The Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards is a program of the Rotary Club of San Jose created in honor and memory of the iconic Mercury News columnist who did so much to publicize and support the arts in Silicon Valley.

“I’m honored to work with many of Leigh’s friends to recognize emerging artists, which was something very close to his heart. We all miss him terribly, and he would be pleased to see his support of the arts and artists continue.”
Steve Borkenhagen, co-founder of the awards committee


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Applications must be received by:
July 15 2024
Winners will be notified the first week of September

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Alycia Adame  
performance artist

Peter Colclasure
musical artist

Julie Grantz
visual artist

Isabella King
visual artist

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