The Buffalo Exchange Arts Award encourages creativity and innovation in the arts in Southern Arizona.

It was established by Buffalo Exchange owner Kerstin Block and her late husband, Spencer Block, to encourage creativity, innovation, and excellence in the arts. The focus of the award rotates each year between emerging artists in the performing arts and visual arts.

Artists are nominated and selected by two separate panels of experts familiar with the Southern Arizona Arts scene.  Since 1994, almost $250,000 have been awarded through this fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.  This is a closed nomination process. To learn more, please contact Enedina Miller at emiller@cfsaz.org.


2020 Award Recipient

This year, the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award honors Yaqui Artist Luis Rodriguez.  Luis is an Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Screen Printer, Father, and Co-Owner of SHOP1519.  As the son of a documented Mexican immigrant and a Yaqui-American, he represents the migration of people between the Southwestern US and Mexico.  He grew up watching his uncle participate in Yaqui Ceremonies as a Maaso (Deer Dancer) and his art is regularly inspired by this and other Yaqui traditions.

In his art, Luis makes an effort to bring awareness to the ongoing struggles of the Yaqui and other Indigenous People and to represent past struggles that have been overcome.  His work currently consists mainly of digital paintings, but also features drawings, watercolor paintings, acrylic painting, and garments.

Virtual Award Presentation

Please join us on Tuesday, January 26th, as we honor Luis at the 26th Annual Buffalo Exchange Arts Award Celebration.

What: Virtual Buffalo Exchange Arts Award Celebration
WhenTuesday, January 26th  |  5:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: Via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/97132421648


 

The Art of Luis Rodriguez

Art is not something that humans do when they have nothing else to do. Art is an essential part of the human condition. It happens everywhere and in all circumstances.

— Spencer Block
Previous Award Recipients

2019 Visual Arts / Allison Miller & Performing Arts / Bryan Falcón

2018 Arts Contribution / Dante Celeiro

2017 Performing Arts / Nathanael Gregory Myers
Nominees: Alan Gonzalez, Logan Phillips, Milta Ortiza and Teodoro Eldridge

2016 Visual Arts / Rachael Rios
Nominees: Alejandro Castelar, Alex Jimenez, Lester Aguirre, Tanya Rich and Zoya Reyna

2015 Arts Contribution / Rick Wamer

2014 Performing Arts / Chris Black
Nominees: Geneva Foster Gluck, Katie Haverly, Morgan McKenna, Sergio Mendoza

2013 Visual Arts / Brenna Curry
Nominees: Dirk Arnold, Alexis Chiquete, Brooke Grucella, Josh Schachter

2012 Arts Contribution / Stephen Romaniello

2011 Performing Arts / Ashley Shea Bowman
Nominees:  Jose Luis Baca, Kaia Chesney, Christopher Johnson, Joe Pagac

2010 Visual Arts / Heather Green
Nominees: Kim Largey, Ruben Urrea Moreno, Lisa M. Robinson, Johnathan VanBallenberghe

2009 Arts Contribution / Andrew W. Rush

2008 Performing Arts / Brendan Guy Murphy
Nominees: Simon Donovan, Kimi Eisele, Elizabeth Kruse-Craig, Mark McLemor

2007 Visual Arts / Martin Quintanilla
Nominees: Jill Renee Smith, Matt Cotton, Rosanna Solania, S.J. Gibson

2006 Arts Contribution / Giulio Scalinger

2005 Performing Arts / Beth Braun
Nominees: Faitha Lowe-Bailey, Mary Ann Brehmn

2004 Visual Arts / Gwyneth Scally
Nominees: David Aguirre, Francisco Rodriguez-Maruca

2003 Arts Contribution / Paul Fisher

2002 Performing Arts / Samantha Wyer
Nominees: Leigh Ann Rangel & Tammy Rosen, Michael Walk

2001 Visual Arts / Cristina Cardena
Nominees: Joshua Goldberg, Catherine Nash

2000 Arts Contribution / Carroll Rinehart

1999 Performing Arts / Albert Tucci
Nominees: Melissa Lowe, Korby Myrick

1998 Visual Arts / Daniel Martin Diaz
Nominees: David Brown, Michael Cajero, Margaret Lauderback, David Tineo, Carlos Valenzuela

1997 Arts Contribution / James Griffith

1996
 Performing Arts / Carol McLaughlin
Nominees: Chieko Imada, David Rife, Barbea Williams

1994 Visual Arts / Todd Walker
Nominees: Joshua Goldberg, Barbara Grygutis, Suzanne Knosp, Kevin Osborn

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