Rockford Area Arts Awards Nominations

City of Rockford Distinguished Artist of the Year

This individual is recognized as distinguished in their discipline, having made a significant contribution to the Rockford community through the arts over their career. This is an honorary position for one year, during which the individual will serve as an arts ambassador for the City of Rockford.

Film of the Year

Awarded to an individual, business, or organization that produced the best local film in 2021.

Young Arts Ambassador

Youth counterpart to City of Rockford Distinguished Artist; to serve as a youth ambassador of the arts to the community of Rockford for one year.  Must be between the ages of 13-18.

Innovation in the Arts Award

Awarded to an individual, business, or organization whose work in the Rockford Area pushed the traditional boundaries of the art market by use of new or emergent media, a new perspective on an old theme, or avant-garde digital integration in 2021. 

Visual Artist of the Year

Recognizes an individual visual artist who demonstrated significant achievement in, or contribution to, the Arts in the Rockford Area in 2021.

Arts Educator of the Year

Awarded to a Rockford Area educator who has demonstrated exceptionalism in education either through a career of leadership and mentorship or through a specific student-led project in 2021.

Performing Artist of the Year

Recognizes an individual performing artist or ensemble (music, dance, choreography, theatre, etc) who demonstrated significant achievement in, or contribution to, the Arts in the Rockford Area in 2021.

Excellence in Service to the Arts Award

Recognizes an individual, business, or organization who has made a significant contribution in support of the Arts in the Rockford Area.

Public Art of the Year

Awarded to an individual, business, or organization that contributed a significant and distinctive piece of public art in the Rockford Area in 2021.

Placemaking

Recognizes an individual, business, organization, or event that enhanced life for visitors and residents through the innovative use of space or creative placemaking in the Rockford Area.