More than 50 luminaries in the greater Tucson arts community – including artists, arts organizations and arts supporters – were honored at The 2009 Lumies ceremony May 7 at the Temple of Music and Art.

Nine individuals and organizations received the 2009 Lumie Awards, designed by Tucson artist Tom Philabaum.

Among the winners were the Northwest's Tohono Chul Park, named the outstanding arts organization, and Ventana Medical Systems Inc., named the outstanding business partner.

In the awards text, Tohono Chul Park was lauded for its commitment to the arts. The Paseo del Norte park receives more than 160,000 visitors annually. "Park exhibits use art as a mirror to reveal the beauty of our region and the diversity of our peoples and our history, co-mingling the aesthetic values of the natural world and our reflections on it as its human inhabitants and stewards," a nomination form said. "Exhibits encourage and promote local artists of all ages as well as occasionally showcasing professional artists."

Oro Valley's Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., houses one of the largest free community gallery spaces in Southern Arizona, supporting local art and artists for the past six years. For more than eight years, Ventana has sponsored an enormous two-dimensional art competition and exhibition.

"Ventana's commitment to the arts touches thousands of visitors annually to their community gallery space, open free to the public weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.," the awards text indicated. "Ventana has invested thousands of dollars each year into their professional commitment to the arts and their encouragement of youth arts education, raising the bar for arts support in this region."

2009 Lumie Winners

Emerging Arts Organization –The Rogue Theatre

Established Arts Organization – Tohono Chul Park

Arts Volunteer – Frank M. Lopez

Arts Supporter – Ruth Baron

Arts Educator – Renee Blakeley

Arts Education Organization – The Symphony Women's Association

Business Partner – Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

Individual Achievement / Emerging Artist: Louis David Valenzuela

Lifetime Achievement – Eva Zorilla Tessler

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