Young Artist Awards
Arts and Culture El Dorado's Young Artist Awards honor the memory of four bright lights in our community who were great supporters of the arts. These awards will be presented to outstanding high school juniors and seniors in each of four categories: music, visual art, theater, and nature-inspired art of any discipline. The awards are:
- Richard H. Bush Award for Music
- Joey Cattone Award for Visual Art
- Lanny Langston Award for Theater
- Jane Van Camp Award for Nature-Inspired Art
Award criteria was announced in spring 2021, and students will be nominated by high school teachers in El Dorado County. The families of each of our “bright lights” will participate in the selection process, and an honorarium of $500 will be presented to each student at an awards ceremony, which will be free and open to the community. The honorarium may be used for any purpose but is intended to help the student further his or her passion in the art form.
The four students that we honor with these awards represent the talent, thoughtfulness, generosity, and commitment to our community that make El Dorado County such a special place to live.
Dick Bush earned his PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering at Stanford University. In 1973, he established Madroña Vineyards. Dick was passionate about the arts in all forms and was a longtime supporter of the arts in El Dorado County.
Joey Cattone was a bright light in the world of visual art in El Dorado County. A prolific self-taught artist, Joey worked in many artistic mediums and her work is held in private and public collections. Joey was a dedicated community supporter of the arts.
Lanny Langston earned his degree in Drama at University California, Santa Barbara. He co-founded Imagination Theater, where he was a mentor and helped foster a love of theater in others. He acted in and directed many productions throughout his life. He was described as a Renaissance Man.
Jane Van Camp earned her bachelor of arts and teaching credential at the University of California, Davis. A profound lover of the arts, Jane also had an entrepreneurial spirit. She leaves behind poems, sketches, art photos, paintings, nature films and writing awards.