Mayor Doug Scott will be the host for the 2004 Mayors Arts Awards to be held Tuesday, June 8, in the Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. This years theme is Reflecting Achievement, presented by the Rockford Area Arts Council.
Event sponsors are Robert W. Baird & Co.; Basil Café and the Delectable Dining Group; John and Sue Brubaker; Richard Nordlof in memory of Jody Nordlof; and SwedishAmerican Center for Complementary Medicine.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the Mayors Reception featuring passed hors doeuvres and cash bar. The program begins at 6 p.m. with a video montage by Curt Johnsen. The audience will be treated by performance vignettes by violinist Dausika Middali accompanied on piano by Anne Olson, dancer Maria Castello and flutist Jacques Saint-Cyr, and the Womanspace Chorale Womansong, directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner.
Cost of the onstage dinner buffet at 7:30 is $35, with a $5 discount for Arts Council members. Once again, local artist Ingrid Neuhofer Dohm has executed an interior painting of the Coronado Theatre, which is being used on the invitation and will be silently auctioned throughout the evening.
Guest speaker will be Illinois art historian and Chicago venture capital executive Joel Dryer, who has lectured extensively throughout the Midwest on Illinois art and artists. He is the creator of the Illinois Historical Art Project and is currently authoring A History of Illinois Painters: 1850-1950, which features biographical information on more than 1,500 Illinois artists regarded primarily as painters. Dryer will speak on the topic Art and the Cognitive Mind.
Dryer is chairman and CEO of ChemSensing Inc., Chicago, and lives in Techny, Ill., with his family. He grew up in Rockford, graduated from Guilford High School, and is the son of renowned area artist and retired professor Suzanne Dryer-Kaufman.
Awards will be presented in six categories: Community Impact by a Corporation or Business, sponsored by Manpower; Exceptional Student, sponsored by Viking Chemical Company; Star Teacher, sponsored by Northern Public Radio; Creative Cultural Event, sponsored by The Gordy and Mary Ann Smith Charitable Foundation; Community Impact by an Individual Arts Advocate, sponsored by Adams Letter Services, Inc.; and Community Impact by an Individual Artist, sponsored by Associated Bank.
Nominees for 2004 Mayors Arts Awards
Individual Artist: Jeanne Coe, Thom Davis, Val Eddy (DeCastris), Charlotte Hackin, Kay Hotchkiss, Debra Jo Howard, Kevin Jensen, Jim Julin, joan e. kole, Mike Webb, Don Grant Zellmer.
Individual Arts Advocate: Herb Allen, Dr. Ellen Bueschel, Mati Frantz & Janice Westlund, Patricia Hayes, Jim Julin, Mike Megurdichian.
Star Teacher: Christy Andres, Jodi Lynn Beach, Tom Huber, Diane Rodway Knight, Mary Jean Kuchenmeister, Joel Ross, Beth Rydberg, Pam Short, Kenneth Stein.
Exceptional Student: John & Katie Bell, Anna Cowan, Lily Henley, Landon Lemoine, Abby Mohaupt, Phyllis Roman.
Corporation or Business: Bennies Cleaners, Main Street Financial Group, Marshall Fields, Northern Public Radio WNIJ/WNIU.
Creative Cultural Event: All City TheatreRockford Public Schools; Black Family Reunion Celebrationthe National Council of Negro Women; Collaborative Community Workshop and Concert WeekendKANTOREI, The Singing Boys of Rockford & Cantus; Fiddler on the RoofBoylan High School Players; Fiesta HispanaFiesta Hispana; The Healing ArtsJanet Wattles Center & ArtSpace Gallery/AIDS Care Network; International Music FestivalEthnic Heritage Museum; Its a Fiber Thing!North End Commons Business District; Jazz Legends of Rockford IV: The Next GenerationMendelssohn Club; A Midsummer Nights DreamRockford Dance Company; Reach for the ArtsWomanspace; Second Annual Youth Honors BandThe Rockford Wind Ensemble SP Hear Saxophone Quartet; Starlight Theatre Opening GalaRock Valley College; Tapestry of Lifethe Natural Land Institute and the Northwest Chicagoland Regional Airport at Rockford; Twentieth Anniversary Opening317 Market Street Galleries/Studios; UnCommon Lives: Extraordinary Women in the Arts 2004Rockford College; Wind Ensemble Gems ConcertRockford Wind Ensemble.
Tickets may be purchased at the Arts Council, 713 E. State St., or call (815) 963-6765.