About the 2015 Viola Awards

2015 Award Winners

2015 Nominees

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About the 2015 Viola Awards

T2015 Viola Award by Sonja London-Hallo a record crowd of over 600 people, the winners of the 2015 Viola Awards for Excellence in the Arts were announced at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The 7th annual Gala event took place on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

The 2015 Viola Award (pictured at left) was designed by local artist and educator, Sonja London-Hall, who was also a nominee for Excellence in Arts Education. Sonja is an Arizona native and local artist.  She has been an active member of the Flagstaff arts community, Flagstaff and Sedona galleries for the past 20 years.  The award this year was designed to pay homage to Viola and the arts which “make the world go round” represented by the gears and spinning world.

2015 Viola Award Gala Noteworthy Items:

  • During the Social Hour as guests arrived, Flagstaff Aerial Arts performed in the lobby.

    This was the highest attendance ever at a Viola Award Gala, with 600 people total (560 seated guests and 40 more staff, volunteers and performers).

  • The Gala was highlighted by performances by Emerging Artist winner and musical act Tow’rs and nominee Flagstaff Aerial Arts (pictured), who had performers dancing in the air by hanging from silks off one of the main beams in the lobby.
  • Mike Levin, who took home the Viola for his work with three other actors in God of Carnage, is one of only two individuals (Seth Muller) that has been nominated for a Viola Award in all seven years of the event’s history.
  • Emcee Andres Adauto, also known as Dapper Dre, brought a fun, high energy element to the night.
  • The first-ever tie in a category was recorded this year, with two individuals taking home the coveted Excellence in the Visual Arts Award: Tina Mion for Memento Mori, and Ulrike Arnold for Earth Art at the Museum of Northern Arizona. While a tie is indeed rare, it’s clear that both exhibitions and artists are worthy of the recognition.
  • Forty-two video interviews were premiered on the big screen at the event, featuring all 42 nominees discussing their art and their work that led to their recognition. The videos can be seen on each nominee page.
  • A bloopers reel of the interviews was played at the end of the night. All videos are posted on Flagstaff Arts Council’s YouTube channel.
  • Photos from the Gala, both of the winners and from the photo booth, are posted on the Arts Council’s website.

Official 2015 Viola Award Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2015 Viola Awards for Excellence in the Arts!

Excellence in the Visual Arts

Two winners:
Ulrike Arnold for Earth Art
Tina Mion for Memento Mori

Excellence in the Performing Arts

Adrienne Bischoff, Becky Daggett, Mike Levin and Joe Maniglia for God of Carnage

Excellence in Storytelling

James Jay and Jesse Sensibar for Narrow Chimney Reading Series

Excellence in Arts Education

Thomas Byers

Excellence in Science Education

David Thompson

Business for the Arts

Hozhoni Foundation

Excellence in Leadership

Todd Sullivan

Emerging Artist Award



Official 2015 Viola Award Nominees

Click on each nominated project or nominee for more information and interview video

Nominees for Excellence in the Visual Arts

Sponsor: Hotel Monte Vista

Ulrike Arnold – WINNER
Earth Art

Tina Mion – WINNER
Memento Mori

Shonto Begay
Map of My Heart

Sky Black & Mural Mice Artists R.E. Wall & Maggie Dewar
Sound of Flight

Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy
Chairs for Change

2014 Exhibitions

NAU Art Museum
Wounded Landscapes: Post-Holocaust Drawings, Artists’ Books and Paintings

Nominees for Excellence in Storytelling

Sponsor: Freeman Huber Law Firm

James Jay & Jesse Sensibar – WINNER
Narrow Chimney Reading Series

Ben Cornelius

Kate Hawkes

Seth Muller
Augustus Fig

Nominees for Emerging Artist

Sponsor: North Country HealthCare

Tow’rs – WINNER

Flagstaff Aerial Arts

Jacques Cazaubon Seronde

JP Snyder

Nominees for Business for the Arts

Sponsor: Twin Arrows

Hozhoni Foundation – WINNER

Criollo Latin Kitchen

Freeman Huber Law

Hidden Light / The Framing Department

North Country HealthCare

Uptown Pubhouse

Nominees for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Sponsor: Findlay Toyota

Adrienne Bischoff, Becky Daggett, Mike Levin & Joe Maniglia – WINNER
God of Carnage

Circus Bacchus
A Nightmare on Aspen Street

BZB Project
The Big Show

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, FALA, Flagstaff High School, & Summit High School
Fantastic FSO

Human Nature Dance Theatre

Gail Mangham
Red Hot Patriot: the Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Ray Michalowski & Nancy Wonders
Almost, Maine

Orchestra Northern Arizona
Orbit: A Symphonic Fantasy

Nominees for Excellence in Arts Education

Sponsor: Full Circle Trade & Thrift

Thomas Byers – WINNER

Sonja London-Hall

Joe Maniglia

Mary Nebel

Faun Nichols

Nominees for Excellence in Science Education

Sponsor: The Arboretum at Flagstaff

David Thompson – WINNER

Craig Howdeshell

Sean Ryan

Jeffrey Taylor

Nominees for Excellence in Leadership

Sponsor: Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation

Todd Sullivan (NAU School of Music) – WINNER

Jeff Hall (Lowell Observatory)

Sharon Richards & Cathi Borthwick (It’s Elemental)

Stan Sutherland (Theatrikos Theatre Company)

2015 Viola Event Photos & Videos

Click on a button to view the three different photo galleries we have from the 7th Annual Viola Awards Gala on Saturday, March 7, 2015. 600 people attended the gala event.

Winner Photos
Event Photos

Visit the Official Nominees Page to learn more about each nominee and view video interviews with them.

Special thanks to Brian Cass of Echo Productions for his video production work. He is the producer behind all the nominee videos. Click here to view our YouTube channel to see all the videos in one place.

Here’s the blooper reel that was shown during the Gala event: