Announcing the Arts In Wilmington Award recipients

Arts In Wilmington celebrates the 2017 Arts In Wilmington Award recipients. 

The award takes into consideration Wilmington arts organizations, patrons, artists, members of the business community and government entities that maximize their roles as innovators, supporters and advocates. A diverse committee of arts professionals from outside of Wilmington reviews all nominations and makes recommendations for recipients. 

Arts In Wilmington is a digital platform that connects artists, arts professionals and arts advocates in Wilmington.

2017 award recipients (photos by Kelly Starbuck)

Artist: Hiroshi Sueyoshi

Sueyoshi is a Japanese and North Carolina folk pottery artist, educator, founder and longtime president of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild, which produces the annual EMPTY BOWLS fundraising event addressing world-wide hunger.

Individual: Jim and Betsy Knowles

Jim and Betsty Knowles are owners of theArtWorks, an active “arts village” located at the corner of Willard and Front Streets in the emerging South Front warehouse district.  TheArtWorks houses working studios for 50 artists, a gallery space and event space.

Arts in Education: Gabriel Lovejoy

Gabriel Lovejoy, the first fulltime an art teacher at Coastal Christian High School, has inspired Coastal Christian artists for ten years and also teaches at the Museum School at the Cameron Arts Museum. He serves as the curator for the Arts Council of Wilmington at the exhibition space at Wilmington International Airport.   

Organization: DREAMS of Wilmington

DREAMS of Wilmington is a youth development organization dedicated to serving Wilmington’s most vulnerable children through high quality, free-of-charge arts programming. At DREAMS, students have access to weekly, cumulative, multidisciplinary arts training taught by professional artists. 

According to Arts In Wilmington founder, Craig Stinson, the awards recognize service, commitment and passion.  Those who were selected show a dedication to the Wilmington arts scene and who’s work enhances Wilmington’s economic vitality. “Their contributions locally and beyond are a source of pride,” Stinson said.

A celebration will be held to commemorate these individuals and to raise a glass to the Wilmington arts community on Saturday, January 28. 

AIW Awards Ceremony 

When: Saturday, January 28th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. 
Where: theArtWorks (200 Willard Street. Wilmington, NC 28409)
Cost: $25 
Register: AIWAwards.EventBrite.com 

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