15th Annual Awards Luncheon

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom | 11:00am-1:00pm
Event Co-Chairs: Kanon and Rachael Cozad
Honorary Chair: Bob Regnier, Bank of Blue Valley

2018 Sponsorship Benefits + Details

Questions? Please contact Paige DuBay at DuBay@ArtsKC.org

Image taken from the 2017 Awards Luncheon. Photo credit: Rivas Photography

2018 Call for Artist

ArtsKC is seeking to commission a Kansas City visual artist to create 6 works of art to present to metro-area businesses and individuals in recognition of their leadership in the arts and 100 table centerpieces. Artwork may be 2 or 3 dimensional in nature and must be appropriate for the business setting. Because the awards will be exhibited the together at the ArtsKC Awards Luncheon on March 8, 2018, the 6 works of art should be similar in nature but not necessarily identical. The table centerpieces should be in the spirit of the award design and collaborations and edition pieces are welcome.

View full commission details here.  (Deadline extended!)

Deadline to Apply: July 15, 2017

Please complete this form to submit your proposal for the 2018 ArtsKC Awards Luncheon Featured Artist Commission.
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  • Please provide a brief summary of your concept for the 6 Featured Awards Pieces (2000 character limit).
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2018 Call for Nominations

The ArtsKC Awards Luncheon is a celebration of our regional arts community, providing recognition to those who unleash the power of the arts in unique, collaborative ways. Widely known as one of the “must attend” events of the year, the 2018 Awards Luncheon will host 1,000 guests at the Downtown Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom.  Awards are open to all busineses, nonprofits, schools, districts, individuals and artists working within and around the KC metropolitan area.

Deadline to Apply:  Friday, August 4, 2017

Finalists from the 2017 Awards Luncheon are ineligible to apply for one year. View Full Details

2018 Call for Performers

ArtsKC is currently seeking proposals for the 2018 ArtsKC Awards Luncheon. The luncheon has become one of Kanas City’s most popular events. The opportunity is open to organizations and/or performers  residing in and around the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area. Organizations and performers from the 2017 Awards are ineligible to apply this year.

View the full submission details here.

Deadline to Apply:  Friday, August 4, 2017

Please complete this form to submit your proposal for the 2018 ArtsKC Awards Performances.
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2018 Sponsorship

Reserve your table for the 15th Annual event today! All companies will be invoiced after July 1, 2017.

ArtsKC Awards Tickets + Sponsorship Invoice me

  • Please select your sponsor level.

    • Naming rights – “15th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon Presented by …” • Featured in pre-event press release and post-event release announcing honorees • 3 minute speaking opportunity from the podium • VIP event seating with company logo for 20 guests • Prominent logo placement on all printed event materials including 5,000 invitations to arts and business leaders • Full page printed feature in event program • Prominent recognition on all print and online advertisements • Prominent corporate signage at luncheon • Recognition on event website with links to business homepage • Logo recognition on all email communications • Recognition on social media • Corporate logo on ArtsKC.org sponsor page for 12 months • Feature article in ArtsKC print newsletter reaching 5,000 constituents • Logo on table signage • Prominent recognition on event sponsor loop
    • Sponsorship of pre-event Reception for Featured Artist(s) • VIP event seating with company logo for 10 guests, company logo on ArtsKC VIP guest table • Prominent logo placement on program • Half page printed feature in event program • Recognition on all print and online publications • Prominent corporate signage at luncheon • Recognition on event website with links to business homepage • Logo recognition on all email communications • Recognition on social media • Corporate logo on ArtsKC.org sponsor page for 12 months • Prominent recognition on event sponsor loop • Logo on table signage
    • Premier event seating for 10 guests • Prominent logo placement on program • Half page printed feature in event program • Recognition on all ads in print and online publications • Logo on event website with links to business homepage • Recognition on all email communications • Recognition on social media • Corporate logo on ArtsKC.org sponsor page for 12 months • Logo on table signage • Prominent recognition on event sponsor loop
    • Premier event seating for 10 guests • Prominent logo placement on program • Quarter page printed feature in event program • Logo on event website with links to business homepage • Recognition on all email communications • Recognition on social media • Logo on table signage • Recognition on event sponsor loop
    • Preferred event seating for 10 guests • Logo placement on program • Name listed on event website with links to business homepage • Logo on table signage
    • Reserved event seating for 10 guests • Logo placement on program • Name listed on event website with links to business homepage • Logo on table signage
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2018 Event Chairs

Honorary Chairman

Robert Regnier

Robert (Bob) Regnier started Bank of Blue Valley in 1989. Bank of Blue Valley is a locally-owned and operated community bank with 5 locations throughout Johnson County. Over the last 27 years, the Bank has grown to over $670 million in total assets.

Bob Regnier is a native Kansas Citian and is a graduate of K-State (BA) and UMKC (MBA). Bob is a former Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and is currently active on the board of directors of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Union Station Kansas City, Konsa Venture Capital, Inc., Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Johnson County Community College Foundation and the University of Missouri Kansas City Foundation. He has received numerous honors including Philanthropist of the Year, Johnson Countian of the Year, Bill French Alumni Service Award, Kansas Citian of the Year and has received the Henry Bloch Human Relations Award.

Event Chairs

Rachael & Kanon Cozad

An accomplished executive leader and strategic thinker with more than 30 years of diverse technology experience, Kanon Cozad is the Managing Principal of Pianosa Technology Partners, a technology management consultancy focused on offering virtual-CIO and Big Data Analytics services to small- and mid-sized business nationwide.  Prior to Pianosa, Kanon spent six years as Chief Information Officer of TranSystems Corporation, and before that over a decade with UMB Financial Corporation in various senior technology roles.  He is a regular speaker at conferences on various industry and technology topics.

Kanon has been involved in the Kansas City arts scene for years, as both an engaged participant and in Board roles with the Business Committee for the Arts, the KC Ballet, Studios Inc, and now with ArtsKC.  He and his wife, Rachael Blackburn Cozad, have also hosted numerous arts community events at their Union Hill home, and he takes immense pride in playing some small role in the diverse fabric of such a robust arts community as Kansas City’s.

Kanon hold a BA degree in English Literature from William Jewell College.  When not wrangling technology or rooting for the KU Jayhawks and Kansas City Royals, he can be found blogging about cars (www.KanonOnCars.com), zooming around the countryside on one of his Italian motorcycles, or wrangling his beloved German Shorthaired Pointer, Ruscha, and precocious Doberman Pinscher puppy, Stella Carmen.  He and Rachael live in Kansas City, MO.

Rachael Blackburn Cozad has over twenty-five years of comprehensive experience in top leadership positions in the visual arts. She is a private art dealer and owner of Rachael Cozad Fine Art. She is also the owner and senior appraiser of fine art and rare wine at Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals; both businesses are based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Rachael holds a M.A. in art history from California State University, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Texas Christian University. Her professional expertise and experience makes her uniquely qualified to advise individual collectors and institutions alike on a broad range of art-related topics and in buying and selling art in a complex and changing market.

She is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America and provides Fine Art Appraisals for Insurance, Charitable Donation IRS purposes, for estate planning and equitable distribution. Her areas of expertise include Post-War, Contemporary and Emerging Art; 19th Century European Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture; American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture; Impressionist & Modern Painting, Drawings & Sculpture; Prints; 20th Century Photography, and Fine & Rare Wine.

From 2001-2012 she was the Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, which is recognized for its collection of modern and contemporary art, for its exciting exhibitions of work by established and emerging artists, for its large-scale public art projects, and for its Collectors Forum program for art collectors. Prior to this, from 1994-2001, Rachael was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in Los Angeles, which holds and manages the world’s largest collection of sculpture by the 19th Century French master Auguste Rodin.

Rachael has curated exhibitions for many major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She has led major projects at The White House and New York’s Rockefeller Center and internationally, in Australia, France, Russia and Singapore. She has overseen and contributed to many publications produced in conjunction with these exhibitions such as: Wyeth: Three Generations of Artistry and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: The First Ten Years. She also oversaw publication of two authoritative books on Rodin, Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession (the Catalogue Raisonné of the Cantor holdings) and Rodin’s Monument to Victor Hugo.

Over the past two years Rachael has taken a leadership role to oversee the revision of the George Caleb Bingham (American, 1811-1879) Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings. She is the Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of the Riverbank Foundation, a 501C3 established in Missouri in 2015, which is currently managing this major scholarly project. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Union Cemetery Historical Society, which maintains the final resting place of George Caleb Bingham.

2018 Planning Committee
April Adicks Community Volunteer
Cathy Bennett KC Chamber
Jeanine Cobler Artist
Tom Corbin Corbin Bronze, ArtsKC Board of Directors
Kanon Cozad Event Co-Chair, ArtsKC Board of Directors Chairman
Rachael Cozad Event Co-Chair, Rachael Cozad Fine Art
Elizabeth Danforth KCPL
Paige DuBay ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council
Erinn Faulconer ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council
Elise Jones Bank of Blue Valley
Vicky Kulikov KC Chamber
Damian Lair The Office of Juleanna Glover (Washington, DC)
Mike LaMonica Black & Veatch
Becky Loboda Reece Nichols
Jeffie Mussman Community Volunteer
Alison Patterson ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council
Ed Peterson Attorney
Robert Quackenbush Visual Artist
Lindsey Rood Clifford EPIC Innovative Events
Macaela Stephenson Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Lynn Turner Sousley H&R Block
Arzie Umali UMKC Women’s Center/Artist
Sarah VanLanduyt Arts Council of Johnson County
Sara Vogt JCCC
Jennifer Wampler Musuem at Prairie Fire
Richard Wetzel Centric Projects
Mauricio Zuniga Artist
2017 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2017 ArtsKC Awards Luncheon Sponsors!

Featured Artist Sponsor:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

EPIC Innovative Events, Inc.

KCP&L

Outpost Worldwide

Platinum:

JE Dunn

KCPT

KC Studio

Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation 

Polsinelli

Gold:

BNIM

Burns & McDonnell 

DEMDACO 

DST Systems

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Harvest Productions

Heartland Community Union Association

Sprint

VanTrust Real Estate

Silver:

American Century Investments

Bank of Blue Valley

Centric Projects

City of Kansas City, Missouri

Downtown Council

Global Prairie

Hallmark Cards Inc.

HOK

Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City Star

Kissick Construction Company

Lathrop & Gage

McCownGordon Construction 

Mobank

PwC

Rivas Photography

The Roasterie 

Schmitt Music Piano Center

Truman Medical Center/University Health

Turner Construction

UMB 

Bronze:

Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park 

Commerce Bank

Contract Furnishings

Corbin Bronze

Crestwood Equity Partners

David and Dianne Zimmer

ECCO Select

Garmin

Haas & Wilkerson

Henderson Engineers, Inc.

Hufft Projects

Jackson Lewis

Kay Barnes

KCUR 89.3

Kevin & Ada Koch

Laura Robinson

Lead Bank

Lever1

Macaela Stephenson & Greg Foote

Mark One Electric Company

Martin Pringle Law Firm

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Straub Construction Company

Trozzolo

Nonprofit:

American Jazz Museum

Arts Council of Johnson County/Performing Arts Series at JCCC/Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art 

City of Lenexa

Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO

Harriman-Jewell Series

Hunt Family Foundation

Johnson County, KS

Johnson County Park and Recreation District

Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Kansas City Jazz Alive

Kansas City Parks and Recreation

Kansas City Zoo

KC Creates

Launch KC/Experience Events Group

Leawood Arts Council

Mesner Puppet Theater

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

reStart, Inc. 

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance 

Visit KC

Previous Honorees
2017
  • Arts Advocate Award – Larry Meeker, KCMO Parks & Recreation
  • Education Award – DeLaSalle Education Center
  • Innovator Award – HALO Foundation
  • Creative Impact Award – JE Dunn Construction
  • ArtsKC Fund Excellence Award – Bank of Blue Valley
  • Virtuoso Award – Lee Pentecost
2016
  • Arts Advocate Award – City Councilman Allan Gray, Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Education Award – Creative Co/Lab, Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Innovator Award – After School Arts Program, Mattie Rhodes Art Center
  • Creative Impact Award – Missouri Bank
  • ArtsKC Fund Excellence Award – BNIM
  • Virtuoso Award – Marilyn Strauss
2015
  • Arts Advocate – Ed Peterson
  • Corporate Leader in the Arts – Brad Nicholson
  • Creative Industry – Dimensional Innovations
  • Creative Workspace – HINT
  • Impact Award – Mersoft
  • Virtuoso Award – Mauricio Zuniga
  • ArtsKC Fund Employee Commitment – Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • ArtsKC Fund Corporate Leadership Award – Bank of America
2014
  • Jay Tomlinson – Virtuoso Award
  • Hotel Phillips – Impact Award
  • Reactor Design Studio – Creative Workspace Award
  • Red Dirt  – Creative Industry Award
  • Grant Burcham – Corporate Leader Award
  • Mayor Sly James – Arts Advocate Award
  • Stinson Leonard Street – ArtsKC Fund Corporate Leader Award
  • RMT Architecture – ArtsKC Fund Employee Commitment Award
2013
  • Cheryl Kimmi – Virtuoso
  • VML – Impact Award
  • ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Awards

o   McCown Gordon Construction – Small-Sized Company Award
o   Stinson Morrison Hecker – Mid-Sized Company Award
o   Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City – Large-Sized Company Award
o   Kansas City Art Institute – Nonprofit Award
o   Zimmer – Best New Campaign Award
o   Rees Masilionis Turley – Most Improved Campaign Award

2012
  • Don Dagenais – Virtuoso
  • Downtown Council – Impact Award
  • ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Awards

o   McCown Gordon Construction – Small-Sized Company Award
o   Stinson Morrison Hecker – Mid-Sized Company Award
o   Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City – Large-Sized Company Award
o   Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – Nonprofit Award
o   Shook Hardy & Bacon – Best New Campaign Award
o   Johnson County Kansas – Most Improved Campaign Award

2011
  • Steve Metzler and Brian Williams – Virtuoso
  • Sprint Foundation – pARTnership  – Impact Award
  • ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Awards
    • Kansas City Area Development Council – Small
    • Stinson Morrison Hecker – Mid-sized
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City – Large
    • Kansas City Repertory Theatre – Nonprofit
2010
  • Sybil Noble, Ark of Friends – Virtuoso
  • UMB Financial Corporation – pARTnership
  • The Center for Child Health & Development at KU Medical Center – pARTnership
  • ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Awards

o Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce – Small
o Stinson Morrison Hecker – Mid-sized
o Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City – Large
o Kansas City Repertory Theatre – Nonprofit

2009
  • Kuhn & Wittenborn – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • Bernstein-Rein Advertising  – Medium-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • UMB Bank – Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
2008
  • Mallin Gibson Family Properties – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • Embassy Landscape Group – Mid-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • H&R Block – Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
2007
  • Helix Architecture+Design – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • A.Zahner Architectural Metals – Mid-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • Hallmark – Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
2006
  • Nash Resources – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • Sweet Life– Medium-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC– Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
2005
  • Ehinger Properties – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • American Century Investments– Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • BNIM – Medium-Sized Company pARTnership Award
2004
  • Rees Masilionis Turley Architecture– Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • Golden Star – Medium-Sized Company pARTnership Award
  • Truman Medical Center– Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award

2017 Featured Artist Sponsor

2017 Platinum Sponsor

2017 Gold Sponsor