2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards
Presented by Old National Bank
Muncie Civic Theatre
Friday, September 13, 2019
VIP Hour: 6:00 PM
Awards Ceremony: 7:00 PM
Community Reception: 8:30 PM

Muncie Arts & Culture Council is pleased to invite you to the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards to be celebrated September 13, 2019 at Muncie Civic Theatre!

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. The 3rd biennial Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented by Old National Bank.

To mark a decade of Muncie Arts & Culture Council, we’re taking this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards to the next level and looking forward to a truly spectacular celebration of our arts communities! This arts-filled evening will be led by masters of ceremonies Laura Williamson of Muncie Civic Theatre and Michelle Kinsey of Indiana Public Radio. Enjoy live musical and theatrical performances between award announcements, and stay for the community reception featuring music by DJ Jannell, locally brewed beers on tap, and late night snacks. The award ceremony and following reception are open to the public and free for all to attend.

Doors open at 6:30 PM
Ceremony begins at 7:00 PM
Community Reception follows at 8:30 PM

Congratulations to the 2019 MAA Nominees!

Nominations have been accepted in 8 categories! 

Arts Advocate – Arts Leader – Arts Educator – Corporate Arts
 Artist in the Community – Next Generation Artist – Maker – Lifetime Achievement

Michelle Bade
Carol Burt
Jack Lee Christeon III
Leon Crosby
Moth Danner
Phillip Dunn
Chris Flook
Dr. Galit Gertsenzon
Hurley Goodall
Brian and Genny Gordy
Ronald E. Groves
Juniper Violet Koontz

Mickie Marie
Kim Miller
Open Door Health Services
Sheila K. Piazza
Rachel Replogle
Amanda Reninger
Tania Said
Krista Sides/Chameleon Salon
Shantanu Suman
Nancy Swickard
Lynette K. Waters-Whitesell

Looking to add a bit more celebration to your evening? Join us for the VIP Reception at 6:00 PM and enjoy a number of special Mayor’s Arts Awards moments, including early access to the event, specialty drinks, and the opportunity to meet the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients and all 2019 nominees.

Attending the VIP Reception through an MAA Sponsorship not only supports the Mayor’s Arts Awards program, but also helps ensure the longevity of Muncie Arts & Culture Council and our vision for a Muncie that thrives with arts & culture central to everyday life. Sponsorships secured by Friday, August 23, 2019 will be recognized in the MAA event program, on MACC’s website, and through social media.

We look forward to celebrating with you as we recognize the individual and collective contributions of Muncie’s citizens to our robust arts community!

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards is presented by Old National Bank. The VIP Reception is sponsored by First Merchants Bank & First Merchants Private Wealth Management. The Community Reception is sponsored by Mutual Bank.


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.

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 – Your 2019 MAA Awardees!

The recipients of the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be announced at a gala event at Muncie Civic Theatre, September 13th. 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. Those recognized will receive their award, a proclamation from the Mayor, and select categories include a cash stipend to further the recipients own creative works.

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.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.


2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards

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.