Nominations for the George M. Irwin Arts Awards are accepted in four categories:
1. Arts Organization:
A nonprofit organization that has made a substantial impact on the cultural development of this area demonstrated through exceptional artistic achievement, outstanding programming or other leadership activities.
2. Individual Artist /Teacher:
A living artist or teacher, residing in Adams County, who has made a significant contribution in his/her artistic discipline and to the arts in Quincy and Adams County in Illinois.
3. Business Leadership:
A local business or corporation that has demonstrated a significant commitment to the arts, recognizing the imperative role of public/private partnership. This commitment may be in the form of financial, personnel and/or research.
4. Individual Volunteer Leadership:
A volunteer who has consistently supported the arts through a commitment of personal time, energy and devotion.