Evie Wheat to be recipient of the 2015 Annual Birmingham/Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award

A jury of more than a dozen arts enthusiasts from the community has selected Evie Wheat for the 2015 Birmingham/Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award. This is the 20th year the Cultural Council of Birmingham/Bloomfield, in conjunction with the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, The Community House, and The Observer and Eccentric Newspapers has given the award, which is meant to honor residents in the community who have made an impact on the arts.
 
The jury cited Wheat’s ‘passion for art and artists’ and her omnipresence in the art community both regionally and statewide, as volunteer, patron and supporter of the arts.  Evie Wheat has chaired, served, mentored and worked with artists and organizations such as Concerned Citizens for the Arts and ArtServe, (now known as Creative Many), Beaumont Hospital, Pontiac Creative Arts Center, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), The Community House, Detroit Institute of Arts and its Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Auxillary,  the Michigan Opera Theater, Detroit Artist Market, The Village Women’s Club Foundation, and at Cranbrook, where her nomination stated there is hardly an event, activity or art committee she hasn’t chaired.
 
Past award winners have included musicians, philanthropists, writers, sculptors, teachers, photographers, and volunteers.
 
The public is invited to the gala reception honoring Wheat and the 20th year the award has been presented on Friday, September 25 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the BBAC.
 
Link Wachler, the jewelry designer of Life Links, will again create the award which will be presented to the honoree. Wheat’s name will also be inscribed on a perpetual Cultural Arts Award plaque at Birmingham City Hall.