Shemer Honors


Friday, November 19 |  6 – 9 p.m.

SHEMER HONORS is an annual dinner gala, designed after the Kennedy Honors program, which each year recognizes ONE Arizona artist who has achieved great success in his or her career and given back to the Arizona community.

This year’s honoree is Mark Klett, an award-winning photographer based in Tempe, AZ.  During his 40-year career Klett has redefined the art of landscape photography. Using large format film cameras, and more recently a high-end digital camera system that includes multiple camera bodies and an interchangeable digital back, Klett shoots in both color and black and white, and his images link geography, history and the mythology of the American West. His work has been presented in many solo and group exhibitions at national and international venues. He has authored 18 books and his work is held in more than 80 museum collections worldwide. He is a Regents Professor at Arizona State University (ASU), a position he has held since 2001. He has been at ASU since 1982.

This year’s event began with an exhibition and cocktail reception with Mark starting at 6 p.m. at the Shemer Art Center, followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. The program was also broadcast for event attendees to enjoy virtually. The broadcast, which included a personally narrated tour by Mark of his exhibition plus a look at his journey and successes over his 40-year career, can now be see on the Shemer Art Center channel on YouTube!

Since 2016 the Shemer Art Center has enjoyed the opportunity to recognize five additional Arizona artists, including Angela Tassoni (2016), Jim Waid (2017), Merrill Mahaffey (2018), Bill Nebeker (2019) and Beth Ames Swartz (2020).

Event sponsorships, tables and individual seats were sold, and included the option for “Watch Party” baskets including Pillsbury Wine, to be picked up or delivered to all sponsors and table hosts!