Mayor's Artist Awards

Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Arts Council will present their annual awards on Saturday, 7:15PM, on the Festival Stage.

Visual Arts: Kathryn Stats, born in Idaho in 1944, is a highly regarded local andnational artist. Her earliest art lessons came from Frank Erickson and Ken Baxter, both Utah painters living in Salt Lake City. In addition to being an exceptional artist, Kathryn has shared her talents with many Utah artists throughout the years.

Service to the Arts - Individual: Betsy Burton, co-founder (38 years ago) and co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop, has written a book about life in an independent bookstore entitled (appropriately enough) The King’s English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller and has served on various boards in the book business, in the Local First arena, and in her community.

Service to the Arts - Organization: Utah Symphony | Utah Opera connects the community through live music at Abravanel Hall, the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, the Deer Valley® Music Festival, and in communities throughout the state. One of only 15 full-time orchestras in the United States, the Utah Symphony celebrates its 75th Anniversary under Maestro Thierry Fischer, with Utah Opera’s Christopher McBeth at the helm of opera performances.

Service to the Arts - Organization: Utah Tibetan Association is a community committed to preserving Tibetan culture, arts, language, and providing guidance to the younger generation of Utah Tibetans. They are also committed to showcasing their unique culture and traditions with Utahns while adding to the diversity of our Utah population.

Performing Arts: Jason Hardink is principal symphony keyboardist of the Utah Symphony and the artistic director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series. His work with NOVA has expanded the series’ education and outreach to junior high schools, and includes collaborations with PLAN-B Theatre, Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Artists, Madeleine Choir School, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, and Utah Heritage Foundation.

Special Recognition for its 40th Anniversary: The Utah Arts Festival has made art and artists accessible to Utah audiences since its inception on one block of Main Street in 1977. Multiple generations have grown up with the Utah Arts Festival and benefitted from the important role it serves in cultivating an appreciation for the arts in our community;

For more information and/or to nominate an individual or an organization for the 2017 awards, email Kandace Steadman at the Salt Lake City Arts Council at . For a list of past awards visit

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