GENVAS Icon of the Arts Award
“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.”
– John Ruskin
In 2014, our organization began honoring performing artists from across genres whose careers
are the personification of excellence in the creation and presentation of fine art.
Each year we select another virtuoso to add to our list of honorees.
We are truly grateful for the inspiring performances they have shared with the world.
Their interpretations have created beautiful and lasting memories for all patrons of the arts.
GENVAS Icon of the Arts Honorees
2023 – Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
2022 – George Shirley, tenor
2021 – Nilda Comas, sculptor
2020 – Grace Bumbry, soprano
2019 – Edward Villella, dancer
2018 – Sherrill Milnes, baritone
2017 – Renata Scotto, soprano
2016 – Vic Damone, crooner
2015 – Leona Mitchell, soprano
2014 – Virginia Zeani, soprano