The Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will honor three local artists and two corporations for their contributions to Utah's cultural arts heritage during the 7th annual honors in the arts award dinner April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Red Lion Hotel.
Receiving the awards will be Bruce Caldwell, Robert Cundick, E. Frank Sanguinetti, KSL-TV and Questar Corp.Caldwell is a principal dancer with Ballet West and just completed his 20th season with the company. The Salt Lake native began dancing when he was 10 and has appeared in "The Nutcracker" annually since 1962. He signed his first contract with Ballet West, formerly known as the Utah Civic Ballet, in 1968.
Cundick has been the Mormon Tabernacle organist since 1965 and has accompanied the Tabernacle Choir and other performing arts groups in the state. From 1962 to 1964 he was the organist at Hyde Park Chapel in London, England.
Sanguinetti founded and is the current director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. Under his leadership, the museum was accredited in 1972 by the American Museum Association and became the first museum in the Western Region to attain the honor.
Chamber officials said for many years KSL-TV served as the regular season media sponsor for the Utah Symphony and Pioneer Theatre Co. and in 1988 KSL became the exclusive media sponsor of Ballet West. The station also was the first to assign an arts specialist to cover arts news in Utah.
Questar Corp. and its subsidiary, Mountain Fuel Supply Co., under the direction of president R. D. Cash, have contributed financial and in-kind contributions to major arts organizations in Utah, chamber officials said, making it possible for them to survive and grow.