2016 Mayor’s Artists Awards Announced

Mayor Jackie Biskupski is pleased to announce the winners of the Mayor’s Artists Awards, which will be presented at the Utah Arts Festival on Saturday, June 25th between  7:00 and 7:45 p.m. at Washington Square. The Mayor’s Artists Awards was established in 1992 to recognize the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to the arts. Each recipient will be honored at the awards ceremony and receive a $500 prize.

This year’s recipients include:


Kathryn Stats, Visual Arts

Kathryn Stats is a regionally-known landscape painter whose style reflects the diverse landscapes of Utah and she learned her style of painting through her uncle, LeConte Stewart. She is one of the 100 “Most Honored Artists of Utah”, designated by the Springville Museum of Art.


Betsy Burton, Service to the Arts—Individual

Bibliophiles in Salt Lake City owe a debt of gratitude to Betsy Burton. As the founder and co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop, Burton has been a passionate advocate for the literary arts for nearly four decades and has influenced generations of readers.


Utah Symphony ǀ Utah Opera, Service to the Arts—Organization

The Utah Symphony is one of only fifteen full-time orchestras in the United States and is celebrating their 75th anniversary by collaborating with several of Utah’s premier cultural organizations. The Utah Opera, started in 1978, brings high-caliber performances to Utah residences and through their Production Studios, support opera set and costume design.


Utah Tibetan Association, Service to the Arts—Organization

The Utah Tibetan Association preserves Tibetan culture by creating a sense of togetherness among its small community. It strives to ensure that the culture, religion, and identity of Tibetans are not forgotten through its public programs and events.


Jason Hardink, Performing Arts

Jason Hardink is an extraordinary keyboard musician who has performed throughout the United States in many capacities. He came to Utah as principal keyboardist for the Utah Symphony and also serves as artistic director for the NOVA Chamber Music Series.


Utah Arts Festival, Special Recognition Award—Organization

In honor of their 40th anniversary, the Utah Arts Festival is receiving a special recognition award for their service to the arts. The Utah Arts Festival has been an integral part of a vibrant art community. It is the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event in Utah with attendance near 80,000 each summer. It has been consistently ranked among the top 50 art festivals in the nation.