ArtsATL > Luminary Awards

The ArtsATL Luminary Awards is our commemoration of the passionate, creative and innovative spirit of Atlanta’s arts community.

January 28, 2018
VIP Reception, 5 – 6 p.m.
Award Ceremony, 6 – 8 p.m.


City Winery at Ponce City Market


Join the host committee today!

$150 (Individual) / $250 (Couple)

General admission tickets to be released in November.

2018 Luminary Award Recipients

Joan P. Garner Outstanding Service to the Arts Award

Presented in partnership with Fulton County Arts and Culture.

This year, in addition to our standard awards, we will also be honoring two amazing women who have been devoted arts administrators, named in honor of late Fulton County Commissioner, Joan Garner.

Virginia Hepner and Myrna Anderson Fuller

The Luminary signature awards will be announced on September 25th.

Thank you to our Host Committee members for helping us to recognize our 2018 award recipients.

Susan and David Aspinwall

Lucinda Bunnen

Ann and Jeff Cramer

Chuck Day

Randy Donaldson

Sara Hehir

Carolyn Milner

Janine Musholt

Sam Romo

Doug Shipman

Ellen Stein

Rand Suffolk

Terri Theisen

Luminary Awards Selection Panel

Our distinguished panel of jurors will select the awards winners from the pool of submitted nominations.


Ivan Pulinkala

Luminary Awards Chair

Kennesaw State University Department of Dance

Ken Bernhardt

Georgia State University

Katherine Dirga


Leslie Gordon

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts

Bem Joiner

Center for Civic Innovation

Ann Carol Pence

Aurora Theatre

Dantes Rameau

Atlanta Music Project

Steffen Sornpao

Good Enough Gallery


Blake Beckham

Lucky Penny

Madison Cario

Georgia Institute of Technology

Audrey Gamez

C4 Atlanta

Sarah Higgins

Zuckerman Museum of Art

Tina Lilly

Georgia Council for the Arts

Josh Phillipson

Atlanta Regional Commission

Doug Shipman

Woodruff Arts Center

Ife Williams 

Hudgens Center for the Arts

2017 Award Recipients

Ken and Kathy Bernhardt
The Amaranth Award for Philanthropic Legacy

Zuckerman Museum of Art
The Catalyst Award for Social Discourse

Lucky Penny
The Kindle Award for Innovative Practice

John McFall
The Beacon Award for Community Engagement

Become a sponsor of the Luminary Awards. Award naming opportunities are available. Please contact Laura Moody at for more information.