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City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

First presented in 2005, the Arts Awards increase the visibility of St. Catharines' artists and cultural industries, honour cultural leaders and their achievements, and cultivate financial and volunteer support for the arts sector. Arts Award recipients to date demonstrate St. Catharines' breadth of talent and commitment to the arts.

Who will you nominate? The 2017 Arts Awards nomination deadline is Feb. 17, 2017, forms will be available late 2016.

2016 Arts Awards | Groove with the arts!

Presented by Meridian Credit Union

Meridian Credit Union



The recipients of the City of St. Catharines Arts Awards were announced on Saturday June 4, 2016 in Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

2016 Arts Awards recipients group with awards

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2016 Award Recipients

Arts in Education Award

Sponsored by the Pen Centre

Celebrates an individual, collective or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging St. Catharines residents through arts education activities.

Peter Vietgen

Peter VietgenPeter is a nationally respected and extremely active educator and advocate for the arts and arts education. He is the current President of the Canadian Society of Education through Art, the national subject association for art educators across Canada. Peter is an Arts Curriculum Writer and Reviewer for the Ontario Ministry of Education, which has impact on every school across the province. Peter is the Co-Founder of Arts Matter, an annual conference in the Brock Faculty of Education for over 100 Teacher Education candidates seeking to gain hands-on experience in all the arts. During the last seven years, Peter has played a pivotal role in the revitalization and redevelopment of Rodman Hall's education program, both as an advisor and as a collaborator.

Emerging Artist Award

Sponsored by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University

Two emerging St. Catharines artists working in any discipline will be recognized, celebrating current accomplishments and future potential.

Beth Moore

Beth MooreBeth has been writing and performing her beautiful interpretation of modern folk since 2006. With roots in St. Catharines she quickly gained hometown recognition and has since played over 600 shows, building a name for herself across the country. She is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including being named "Artist of the Year" and "Folk Artist of the Year" at the 2011 Niagara Music Awards and winning the CBC "Expand your Bandwidth" competition in 2013, receiving over 70,000 votes. Recently, she was a top pick in the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 with her brand new song "OK OK", garnering overwhelming fan support. Praised as an open and honest songwriter by fans and media alike, Beth released her sophomore album Five Out Of Ten in 2015. The album is equal parts captivating, familiar and comfortable - yet all her own.


Kari-Lynn Winters

Kari-Lynn WintersKari-Lynn is a picture book author, poet, and performer. She enjoys being in the classroom in any capacity, as a presenter, a teacher, or as a student. After finishing her doctoral program at UBC in literacy education, Kari-Lynn assumed her new job as Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brock University, Ontario, where she teaches drama-in-education to and mentors teacher candidates. She is also a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, where she earned acertificate in technical theatre. Kari-Lynn has over a dozen books published or in press, many of which have won reader's choice awards.

Established Artist Award

Sponsored by Henley Honda

For a professional St. Catharines artist in any discipline who has received critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in St. Catharines and beyond.

Bradley Thachuk

Bradley ThachukBradley studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music,focusing on guitar for several years before pursuing a career as a conductor. He received his Masters degree and began doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He was appointed as Music Director & Principal Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in 2010 following a successful nine-year term as the Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and numerous engagements as guest conductor acrossNorth America and Europe. During his tenure with the NSO, Bradley has explored increasingly ambitious programming while continuing his commitment to a culture of excellence and expanding the NSO audience's appreciation of diverse repertoire. Maestro Thachuk continues to introduce Niagara audiences to stellar guest artists, presenting James Ehnes, Aisslinn Nosky and Erin Wall in the 2015/16 season, and Canadian composers Kevin Lau, John Estacio, and the orchestra's fi rst Artist-in-Residence, Stewart Goodyear.

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Awards

Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union

For an established professional artist whose body of work has been recognized nationally and/or internationally, and who has made a contribution to the cultural vibrancy of St. Catharines over their lifetime.

Edward Burtynsky

Edward BurtynskyEdward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofi a Museum in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.

Edward was born in 1955 of Ukrainian heritage in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his BAA in Photography/ Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982, and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto's art community. Early exposure to the sites and images of the General Motors plant in his hometown helped to formulate the development of his photographic work. His imagery explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we've imposed onto natural landscapes.

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Making A Difference Award

Sponsored by the St. Catharines Downtown Association

Celebrates a St. Catharines arts entrepreneur, arts administrator, arts organization, arts animator or volunteer in the arts whose leadership and innovation have significantly contributed to the growth and development of arts and culture in St. Catharines.

Liz Palmieri

Liz PalmieriLiz is an exceptional administrator, entrepreneur, community leader, mentor, volunteer and change maker who has played a leadership role in Niagara's cultural and non-profit community for over thirty years. Liz has worked or volunteered with many not-for-profi t organizations, including Carousel Players, Chorus Niagara, Niagara Artists Centre, Niagara College Foundation and St. Catharines YWCA. Liz has helped to affect positive change and has championed many initiatives that benefited the cultural community. She was co-chair of the 1996 St. Catharines Recreation Master Plan Steering Committee that recommended that a culture policy be created and she served as chair of the 1999 Cultural Planning Steering Committee that produced the City's first cultural policy. In 2000, Liz was hired as the first Executive Director of the Niagara Community Foundation. In her nearly 16-year tenure, she has worked with volunteers and staff to grow the foundation from its initial two $100,000 gifts to one that has granted more than $8 million and raised more than $26 million in endowment funds.

Patron of the Arts Award

Sponsored by Sullivan Mahoney LLP

For an individual or business that has made a meaningful contribution to the arts in St. Catharines through innovative, transformative, and entrepreneurial partnerships or philanthropic investments.

Craft Arts Market (Sarah Jarvis and Nancy Kapodistrias)

Sarah Jarvis and Nancy KapodistriasCraft Arts Market supports artistic entrepreneurs and offers a space for artisans to sell and promote their work, and expand their knowledge and skills. Craft's goals are to provide an aff ordable and educational environment for the community, and encourage the support of local handmade products and talent.

Owner/operators Sarah Jarvis and Nancy Kapodistrias work to ensure that Craft is an artist-supportive environment. They have engaged and worked with over 120 local craft and artisan makers, creating a new way for local artists to generate revenue from their work. Craft's innovative workshop series off ers local residents opportunities to learn new artistic skills. Craft Arts Market is the next generation of arts business in downtown St. Catharines.


Thanks to our community sponsors: Form & Affect, COGECOTV, Niagara This Week and Scotiabank - St. Catharines.

A special thank you on behalf of Mayor Walter Sendzik to Partridge Wealth Management, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, RE/MAX Broker Alaa Yousif and TAG Art Gallery for their support of the Mayor's Art Fund - which will be used fot the 2017 St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program.

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