On March 25, 2014 Daniel Buckley received the Governor’s Arts Award in the Artist of the Year category at a ceremony in the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.
This from the Governor’s Arts Award website:
“Tucson artist and performance art pioneer Daniel Buckley, who spent 22 years with the Tucson Citizen before creating a documentary film series about the political and social evolution of Tucson’s Mexican-American population, was named Artist of the Year.”
“ARTIST: Daniel Buckley (Tucson) spent 22 years with the Tucson Citizen as a music and culture writer, on the editorial board and created its web-based multimedia division while building a reputation as an authority on classical and world music, mariachi, Native American music and southwestern cultural expressions. After the paper closed, he started a documentary film series, Cine Plaza, at the Fox Theatre, an oral history series focusing on the political and social evolution of Tucson’s Mexican-American population. A pioneer of performance art in Tucson, he currently is developing documentary works for the Arizona Historical Society and he is working on a new project of large-scale desert landscape photography.”
In his acceptance speech Buckley noted, “Artists reflect the world around them – both the things they love and those they don’t. But art is always about trying to make the world a better place. And so I use my art to celebrate our land, our multicultural heritage and our history to focus on the things that bring all Arizonans together. There is far more we have in common than that which divides us.”
A copy of Buckley’s acceptance speech can be seen by clicking this link.
A beautiful lithograph by Monica Aissa Martinez was part of the prize.
Read more from the press:
Arizona Daily Star: Three of six Governor’s Arts Awards go to Tucson
The Tucson Weekly: Daniel Buckley and UA Poetry Center Recognized at Governor’s Arts Awards
For more on Daniel Buckley go to Daniel Buckley Arts.