mARTies Awards

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” —Harriet Tubman

  • A message about the "Class of 2015" mARTies:

    After surveying a number of participants and nominators regarding this year’s ceremony, we have decided to permanently move MARTIES to the fall.. So as not to skip a year and miss the opportunity to highlight the 2014-15 graduates, we will be hosting an abridged ceremony this coming fall and will limit the awards nominees to graduating seniors in the performing and visual arts. The full mARTies, with adult and student nominees will return Fall 2015.

  • Nominate a dancer, singer, musician, painter, sculptor, author, photographer, videographer and more here! Civic involvement is a key component of the mARTies and we all know plenty of artists who give of their time, talent and treasure! Let us help you say thank you...

    As we stared with the awards in Spring 2014, high schools seniors who are nominated for the mARTies will also be eligible for a $500 scholarship and all will be asked to perform at the mARTies or display a sample of their work. At least one scholarship will be given in each category: performing and visual / digital media artists.


Photos from the Spring 2014 mARTies Awards

  • mARTies 2014 attendees took home a goodie bag that included a small canvas ready to be inspired to create your own rendition of Lynne Barletta's "A Starry Night Over Stuart." See Lynne's instruction video's here...


mARTies Named Award Recipients

The Board of Directors selects several named award categories for the mARTies to complement the competitively nominated awards. The 2012 awardees were recognized at the mARTies Awards on May 3, 2012:

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts: The individual has shown a lifetime of commitment to the improvement of the quality of life in our community through dedication, leadership and inspiration. They may be a professional artist –visual or performing—or a lifetime advocate for the arts as an integral part of the fabric of our community.
2003: Charlotte Clayton
2004: Nancy O'Malley
2005: Phil Kavanaugh
2007: Janeen Mason
2009: Marie Jureit-Beamish
2010: Sandra Thurlow
2012: Rita Vallis
2014: Jane Davis Doggett

Excellence in Arts Education: Recognizes an individual for a career in arts education and for being an inspiration to his/her students to aspire to greatness in the arts.
2003: Ron Corbin
2004: Tom Wetzl
2005: Krystal Wion-Eckhard
2007: Karen Haines
2009: Joe Flanagan
2010: Tracy Canada
2012: Marcus Rabb
2014: Bridget Glass

Philanthropy in the Arts: An individual or family who has through significant contributions contributed to and enhanced the cultural life of our community.
2003: Richard & Dana Kibbey
2004: Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation
2005: Women Supporting the Arts!
2007: OPUS Boosters
2009: Vianne Nichols
2010: Peter & Julie Cummings
2012: Barbara Trimble
2014: Frances Langford Foundation

Arts Leadership: An individual who has served as a consistent driving force to keep the arts alive in Martin County. This person is perceived to be constantly on the front line keeping the arts visible. A true passion for the arts is demonstrated in their every effort.
2003: Ernie and Helen Berlin
2004: Janet Hutchinson
2005: John Loesser
2007: Cecelia Serra
2009: Craig Price
2010: Ethel Christin
2012: Jeanette Mueller
2012: Robert E Valle
2014: Ron Hart

Corporate Leadership: A corporation with a commitment of funding, supporting and participating in the arts and cultural life of our community. Through their gifts, arts and cultural activities and events have been consistently enhanced.
2003: Dunn Capital Management
2004: Northern Trust
2005: Massey Yardley
2007: Palm Beach Post
2009: Scripps Treasure Coast
2010: UBS
2012: Publix Supermarket Charities

Special Recognition: Serves to recognize a special happening in the arts and cultural life of Martin County that is unique and deserving of special attention and thanks. This award may not be given every year.
2003: Edward and Suzan Sellian
2004: Mary Shaw
2007: HCG
2009: Martin County BOCC
2010: Margaret "Peggie" O'Neill


mARTies Past Award Recipients

  • Outstanding Digital Media Artist Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the media arts, (related to video, graphic design and film), outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Jeff Younglove, Steven Martine, Mitch Kloorfain

  • Outstanding Visual Artist: Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the visual arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Tom Prestopnik, Caesar Cirigliano, Margaret Gray, Brenda Leigh, Tom Winter, Ruthann Hewson, Cristina de la Vega, Jane Blatt

  • Outstanding Performing Artist: Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the performing arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Christina Burr, Cynthia Kessler, Gayle Mingledorf, Peter Jones, Constantinos Jaferis, Douglas Jewett , Jennifer Jones, Terry Barber

  • Outstanding Volunteer in the Arts: Honors an individual that participates in donating volunteer time, encouraging support for the organization and the arts in the community and is truly dedicated to the cause of the nonprofit that benefits from their attention. Recipients: Margaret "Peggy" Meissner, Connie Bass, Ginger Baldwin, Rita Jenkins-Gaines, Graham Monk, Pamela Waxler Fogt, Karen Vaina, Francine Beckstead

    (Note: The most recent recipient of the award is listed last)

  • Outstanding Student Digital Media Artist: Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the media arts (related to video, graphic design and film), outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Christopher Mennuto, Nicholas Lively, Jesse Forbes, Amanda Wind

  • Outstanding Student Visual Artist: Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the visual arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Tracy Cochran, Shara Brokaw, Alex Fogt, Ellen Krebs, Ashley Baldwin, Sarah Tranter , Ariana Martinez, Jordan Schulz, Christina Perez

  • Outstanding Student Performing Artist: Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the performing arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Angelica Melillio, Michael Wood, Kendra Eaton, Megan Moran, Ryan Weiss, Martha Sturm, Kevin James Connor, Cory Jeacoma, Spencer Ballantyne, Kevin Paul