Nominations are being accepted now through July 15 for the Chris Cherches Award.
The award, named after the former Wichita city manager, recognizes a public project that best exemplifies Cherches’ aesthetic vision for the city. Any project completed in the past four years and located within the Wichita city limits may be nominated.
All entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges, with the award recipient notified by July 30. The presentation of the Chris Cherches Award will be included in The Art Council’s Annual Art Awards Dinner on Nov. 1.
The Design Council, an advisory group to the Wichita City Council, established the annual award in 2009 to support and encourage public building projects that integrate art into the design as a way to beautify the surrounding environment. The 2011 award was given to the NoMar International Market project.
Cherches, who served as city manager from 1985 to 2003, advocated that a higher aesthetic standard for public projects would lead to increased private-sector development, encourage economic development and create a higher quality of life for residents. He died in 2004.