Big Brain Awards 2011: Meet the Winners

The results are in, and we're proud to present the recipients of New Times' 2011 Big Brain Awards.

The winners in six categories were announced Saturday, April 10, at New Times' Big Brain reception, and each received $1,000 (per category).

We profiled the finalists last week and will continue to give you sneak peeks into their creative environments for the next few days. Awards and recipients are:

Visual ArtsSafwat Saleem

Design: Chadwick Uptain

Literary: Kim Porter

Performance: Joseph "Sentrock" Perez

Film/Video: Film Bar

: Brian and Margita Webb

To read about all 18 finalists, follow the links below:


Kofi O. Okyere
Robbie Pfeffer
Kim Porter

Visual Arts
Sarah Hurwitz
Safwat Saleem

Chris Rupp
Rebecca Turley
Chadwick Uptain

Renetto-Mario Etsitty
Mario Martusciello
Brian and Margita Webb

Francis Lazaro
Lee Storey

Performing Arts
Ruth Carter
Tom Leveen
Joseph Perez

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at amy-silverman.com.