Karyn Kozo receives the “Golden Dolly” award from Donna Beaubien at Arts, Beats & Eats, 2012. Along with the fancy dolly, the award comes with a ribbon and a $150 check.

Honors, Awards and Exhibitions

Until I spent a little time compiling this list, I hadn’t realized the number of honors and accolades I’ve received over the years. Among the highlights were singing along with the barber shop quartet at ArtsFest in Stuart, Florida; and winning an award at Ann Arbor, not once, but twice. The first time, the award included a director’s chair, balloons, a spot on Channel 7 News with Val Clark, and a $700 check. The chair still sits in the studio, BTW.

Some shows come around with a marching band, or a photo frame on a stick. The awards at Winter Park were handed out with great fanfare and a handful of balloons.

Singing along with the barber shop quartet in Stuart. Badly, I might add.

But the biggest thrill of all wasn’t even an award I won myself. It was an award given to my partner and best friend, Karyn. Every year, Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak hands out recognition to a show assistant who has consistently gone above and beyond. This award is called The Golden Dolly. In 2012, Karyn won this award, and deservedly so. She works like a mule at every show, helping to set up and tear down the display, making sales, wrapping framed work, and generally making herself indispensable. She definitely earned this award.


Art Show Awards List

AwardsShow NameLocationDate
Award of Excellence Webster Fine Art FairWebster Groves MOJune, 2019
Best in PhotographyAnn Arbor Summer Art FairAnn Arbor MIJuly, 2018
Honorable Mention Fine Art, Fine WineOrchard Lake MI June 2018
Award of Excellence Arts, Beats & EatsRoyal Oak MI September 2015
Second Place, Photography, Digital Art, Mixed MediaUnder the OaksVero Beach FLMarch 2015
Second Place in PhotographyCrosby Festival of the ArtsToledo OHJune 2014 & 2015
Award of ExcellenceArtFestStuart FLMarch 2014
Award of Excellence Art & ApplesRochester MISep 2013, 212, 2011, 2009, 2008
Award of Excellence Art BirminghamBirmingham MIMay 2013
Second Place PhotographyCrosby Festival of the ArtsToledo OHJune 2012
First Place, PhotographyOld Capitol Art FairSpringfield IL May 2012
Award of ExcellenceLevis Commons Art FairPerrysburg, OHAugust 2011
Award of Outstanding AchievementGlencoe Festival of the MastersGlencoe ILJuly 2011
First Place PhotographyCrosby Festival of the ArtsToledo OHJune 2011
Award of Distinction Winter Park Sidewalk Art FairWinter Park FLMarch 2011
Award of DistinctionArtFest Fort MyersFort Myers FLFebruary 2011
Award of MeritImagesNew Smyrna Beach FLJanuary 2011
Solo ExhibitionArts for the SpiritOakwood Hospital, Taylor MIApril - June 2010
Merit AwardBarrington Art FairBarrington ILMay 2010
Award of Merit Winter Park Sidewalk Art FairWinter Park, FLMarch 2010
Best 2-DArtFest Fort MyersFort Myers FLFebruary 2010
Award of ExcellenceArt & ApplesRochester MISeptember 2009
Award of ExcellenceMorning Glory Art FestivalMilwaukee WIAugust 2009
Best in Show 2-DState Street Art FestivalAnn Arbor MIJuly 2009
First PlaceMt. Clemens Fine Arts FairMt. Clemens MIJune 2009
Best 2-D ArtistRising Sun Art FestivalRising Sun INSeptember 2008
Award of ExcellenceArt & ApplesRochester MISeptember 2008
Exhibition at the Governor’s MansionLansing MIJuly 2007 -- July 2008
Award of Excellence - PhotographyCrocker Park Art FestivalWestlake OHJune 2007
Purchase AwardWalt Disney Festival of the MastersOrlando FLNovember 2006  
Honorable MentionMountain Photo FestivalThe Dahl Art Center, Rapid City, SDSpring 2006
First Place — DigitalMuseum of Art 20th Annual Juried Art FestivalBoca Raton FLFebruary 2006
Third Place in ShowMuskegon Summer CelebrationMuskegon MIJune 2005