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SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award

SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award

The College of the Arts SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award honors alumni and members of the community who have made great strides to advance the arts in Louisiana and across the country.

Past SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are:

Brandon Graving (2023) is a UL Lafayette graduate and owner of Gravity Press Experimental Print Shop. She known for her Monoprints and is credited with making the largest monoprint made by a single artist. A prolific artist who has 0exhibited widely and has work in many public and private collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Library of Congress, and Frederick R. Weisman Collection


Grace Hamilton Mayfield (2022) is a UL Lafayette graduate and owner of Hamilton Academy of the Arts (HAA).She has trained over 4,000 students in the performing arts throughout Acadiana.  She provides scholarships for children in need and works tirelessly for dance, as well as dance education in the State of Louisiana.


Jim Garland AIA (2021) is a UL Lafayette graduate and an award winning architect. Founder of Fluidity Design Consultants an international firm that sepcializes in water design, architecture and urbanism.


Alllan Jones (2020) is a UL Lafayette Professor Emeritus who dedicated his like to teaching education of the Arts for over 50+ years, while molding the Department of Visual Arts through his leadership, and continuing profilic studio practice. 


Raymond Goodrich (2019) is a UL Lafayette graduate who through his generosity and dedication has raised caliber of Music Education at UL and the Acadian Region. He established the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands in 1989.


Ed Mathis AIA (2018) is a UL Lafayette graduate and an award winning architect in New Orleans. His firm is one of the oldest and largest firms in the State.


Herman Mhire (2017) was Director of the University Art Museum and retired faculty in Visual Arts.  He was instrumental in starting Festival Internationale.


Nick Spitzer (2016) is the producer and host of the NPR radio program American Routes and is a folklorist and professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University.


Edward J. Cazayoux, FAIA (2015) is a renowned architect, environmental activist, and UL Professor Emeritus in architecture.  His sustainable architecture and historic preservation has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally.


Keith Sonnier (2014) is an internationally acclaimed performance, video and light artist.


Richard ‘Dickie’Landry (2014) is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist, composer, and artist.


Ray McIntyre (2013) is a video artist, producer and director of animations and video effects.


Joe Stewart (2012) is a TV and theatrical designer best known for huge television productions such as the Emmys, the ESPY Awards, the American Music Awards, Miss Universe and much more.  He and his partner John Schafner have won multiple Emmys and other awards.


Michael Doucet avec BeauSoleil (2011) is a multiple winner of Grammy Awards.


A. Hays Town (2010) was a widely acclaimed architect best known for his regionalist styled Louisiana homes.  His first commission in Louisiana was the Heymann Home, now the home of the UL Alumni Association.


George Rodrigue (2009) was a hugely successful artist best known for documenting the Acadians early lifestyle and for his successful Blue Dog series of paintings and prints.


Elemore Morgan, Jr. (2008) was a regionalist artist best known for his “plein air” landscape paintings and was a retired painting faculty at UL Lafayette.