Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award

The Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, founded in 1987, is an annual award bestowed by City Council to an Ojai artist or organization which has enhanced our understanding and appreciation for the arts. The Arts Commission recommends the nominee to the City Council. The criteria for the award include proven continuous artistic excellence, demonstrated community involvement and established recognition within their field.

2016 Roger Conrad (photographer, community volunteer)
2015 Jimmy Calire (musician)
2014 Khaled Al-Awar (gallerist)
2013 Kim Maxwell (theatre, educator)
2012 Secco ( visual artist)
2011 Donna Granata (archivist, visual artist)
2010 David Bury (architect)
2009 John Zeretzke (musician, educator)
2008 The Ojai Music Festival (organization)
2007 Ojai Center for the Arts (organization)
2006 Sergio Aragonés (artist)
2005 Peter Strauss (theatre)
2004 Marta Nelson (artist)
2003 Phil Harvey (photography)
2002 Bill Wagner (music)
2001 Nancy Rupp (artist)
2000 Joan Kemper (patron)
1999 Gayle Childress (artist)
1998 Elizabeth Ridenour (theatre)
1997 Carlyle Montgomery (sculpture)
1996 Bert Collins (artist)
1995 Vivika & Otto Heino (ceramics)
1994 Zelma Wilson (architecture)
1993 Robert Brown (theatre)
1992 George Stewart (artist, historian)
1991 Charlotte Bronstein (theatre)
1990 Anne Docent (dance)
1989 Robert Emhart (theatre)
1988 No award
1987 Beatrice Wood (ceramics)