2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards
September 13, 2019
Muncie Civic Theatre

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council, in collaboration with the City of Muncie, is pleased to announce it is accepting nominations for the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognizes the contributions to the cultural community by all visual, performing, and culinary artists, musicians, writers, poets, rappers, directors, producers, craftspeople, arts educators, arts patrons, arts professionals and volunteers, as well as organizations, institutions, government agencies, corporations, and businesses who work in or for the arts primarily benefiting the residents of Muncie. The goal of this program is to help cultivate greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts, as well as grow new leadership and new patrons of the arts.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Nominations will be accepted through Friday, August 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Click below for complete information on the nomination process.

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be celebrated with an award ceremony and community reception on Friday, September 13th at Muncie Civic Theatre. The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented by Old National Bank.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Nominations will be accepted through Friday, August 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM.


2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council in conjunction with the City of Muncie will celebrate the 3rd biennial Mayor’s Arts Awards on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Muncie Civic Theatre. The Mayor’s Arts Awards aim to cultivate greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts, as well as grow new leadership and new patrons of the arts.

Coming Soon – 2019 MAA Nominees

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations, patrons of the arts, and more.

Nominations are accepted in the following categories:

Arts Advocate – an individual or organization whose strong support of the arts has been ongoing through philanthropic and/or volunteer service

Arts Leader – an arts professional or organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational stewardship and partnership within the local arts community

Arts Educator – an individual whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching

Corporate Arts – a business/corporation that shows exemplary support of the arts, artists, and arts organizations within the Muncie area

Artist in the Community – an individual artist (in any discipline) recognized for artistic excellence and singular efforts in contributing to Muncie’s cultural vitality

Next Generation Artist – a working artist/craftsman (in any discipline) under the age of 40 who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the arts community

Maker – a local, for-profit business owner who exemplifies the impact and vitality of Muncie’s creative economy

Lifetime Achievement – an individual or organization recognized for significant and sustained contributions to the field of arts and culture in the Muncie area

Coming Soon – 2019 MAA Awardees!

2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients will be announced and at a gala event at Muncie Civic Theatre on Friday, September 13th. Awardees will receive their award and a proclamation from the Mayor. Select categories will also receive a cash stipend to further their own creative pursuits. Awardees and their bios will be listed below.

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards are made possible through support from the Muncie Arts and Culture Council, the City of Muncie, Presenting Sponsor— Old National Bank and VIP Reception Sponsor— First Merchants Bank & First Merchants Private Wealth Management.


2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards

2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council in conjunction with the City of Muncie, celebrated the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards September 26, 2017 at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. The goal of this program is to help cultivate greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts, as well as grow new leadership and new patrons of the arts.

Congratulations to our 2017 MAA Nominees!

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts.

Brian Blair Studios
Leon Crosby
Andrew Crow
Moth Danner
Leigh Carter Edwards
Ron Groves
HeidiJHale Designs + Details
Matt Howell
Maura Jasper
Heather Jordan
Denise King
Bill Lett
Laurie Lunsford
Roger McConnell
John Peterson
Mike Prater
Destiny Roberts
Tania Said
Frances Petty Sargent
Sarah Shaffer
Philip Tevis
Beth Turcotte
We’re Trying Collective

Nominations were accepted in the following categories:

Arts Advocate – an individual or organization whose strong support of the arts has been ongoing through philanthropic and/or volunteer service

Arts Leader – an arts professional or organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational stewardship and partnership within the local arts community

Arts Educator – an individual whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching

Corporate Arts – a business/corporation that shows exemplary support of the arts, artists, and arts organizations within the Muncie area

Artist in the Community – an individual artist (in any discipline) recognized for artistic excellence and singular efforts in contributing to Muncie’s cultural vitality

Next Generation Artist – a working artist/craftsman (in any discipline) under the age of 40 who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the arts community

Maker – a local, for-profit business owner who exemplifies the impact and vitality of Muncie’s creative economy

Lifetime Achievement – an individual or organization recognized for significant and sustained contributions to the field of arts and culture in the Muncie area

Congratulations to our 2017 MAA Awardees!

The winners of the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards were announced at a gala event at Cornerstone Center of the Arts, September 26th. The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the City of Muncie on individual artists, teachers, non-profit organizations and patrons of the arts. Winners received their award, a proclamation from the Mayor and a cash stipend to further their own creative works. See the award winners and their bios below.

Arts Advocate: Maura Jasper

Arts Leader: Andrew Crow

Arts Educator: Mike Prater

Corporate Arts: Brian Blair Studios

Artist in the Community: John Peterson

Next Generation Artist: Destiny Roberts

Maker: HeidiJHale Designs + Details

Lifetime Achievement: Frances Petty Sargent


L-R: Mayor Dennis Tyler, Mike Prater and Jeff Howe

Arts Educator: Mike Prater

Mike Prater has taught at Ball State University since 1995. Mike is an accomplished artist whose work has been exhibited locally and regionally. However, what truly stands out about Mike is his commitment to his students and the community.

Mike volunteers significant time for such projects as serving as graphic artist for the MLK Dream Team Muncie Freedom Bus; creative consultant for the YMCA Apple Tree Child Development Center; and the creation of seven murals over four years for the YMCA. In addition to volunteering his own time, Mike encourages his students to get involved in the Muncie community as part of their educational experience at Ball State University. As a result, a number of his students are teachers in the Saturday Morning Art Program sponsored by the School of Art. Through this program, Dr. Prater and his students engage elementary age students in the process of creative discovery. Mike Prater continues to make a significant impact on arts education in our community.


L-R: Mayor Dennis Tyler, Destiny Roberts and Jeff Howe

Next Generation Artist: Destiny Roberts

At 14 years of age, Destiny Roberts certainly personifies “Next Generation.” Although she’s been singing at family events since she was three, Destiny hit the Muncie stage in January 2014 at age 11. She was invited to perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program at Muncie Boys & Girls Club. Her rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come” convinced everyone they were listening to a grown woman; her voice was that full and resonant. That year she also placed first at the Indiana State Fair in the Junior Female Vocal Division and in the Overall Junior Division.

Since then, Destiny has performed at a number of local and statewide programs including sporting events, school programs, conventions and the Black Expo Corporate Luncheon. Destiny’s mission is to perform songs with meaning and a message and she is always working to improve her skills through voice and piano lessons. Her nominator referred to Destiny as “an ‘old soul’ and a person who sings with passion and purpose.”


L-R: Mayor Dennis Tyler, Brian Blair and Jeff Howe

Corporate Arts: Brian Blair Studios

If you are an aficionado of all things spooky, you may best be familiar with Brian Blair’s work through Scarevania, the region’s most elaborate Halloween attraction. Brian has continued to put his artistic skills to work with latex masks and associated props by creating “Son of Scarevania” at Cornerstone Center for the Arts to assist Cornerstone with its fundraising goals. Brian’s volunteer service also extends to the annual showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show – another significant fundraising event for Cornerstone Center for the Arts. Through his creativity, his nominator tells us that Brian has helped raise thousands of dollars for Cornerstone’s Department of Education and class scholarships for those who need assistance.

However, don’t let Brian’s penchant for the creepy and spooky pigeon-hole him. He has done some amazing work focused on children, including pieces for Pediatric Rehabilitation at Cardinal Health Specialties, Muncie Children’s Museum, and Maring Hunt Library. Brian Blair Studios has a wide regional reach with its creative headquarters here in Muncie, Indiana. Brian’s volunteer service has demonstrated vital support for the arts in our community.


L-R: Mayor Dennis Tyler, Heidi Hale and Jeff Howe

Maker: HeidiJHale Designs + Details

Heidi Lynn Hale has managed an ever-growing company making high-profile jewelry since she first started selling to friends in 2002. Her online start on E-Bay helped her obtain wholesale clients from across the country. Some of Heidi’s pieces have been part of celebrity gift bags at such diverse events as the Palm Springs Film Festival and the Indianapolis 500.

Shipping to customers all over the world through her website, HeidiJHale Designs + Details opened their retail store in downtown Muncie in 2015, where Heidi offers unique, one-of-a-kind pieces not available online. The website notes that, “every piece of jewelry … is designed and handcrafted by our skilled metalsmiths and local artisans in downtown Muncie. …we are proud to know that all HeidiJHale jewelry is unique and of the highest quality.” HeidiJHale Designs + Details certainly exemplifies the international impact of Muncie’s creative economy.


L-R: Mayor Dennis Tyler, Andrew Crow and Jeff Howe

Arts Leader: Andrew Crow

Dr. Andrew Crow serves as the Director of Choral Activities in the BSU School of Music, where he joined the faculty in 2009. Dr. Crow exemplifies town-gown collaboration through a wealth of innovative partnerships within the Muncie community that unites diverse disciplines and demographics. As the Artistic Director of Masterworks Chorale, he has managed many collaborative programs, partnering the Chorale with Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Children’s Museum, Cornerstone Center for the Arts, various university departments (in and outside of music), and diverse community voices.

Most recently, Dr. Crow and Masterworks Chorale commissioned a choral symphonic work entitled, “Middletown Chronicles: The Making of Middletown America.” Creating this piece involved research with the Center for Middletown Studies, Ball State University Libraries, students and community members. Students from Motivate our Minds had the opportunity to study local history and showcase their projects at the commemorative concert of Middletown Chronicles in May 2016.

Andrew Crow’s past and continuing work are examples of outstanding leadership and partnership with the Muncie arts community. 


L-R: Mayor Dennis Tyler, Maura Jasper and Jeff Howe

Arts Advocate: Maura Jasper

Maura Jasper teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Ball State’s School of Art. She is an active artist herself in venues across the country and across the Atlantic. However, it is her extensive involvement within the local arts community that illustrates her incredibly strong support and advocacy for the arts. Ms. Jasper actively encourages her art students to engage with the community through such programs as First Thursday events in Madjax, Muncie Makes, and Muncie Civic Theater Studio. Since 2011, Maura has directed the video and performance components of, and involved her students in, the much-loved pop-up art show, Monkey Thunder, at Gordy Fine Arts and Framing Co.

Through Maura’s board participation on the Muncie Arts and Culture Council, she has helped bring visiting artists from across the country for professional development programs. Maura also co-authored a successful proposal to the National Endowment of the Arts Our Town program, resulting in a grant award to the City of Muncie and Muncie Arts and Culture Council.

As noted by her nominator, Maura truly believes in Muncie – its diversity, its people and its potential and knows that it is necessary to get involved in order to facilitate change. Through her own volunteer work in the arts, Maura daily demonstrates the positive impacts arts and culture can have on a community and its people.


L-R: Mayor Dennis Tyler, John Peterson and Jeff Howe

Artist in the Community: John Peterson

John Peterson has contributed to the artistic excellence of Muncie since enrolling as a student in the Ball Sate Art Department in 1964. Only two years later, with friends Alan Patrick and David Cayton, Bethel Pike Pottery was organized. This relationship and business inspired a book by Ned Griner in 1996 titled The Bethel Pike Pottery: The First Thirty Years.

Peterson is the only one of the three who continues to produce pottery. The John Peterson Pottery has been in operation for more than 40 years. It includes a school where student potters of all skill levels learn their art. John is known throughout the Midwest and beyond as a potter and teacher who excels in his art and is devoted to his students.

John’s commitment “to making well-designed, functional pots” became a lifestyle. He has frequent open houses at his studio and continues to teach weekly classes in the art of making honest pottery.


 

L-R: Mayor Dennis Tyler, John Peterson and Jeff Howe

Lifetime Achievement: Frances Petty Sargent

Frances Petty Sargent has been a pillar of the cultural community in Muncie since at least the 1970s when she and first husband Edmund F. Petty owned Ball Stores. She has played, and continues to play, a significant role – particularly in the lives of three major arts organizations in Muncie: The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State, Minnetrista, and Cornerstone Center for the Arts.

In the late 1980s, Mrs. Sargent established the Edmund F. Petty Memorial Lecture at the Owsley Museum, bringing nationally known artists, critics, and art historians to address current relevant topics. This annual lecture continues to be a signature event on the university’s calendar. Her contributions to DOMA continue through gifts of works of art and in philanthropy.

Also in the 1980s, Frances Sargent worked to ensure the success of a new cultural center on the site of the Frank C. Ball home, including writing a letter commemorating the work of her mother-in-law, Margaret Ball Petty. Margaret provided the original impetus behind the creation of Minnetrista and Mrs. Sargent’s letter is in the cornerstone of the building. Since then, Frances has served on the Oakhurst Advisory committee, regularly donates to the Heritage Collection, has established two endowments at Minnetrista, and is a major donor that follows the evolution of Minnetrista carefully.

Frances was a founding member of the Muncie Center for the Arts in 1999 and established a scholarship for “Young Artists.” She remained on the board as the organization matured into the Cornerstone Center for the Arts in 2004, working diligently to keep the mission focused on Art Education for All.

In a fitting tribute to her legacy and that of her family, the City of Muncie installed the monumental sculpture, Passing of the Buffalo by Cyrus Dallin in the Walnut Street roundabout in downtown Muncie. The sculpture was originally purchased by Edmund Petty in 1976 and presented to the city in memory of his father Fred J. Petty.

Mrs. Sargent continues to support the Muncie arts and culture community and epitomizes the role defined by this award for “significant and sustained contributions.”

The 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards are made possible through support from the Muncie Arts and Culture Council, the City of Muncie, Presenting Sponsor— Old National Bank, VIP Reception Sponsor— First Merchants Bank & First Merchants Private Wealth Management, and Community Reception Sponsor—  Mutual Bank.


2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards

2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council in conjunction with the City of Muncie, celebrated the inaugural Mayor’s Arts Awards at Minnetrista. The goal of this program is to help cultivate greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts, as well as grow new leadership and new patrons of the arts.

Congratulations to our 2015 MAA Nominees!

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts.

Trela Donati
Barbara Moll
Nicki Neuyen
Cindee Cox
Pam Nicholas
Jim Faulkner
Ann Johnson
Mary Jane Sursa
Fred Meyer
Ronald Groves
Dr. Andrew Crow
Mary Mordue
Carl Schafer
Jeff Howe – Old National Bank
Nancy Swickard
Lynette Whitesell
Teresa Schwer
Mike Prater
Judy Barnes
Rick Zeigler
Ned Griner
Jim Riggle – AEP
Sarah Jenkins – Muncie Civic Theatre
PROJECTiONE
Tania Said
Jonathan Becker
Melissa Daniels
Brian Gordy
Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Muncie Artists Guild
Philip Tevis
Whitney Lewis – Be Here Now
Todd Murray
Brenda Whittaker
Scott Truex
Braydee Euliss
Andrea Swartz
Stuart Cotton
Barb Hartley
Graham Watson

Nominations were accepted in the following categories:

Arts Advocate – an individual or organization whose strong support of the arts has been ongoing through philanthropic and/or volunteer service

Arts Leader – an arts professional or organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational stewardship and partnership within the local arts community

Arts Educator – an individual whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching

Corporate Arts – a business/corporation that shows exemplary support of the arts, artists, and arts organizations within the Muncie area

Artist in the Community – an individual artist (in any discipline) recognized for artistic excellence and singular efforts in contributing to Muncie’s cultural vitality

Next Generation Artist – a working artist/craftsman (in any discipline) under the age of 40 who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the arts community

Muncie Maker – a local, for-profit business owner who exemplifies the impact and vitality of Muncie’s creative economy

Lifetime Achievement – an individual or organization recognized for significant and sustained contributions to the field of arts and culture in the Muncie area

Congratulations to our 2015 MAA Awardees!

The recipients of the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards were announced at a ceremony at Minnetrista. The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the City of Muncie on individual artists, teachers, non-profit organizations and patrons of the arts. Recipients received their award and a proclamation from the Mayor. See the award winners and their bios below.

Arts Advocate: Ann Johnson

Arts Leader: Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Arts Educator: Bob Hartley

Corporate Arts: AEP/Indiana Michigan Power, Jim Riggle

Artist in Community: Jim Faulkner

Next Generation Artist: Braydee Euliss

Muncie Maker Award: Jonathan Becker

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ned Griner


Arts Advocate
Ann Johnson

Ann began making her famous sculptural line of clocks in 1964. Although she didn’t open the House of Fogg until 1984, in Muncie she is fondly thought of as “Ms. F.B. Fogg.” In what she considers her “previous life,” Ann taught art at all grade levels and still teaches at Ivy Tech today. Ann has won numerous awards, including Sagamore of the Wabash and Presidential Art Teacher. Her work is in many homes, from Muncie residences to the White House. Artist, educator, leader – at home and abroad – no one advocates more passionately for the arts in Muncie and our region than Ann Johnson.


Arts Leader
Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Since its 1999 founding as Muncie Center for the Arts, Cornerstone has reached out to thousands in our community with arts programs as diverse as their participants. In 2013, Cornerstone was commended by the National Endowment for the Arts with an “Arts Engagement in American Communities” award and in 2015, received Indiana Minority Business Magazine’s Champion of Diversity Award. Cornerstone’s “access to all” policy helps them serve families and youth who might otherwise not experience the arts in any form. Partnering with many other non-profits in Muncie, Cornerstone Center for the Arts embodies improving lives through interaction with the arts.


Arts Educator
Bob Hartley

Bob spent 34 years in the classroom at Muncie Southside High School teaching, inspiring and encouraging students and colleagues to discover their “inner artist.” He mentored student teachers at Ball State, Taylor and Anderson Universities. Many of his students have pursued careers in various arts disciplines; many of the students he mentored have gone on to become teachers, sharing Bob’s love of art. Thirty-five years and thousands of students later, Bob retired; for about a year. Opening The Artist Within gallery and studio, with wife Vicki, in downtown Muncie allowed Bob to continue to pursue his passion helping folks of all ages discover their “inner artist” while also aiding in the renaissance of downtown Muncie. When you speak “art” with Bob Hartley, be prepared to learn something.


Corporate Arts
AEP, Indiana Michigan Power represented by Jim Riggle

Muncie is fortunate to have a company like AEP/IMP in our community. Through their community relations manager, Jim Riggle, Indiana Michigan Power has been a major supporter of the arts and culture community of Muncie and Delaware County. They are firm believers in the power of the arts to positively impact lives, positioning their support behind numerous education and non-profit organizations to bring arts and culture activities to a broad and diverse community.


Artist in Community
Jim Faulkner

Jim paints the Midwest with love and understanding, imbuing meaning to old barns, towns, meadows, and waterways as they morph through the seasons. Preferring to paint on location whenever possible, his stunning watercolors have won local and national awards. Jim’s works are in museum and corporate collections as well as public and private collections and have given special pleasure to those needing a reprieve from the world of medicine at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, as shared by one his nominators. Teacher, mentor, and friend – Jim Faulkner is truly a Delaware County arts icon who continues to make a tremendous impact on our community.


Next Generation Artist
Braydee Euliss

Braydee won many student awards while at Ball State University and frequently exhibits in juried shows in the region. As an artist, her jewelry is creative, original, unique and timeless – a striking balance. Her sculptures are equally original and often challenge the viewer’s concepts of what art is. While an accomplished artist, it is Braydee’s solid commitment to bettering our local arts community that really makes her stand out. She has originated programs to assist emerging artists, co-curates a monthly program at the David Owsley Museum of Art and advocates for the arts in all areas. Braydee is engaged, a “doer,” brings her peers “into the game,” and is not yet 30. Braydee Euliss epitomizes generational leadership in the Muncie Arts Community.


Muncie Maker
Jonathan Becker

Jonathan is a teaching artist, performer and mask maker. He has taught in nearly all areas of theater performance in educational and theater venues all over the world. As impressive as this is, it is his work as a mask maker that sets him apart as a Muncie Maker. Theater-Masks.com is a full service production shop that creates masks for educational institutions, professional theaters and individual artists in 46 countries. From such noted clients as Disney Theatrical, NBC, and The Bravo Cable Network to locally known clients as Minnetrista, Muncie Civic Theater, and Ball State University where he is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Jonathan’s vast selection of theater masks keeps him on the international stage. Jonathan Becker truly “exemplifies the impact and vitality of Muncie’s creative economy.”


Lifetime Achievement
Ned Griner

Teacher, artist, mentor, and arts advocate, Ned Griner’s impact on Muncie and Delaware County is beyond compare. A native of Delaware County, Ned returned home in 1961 to teach at Ball State University after completing his doctorate in education at The Pennsylvania State University. Ned retired from BSU in 1994 but he did not retire from the arts community, serving on local boards, continuing to research and author books on regional art history, and always encouraging and supporting the arts in our community. His exhibitions and speaking engagements are too many to number and crisscross the country. He is continually sought as a speaker today. Throughout his life, Ned has viewed every experience as an opportunity, wresting all he could from each one and sharing what he learned with others. A prolific and accomplished painter, metal craftsman, print maker, jewelry maker, and author, Ned’s real passion is teaching and sharing an appreciation of the arts. As a nominator stated, “He feels that communities need graduates who will not only personally consume art, but will also be influential leaders sympathetic to the arts in the communities.” Ned’s students continue to stay in touch with him from around the country; such has been his impact on their lives. In his memoirs, Ned noted, “In the final analysis, I am more proud of my students than I am of all my paintings, jewelry and Events put together.” Ned Griner’s passion for life and his belief that the arts help us all to flourish are unparalleled.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are made possible through support from the Muncie Arts and Culture Council and the City of Muncie.