Mayor's Arts Awards

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The city's sixth Mayor's Arts Awards was held 

June 29, 2017 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Read the Mayor's Arts Awards news release.


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From left to right: Dennis Ott (recipient for Education), Jim Bishop, Geri Jahnke (recipient

for Organization), Nancy Lattanzi Arts & Culture Coordinator, Bill Levengood (recipient for

Organization), Mayor Sandy Moriarty, Harriet McInnis (recipient for Organization), Peggy

Lanning (recipient for Lifetime Achievement) and Joe McNeill (recipient for Individual).

Missing Susan Kliewer (recipient for Organization.)


The Mayor’s Arts Awards honor individuals, organizations and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to the success of the arts in the city.

The awards do not address the quality or quantity of any particular individual or group’s artwork. The program addresses all aspects of the arts, including culinary, dance, film, literary, music, performing, and visual.

There are four nomination categories: Individual, Organization/Business, Education and Lifetime Achievement.

The first two categories are for an individual, organization, gallery, or other business who has made a significant contribution to the advancement, preservation, or accessibility of the arts in Sedona, or who has demonstrated leadership in advancing the arts through advocacy, promotion, creativity, and innovation in development of the arts in Sedona.

The Education category is for an individual, organization, gallery, or other business that has made a significant contribution to the advancement or accessibility of arts education in the greater Sedona area, or demonstrated leadership in advancing arts education through advocacy, promotion, creativity, and innovation in the development of programs or venues in the greater Sedona area.

Lifetime Achievement recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing and supporting the arts and/or artists in Sedona over a significant number of years. 


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          Peggy Lanning                                   Joe McNeill                                       Dennis Ott                                   Red Rock Arts Council

       Lifetime Achievement                             Individual                                       Education                                         Organization                                 

2017 Honorees 

IndividualJoe McNeill, author of the epic “Arizona’s Little Hollywood.” This informative and engaging tome captures volumes of stories and facts covering over 60 films shot in our area. McNeill spent seven years documenting and preserving Sedona’s film history, significantly contributing to our arts and culture. 

Business/OrganizationThe Red Rock Arts Council for their unwavering dedication to public art in our community throughout the years. The council spearheaded Sculpture Walk and helped establish Sedona’s essential Art in Public Places Ordinance to create funding from new business development for the arts, which we still benefit from today. 

EducationDennis Ott for his years of service as a leading arts educator in Sedona as ceramics department head at Sedona Art Center, teaching classes and workshops, initiating outreach and scholarship programs, volunteering and fundraising. Ott’s strong commitment to the arts has inspired many students to explore their creativity. 

Lifetime AchievementPeggy Lanning, founder and owner of Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, now celebrating 45 years, and Lanning Gallery, celebrating 30 years, both thriving businesses. Lanning created the Sedona Gallery Association and First Fridays in our community, among her many accomplishments.

Past recipients

Mary Fisher - Individual
Sedona Film School - Organization/Business
Patty Miller - Education
Adele Seronde - Lifetime Achievement

Madeleine O'Callaghan - Individual
Northern Arizona Watercolor Society - Organization/Business
James Pease - Lifetime Achievement

Bert Harclerode - Individual
Sedona Monthly - Organization/Business
Chamber Music Sedona - Education
Lelia Schoenberg - Lifetime Achievement

Christopher Lane - Individual
Goldenstein Gallery - Organization/Business
Sedona Arts Festival - Education

Nancy Robb Dunst - Individual
Sedona International Film Festival - Organization/Business
Marion Herrman & Joella Jean Mahoney - Lifetime Achievement
Sedona Arts Center - Education