2019 MUSE Award Winners

MUSE Visual Arts Award honors Mark Aeling, MGA Sculpture Studios
This award 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.

MARK AELING earned his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Washington University in 1993 and opened MGA Sculpture Studio, LLC, where he became well-known for design, fabrication and architectural industries in the Midwest region. Mark moved to St. Petersburg in 2005, where he has completed commissions for clients including BayCare Health Services, The Florida Aquarium and the City of St. Petersburg.  In 2013 MGA was awarded a private commission to create six life-sized bronze dolphins for Sundial. Mark was awarded public art commissions for the interior and exterior of the new St. Petersburg Police Headquarters. This fall he was asked to create a monument that commemorates the events of 9/11 called Rise that will be located at the ArtsXchange in the Warehouse Arts District.

 

MUSE Performance Arts Award honors John Lamb, Jazz Musician
This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the performance field to include music, dance, theater and/or interdisciplinary arts.

JOHN LAMB was born in Vero Beach and grew up loving to play music. His career took him around the world, playing tuba in the Air Force band, playing bass for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and his jazz idol, Miles Davis.  John set a not-so-modest goal to become “the world’s greatest bass player,” and he achieved that goal during his tenure with Duke Ellington in 1964, when an article in Downbeat Magazine listed him as one of the top five bass players in jazz.  He returned to In St. Petersburg in 1972, where he taught music at Seminole High School and St. Petersburg College until his retirement in 1999.  John is active in the Tampa Bay jazz scene – playing gigs at The Palladium, at restaurants and just about anywhere there is music, mentoring musicians and having fun.

 

MUSE Literary Arts Award honors Sterling Watson, Author and Teacher
This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, journalism, poetry or prose, print or digital formats.Sterling Watson

STERLING WATSON has published seven novels, including Suitcase City, Fighting in the Shade, and Sweet Dream Baby. His eighth, The Committee, will be published by Akashic books in January 2020.  He has received three Florida Fine Arts Council Awards for Fiction Writing and his work has appeared in publications including Prairie Schooner, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Gulfstream Magazine, and The Southern Review.  He chaired Eckerd College’s Creative Arts Collegium for five years and received the John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award and the Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the Arts.  After 34 years of teaching, he retired as the Peter Meinke Professor of Literature and Creative Writing.  Watson and Dennis Lehane co-directed the annual Writers in Paradise Conference for eleven years.

 

MUSE Patron of the Arts Award honors Lisa and Perry Everett,
Collectors and Local Artist Supporters
This award recognizes an individual or couple who, with their time and treasure, generously support the arts.

LISA AND PERRY EVERETT didn’t set out to collect art. They simply wanted to decorate their home with original art by local artists. Lisa, a retired pharmacist and Perry, a pediatrician, had no formal training in art, but found as they attended outdoor shows, benefit auctions and performances that the art world was warm and welcoming. Artists became friends and in some cases, adopted family, as they filled their home with original works in all media. While they believe in supporting local arts institutions, they find that the biggest impact comes from buying work from artists. They still enjoy the thrill of finding a new artist or a special work – now they just need a bigger house.

 

MUSE Arts Ambassador Award honors Jennifer and Jeff Lovelady,
SHINE Mural Festival and local artist supporters

This award recognizes beloved St. Petersburg artists who are stellar representatives of our City of the Arts.

JENNIFER LOVELADY and her family started collecting local art in the mid-’90s and have incorporated art in their professional and personal lives.  They support local artists including Chad Mize, Bask, Frank Strunk, Andrea Pawlisz, Tes One, Bekky Beukes and Ya La’ford. As Director of Community & Cultural Affairs at Great Bay Distributors, Jenn has commissioned many indoor murals, which, along with other fine artists works have transformed the building into a contemporary art gallery.  Jenn has been a financial supporter of the SHINE Mural Festival since its inception. Jenn is on the board of freeFall Theatre and the city’s Arts Advisory Committee.  She has supported arts organizations including SPAA, the Morean Arts Center, Creative Clay, the Warehouse Arts District Association and Florida CraftArt.  (Pictured are Jenn and her husband, Jeff and their thespian daughters, Alex and Ava.)

 

MUSE Special Volunteer Recognition honors Edel Mohr, Photographer and Author of Murals of the Sunshine City

EDEL MOHR is a 30-year resident of St. Petersburg who, after traveling abroad and learning photography, began to photograph the city’s murals.

Her passion for the project increased as she amassed a growing collection of mural photos from the past and present. She printed her first small mural book for her family, and the dream was born… she wanted to create a book for the public.  With the support of the Arts Alliance, Edel moved ahead, photographing murals old and new and documenting daily progress during the SHINE Mural Festivals in 2017 and 2018. Thanks to her single-minded commitment and drive, 480 murals appear in the stunning new book, Murals in the Sunshine City.

2018 MUSE Award Winners

MUSE Visual Arts Award honors Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker Pottery

This award 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.

Charlie Parker - MUSE 2018

MUSE Performance Arts Award honors Mark Sforzini, St. Petersburg Opera Company

This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the performance field to include music, dance, theater and/or interdisciplinary arts.

Mark Sforzini - MUSE 2018

MUSE Literary Arts Award honors Sheila Cowley, Playwright

This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, journalism, poetry or prose, print or digital formats.

Sheila Cowley - MUSE 2018

MUSE Patron of the Arts Award honors Sylvia Rusche , Sylvia Rusche Insurance Agency, Inc.

This award recognizes an individual or couple who, with their time and treasure, generously support the arts.

Sylvia Rusche - MUSE 2018

MUSE Arts Ambassador Award honors Paul Wilborn, St. Petersburg Palladium Theater & Eugenie Bondurant, Actress/Teacher

This award recognizes beloved St. Petersburg artists who are stellar representatives of our City of the Arts.

Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant - MUSE 2018

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Fourth Annual MUSE Awards recognizes Five Local “Muses”

MUSE will celebrate artistic inspiration on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg at 7:30 p.m.

This fourth annual benefit for the arts will recognize the wide range and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg as an international arts destination.

Proceeds will benefit artists, arts education, and arts & cultural organizations through our Arts Alliance programs and services.

 

  1. MUSE VISUAL ARTS AWARD 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.

kyu-yamamotoKyu Yamamoto

Kyu began studying sculpture as a fine arts student at Asahigaoka, the visual arts magnet school in Nagoya, Japan. Kyu moved his studio to St. Petersburg in 1992. He is now known throughout the Tampa Bay area for his contributions to public art (USF St Petersburg, Johns Hopkins/All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg Fire Station #4). Kyu Is currently teaching drawing at Eckerd College. He has also been faculty/instructor for the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL; the Penland School of American Craft, Penland, NC; the Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg; the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin; and the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC. He is a founding faculty member of the Clay Center of St Petersburg.

“I do not find it so important to capture the physical details of a figure, as I do to capture the spirit, that which brings life. Art provides an avenue for communication. If a work of art causes you to react, to think, or to change the way you think or feel about something, then I have been successful. If you feel the sadness in the nodded head of one of my pieces; if you caught one of my figures moving out of the corner of your eye: if you smile back at a smile reaching out to you: then, and only then, have we communicated, and I have succeeded in my task.”

 

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

 eric-davisEric Davis

Eric is the cofounder and artistic director of freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, and while he’s quick to spread the praise, his remarkable spirit is providing the fuel to the company’s rapid ascent. “I am inspired by great writing and stories that are thrilling and speak to a universal poetic sense about the human experience,” Davis says. Eric has been nominated many times and won awards many times for best acting, direction, set design and costume design.

Founded in 2008 and resident in their current home since 2011, freeFall Theatre has rapidly been recognized for artistic and organizational excellence.

 

  1. MUSE PATRON OF THE ARTS AWARD 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.

kathryn-howdKathryn Howd

Kathryn is on the City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA‘s Public Art Commission and the sub-committee for public art at the new Police Station, Board Member of Florida CraftArt, studio member at the Morean Center for Clay, and founding member of the SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival.

Kathryn graciously worked with Florida CraftArt staff with its day to day running during the 3-month transition process between Executive Directors and spearheaded the search and hiring process for the new ED. She also pitches in and/or leads wherever needed during a peak time for Florida CraftArt – Holiday Show, Florida CraftArt Festival, Mural Tours, to name a few.

 

  1. MUSE LITERARY ARTS AWARD recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, journalism, poetry or prose, print or digital formats.

 david-warnerDavid Warner

David has been Editor in Chief of Creative Loafing since 2004, where he has overseen award-winning arts coverage, written about theater, dance and visual art, and spearheaded the multi-disciplinary arts events GASP! and Sensory Overload. A member of the Radio Theatre Project Live! acting company, he has appeared in Stageworks’ The Chosen, Studio@620’s Delicious Nut and A Simple Theatre, and will soon reprise his role as a supercilious art collector in Modigliani at Gulfport Community Players.

Before CL, he was the editor of Philadelphia City Paper, winning numerous awards for its arts coverage, and a theater critic and arts columnist at Seven Days in Burlington, VT. David has a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. in Theater from Villanova, and was a 2001-2002 National Arts Journalism Fellow at Columbia University. He lives in the Historic Roser Park neighborhood of St. Petersburg with his husband, Larry Biddle, and their Cairn terrier, Walter.

 

  1. MUSE ARTS AMBASSADOR AWARD recognizes a beloved St. Petersburg artist (of any discipline) who is a stellar representative of the “City of the Arts” to the world.

leon-bedore-tes-one“Tes One”

Leon “Tes One” Bedored is an artist, curator and founding member of the SHINE Mural Festival. Combining contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. His conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.

“Murals are reflective of a city that takes pride in its community.  Like all art, it is proof of life. I think the level of art and impact of murals in St. Pete are beginning to align – so there is a deeper appreciation for the work, and it can now co-exist with the community rather than fall into stereotypes of either graffiti or advertising.”

As an artist, Leon Bedore combines and contrasts nature with technology, grime with grace. His conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.

Third Annual MUSE Awards recognizes Five Local “Muses”

Ya La'FordMUSE Arts Ambassador Award – Ya La’ford

This award recognizes a beloved St. Petersburg artist (of any disipline) who is a stellar representative of the “City of the Arts” to the world.

Ya La’ford is a professor, visual painter, installation artist, muralist and a true community advocate who merges all aspects of her art practice to impact and create community change. Most recently her artwork was included in Miami Art Basel, Harlem Art Flux, Asia Contemporary, a Jamaica Biennial, and at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson. She created 85-foot mural in the tunnel to Tropicana Stadium for the Shine Mural Festival, and created a mural inside Tropicana Stadium in collaboration with Rays Up for kids.

 

Pruitt FoundationMUSE Patron of the Arts Award – J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation

This award recognizes an individual, couple or family who, with their time and treasure, generously support charities, organizations, and/or individuals that work in or concern the arts.

The J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation made a leadership gift to the Warehouse Arts District, enabling their board to purchase land and establish the ArtsXchange. This transformational gift establishes the ArtsXchange, where artists and the art they create will serve as a catalyst for economic and urban development. The award will be presented to J. Crayton Pruitt’s children, Helen Pruitt Wallace, Natalie Pruitt Judge, and Crayton Pruitt, Jr.

 

Maureen McDoleMUSE Literary Arts Award – Maureen McDole

This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, print or digital formats.

Maureen McDole, a St. Petersburg native, is the author of two poetry books, “Exploring My Options” and “Longing for the Deep End.”

 She has been leading workshops and speaking about creativity for over 15 years, and in 2013 she co-founded Keep St. Pete Lit, which celebrates and promotes greater St. Petersburg’s literary community – past, present and future – through arts, education and events with a literary twist.

 

City TheatreMUSE Performance Arts Award – St. Pete City Theatre

This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the performance art field to include music, dance, theater and/or interdisciplinary which is presented to an audience.

St. Petersburg City Theatre is a Classic Icon of Community Theatre. The oldest, continually operating community theatre in the state of Florida, City Theatre has set the bar for live community theatre excellence since 1925! City Theatre celebrated its 90th Anniversary in the fall of 2015 with a special exhibit on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Commemorating this milestone, while turning the gaze toward the future, City Theatre remains committed to keeping the arts and arts education alive and in the community.

 

Steven KenneyMUSE Visual Arts Award – Steven Kenny

This award 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.

Steven Kenny’s oil paintings are reminiscent of the Old Masters while depicting a contemporary blending of the human figure with elements from nature. During his 31-year artistic career, his paintings have been exhibited worldwide, garnered many awards, and can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections. His home and studio are located in the newly established Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood in St Petersburg. Steven’s artwork, The Pinnacle is our featured artwork for all MUSE Awards 16 publications. The Pinnacle depicts a moment of creative equilibrium.

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Announces the MUSE Award Winners

 

MUSE celebrated artistic inspiration on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s benefit for arts recognized the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to five members of the arts community who inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination.

 

Carrie JadusCarrie Jadus, MUSE Visual Arts Award             

This award 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.

An electrical engineer-turned-fine artist, Carrie’s work is exhibited in galleries and private collections all over the world. From the second floor of Softwater Studios in the Warehouse Arts District, she puts brush to canvas to produce works ranging from stunning commissioned portraits to imaginative posters for Movies in the Park. Her painting of sculptor Mark Aeling’s hands was our inspiration for this year’s MUSE poster.

 

American StageAmerican Stage Theatre Company, MUSE Performance Arts Award

This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the performance art field to include music, dance, theater and/or interdisciplinary which is presented to an audience.

Founded in 1977, American Stage is a regional professional equity theatre that makes top-notch live theatre accessible to all members of the community. In addition to its Mainstage Series in the Raymond James Theatre and the annual American Stage in the Park production each spring, programming includes the “After Hours” Series, the School Tour, Youth/Adult Classes, Summer Camp, and the Teen Summer Institute.

 

Kris RadishKristine Radish, MUSE Literary Arts Award      

This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, print or digital formats.

Kris Radish is the bestselling author of nine novels and three works of non-fiction. A former working journalist, editor, university lecturer, bureau chief, nationally syndicated columnist, magazine writer, worm picker, and lifeguard-to name but a few of her past experiences, Radish has appeared on national television shows including Geraldo, FBI’s Most Wanted, Daytime, City Confidential and On the Case with Paula Zahn. Her next novel, The Year of Necessary Lies, a historical fiction blockbuster set in Florida, will be released in September. She is also co-owner of the Wine Madonna wine lounge in downtown St. Petersburg.

 

StackhouseCarol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, MUSE Arts Ambassador Award  

This award recognizes a beloved St. Petersburg artist of any discipline who is a stellar representative of the “City of the Arts” to the world.

Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse are visual artists working collaboratively producing paintings, prints, and large-scale site-appropriate architectural sculpture. Museums, private collectors, commercial developers, and state and local governments commission their work. They are currently working on a private commission for the lobby of the new Gateway Plaza Building in downtown Richmond, Virginia, which includes a 72-foot long mosaic and a 43-foot long glass and stainless steel walk-through sculpture. In addition, they are entering the design phase for St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue Project creating an illuminated Avenue of the Arts with on-going engagement.

 

Al MayAl May, MUSE Patron of the Arts Award            

This award 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.

Al May, retired bank executive, is a life-long resident of St. Petersburg. Al loves the American Stage Theatre Company, freeFall Theatre, St. Pete Opera, the Florida Orchestra and the Studio @620. He currently serves on the Board of the St. Pete Opera and the Advisory Board of the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College.

 

MUSE nominees were solicited from the public through the Arts Alliance website. A committee comprised of local artists, former MUSE Award winners, local museum, gallery and arts nonprofit leaders, and members of the Arts Alliance Board and the Arts Advisory Committee decided winners.

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s First MUSE Award Winners

 

MUSE was established in 2014 to benefit artists, arts and cultural businesses and organizations.  The MUSE Awards honor those who shine a light on St. Petersburg through their arts.

 

bob-devin-jonesTHE 2014 MUSE ARTS AWARD goes to Bob Devin Jones

A native of Los Angeles, Bob has lived in St. Petersburg since 1997. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University and has been an actor, playwright,and director for more than three decades.The author of nearly twenty plays, he wrote the musical Manhattan Casino, which premiered at the Coliseum in 2001.
Bob has performed other original works in Ireland; Memphis,TN; Seattle,WA; and NewYork City. Since 2002 he has worked as a Florida Humanities Council “Road Scholar,” presenting Voices from the Harlem Renaissance, Harry T. Moore, Langston Hughes and the Zora Neale Hurston Project, all over the state. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Studio@620, which has received numerous awards for its contributions to the community over the past ten years. He also serves on the Boards of freeFall Theatre, Creative Clay, and American Stage Theatre Company; and was a recipient of the Bank of America Hero Award.

 

becca-picTHE 2014 MUSE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD goes to Becca McCoy!

Becca McCoy is a professional actor / singer and a proud St. Petersburg native. She studied theatre at Eckerd College, where she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa for exhibiting leadership in the arts. A proud member of Actors Equity Association, she has performed in numerous regional theatres; and appeared nationwide in Menopause the Musical. She has appeared at the Straz Center in Motherhood the Musical; and in freeFall Theatre’s The Wild Party and The Frogs. As a singer and cabaret artist, Becca has performed at the Palladium and American Stage. She has collaborated on a single, a lullaby titled Little One, from which all proceeds go to All Children’s Hospital. Becca is a music volunteer at All Children’s, and serves on the Board of Act One Arts Initiative which provides scholarship aid and exposure to the arts to children.

 

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