Champion of the Arts Award

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

2016 Award - Ascension, by Mary Mansfield

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 14, 2017 by 5:00pm


Congratulations to the 2016 Champion of the Arts Award Winner

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is proud to announce that Dr. Michael Neste and Family Health West are the recipienst of the 2016 Champion of the Arts Award.

Dr. Neste moved to Grand Junction in 2007 drawn by the variety of outdoor opportunities and the arts and culture community found here. He says, “We are so fortunate to have such a high quality of arts and theatre that is usually only available in larger cities.  For this reason, I find it not only imperative, but a pleasure to support the artistic community both financially and by attending as many events as possible.”


As a physician at Family Health West, the administration at Family Health West and himself share a similar appreciation for the arts and together, they take a portion of his salary and donate it to various artistic endeavors each year.  They have supported High Desert Opera, Grand Junction Youth Theatre Project, Grand Junction Symphony, First Fridays at the Art Center, Western Colorado Chorale and Museum of Western Colorado.   In addition, Family Health West is always active in sponsoring and participating in the many fund raising galas, as well as the Banff Film Festival at the Avalon this spring.  



As the award, the Arts Commission has purchased Ascension, by Mary Mansfield, a talented Grand Junction artist. The artwork was presented to Dr. Neste and Family Health West at the Grand Junction Centennial Band’s Holiday Extravaganza at the Avalon Theatre on Sunday, December 11. Dr. Neste will be introduced to City Council at the regular meeting on January 18. The Arts Commission wishes to congratulate Dr. Michael Neste and Family Health West for this honor and thanks Marnie Warner from High Desert Opera for the nomination.

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

mary mansfield - "ascension"

Dr. Michael Neste will be introducted to City Council on January 18, 2017 at 7:00pm at City Hall.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 & Vera Mulder & Lois and Edward Gardner

2014 - Shear Inc., & Karen Combs

2015 - Tillie Bishop

2016 - Dr. Michael Neste & Family Health West

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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