Celebrating Juneau's Creative Citizens, Organizations, and Businesses

Juneau's extraordinarily rich arts and culture environment is due to the enthusiastic, exuberant creativity of its citizens. In 2007, Mayor Bruce Botelho instituted the first annual Mayor's Awards for the Arts to highlight and honor individuals and businesses in Juneau who are notable for their contributions through the arts to our town.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy on September 10, 2020. Many of you knew her and know of her many, many contributions to the arts and culture community in Juneau, her exceptional generosity and kindness to so many people.

In recognition of her years of inspired leadership and service, the Board of Trustees of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council voted to change the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts to the Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy Awards for the Arts. The Awards will be presented in the summer when her family will be in town to be a part of the event. Mayor Weldon very graciously agreed that it will be fitting and wonderful to remember her dedication and service each year by presenting the arts awards in her name.

Previous Recipients

Past recipients

  • Artist
    • 2007 Heather Haugland and Antonio Diaz
    • 2008 Barbara Craver
    • 2009/10Sue Kazama
    • 2011Della Cheney
    • 2012Dan Hopson
    • 2013Christy NaMee Eriksen
    • 2014Dan Fruits
    • 2015Pat Belec
    • 2016 Vera Starbard Bedard
    • 2017 Frank Kaash Katasse
    • 2018 Lily Hope
  • Arts in Education
    • 2007Lorrie Heagy
    • 2008 Julia Bastuschek
    • 2009/10Shona Strauser
    • 2011 MK MacNaughton
    • 2012Nancy Lehnhart & Mimi Mendica
    • 2013Shgen George
    • 2014Jan Niemeyer (Posthumously)
    • 2015Heather Ridgway
    • 2016 Jim Fowler
    • 2017 Miah Lager
    • 2018 Full Circle Music, Greg Burger and Mary DeSmet
  • Arts Organization
    • 2013 Alaska Folk Festival
    • 2014Juneau Symphony
    • 2015Juneau Lyric Opera
    • 2017 Miss Gigi Monroe (James Hoagland), Achievement in the Arts
  • Business Leadership in the Arts
    • 2007 Annie Geselle and REACH/The Canvas
    • 2008 Candy and Dick Behrends, Behrends Mechanical
    • 2009/10 Alaska Litho
    • 2011 Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, LLC
    • 2012Alaskan Brewing
    • 2013Amy Fletcher (Professional Leadership in the Arts)
    • 2014 Alaska Airlines
    • 2015 Annie Kaill’s
    • 2016 Alaska Music One
    • 2017 Studio A - Betsy Sims
    • 2018 Capital Copy, The Melvilles
  • Innovation and Inspiration in the Arts
    • 2007Alberta Aspen, Our Auntie’s House
    • 2008 Alice Tersteeg
    • 2009/10Adele Hamey, Taku Graphics
    • 2011 Theatre in the Rough
    • 2012Lucid Reverie
    • 2013Guo Hua Xia (Visionary Application for the Arts)
    • 2014 Mudrooms (Visionary Application of the Arts)
    • 2015Ron Giles, Juneau Photo Group
    • 2016 Mark Kelley
    • 2017 Tom Locher
    • 2018 Collette Costa
  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
    • 2009/10Janice Holst
    • 2011Susan Burke
    • 2012Buddy Tabor (posthumously)
    • 2013Natalee Rothaus
    • 2014Sharron Lobaugh
    • 2015Linda Rosenthal
    • 2016 R.T. Wallen
    • 2017 Mary Watson
    • 2018 Sherry Patterson
  • Patron of the Arts
    • 2008 Ron and Kathy Maas
    • 2009/10 Lucy Merrell
    • 2011Sharon Gaiptman, Missouri Smyth, Deborah Smith (King Island Christmas production)
    • 2012Bruce Simonson
    • 2013Bruce Botelho (Advocate for the Arts)
    • 2014Wendy Wolf and John Osborne
    • 2015ConocoPhillips
    • 2016 Scarlett Adam, for Leadership in the Arts
    • 2017 James Barron
  • Volunteer
    • 2007 Susan Fitzgerald
    • 2008 Jim Simard
    • 2009/10Peter Freer
    • 2011 Dan Beason
    • 2012Bing Carrillo
    • 2013Kathy Ruddy
    • 2014Lyle James
    • 2016 Jeff Duvernay
    • 2018 Linda Kruger and Jeff Gnass

 

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