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MartinArts Awards

About the MartinArts Awards

Honoring artists, philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders who inspire a passion for and participation in the arts within our community!

A most welcome reminder of life as we knew it returned to the Lyric Theatre on November 2, 2021, when MartinArts presented its’ highly-regarded MartinArts Awards (aka the Marties) to a live audience.

For those who might not be familiar with these awards, they honor students, professional artists, philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders in the local arts scene.

Committee members patiently stayed with this event throughout the pandemic, carefully monitoring art patron’s comfort levels and medically-established safety practices, waiting until the time was right to set a date for the Marties return.

Co-chairs Marney McKee and Lisa Renee Ludlum and committee members Kristal Wion-Eckhardt, Faith Paul, Sharon Hagin, Heidi Condon, Dr. Anita Caswell, Rickie Leiter, and Jeff Younglove along with staff support of Jennifer Hearn and Nancy Turrell, picked the perfect time for attendees to don their masks and support both student and adult members of Martin County’s vibrant arts community.

The evening’s festivities included an amazing opening number featuring alumni (former recipients) and nominees rejoicing in the individuality that is the hallmark of a community of creative people.

There were also several “mash-ups,” with performances by student nominees, often in unique juxtapositions of their talents.

Several Marties Award recipients had been selected by the Board – and notified – before November 2. They included:

  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts: Conney Dahn
  • Excellence in Arts Education: Ashley Monks
  • Arts Leadership: Neil Capozzi
  • Arts Service: Pat Pendergast
  • Corporate Leadership: Seacoast Bank
  • Special Recognition: The Barn Theatre for 50 years of community theatre

Announced during the event, the eagerly-anticipated recipients of the mARTies Awards are:

  • Visual Artist – Chris Kling
  • Performing Artist – Lorrianna Colozzo
  • Literary Artist – Gale Baker
  • Student Visual Artist – Christopher Carnes
  • Student Performing Music Artist – Ava Gunter
  • Student Performing Theatre Artist – Katie Vitale

What are the MartinArts Awards?

Since 2003, the MartinArts Awards, presented by MartinArts Foundation, have been the premier celebration of the arts on the Treasure Coast, recognizing performance, visual and literary artistic excellence and those who help the arts flourish in our community.  Each year artists, philanthropists, volunteers, and leaders in the arts are honored with a mARTies Award.  All told, it’s a celebration of the importance the arts have in all of our lives!

Who is recognized at the MartinArts Awards?  

Named Awards are selected by the MartinArts Foundation Board of Directors to represent a legacy of commitment to things such as leadership, arts education, philanthropy and lifetime achievement. Nominated Categories are divided into Professional Artist and Student Artist (High School Seniors only) and represent the visual, performing and literary arts disciplines. The awards are presented to an individual in each category with a proven record of artistic excellence, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Nominations are accepted from individuals, businesses, and organizations across the community.

What opportunities are available to support the event?  

Excited to be a part of a wonderful night? Invite your family and friends to attend!  Perhaps you’d even like to support our efforts?  Sponsorship opportunities and program ads and volunteer opportunities are available - call us at 772-287-6676 (x2) today to get in on the fun and be recognized as a supporter of the ARTS!  Proceeds from the event provide scholarships to our student award recipients and help fund year-round community outreach programs.  


Thank you to our Sponsors!