BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus in partnership with the City of Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) will host the 2019 Community Arts Awards on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held downtown at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St.

Award categories and recipients include:

  • Arts Advocate: Danielle Urschel, artist and owner of Obsolete Press, LLC
  • Arts in Education: Amy Brier and Frank Young, master stone sculptors and founders of the Indiana Limestone Symposium
    – Brier is program chair of Fine Arts at Ivy Tech Bloomington and director of the Indiana Limestone Symposium
    – Young is a nurse practitioner in private practice, retired from Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians Group
  • Arts in Business: Oliver Winery, whose corporate giving is focused in just two areas—the arts and healthcare
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter LoPilato, owner, “The Ryder” magazine and film series, supporting local writers and filmmakers for 40 years
  • Regional Arts Service: Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour, in which T.C. Steele State Historic Site and handfuls of working artists welcome self-guided tourists to their studios throughout the month of October, showcasing arts and crafts created in the present day “Art Colony of the Midwest”

Winners were juried by an independent community group, including artists, administrators, and long-time residents and supporters of the arts.

In addition to recognizing award winners for keeping the arts alive in the greater Bloomington community, the event will include opportunities to create mosaics and paint with watercolors. Featured entertainment from Ivy Tech’s production of Don Freund’s “Star Cross’d Lovers” will be provided, as well as refreshments.

The 2019 Community Arts Awards event is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested. Submit RSVPs with the number of guests and names at

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree program and is transferrable to IUPUI Herron School of Art + Design upon admission. Graduates of the program have found employment upon graduation, transferred to the Herron School, and have gone on to renowned art and design colleges in other states. Apply now for free and start classes on Jan. 13, 2020. For more information about becoming a student at Ivy Tech, email or call (888) IVY-LINE.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.