City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

Arts Awards

Your City. Your Arts. Your Awards.

The St. Catharines Arts Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of artistic creation. 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.

2020 Event Details

Join us on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Tickets on sale March 1.

2020 Nominations are now closed...


Nominees will be announced in February 2020.

General Eligibiliy Criteria for Nominees

  • All nominees must be St. Catharines residents, or have made a consistent, significant and recent contribution to the arts in St. Catharines, or a significant portion of their practice is based in St. Catharines. 
  • Note: owner / tenant of land in St. Catharines will also be considered a “resident.”
  • All nominations are screened to ensure eligibility.
  • Posthumous nominations will be considered.
  • Nominations may be submitted by an individual or organization.
  • Only nominations received between November 1, 2019 and December 13, 2019 will be considered for the 2020 Awards.
  • Nominators may make one nomination per year in each of the 5 award categories.
  • Nominators may not nominate themselves for an award.
  • Nominees must consent to the use of photos and biographical material to be used for promotions.
  • The Arts Awards are not grants. The receipt of an Arts Award is not a requirement for the rewarding of any municipal grants.
  • The City of St. Catharines reserves the right to accept or reject nominations and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all nominations in a particular category.
  • Proposed nominees must score a minimum of 60% average from the Jury to move forward and be confirmed as an award nominee.
  • The City reserves the right to cancel any and/or all awards at any time.
  • Please see detailed eligibility for each category below.

Please consult the "Nomination Guidelines" (click here) for detailed eligibility criteria and Jury Scoring Criteria.

2020 Nominees

These amazing artists, administrators and volunteers will be recognized to represent the St. Catharines community through their commitment, talent, and contribution to the community in the following categories: 

 Arts in Education Award

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.


 Emerging Artist Award

The Emerging Artist Award is presented to an emerging St. Catharines artist working in any discipline to celebrate current accomplishments and future potential. Emerging Artists are establishing careers in their field and are working to become recognized professional artists. The Jury will consider nominees who are 18 years or older, who are based and active in St. Catharines and who have been practicing their art form for less than 10 years.


Established Artist Award

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.


Making a Difference Award

The Making a Difference Award 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.


Patron of the Arts Award

The Patron of the Arts Award celebrates 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.


The Awards Jury

All nominations will be evaluated by an independent jury comprised of three artists and/or arts professionals. The jury will be chaired by a member of the Arts Awards Subcommittee and will select the award recipients. All decisions of the jury are final. The Jury will remain anonymous until event day.

Please consult the "Nomination Guidelines" (click here) for detailed eligibility criteria and Jury Scoring Criteria.

Event Details

2020 Awards Show

Recipients will be recognized on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre with the live stage show beginning at 7:30 pm. 


2020 Event Tickets

Tickets will go on sale on March 1, 2020.

Tickets will be available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office. 

Previous Awards Recipients & Sponsors

The 2019 recipients of the City of St. Catharines Arts Awards were recognized on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. 

  • Amanda Nelli, Arts in Education Award, sponsored by the St. Catharines Downtown Association
  • Ola Kiermacz and Mel Monaco, Emerging Artist Award, sponsored by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University
  • Clelia Scala, Established Artist Award, sponsored by Meridian Credit Union
  • Ayo Adewumi, Jury’s Pick Award, sponsored by an Anonymous Donor
  • Mark Elliott, Making a Difference Award, sponsored by the Pen Centre
  • Joe and Anita Robertson, Patron of the Arts Award, sponsored by Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery

We would like to thank the following event sponsors for their support of our 2019 event:

Meridian Credit Union, The Foster Festival, Flashbox Photography, Niagara This Week, YourTV / Cogeco, Mehan Group, Partridge Wealth Management, Performance Auto Group, CAA Niagara, Niagara Casino's, The Yellow Pear, Chocolates Etc.

The Award Sponsors:

The St. Catharines Downtown Association, Marilyn l. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Meridian Credit Union, The Pen Centre, and Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. 

And the Award Designer – Clayton Haigh of Balance Glassworks.

For More Information


Michelle Nicholls
Culture Coordinator
Telephone: 905.688.5601 ext 5232.

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