Orange County Arts Awards

17th Annual OC Arts Awards - Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

This event celebrates progress and achievements in the cultural life of Orange County
and the people who make them happen

View list of past Arts Awards recipients


2015 Ceremony Information and Pictures

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Arts Orange County held its 16th Annual Orange County Arts Awards in the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Emceed by Mechelle Lawrence-Adams, Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano, and ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein, the ceremony celebrated both lives and accomplishments in the arts community, and gave special honors to outstanding organizations and individuals:

2015 OC Arts Awards Honorees
(from L) Marlene Peña-Marin, Artistic Director accepting for Relámpago del Cielo; Cathy Rigby; Wylie & Bette Aitken; Jodie Gates, Artistic Director accepting for Laguna Dance Festival

OC Arts Awards   The audience at the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Event co-emcees - ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein and Mission San Juan Capistrano Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence-Adams   Broadway veterans David Engel and Tracy Lore sing in tribute to honoree Cathy Rigby

Members of Relámpago del Cielo, recipients of a Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award for Outstanding Arts Organization.   Two-time Grammy Award-winning musicians the Mariachi Divas

Rick Stein and Mechelle Lawrence-Adams   Wylie & Bette Aitken with ArtsOC Board Member Mary Lyons (Center)

ArtsOC Board President Rick Smetanka and wife Cherie   Mary Lou Shattuck and Kate Hoffman

(from L) Jodie Gates, Eric Spitz, Karen Wilson   (from L) ArtsOC Board Vice President Janet Ray, husband James "Walkie" Ray, and Mechelle Lawrence Adams

The COAST Magazine team from the Orange County Register   ArtsOC Development Director Karen Ahola (2nd from L) with (from L) husband Chris, Michael Kaupp, and Don Prime

ArtsOC Board Member William Cusato and wife Claire   Cathy Rigby and Wylie Aitken

The Devin Norris Trio entertains arriving guests before the ceremony   ArtsOC Program Assistant Nicholas Thurkettle (center), with event volunteers Christine Cummings (L) and Nikki Nguyen

(from L) Barbara Roberts, Susan Reeder, and Bette Aitken   (from L) Claire & William Cusato, Cathy Rigby, Rick Stein and wife Alison

(from L) Casey Long and Erika Miller   (from L) Deborah & John Montevideo

Jo Ellen Chatham and Wylie Aitken   Mechelle Lawrence Adams and husband Joe   Flo Low and Julia Foster

(from L) Kevin Cartwright, Jonathan Burke, Gary Good   (from L) Lelani Kroeker and Brooke Robinson

Rick Smetanka and Cathy Rigby   (from L) Rosie Peña, William Cusato, Marlene Peña-Marin

Vanessa and Brian Smith   (from L) Tom Rogers, Sally Anderson, Wylie Aitken