The 2018 St. Louis Visionary Awards – which honor women who have made exceptional contributions to the arts – are calling for nominations of artists, educators, administrators and major contributors to the arts. Nominations are available on and due by November 6th.

“The honorees are true visionaries whose focus and hard work have helped St. Louis create a vibrant cultural community that enhances the lives of our community,” said Sara Burke, co-chair of the Visionary Board.

An independent review panel comprised of artists, arts educators, and arts advocates will select the 2018 honorees, who will be announced in November. Winners will be celebrated at the awards ceremony on April 23rd, 2018 at The Sun Theater in Grand Center, co-hosted by Susan Sherman and Marcella Manjarrez Hawn.

Award categories are:

  • profile of her organization by causing a widespread impact on the St. Louis arts community.
  • Outstanding Working Artist: presented to a woman currently working and achieving great accomplishments in the arts. She has earned significant acclaim over an extended period of time and consistently displays excellence in the practice of her art form, enriching artistic expression and unique style.
  • Emerging Artist: presented to an up-and-coming artist who has demonstrated her talent    and a strong commitment to building her career in the arts. 
  • Community Impact Artist: Presented to a woman who uses the arts to create awareness about community issues and through her work promotes dialogue, breaks down barriers and sparks change.
  • Outstanding Arts Professional: presented to a woman who has dedicated her professional career to fostering creativity and encouraging ongoing participation in the arts. She raises the Outstanding Teaching Artist: presented to a woman dedicated to providing artistic instruction to a range of students, as both a profession and lifestyle. She has made a strong impact on the individuals and community she has fostered through her role as an educator. 
  • Major Contributor to the Arts: presented to a woman who has been a strong supporter of the arts through various contributions including volunteering, donating, raising funds and serving on boards.
  • Outstanding Arts Volunteer: (new) presented to a woman who has made a significant impact on one or more arts organizations, through volunteering their time, talent, and actions.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: (new) presented to a woman who has had a long and distinguished career in the arts and has made a lasting impact in their field.         

Individuals may make multiple nominations and can also nominate themselves.

The St. Louis Visionary Awards Board: Sara Burke and Kim Eberlein,  co-chairs. members:  Adrienne Davis, Alison Ferring, Renee Franklin, Marian Nunn, Cynthia Prost and Marilyn Sheperd. M

Via Press Release