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The Fresno Arts Council announces the 2014 winners of the Horizon Awards.

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The Annual Horizon Awards are given to recognize individuals, organization and businesses that have made significant contributions toward the enrichment of life in the Fresno community through excellence in the arts.  Since 1984 The Arts Council selects winners from an extensive list of nominees, those artists and patrons of the arts who by their works and deeds have gone above and beyond the norm in their commitment to the arts are selected.

This year’s winners are:

Artist, Bill Bruce is a self-taught painter who got his start in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco. He was a member of a group of artists, calling themselves the Artist’s Consortium, exhibiting in small store fronts and Golden Gate Park.  He has exhibited at Le Bault Gallery in San Francisco, Coffee’s Art Gallery on the Fulton Mall and has been a member of the Fig Tree Gallery since 1990. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Arts District Association and is a regular participant in the downtown Art Hop program.  Abstract expressionism has been the greatest influence in his work as an artist. His work includes sculpture, three dimensional art, photography, and making use of nontraditional objects to provide artful directions.

Business, KMPH- Great Day is a consistent and valuable contributor to the promotion of local artists and art venues through its monthly Arthop segment.  KMPH television personalities are regular participants and supporters of community arts and cultural events throughout the year.  They regularly provide on air promotion for many of Fresno’s art organizations.  Great Day plays an important role in insuring that local talent is exposed to the greater community.

Educator, Janice Stevens is a writer and teacher of writing.  Her students have gone on to publish books and many other miscellaneous published pieces.  She herself is a published author whose works have served to educate and inform the public on Fresno’s architectural past, the Veterans Experience, and California Missions.  Her monthly history column “Pastimes” in the Central Valley magazine is published by the Fresno.  Her creative works have been heard on air through “Valley Writers Read” on KVPR.

Citizen, Bryan Medina is a poet who has staged the Inner Ear Poetry Jam for 13 years.  This thriving event brings new poetic voices to a microphone each year and is one of the longest running events of its kind in the Central Valley.  Medina has also put on and or contributed to numerous other events that also have become a part of the artistic fabric of Fresno and shed much deserved light on poets, musicians, and artists of all genres.

Special Award, Vida Samiian has served as Dean of California State University College of Arts and Humanities.  She has had many accomplishments at CSUF, the community, and the San Joaquin Valley including oversight of the development of University High School, CSU Summer ARTS in Fresno for 13 years, and the advancement of the CSUF music Department. Her literary publication, The Normal received national recognition.  Samiian has also been a staunch supporter of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fresno Art Museum and students of the arts. She is responsible for the establishment of many arts scholarship funds.

Youth, Keegan Bamford learned to read music in kindergarten and has been passionate about it ever since, He started playing the cello when he was 9 years old and was in the advanced orchestra at Bullard TALENT for 4 years, playing principal cellist for 2 of the 4 years. His passion for and talent with the cello have made it possible for him to attend University High School, Fresno Orchestra and Opera Academy, and the Colorado Music in the Mountains summer conservatory. He was also selected to play with the Fresno State orchestra.  He has been in many honor orchestras throughout the years and he serves as a mentor and guide to fellow cello students.

Join us this  Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fresno Arts Museum 2233 N. First St. A reception of hardy appetizers will immediately follow. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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