Culture invites nominations for the annual Champion of the Arts awards. This year, two individuals were selected because of their leadership, generosity, and dedication to arts and culture, and were recognized at The Grand Junction Centennial Band's Christmas Concert at The Avalon Theatre.

The first recipient, Lancer Livermont, was nominated by Robbie Breaux. Lancer is the board president at Western Colorado Center for the Arts as well as a MusicSpark board member. He previously served on the Commission on Arts and Culture, volunteered in several other capacities over the years and is a great attribute to our community. He describes himself as a "man of few words" but he nevertheless works tirelessly to speak up for culture in the Grand Valley. Today, he received Warm Glow by Joan Anderson as his Champion of the Arts award.

The second recipient actively and financially supports art and culture organizations around the valley including Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, Riverside Educational Center, and the Museums of Western Colorado. He serves on several boards including the EUREKA McConnell Science Museum, Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission, Colorado Trust and the Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado. We thank John Hopkins for valuing the importance of art and culture in our community! He received Holiday Night by Jim Hutton. John was nominated by Jen Moore.

Congratulations to the following local Artist whose artwork was purchased as the awards:

jim hutton - holiday night   &   joan anderson - warm glow

Past Champion of the Arts Award Winners

1994 - Norwest Bank (Wells Fargo Bank)
1995 - First Federal Savings Bank and Frame Works & Gallery
1996 - Hoskin, Farina, Aldrich & Kampf and
Haining Plumbing & Heating
1997 - City Market and Taco John's (12th Street)
1998 - Home Loan & Investment, Elite Expressions, and Grand Cleaners
1999 - Energy Air Drilling Company and Picture This
2000 - Elam Construction, Inc. and Working Artists Studio
2001 - Alpine Bank and Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery
2002 - Old Chicago Restaurant and The Neon Factory
2003 - Cole & Company/Century 21 Realty and The Coffee Studio
2004 - Grand Junction Free Press and
The Crystal Café
2005 - The Daily Sentinel, Kay Ambrose, and Karen Hildebrandt
2006 - FCI Constructors, Inc. and Sara Alyn Oakley
2007 - Arlene Baker & U. S. Bank and Connie Robbins-Brady & MCVSD 51 Art Heritage Program
2008 - Enstrom Candies and Terry Shepherd,
and Honorable Mention 13 Photography
2009 - St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center, Pamela Blythe of Blythe Group + Co., and Krystyn            Hartman/Grand Valley Magazine and Honorable Mention Stephen Boelter
2010 - Wells Fargo & Dean Massey and John & Angie Moss
2011 - Roper Music and Chuck & Robbie Breaux

2012 - Doyle Trading Consultants and Harold & Ruth Moss

2013 - Super Rad and Vera Mulder & Lois and Edward Gardner

2014 - Shear Inc., and Karen Combs

2015 - Tillie Bishop

2016 - Dr. Michael Neste and Family Health West

2017 - KAFM Radio

2018 - John Hopkins and Lancer Livermont

City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

This is a print version of a webpage. View the original at: http://www.gjarts.org/cultural-happenings-news-events/champion-arts-award/

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