The nomination period is open! Click HERE to nominate a deserving creator. The Artist of Distinction Award annually recognizes an established individual artist (in any discipline) for artistic excellence and efforts in contributing to Ventura’s art community. All Ventura County artists are eligible. The all-volunteer ArtWalk Steering Committee annually reviews numerous community nominations and makes their determination largely based on the significance and magnitude of the nominee’s contributions, leadership in the arts community and commitment to service to the arts. Stone sculptor Michele Chapin was selected as the 2015 honoree.