I know baseball has Cooperstown and football has Canton. Small(ish) towns around the country have these types of national attractions as opposed to NYC or LA. While art wasn’t invented here, we do have our fair share of important artists. Maybe it is time to consider creating a local “Tucson Art Hall of Fame”.
What would the criteria for inclusion be? A number of important elements would need to be considered. Obviously quality of work, longevity in the community, dedication to the overall art community, generosity (donations to the community)….and of course many other aspects of an art career. Perhaps the prestigious Arizona Arts Award (congratulations to Karen Falkenstrom who is this year’s winner) winners and nominees are a place to start. I know a few of my favorites would be:
Mary Beth Cabana
Virtual or real?
I think the Hall of Fame could start as a virtual entity and hopefully be integrated into a real life building where we can celebrate our rich art history and share it with visitors. Perhaps this project can help us organize our resources and collaborate to gain more appreciation and support for all art forms.
Before you ask, yes I am aware of the TPAC Lumies, which were born out of the Mayor’s Arts awards and were close in concept to a traditional business/Arts awards event. This is totally different as it recognizes lifetimes of dedication and quality in the arts and service to the community…..what do you think?