Ward Roylance Award

Entrada Honors Visionary Artists, Educators With Annual Awards

The Ward Roylance Awards, named in honor of Entrada’s co-founder and primary inspiration, were inaugurated in 1999 to recognize individuals and organizations that further public understanding and appreciation of the natural, historical, cultural, and scientific heritage of the Colorado Plateau.


Linton Rohr

Jeffrey Chappell

Capitol Reef Natural History Association

Steve Taylor, Local Historian


To learn more, read the awards article.

Rosemary Sucec


Owen Olpin

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Owen Oplin

Stephen Trimble, Utah naturalist, writer, photographer and educator

Stephen Trimble

Stephen Trimble has won significant awards for his non-fiction, his fiction, and his photography, including the Ansel Adams Award from The Sierra Club. His 18 books focus on homeland, wildland, and Indian land. Learn more at his website.

Duncan Metcalf, Utah anthropologist and author


Bonnie Posselli, Utah artist


A Utah native, Bonnie Posselli is well known for her meticulous rendering of trees and her stunning depictions of the red-rock country. In addition to being a widely collected and acclaimed artist, she has also donated her time and work to many charitable causes, including two terms as a board member of the Entrada Institute.

Learn more at her website.

Doug Snow, Utah artist

V Douglas Snow

A central figure in Utah art for the past fifty years, was one of the first to champion abstract art in Utah, and, as professor of art at the University of Utah, influenced a number of artists that have received local and national recognition. An affable, energetic, constantly curious individual, Snow continues to produce the lively, inventive, always slightly mysterious paintings that have made him a Utah treasure.” — Shawn Rossiter, 15 Bytes Artists of Utah E-zine, June 2004

Ken Sleight, River runner, outfitter, and activist

Ken Sleight was the inspiration for the character “Seldom Seen Smith” in Edward Abbey’s comic novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang.

David Lee

Former poet laureate of Utah and a finalist for the U.S. poet laureate in 2001Known as Utah’s “Pig Poet,” for his many poems of rural life and particularly poems about pig farming, David is the author of more than seven full-length books of poetry. David’s entertaining style and folksy charm have inspired crowds across the country.

Cathy and Larry Bagley, Local historians and faithful supporters of local artists

Learn more at their website.

Gary Pankow, Owner of Cafe Diablo, one of the country’s finest restaurants specializing in innovative southwest cuisine

Gary, certified executive chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, New York, donates his wonderful dinners freely to Entrada’s presenters and offers his restaurant for the annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival.

Katie Lee, Renowned singer/songwriter and river activist

In her memoir, All My Rivers Are Gone, Lee recounts her adventures on Glen Canyon during a time when that stretch of the Colorado River was little known. Since the flooding of that stretch of the Colorado River in the 1960s, she has remained a fierce advocate of preserving wild rivers and open spaces.

Greta Belanger deJong, Publisher and editor of Catalyst magazine, a monthly journal dedicated to community, arts, politics and the environment

Frank McEntire, Entrada president, board member, and artist

Frank McEntire is a sculptor, arts writer and director of the Utah Arts Council.

High Country Quilters, A group of Wayne County residents dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of creating quilts, including narrative quilts designed to tell a story in fabric.

Ty Harrison, Botanist

Professor of biology at Westminster College of Salt Lake City and expert on the native plants of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau

Larry Davis, Long-time director of Anasazi Village State Park.

Ed Lueders, Naturalist, poet, author, and retired University of Utah English Professor