Current Honorees

Artist Award

Ed Dwight
Ed Dwight
Over his 40-year career, Ed Dwight has created over 130 large scale memorial installations throughout the country; some of which are on display at the Smithsonian Institute. He has also created 18,000 gallery level sculptures which are eagerly collected by galleries and art lovers throughout the world.

Community Service in the Arts Award

Marcela de la Mar
Marcela de la Mar
Collaborator, connector, and community leader are just a few adjectives that describe how Marcela de la Mar has made her mark on Denver’s arts and cultural landscape. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Marcela seeded new roots in the United States at the age of 14 and has called Denver home since 1993.

Community Service in the Arts Award

Susan and Jeremy Shamos
Susan and Jeremy Shamos
Dedicated and visionary philanthropists, Susan and Jeremy Shamos, have been leaders in supporting Denver’s arts and cultural landscape for over 30 years. Always stepping forward and encouraging others along the way, the Shamos’ have whole-heartedly devoted their time, energy and talents to various organizations and projects across Denver.

Arts and Society Award

Catherine O’Neill Thorn
Catherine O’Neill Thorn
In a society that negatively stigmatizes mental health, Catherine O’Neill Thorn has created an outlet for some of Denver’s most disadvantaged youth through Art from Ashes. Using a nationally recognized and award-winning curriculum, Art from Ashes (AfA) starts with pen, paper and poetry for creative transformation through artistic expression.