MUSE 2019 Was a Huge Success

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the 2019 MUSE Awards a huge success. Hats off to all of the artists who shared their work that night, to all of the hard-working hands behind the scenes, to our generous sponsors and to all the wonderful people who came and brought our celebration of the arts to life.

The proceeds from our annual fundraising bash will benefit artists, arts businesses, and arts and cultural organizations in our city, through the programs and services provided by the Arts Alliance.

Cheers to this years deserving MUSE Award winners and here’s to another busy year of art and creativity.

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Mayor Rick Kriseman with Mark Aeling

Mark was honored with the MUSE VISUAL ARTS AWARD, which recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the visual arts which include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, glass-blowing, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and media arts.

Congressman Charlie Christ with Edel Mohr

Edel was given the award for MUSE VOLUNTEER, which recognizes an extraordinary volunteer whose dedication shines an international spotlight on St. Petersburg.

Jeff Baker with John Lamb and his daughter

John was awarded the MUSE PERFORMANCE ARTS AWARD, which recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the performance art field to include music, dance, theater and interdisciplinary which is presented to an audience.

Steve and Marie Beaty with Lisa and Perry Everett

Lisa and Perry were presented with the MUSE PATRON OF THE ARTS AWARD, which recognizes an individual or couple who, with their time and treasure, generously supports charities, organizations, and/or individuals that work in or concern the arts.

Maureen McDole with Sterling Watson

Sterling was awarded the MUSE LITERARY ARTS AWARD, recognizing an artist or organization that achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, journalism, poetry, playwriting or prose, print or digital formats.  Maureen won this award in 2017.

Bill Hoyt with Jennifer Lovelady and her husband, Jeff

Jennifer was honored with the MUSE ARTS AMBASSADOR AWARD, which recognizes a beloved St. Petersburg artist (of any discipline) who is a stellar representative of the “City of the Arts” to the world.