Big Brains

Big Brain Awards 2012: Cash Prizes for Emerging Creatives

Hope those thinking caps aren't too snug: Phoenix New Times' Big Brain Awards are back.

The annual awards designed to recognize innovative artists in the fields of design, visual art, fashion, performing art, and culinary art, and give each $500 for their creative endeavors.

In the past, nominees and winners have included musically minded folks like Robbie Pfeffer (who wrote and drew our Noise Complaint comic in the past and runs the Tempe Starving Artist zine), hip-hop-inspired artist Joseph "Sentrock" Perez, and Francis Lazaro, who documents the city's EDM scene with his visually arresting videos.

All nominees will be profiled on Jackalope Ranch, Chow Bella, and here on Up on the Sun, as well as the print issue of New Times.

Winners will be announced Saturday, April 7 at Artopia, an evening of art, food, fashion, drinks, and music. (More info on that later).

Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 5. Make your nominations here (and yeah, you can even nominate yourself).

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.