Arts Quincy


This program is supported by the individual and business members of Arts Quincy and generous business sponsors including WGEM, Herald-Whig, The Oakley-Lindsay Foundation and HOMEBANK.

George M. Irwin Awards

Each year, the Arts Quincy George M. Irwin Arts Awards recognize those who have shown exceptional dedication to increasing arts and cultural access throughout the community. Business support, volunteers, individual artist/teachers, and of course, arts organizations, keep the arts in Quincy alive and thriving. Nominations are accepted in six categories:

1. Arts Nonprofit of the Year: 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. Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher of the Year: A living artist or teacher, residing in Adams County, who has made a significant contribution in any artistic discipline and to the arts in Quincy and Adams County in Illinois.

3. Philanthropic Leader of the Year: A local business or individual making a financial commitment to the arts in Adams County.

4. Arts Volunteer of the Year: A volunteer who has consistently supported the arts through a commitment of personal time, energy and devotion.

5. Arts Access Leader of the Year: A person making significant efforts to increase fine arts access and make existing programs more effective to reach those in underserved communities including those who are living below the poverty line, the differently-abled, military veterans, the elderly and minorities.

6. Lifetime Achievement Award: These special awards celebrate decades-long commitment to the arts in any discipline. Individuals recognized in this category are leaders, innovators and devoted artists and teachers.

Click here to download the nomination form. Click here to see previous award winners.

Award winners are not only recognized for their service and contributions to the community, they also receive a commemorative plaque to be given during a special ceremony this spring (to be announced). Winners will also be recognized in the Arts Quincy magazine and on the organization’s website. 

Student Arts Awards

The Arts Quincy Student Arts Awards recognize outstanding Adams County students from grades 9th-12th who have demonstrated exceptional talent and accomplishments in the fine arts. They have challenged themselves to achieve excellence in one of six categories. Award criteria include: academic success, community service and extra-curricular involvement. Anyone may propose a candidate for an Arts Quincy Student Arts Awards, however, it is recommended that the nominee be nominated by a non-relative such as school personnel, a coach or instructor. Nominations are accepted in six categories: 

1. Visual Arts

2. Vocal Music

3. Instrumental Music

4. Theater/Performing Arts

5. Dance

Creative Writing

Nomination forms can be downloaded here. Detail the nominee’s award-winning achievements in one typed page or less. Click here to see previous award winners.

Student Art Award winners are not only recognized for their talents and abilities, they also receive a commemorative certificate and a cash award during a special awards ceremony that will be held later this spring (date and location to be announced). Winners will also be recognized in the Arts Quincy magazine and on the organization’s website. 

Nominations are due by 5 pm, Friday, March 16, 2018.

Mail your nominations to: 
Arts Quincy
300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite #244
Quincy, IL 62301


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For additional information or questions, contact the Arts Quincy Office at 217-222-3432.

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