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St. Catharines Arts Awards

The St. Catharines Arts Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of artistic creation and contribution. First presented in 2005 as part of the City of St. Catharines' Trillium Awards, the list of arts award recipients since then have demonstrated the talent and commitment of the arts in St. Catharines.

The Arts Awards seek to 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.

2015 Arts Awards - Local Arts Take Centre Stage!

2015 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards nominees

The recipients of the City of St. Catharines Arts Awards will be announced at one BIG Arts Community Party on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre, Centre for the Arts, Brock University - the last one of its kind at a venue that's been serving Niagara for nearly 50 years!!

Don't miss out on this event: tickets are available by donation and should be reserved in advance as seating is assigned. Call the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905-688-5550 x 3257 or toll free 1-866-617-3257.

The 2015 nominees are listed in each category below.

Arts in Education Award

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

The Arts in Education Award celebrates an individual, collective or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging St. Catharines residents through arts education activities. 

  • Kasia Dupuis - 4Cats Arts Studio
  • Dena Colling Gelentso
  • Carly Manley
  • Catherine Parayre

Emerging Artist Award

Sponsored by Centre for the Arts, Brock University

The Emerging Artist Award is presented to an emerging St. Catharines artist working in any discipline in celebration of current accomplishments and future potential. Emerging Artists are establishing careers in the arts and are working towards becoming recognized professional artists. The Jury may consider nominees of any age who have recently embarked on an artistic career.  

  • Jacob Bergsma (Music/Comedy)
  • Mary-Maria Bourdeau (Music/Dance/Theatre)
  • Lindsay Jack Brauweiler (Poetry)
  • Mike Enns (Film)
  • Emma Lee Fleury (Music/Visual Arts)
  • Maureen Brown Gratton (Visual Arts)
  • Maggie Groat (Visual Arts)
  • Chad MacDonald (Visual Arts)
  • Kathy McBride (Visual Arts)
  • Sarah Milan (Visual Arts)
  • Jordan Versluis (Visual Arts)
  • Ann-Marie B. Zammit (Music/Theatre)

Established Artist Award

Sponsored by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The Established Artist Award is presented to a professional St. Catharines artist in any discipline who has received critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in St. Catharines and beyond. The Jury will consider nominees who have been actively practicing their art form for at least 10 years and whose work has made an impact on the St. Catharines' community.

  • Matthias Bork (Visual Arts)
  • Tim Denis (Theatre/Music)
  • Geoff Farnsworth (Visual Arts)
  • Rick Gratton (Music)
  • Lynne Honsberger (Music)
  • Kevin Richard Hotte (Music)
  • Duncan MacDonald (Visual Arts)

Making a Difference Award

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

The Making a Difference Award celebrates the contribution of a St. Catharines artist, arts administrator, arts entrepreneur or arts organization to the growth and development of the arts in St. Catharines.  

  • Marcie Bronson
  • Jane Elliott - Ballet Etc.
  • Mendelt Hoekstra
  • IndoorShoes
  • Katie (KT) Job
  • Katia Perez Mendez
  • Debbie Slade

Patron of the Arts Award

Sponsored by The St. Catharines Downtown Association

The Patron of the Arts Award celebrates an individual or business that has made an important contribution to the arts in St. Catharines through innovative, transformative, and entrepreneurial partnerships and/or philanthropic contributions. 

  • Sarah Giovannone - Yoga by Sarah
  • IndoorShoes
  • Chris and Catharine Lowes - Mahtay Cafe

Volunteer in the Arts Award

Sponsored by Scotiabank St. Catharines

The Volunteer in the Arts Award recognizes the work of a St. Catharines resident who has given their time and energy to one or more arts organizations and in doing so has contributed substantially to enriching the cultural life of the city.

  • Janis Barlow
  • Sara Palmieri
  • Jennifer Wallace

Be a Part of the Big Night!

We need YOU to help us make the Arts Awards a night to remember.

We are looking for individuals who are experienced or interested in Arts & Culture, Events, Technical Production, Hospitality and Food & Beverage.
Volunteer shifts are between 1 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 10 p.m. on the day of the awards and you must have transportation to and from the event.

For more information, please email Catriona Macfarlane or call 905-688-5601 x5229

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